Shrink-sleeve labelling for small canning runs

A can shrink-sleeve labelling line suitable for five beverage can formats running at 30,000 cans per hour (cph) has recently been supplied Finpac Italiato an unnamed bottler in Asia.Shrink-sleeve labelled cans are eco-friendly says Finpac. They can be supplied with a pre-perforation option for ease of label removal and recycling of cans. However, the primary advantage of shrink-sleeve labelling...

CKW modifies BrewDog twist conveyors to handle slim cans

Multinational craft brewer BrewDog has modified its UK filling line to handle sleek 330ml cans as well as regular-sized versions.Quick-release toggle clamps were added to an existing twist conveyor line that carries empty cans to a rinser before filling. Minor modifications were also made to the guide rails so that the line could switch to the slim cans with...

Macsa ID boosts marking speed with lasers

Spanish specialist in marking, coding and traceability, Macsa ID has unveiled a machine with the capability to laser imprint batch number, expiry and QR codes on as many as 120,000 aluminium drinks cans per hour.Barcelona-based firm’s SPA F-9050 UHS laser machine is claimed to beat the industry’s average canning plant production rates of around 80,000 cans per hour and...

Labels designed for cold and damp craft beer canning

A new label for application to cold and damp substrates has been launched that is ideally suited for the labelling of cans of craft beer.The Mactac Wet Strength Chill AT labels are said to improve wet strength in moist environments. They feature a 54# bright white facestock with a semi-gloss finish and built-in wet strength properties.An all-temperature adhesive used...

Three-in-one gauge for measuring ends

A single automated gauge that rapidly measures the geometry of sanitary ends, end shells, and both food and beverage easy-open ends has been launched by Sencon.The gauge is said to bring new levels of accuracy, repeatability and reliability to enable end makers to make improvements to process control, tooling management and product quality.The non-contact ES8000 End System equipped with...

Beverage end conversion press that tops 5,000 per minute

A more productive version of Stolle Machinery’s Tetrad end conversion system has been developed by the US-based canmaking equipment manufacturer.First launched in 2000, the Tetrad progression press came with four lanes. The EO6 version has six lanes, giving 70 per cent more output while using just 36 per cent more power.The EO6 conversion press has an output of up...

BPA-free thermochromic ink is suitable for cans

A range of thermochromic inks that is free of bisphenol-A has been launched by US-based CTI for use on beverage cans.Bisphenol-A is a component of well-established high-performance epoxy phenolic lacquers and has been criticised as a potential endocrine disruptor although allowed by the FDA and authorities in Europe for use in packaging.The inks, which are also free of bisphenol...

Grolsch uses cardboard multipack with branding opportunities

A paper-based replacement for the plastic shrink wrap on multi-packs of beer cans is being launched this month by Royal Grolsch in the Netherlands.The TopClip has been designed by packaging firm Smurfit Kappa as a development of its GreenClip but with better branding opportunities. The design also keeps the tops of the cans clean.Grolsch is part of the Asahi...

Robotic automation reaches waste handling systems

An aluminium waste extraction system for beverage can plants has been enhanced by UK-based Impact Air Systems with a fully-automated bale handling system.The company offers turnkey systems for collecting and pneumatically conveying waste metal from cupping presses and body maker trimmers, along with rejected cans from other parts of the production line and delivering it to hydraulic baling presses.The...

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