Double-sheet detector aimed at canmakers

A double sheet detector for the metal packaging industry has been introduced by Roland Electronic. Called the I100-S-WI and part of the company’s low-cost R100 series of sensors, it is said to be particularly well-suited to canmakers as it offers single-sided detection of double aluminium and tinplate sheets. The detection process is based on the...

Faster sealing for membrane ends

Swiss-based equipment manufacturer Soudronic has further developed its range of sealing machines for peelable membrane ends. The Uniseal HSS machine increases the production speed of D-opening membrane ends, operating at 150 strokes per minute on 127mm-diameter ends, and at 100spm on 127mm finger-hole tab ends, more than double that of existing equipment, says the company. Also recently developed is...

Automated canning for safer infant formula

A system for the automated evacuation, gassing and seaming of infant formula cans, which ensures safer and more efficient filling, has been developed by German packaging equipment company Optima Consumer. “The Optima FS filling machine and the Optima EGS enable us to supply the centrepiece of infant formula production lines from a single source,” says Christoph Held, managing director of...

Scaling new heights for two-piece cans

Dramatic benefits in the manufacture of drawn two-piece cans that provide volume increases of up to 57 percent from the same amount of material are claimed for new canmaking tooling developed by Gebrüder Leonhardt Blema Kircheis. Straight-sided drawn steel cans have long been a staple of the seafood canning industry, with the relatively shallow containers particularly well-suited to the...

Automatic in-line modular enamel rater

An in-line, fully -automatic enamel rater has been developed by Chinese quality inspection specialist Canneed Instrument Ltd. The ADER C3000 is an inline transport system for cans that eliminates the need for complex pick-and-place mechanisms, enabling a throughput of up to six cans per minute. The equipment provides fully autonomous operation when used in conjunction with a can sampling system and...

More durable wicket oven uses less energy

A new design of wicket curing oven that is claimed to offer energy savings and lower maintenance requirements has been developed by Hebenstreit Metal Decorating GmbH (HMD) in Germany. For curing the coatings or decoration on tinplate or TFS sheets, the oven traditionally uses wickets to support them using a guidance system during their passage through the curing process. In the...

Copper wire drives speed up three-piece welders

A new drive system for the copper wire used in Soudronic welders has been contributing to linear welding speeds of up to 140 metres per minute. Already in use on three-piece tinplate body lines, the Uniwire system, used in combination with double-height cans is enabling production speeds of 1,200 per minute. This, says Soudronic, means that half-kilo sizes can be...

Open house focuses on energy savings

Advances in energy saving and recovery systems for curing ovens in beverage can plants were demonstrated by German manufacturer KBA-Metalprint during a recent open house for customers from the canmaking industry. On display were updated designs of inside bake oven – called BeltStar – and two examples of pin-chain oven – called PinStar, along with an air-flow management system...

Special effects inks need a special inker

As canmakers increasingly use inks to produce special effects, such as metallic, textured, photo luminescent, pearlescent and thermochromic, their differing performance in two-piece can decorators has become a challenge. These inks have larger particles – between two and 45 microns in contrast to standard ink with sizes of less than one micron. These larger particles are less able to pass...

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