Robots help with digital printing

A digital printing system for necked beverage cans is the first product from a newly-formed company in Italy headed up by Paolo Venturelli, former managing director of Technopack. Novum is described as a second-generation digital printer, and has been developed by Quantix Digital, a company based at Vigevano near Milan and formed by Venturelli, Flavio Vailati, a former technical chief...

Depalletiser features machine health monitoring

A high-level bulk depalletiser featuring machine health monitoring capabilities to support overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) has been released by Busse/SJI, part of US-based Arrowhead Systems. The Alpha Turbo depalletiser has been updated with the addition of 'smart' pneumatics, edge computing and an industrial internet of things (IIoT) software platform to provide real-time data about machine conditions and performance. According to Busse/SJI,...

Beverage can ink gets green and safety accreditation

INX International Ink has launched a decorating ink system for beverage cans that it claims is the first to be certified to a US standard covering environmental and user safety credentials. The AP EcoCan ink system received a gold level Material Health Certificate from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (C2CPII), in collaboration with the US Environmental Protection Encouragement...

Production inspection through mobile app

A mobile app that helps canmakers monitor manufacturing processes in real time using their smartphone or tablet has been launched by Flexware Innovation. The new application is part of Acumence’s v6 upgrade and draws upon the company’s software that has been in service for more than 17 years in 46 canmaking plants worldwide, including Ball Corporation operations. The processes that can...

Chain oil lubricant boasts optimised performance

A lubricant specially developed for the conveyor chain of internal coating dryers has been launched by Sprimag in partnership with tribology expert Klüber Lubrication. Sprimag special chain oil Typ S-300 benefits from a balanced composition of high-quality ester base oil and additives, with no solid lubricants added, which ensures minimal residue formation on the chain for optimal cleanliness and lower...

Training sessions go online through digital platforms

Online training services developed to counter the limitations imposed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic are now available at automated inspection specialist Pressco Technology and canmaking equipment manufacturer CarnaudMetalbox Engineering (CMbE). Ohio-based Pressco has developed a digital platform that works as a virtual classroom for operators worldwide who use its Intellispec and DecoSpector360 systems to inspect two-piece beverage cans, two- and...

Low-odour coding ink for food products

Markem-Imaje has developed a low-odour ink for canners, providing a coding method that does not alter the sensory properties of products, in addition to being a more pleasant option for operators.  Designed for products that must be coded with variable data such as best-before-expiry dates, lot numbers or ingredients, the FB655 is an alcohol-based ink that unlike other continuous inkjet...

Soudronic cuts price of its weld machine rollers

Three-piece canmaking equipment specialist Soudronic has made its Discon side-seam weld rollers more affordable. The rollers have been used by canmakers for many years and have been progressively improved since their launch. As from January, Discon rollers in diameters from 45mm to 99mm now come with reduced pricing. However, the company has also announced that repairs of roller heads in...

Fibre laser for high-speed beverage can coding

A high-speed beverage can coding system that uses fibre lasers rather than inkjet technology has been launched by US company Videojet Technologies. The Lightfoot system combines Videojet’s fibre lasers with high-speed dual Lightfoot marking heads to meet the production requirements of beverage canning manufacturers. Purpose-built for beverage cans, the Lightfoot system is designed with robust components including IP69 rated dust- and...

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