Versatile water-based PVC-free sealants

Significant advances have been made in the versatility of lining compounds for lug caps, following demands for products with low-migration and reduced environmental impact.Leading compound manufacturer Actega Artística first launched a range of water-based, PVC-free compounds for twist-off caps in 2009 to meet tighter plasticiser migration limits, which had been reduced from 300 to 60 parts per million.Actega Artística, based...

Conveyors improve tomato canning output

Upgrades to the conveying systems on an existing tomato canning line have been provided by Italian equipment manufacturer Magnoni, following a challenge from an undisclosed customer to handle both empty and filled cans.The customer required Modena-based Magnoni, which has supplied equipment to the food and drinks industry for 60 years, to integrate the new systems into the existing lines...

All welding-related problems detected

By using a new calibrating force monitor (CFM) from Soudronic, all welding-related problems – such as tinplate overlap errors – can now be detected, thereby boosting production reliability.Until now, no monitoring system was able to reliably detect excessive overlapping caused by dimensional fluctuations, says Soudronic. Were there to be excessive overlap, the welding current would need to be increased...

Pasteuriser provides canners with flexibility

A tunnel pasteuriser has been introduced by German equipment company KHS, which is said to offer drinks canners a high degree of microbiological safety and flexibility.The Innopas SX (pictured above) uses a modular design to meet the growing demand from the beverage industry for pasteurisers that are able handle an increasingly complex range of products, packed in cans, glass...

Stolle completes its process equipment range with a necker

A rotary die necker for two-piece beverage cans was launched at the Cannex show in Guangzhou in China by Stolle Machinery, complementing the comprehensive range of process equipment offered by the US-based machinery manufacturer.The horizontal-axis machine, which uses a number of necking modules according to the requirements of the customer, follows conventional practice and therefore can be installed in...

Low-cost operation

There are many myths related to the calculation of the running costs of can washers, says Joe Bohlen, vice president of two-piece can technology at Cincinnati Industrial Machinery.The items that contribute most to running costs are treatment chemicals (35 percent), electricity (27), natural gas for heating the washer’s water (15) and natural gas for heating the dryer (13).Bohlen says...

Persevering in the industry

A commitment to reducing water and energy costs is behind the design of can washers and ovens offered by China’s Perseverance Precision Equipment (PPE), which are part of a range of canmaking equipment produced at its facility in Foshan.PPE has identified pollutant accumulation in the water as a source of quality problems and the need to keep tanks in...

Three-pronged approach

A number of design changes have enabled International Thermal Systems (ITS) to reduce the footprint, speed up can-size changeover times, reduce maintenance costs and cut chemical and water consumption on its improved Trident Can Washer.A compact riser design enables the floor space to be cut by a quarter while maintaining spray volumes. Downtime during can size changeovers is reduced...

Cloud-based monitoring service for print

A cloud-based service that enables users of Linx Printing Technologies printers to monitor the performance and availability of their jobs – such as ink-jet coding on cans – has been launched.Called Linx Printernet, the system enables users to see in real-time the printer status for each job, with regular messages informing operators how the job is running as planned.Printernet...