Capper vs. Stencil Creamer

The Mark III Houdijk Capper can produce more than 5.000 regular sized sandwich per minute (360 rows in, at 28 across on 1.600 wide capper).
For many years the choice was between a ‘slow’ but flexible capper and a fast but dedicated stencil creamer. The capacity of the new Houdijk Capper now uniquely equals the speed of two 4-lane stencil creamers. With this capacity increase, there are now many additional arguments to choose for Houdijk Capper technology vs. traditional stencil technology.

Additional arguments

With the Houdijk Capper, the infeed can be taken over as it comes out of oven: flat and no need for lane reduction and stacking.

As the infeed to Houdijk Capper stays flat, there is no scuffing and pressure on the biscuit edge as will be caused by the vibratory tracks, feeding the creamer.

The Houdijk Capper provides automatic balancing of the lanes by ways of the so-called Piano Stopper. A stencil creamer requires manual balancing in the vibratory tracks.

With Poka Yoke change parts the Houdijk Capper can be set up for any biscuit size, also cup-shaped products. A stencil creamer is to a large extent dedicated to a particular supply pattern and product shape.

The Houdijk Capper allows not only for sandwiches, but also deposits onto base cakes and deposits into cup-shaped biscuits. Stencil creamers are for sandwiches only.

The Houdijk Capper can deposit multiple sorts of (aerated) fat creams, but also other materials, such as jam, caramel and mellow, with or without inclusions, in multiple shapes and combinations and encapsulated. A stencil creamer is to a large extent suited for viscous fat creams only.


The outfeed of the Houdijk Capper is straight to and as wide as the cooling tunnel and does not require any (mechanical) spreading. Additionally, two creamers also require merging to go to a single cooling tunnel.

On a Houdijk Capper depositing and capping takes place on flat PU belt, which is kept clean by scraper and automatic belt washer. Stencil creamers’ chains are difficult to clean. Dairy-like creams will cause hard to remove bacterial contamination.

Footprint of the Houdijk Capper is small and straight in-line with the rest of the production line. Stencil creamers and their vibratory feeders are longer and wider.

The Houdijk Capper is a fully contained and safe system, operated via HMI. Stencil creamers are often open and hazardous structures.

All-in-all, now that the capacity of the Houdijk Capper equals that of two stencil creamers, above arguments must be weighted too, before deciding on either solution.


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