Universal end feeder for craft brewers

A universal beverage end feeder for the craft beer industry has been developed by Italian company Imeta.EZ Feed is said to be easily installed on any can seamer, ranging from a single head up to multi-spindle machines. With some simple changes, it is capable of feeding any beverage lid: 200, 202, 204 and 206, B64 or the CDL...

Hybrid system for SFX on monobloc cans

A hybrid cutting and brushing machine for monobloc aerosol can manufacture, which features both mechanical and optional laser cutting, has been developed by Swiss company PackSys Global.The Zelos cutting and brushing machine enables users to choose between the two types of cutting, with changes from one system to the other achievable within minutes.A compact machine, Zelos is equipped with...

Rapid blanket changing launched by KBA

A system for more quickly changing the blankets on decorating presses has been launched by Germany’s KBA-MetalPrint.The Rapid Blanket Change (RBC) system is said to cut changeover times by more than half, thereby raising efficiency and productivity. The RBC process is initiated by simple push-button control by a single operator.Printing of metal sheets can place high demands on presses,...

Non-destructive seam analysis developments

Further developments have been made to CMC-Kuhnke’s non-destructive double-seam inspection systems.Its SEAMscan XTS II carries out cross-sectional measurements and a 36-degree tightness scan on filled cans by using X-rays, eliminating time-consuming work such as emptying, rinsing, drying, cutting seams and tearing down seams for tightness inspection.In 45 seconds, the system takes the measurements which are converted into a virtual...

Pulsed-light sterilisation for infant formula cans

What is claimed to be the first ever pulsed-light sterilisation system suitable for cans of infant formula powder is to be launched this month by French specialist Claranor.A key feature of the ‘dry’ system is that it uses air cooling, instead of closed water cooling, ensuring the heat is not released in the environment around the conveyor but eliminated...

End-of-line inspection for aerosol cans

A comprehensive inspection system that checks cans, particularly those for aerosol products, at the end of a production line has been launched in a collaboration between German manufacturers Mühlbauer and Sprimag.Called CIM, the system covers all quality aspects of the finished cans at line speed, lifting them from the output conveyor of the necking machine, placing them under a...

Covered flexible multi-pack carrier for cans

A multi-pack carrier for beverage cans that is said to provide enhanced hygiene protection throughout the supply chain has been launched by the same firm that designed the WaveGrip carrier.WaveSafe is a covered flexible multi-pack carrier that features an additional layer of recyclable and photodegradable PE material to cover the top of the cans. This, says the manufacturer, provides...

Twist-off lids inspected at 1,200 per minute

A high-speed inspection system for twist-off cap exteriors launched by Italy’s Sacmi Imola has been installed at a number of customers’ plants.The Decocap 360-3D uses five video cameras, one of which captures the top of the lid while the other four examine the side walls.The use of Sacmi’s proprietary illumination unit and software enables a two-dimensional image to be...

Wide field and high speeds for laser marker

In response to demand for higher- performance laser marking systems, Videojet Technologies has expanded its range with the launch of the Videojet 3640. A CO2 laser system, it is engineered to process complex codes at the highest speeds, with the industry’s widest mark field.The 3640 is capable of processing more than 1,000 variable codes per minute with dot matrix...

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