BPA-NI food can coatings from PPG

A range of non-epoxy internal spray coatings for D&I food cans has been launched by PPG Industries.Nutrishield Solista chemistry is said to be the first bisphenol A non-intent (BPA-NI) high-performance coating range for the canned food industry. It is said to be food-contact compliant with flavour-neutral properties to help easily-affected products pass extensive tests.“They are suitable for all two-piece...

Digital beverage can printer for customised images

Featuring technology developed by INX International, a decorator using digital print heads for beverage cans has been launched by Stolle Machinery. The machine is expected to be used for customised graphics in short production runs.Capable of printing photo-quality images on up to 60 beverage cans per minute with a resolution of 720 x 1,000dpi, the Digital Decorator uses a...

BPA-NI aerosol can coatings from PPG

A range of new-generation coatings for use by aerosol canmaking firms has been launched by PPG Industries.The coatings use chemistries that are free of bisphenol-A (BPA-NI) and are suitable for aluminium monobloc cans and plastics tubes.PPG’s new HOBA range meets new requirements and is said to provide enhanced performance solutions and benefits such as higher application solids and one-component...

Craft beer filler for metal bottles

A filling machine for aluminium drinks bottles developed by US-based Meheen Engineering is aimed at the craft brewing industry. The Merlin filler operates at speeds of between 1,080 and 2,520 bottles an hour, with most systems running at more than 1,800 bph, says the company. It offers three filling modes, designed for high-quality beer filling. In the Evac/Purge mode...

Uprated range of welders from Soudronic

Three-piece canmaking systems that produce in excess of 1,000 cans per minute will be shown soon by Swiss manufacturer Soudronic, alongside a range of more flexible medium-speed welders.Soudronic's high-speed Soucan 2075 produces standard 500g food cans from 0.12mm-gauge tinplate at speeds of up to 1,200 a minute – equivalent to a welding speed of 140 metres per minute.The welder...

Seamer from Ferrum for the craft brewer

A low-volume can seaming machine that meets the needs of the craft brewing industry has been developed by Ferrum.The three-head FerruCraft FC03 machine is said to offer simple operation, fast adaptability to a range of can formats, and outstanding performance for the price.Using high-quality materials and manufactured to the same standards as Switzerland-based Ferrum’s high-speed machines, the FC03 is...

Can decorator brings best of both worlds

Canmaking plants making two-piece drinks containers no longer have to sacrifice print quality for production speed, says CarnaudMetalbox Engineering, the UK manufacturer of the newly-launched Sovereign Decorator. "It's no question that the marketplace for beverages is fiercely competitive, and cans are a hugely popular packaging format," says Jim Cozier, general manager of CarnaudMetalbox Engineering. "Until now, beverage can manufacturers...

Orbital retort doors increase production

Canning plants will be able to increase their processing capacity by replacing swing door retorts with orbital door retorts from Allpax.Capacity increases of between 8 and 33 percent are claimed, depending on the current basket capacity of the retort room and can exceed the equivalent basket capacity of installing an additional retort.Allpax orbital door retorts rotate upwards so use...

New D&I bodymaker from Stolle

A sophisticated ram guidance system developed by Stolle Machinery for its D&I bodymakers that prevents cross contamination between oil and coolant has been installed on machines at a number of canmaking plants.The so-called short ram technology, first shown three years ago, removes the need for a guidance cartridge and is expected to be built into bodymakers as the technology...