Smooth operators

Increased automation and versatility is simplifying and speeding up the inspection process. Richard Estrada reports from Cannex Where there is a need, there is usually money to be made, which helps explains why inspection and testing systems were popular at Cannex & Fillex de las Américas held recently in Denver, Colorado. With canmakers continuing to work on narrow margins, the...

California’s 14m-ton haul of processed tomatoes

The California League of Food Processors Expo is a hunting ground for equipment manufacturers and other suppliers who want a more lucrative piece of the huge industry.The combined output from the state’s food and beverage industry tops US$220 billion a year, according to an exhaustive study by the University of California in 2012. Everyone wants to sell into that...

It’s complicated in colour science

When measuring colour and setting a target we must define the light source very specifically, says Joe Finan of INX InternationalLast month we discussed why we would measure colour versus simply looking at a sample and rendering a judgment.  Our conclusion led us to the nuances of one person repeatedly describing the colour of a sample (or the target,...

Reinventing tradition

Portuguese confectionary manufacturer Dan Cake brought new meaning into its packaging by turning it into a gift. Mónica Higuera reports Dan Cake in Portugal uses tins for its range of Danish butter cookies. The company operates in three market segments: own brands – with Dan Cake in the domestic market and Danesita for exports to more than 80 countries –...

Strategic adjustments

The leading canmakers have been making significant changes to their strategies in the past year or so, with sector and regional decisions that will have profound impacts on their businesses. Arthur Stupay reports The canmaking industry enjoyed record-breaking financial results in 2018. This enabled the leaders to make accretive acquisitions outside of canmaking, and to adjust their market position by...

Three ways to dry your drinks cans

More sophisticated ways to ensure that drinks cans are dry enough not to impact downstream systems have been developed. John Nutting reports Drinks can filling operations are inevitably wet processes. There’s product spillage, and the pasteurisation machine, if used, uses a lot of water. So cans get wet.But there are operations, such as coding, that need a dry can, not...

Aujan: a billion dollar business

Aujan Industries, the biggest independent drinks producer in the Middle East, has agreed to sell about half of its drinks business to Coca-Cola. Four months before the deal was announced July, John Nutting met its chairman Adel Aujan in Dubai (published in The Canmaker, August 2011) Sheikh Adel Aujan, chairman of Aujan Industries, is unequivocal about the value of...

Digital goes smooth

Water-based inks for the digital decoration of finished cans are said to offer huge benefits for brand owners, reports John Nutting A digital printing process that is said to make it possible to decorate a wide range of two-piece, three-piece and monobloc metal containers, enabling brand owners to serve smaller niche sectors and differentiate their products, has been launched by...

Visionary leadership

Defects in decorative and internal coatings and inks are being identified with much more sensitivity, leading to reduced HFIs. Peter Brown reviews some of the latest systems that make it possible An effective diagnostic tool The performance capabilities of Orion G6, the latest colour inspection system for two-piece beverage cans from Applied Vision, have been detailed in a case study by...

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