I am a maintenance technician at a chemical plant that, among other products, produces and bottles nasty acidic stuff (details omitted to protect the incompetent, lol).
We have a line that is less than a year old, and we are still trying to work out its problems. Filled plastic bottles slosh out a bit of liquid when they reach the capper. The capper registers them in position with L-shaped, uh, holders mounted to stopper cylinders. Holders pop out, bottle slides into position, the conveyor stops, the caps go on, and the holders retract and the conveyor starts again.
I am wondering about the best way to decelerate the bottles more slowly. Is a compression spring the answer here? My job title is ‘mechanic’, but my background is electronics and sometimes my mechanical intuition fails me completely. I need some sort of bumper I guess.
I am playing with a compression spring here at my desk, and it seems like it would work.