Smart cans to interact with consumers’ smartphones

Cans with easy-open ends are convenient. Cans with a sleek, hand-shaped design are comfortable. Cans with the odd shapes and wild colours are attractive. We love them all, because each of these developments has taken a functional metal container and turned it into a trendy package. Will the ‘talking’ can be the next that we add to this list...

Meeting point

In a second report from Metpack and Interpack in Germany, Mónica Higuera and John Nutting review more of their findings TV stardom for Soudronic’s latest welding line  Soudronic is still basking in the glory of featuring in a British prime-time television programme following last year’s Inside the Factory series that covered the manufacture of Heinz baked beans at its UK plant in...

Added value is the key to success

Equipment manufacturers are providing more than just sales support to canmakers: they’re offering a wide range of additional services to keep their customers happy. John Nutting reports Upgrading used equipment is part of the service British metal decorating equipment manufacturer Crabtree has been offering Marquess and FastReady lines to canmakers for more than 50 years. But it also provides retrofit enhancements...

Deep integration

Control and testing systems are becoming more embedded in processes. Mónica Higuera reviews some recent developments in the sector Beverage D&I testing for food cans and ends There’s an increasing trend for canmakers to use beverage can D&I testing technology in food can and food end applications, according to Sencon.Its can body leak tester, which is supplied as standard on the necking...

Full circle

After a long career in the canmaking business, Terry Voce is back managing a beverage can plant, this time with an independent. John Nutting talked to him It’s a common adage that canmakers don’t really retire from the business. Their accumulated knowledge is just too valuable to give up.If proof were needed of this, take Terry Voce as an example....

Perseverance pays off

Despite the impact of bad weather in the US and higher material costs, the manufacturers of food cans such as Ardagh and Silgan persevered. Arthur Stupay reviews their third quarter performance In the third quarter, food can shipments in the US were down, dropping by 2.9 percent compared with the same period a year ago, and shipments were also down...

Trump and the US economy

The demand for fast moving consumer goods is easily interrupted with dramatic changes in politics. Arthur Stupay* discusses the implications of the new presidency With the US Presidential election decided, analysts are now focusing on the implications for business in general and manufacturers in particular. These are of course early days in the forecasting game. But some of President-elect Trump’s policies, especially...

When size doesn’t matter

A new generation of can measuring systems is able to cope with the wider range of can sizes that need to be manufactured in a single plant. John Nutting reports The impact of the demand for beverage can manufacturers to offer wider ranges of sizes has repercussions all the way through the plant, including the measuring systems, which must be...

Cannex & Fillex preview – Part 1

This year’s Cannex canmaking technology exhibition, being held in China next month, shows that the business is as vibrant as ever. The Canmaker editorial team reports Cannex & Fillex Asia Pacific, which returns to Guangzhou in China from 15-18 May 2018, will be the biggest Cannex ever and promises canmakers and other visitors an opportunity to discover a wealth of...

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