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...

Collaborative thinking

The first end-making line to be produced by joint venture CepedaMeltog has been delivered to a canmaker in South America. Printz Holman reports CepedaMeltog is a joint-venture (JV) established a little over a year ago between Cepeda of Spain and UK-based Meltog to offer sheet-fed presses to the canmaking industry. Sales, after sales, finance and administration are managed from Cepeda’s...

Kicking the can

Politicians in Europe are trying to ban hexavalent chrome in tinplate manufacture. Philip Rogers* makes the case for its continued use until safer alternatives are available For many years the tinplate industry has been under pressure to replace sodium dichromate (a hexavalent chromium salt) for passivating the surface of tinplate because it is recognised that the chemical poses a risk...

New dawn for clean canmaking

Food cans made from polyester-laminated aluminium offer the opportunity to build plants with low environmental impact. The Canmaker talked to Wang Liping in China Food and beverage cans made from ‘environmentally friendly’ polymer-film laminated aluminium canstock could offer a new dawn for the canmaking industry in China, according to a canmaker which also makes the material.Following a period of research and...

Never say never to premium printing developments

Today the beverage can industry is running faster-than-ever line speeds, with a renewed emphasis on print quality to enhance brand competitiveness. Some of this is fuelled by underlying manufacturing efforts, some by beverage company directive, and most importantly, some by a changing beverage can consumer.Millennials, Generations X, Y and Z all have much higher brand expectations than past generations....

Coatings for a better future

The latest technologies in beverage can coatings and inks perform better while reducing the environmental impact of canmaking plants. John Nutting reports Beverage can manufacturers should be capable of significantly reducing the global warming potential of their inside-spray operations with the adoption of a thermoplastic coating that is being rolled out in the industry.First launched three years ago, Dow Chemical’s...

AI reaches canmaking

Technological advances in vision systems, combined with the latest artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, offer the prospect of real-time feedback control during canmaking, as Rick Pendrous discovers Closed-loop control of canmaking operations – such as in decorating – is not yet widely used, but a combination of competition between canmakers following demand for increasingly higher quality products, together with advances in...

A clean slate

With a couple of high-profile deals in Iran now in full production, IMF Engineering is hoping to find opportunities in the canmaking market across the rest of the world. Paul Hill reports When IMF was originally founded in 1977 as a manufacturer of equipment for a wide range of industrial applications, it didn’t have any interest, or knowledge, of the metal...

Investing in a cleaner future

Chinese government demands for metal packaging that has lower environmental impact has dictated significant changes in the canmaking industry and its suppliers. Mark McCord visits one of its leading tinplate mills A morning fog rolls in from the surrounding canals and shrouds Comat’s tinplate mill in a delicate veil of mist.It’s an unexpectedly serene sight for a plant that rolls...