Software jolt for pre-used kit

Rebuilt canmaking machinery is not just a less-costly option than buying new, it can also add up-to-date features to familiar equipment. Denise Freitas reportsTurnkey solution Spanish specialist in used canmaking equipment Lacueva Can Making Machinery developed three end-making lines for rings and plugs used on 32oz and 128oz cans which were requested by a customer to improve production.The three lines,...

Bouncing back after the storms

Following a storm-impacted third quarter, the outlook is for a bounce in volumes while canmakers focus on improving efficiencies and margins, says Arthur Stupay The third quarter was challenging for the major beverage can manufacturers, marked in the US by hurricanes and violent storms, impacting the major population centres in Texas and Florida. Yet they showed higher sales and rising...

Re-thinking packaging design

Packaging design is constantly evolving and brands and converters have to continually reassess their key drivers, says Jay Gouliard Creative tension and paradox have always impacted packaging design across all formats and brands. This paradoxical nature of packaging has significantly impacted the packaging design space, whether it is with metal, glass, plastics or paper-based products.Packaging must be and do everything,...

Indie canned beers recognised by the canmaking industry

Winner of the Best in Show award at the UK’s second Indie Beer Can Festival, part sponsored by the canmaking industry, is Uprising Treason brewed by the Windsor & Eton Brewery.Canned craft beer is as fast a growing sector in the UK and Eire as anywhere with less than a handful of brands four years ago to more than...

Research into lower-cost aluminium advanced

Research into a new aluminium smelting technology that would reduce production costs and enable the more convenient location of smelters is being advanced by a deal between Alcoa and Sweden’s Orklas SAS. Alcoa has acquired the technology associated with the carbothermic aluminium production process, previously jointly owned by the companies. Now in the 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....

Knowledge retention – is this your next problem?

How can canmaking knowledge and experience be harvested and passed on to less experienced staff before it is too late, asks Editorial Board member Bev Page In recent years many canmaking personnel, who have now retired, learned their trade during the development stages of the processes such as resistance-welded wire-mash side seams for three-piece cans and drawing and wall ironing...

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...

Responding to demand

The business of manufacturing seaming machines and tooling is as much serving traditional customers as developing modern technologies. John Nutting reportsImpetus from the meat canners While Spanish-based seaming machine specialist Talleres Ezquerra is working on new designs for the future, and therefore keen to push the food canning market with more sophisticated systems, it is finding that long-established packers, particularly...