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 bodymaker trimmers, along with rejected cans from other parts of the production line and delivering it to hydraulic baling presses.The material...

Böttcher designs smoother rollers to reduce print-run changeover times

Metal decoration equipment specialist Böttcher Group has developed a new printing roller with the capability of cutting print-roller changeover times by half on sheet presses.The German company’s Easy Clean System (ECS) comprises offset printing rollers that are made from a proprietary rubber formula of polymers and additives and are coated with a new finish that makes the surface smoother...

Canpack improves effluent treatment at Indian plant

Beverage canmaker Canpack Group is commissioning a new effluent treatment facility at its canmaking plant, at Aurangabad in India.The Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) plant, supplied by Italian company Cie, makes use of a combination of technologies, including chemical neutralisation, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis and evaporation. It is the third ZLD installed by Cie, following others installed for Bevcan in Angola...

New generation curing oven for aerosol cans

An internal curing oven for aerosol cans launched by Sprimag is said to offer a reduced footprint and greater energy efficiency.The two-row DIT oven has a design that comprises four modules. It offers a range of options depending on the required drying time, production speed and diameters of cans being cured. Drying times of between seven and ten minutes...

Automation speeds decorator sheet changeover

An automatic dropdown sheet-support system has been developed by UK metal decorating equipment specialist Crabtree in response to customer demands for improved efficiency and reduced changeover times.At the push of a button, the innovation is said to add more flexibility to Crabtree’s Fast Ready press.Crabtree will tailor designs to meet individual customer requirements. Options include a full sheet size...

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...