A sophisticated ram guidance system developed by Stolle Machinery for its D&I bodymakers that prevents cross contamination between oil and coolant has been installed on machines at a number of canmaking plants.
The so-called short ram technology, first shown three years ago, removes the need for a guidance cartridge and is expected to be built into bodymakers as the technology is refined and the benefits documented, says Stolle, based in Colorado. The shorter ram features a tension rod to eliminate ram drift, improving can quality and overall efficiency by reducing tear-offs in the third ironing die.
A completely new bodymaker has also been under development by Stolle that uses the ram guidance technology, along with a number of ‘exciting’ new features, says the company. The machine is expected to be launched this month.
More information from Stolle Machinery Company LLC, 6949 South Potomac Street, Centennial, Colorado 80112-4036, USA. Tel: 1 303 708 9044. Website: www.stollemachinery.com