Sustainable packs for canned beers

Brewers are increasingly marketing their canned products in printed cartonboard multi-packs to avoid using plastics. The latest is the UK’s ShinDigger Brewing, which worked with corrugated specialist Cepac to design shelf-ready secondary packaging for its range of beers.To reduce its impact on the environment, the Manchester brewer replaced trays and shrinkwraps for its 12 packs of 440ml cans.The construction,...

Cable stop for conveyors improves safety

A cable-style e-stop accessory option for DynaCon conveyors is being offered by Dynamic Conveyor Corporation.The new cable will provide the ability to quickly stop the conveyor from running in the event of an emergency and is said to offer optimum protection along the entire length of the conveyor.In an emergency, an operator can push or pull anywhere along the...

KHS moves into can labelling systems

German packaging system supplier KHS has launched its first can labelling system.The Innoket Neo machine is aimed at manufacturers of small batches of cans or canned products.“We’ve expanded our existing portfolio to include can labelling to give the customer more design options and enable these designs to be implemented faster with smaller warehouse capacities,” says Cornelius Adolf, labelling product...

Monomer technology for can coatings

A BPA-NI lacquer has been developed by US-based chemicals, fibres and plastics company Eastman that is claimed to improve the flexibility and durability of can coatings.Eastman’s Tetrashield, which is based on a monomer technology found in the company’s Tritan copolyester developed for food contact applications, helps coatings manufacturers and canmakers to produce higher-performing coatings, the company claims. It does...

Inverted blanks detected in-line

The risk of producing ‘inside-out’ three-piece tinplate cans, in which cans are lacquered on the wrong side because inverted blanks are used, can be eliminated by using a detector from sensor specialist Innosen.If coated sheets or body blanks are put into welders upside down, the resulting cans will come out with their protective coating on the outside and not...

Low-capacity drinks canning needs met

German equipment supplier KHS has launched its Innopro Craft CIP Skid cleaning system and further developments to the Innofill Can C can filler to increase capacity. These are tailored to meet the needs of craft breweries and smaller beverage producers.With the development of its Innopro Craft CIP Skid, KHS now offers a system for the supply of rinsing and...

Errors reduced with inkjet coder option

Coding errors are said to be reduced with a new optional feature offered on Videojet Technologies’ 1860 continuous inkjet (CIJ) printer.The supplier of coding, marking and printing systems is now offering Scan2Run functionality for the Videojet 1860 as an option. It provides minimal manual intervention, helping to reduce operator-induced coding errors.Surveys conducted by Videojet have shown that up to...

Food-safe lubricants prevent contamination

The use of ‘food-safe’ lubricants and bearings are helping to avoid the problems of product recalls that result from contamination problems with food processing equipment, as Chris Johnson, managing director of food grade bearing supplier SMB Bearings explains.Lubricants used in food processing machinery must be formulated to be innocuous in taste and odour, and should not pose any kind...

Beverage conveyor failure problems solved

Bearing specialist NSK has worked with an unnamed international beverage manufacturer to solve a problem of conveyor failures at one of its production plants. By changing to NSK Moulded-Oil mounted-unit inserts, the drinks producer has overcome repeated problems of premature insert failures on the drive system of four vital sorting conveyors. The move has improved service life, leading to...