UV fluorescent ink drives productivity 

A special ink has been developed by Videojet that is specially formulated for dual-purpose applications that require both machine readable fluorescent and human readable codes.For use with Videojet’s Ultra High Speed (UHS) inkjet printer, the new V539 pink fluorescent ink is combined with visible dyes to deliver machine readable and visually distinctive codes on multi-coloured substrates.The new ink is...

Handles add convenience to canned craft beers

Craft brewers who are canning their beers and want to add multipack convenience are being targeted with a new design of carry handle.The plastics carry handle produced by Roberts PolyPro is suitable for two, four or six packs of craft beer. Craft brewers can opt to hand apply the handles and later, as sales increase, invest in an applicator.“Tabs...

Food grade chain for tray packers

A special ‘food grade’ chain for the tray packing machinery widely used in the food and beverage industry has been developed by Tsubaki. The Traypacker Chain is internally lubricated so that it is clean in use and does not need regular re-lubrication.It is a development of Tsubaki’s Lambda chain, which uses a special sintered oil-impregnated bush. Like the latest generation...

LED UV curing systems cut energy use by 90%

Significant benefits are being claimed for LED-lamp based UV curing systems that have been developed by Italy-based PrintabLED Srl.In addition to cutting power consumption by 90 percent, the LED lamps run at lower temperatures and therefore transmit less heat to the substrate being cured or adjacent components. Also, ozone emissions are eliminated along with UVC radiation.Longer operating life is...

Use standard peelable ends for ‘compartment’ cans

Details of a process machine that creates a ‘ledge seal’ on a three-piece tinplate can so that an easy-open aluminium end can be applied without a top ring have been revealed by Blema Kircheis, the German-based manufacturer.The machine offers the feature of a ledge up to 40mm from the top of the can, enabling items such as spoons or...

Combination back-end for D&I food cans

A combined necking, flanging, beading and light-testing machine has been developed for use on two-piece D&I food can lines by Cantec, the Germany-based subsidiary of Soudronic.Replacing a stand-alone flanger and beader and a separate light tester which includes conveying that is at risk of jamming, the high-speed CAN-O-MAT.2PC is said by Cantec to be the perfect back-end machine, making...

Carry handles add convenience to canned craft beers

Craft brewers who are canning their beers and want to add multipack convenience are being targeted with a new design of carry handle being showcased at the Pack Expo East show in Philadelphia next week (27 Feb-1 March).The plastics carry handle produced by Roberts PolyPro is suitable for two, four or six packs of craft beer. Craft brewers can...

Digital base-load gauge for Crown’s customers

A convenient device that can be used for measuring base loads on seamers by brewers and soft drinks customers is being offered by the Customer Technical Service (CTS) team at canmaker Crown Bevcan Europe & Middle East.The Crown Precision Base Load Gauge is the product of years of technical know how and experience within CTS . Its aim is...

Testing for the performance, and sound, of easy opening

A testing rig that enables the performance of easy-open ends on filled cans to be measured, and the sound of the opening process to be recorded, has been launched by UK-based Stable Micro Systems.The specialists in texture analysis have developed the system for use by fillers of food and beverage cans to measure the force required to lift the...