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Lotion pump locking mechanisms explained.

The world of lotions pumps contains a vast range of options. We have many people in the packaging industry that ask a lot of questions. We wrote an article back in 2017 called Everything You Need To Know About Dispensing Pumps however, we missed out important information on lotion pump mechanisms. Knowing the difference between a lock up and a lock down can be a little confusing at first glance.

Lotion dispensing pumps come in 3 lock variances. These include:

  1. Lock up
  2. Lock down
  3. Clip lock

Let’s take a closer look at each lock mechanism in detail.

Lock Up

The lock up lotion pump is the most popular dispenser. It looks very desirable and offers a stylish finish. The consumer must press down on the pump for it to dispense the liquid inside. Upon pressure being applied to the pump, the pump head will push back to its original position. It’s simple and easy to use out of all the pumps available. The lock up function can also be locked by twisting the nozzle.

Lock Down

A lock down lotion pump sits high off the main base unit. In order to use this pump, you must first unlock the pump spout. The pump becomes usable and dispenses the liquid application required. The lock down pump can be pushed down and locked again if necessary.

Both the lock up and lock down offer several advantages including:

  1. The contents can stay fresher for longer once opened and then locked
  2. Perfect for travelling as the contents is locked and safe from spillages
  3. Child friendly
  4. A lock down lotion pump can dispense a larger dose if required
  5. The lock down pumps have a very distinctive design
  6. The lock up is the most popular design in the packaging world.

The Clip Lock

Clip lock pumps come in an array of lock up, twist lock and lock down styles. The clip lock lotion pump comes complete with a plastic clip attached to the neck of the pump. This is used to detect any tampering with the product (Tamper Evident) and can also be used as a child safety device.

All the lotion pumps mentioned can be used for a wide variety of liquid products. These include soaps, hand creams, antibacterial foams, body lotions or body wash and hair products.

Still, need some help with the lotion pump options available? Why not give one of our account managers a call today. They will be happy to discuss any information in great detail for you.


Phil Edwards

Phil is a senior account manager at Raepak with a lifetime of experience in the packaging industry. Phil specialises in dispensing pumps and cosmetic jars. His vast knowledge takes him all over the world which helps clients get their product to market. Phil is always busy and his desk is packed with new and exciting product ranges. Phil loves the outdoors and enjoys camping with the family. He is also keen on reading and keeping fit.

Comments (6)

  1. Karan Agheda says:

    Can you share the information about twist lock pump with its pictures?

    1. mm Raepak Ltd says:

      Hello, Karan

      Please link back to us as a reference if you use any of our material. Thanks! And best wishes from the Raepak team.

  2. Ryan says:

    still puzzled about how does lock up pump locked?

    1. mm Raepak Ltd says:

      Hello Ryan, you just need to twist the top of the pump and it will lock.

  3. Vinayak says:

    Can this pump be used for pumping hand sanitizer with cellulose micro spheres, as micro spheres are breaking during pumping. Please suggest a pump that can be used.

    1. mm Raepak Ltd says:

      Hello Vinayak,

      We would need a sample of your product which will enable us to do some testing. Understanding your viscosity is important to match the correct lotion pump. Please get in touch to move your project forward.

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