Inspect seams fast and non-destructively

A seam inspection gauge that scans the entire circumference of a can in eight seconds has been launched by Wilkens-Anderson Co.Described as the “ultimate double seam inspection gauge”, the SEAM360 is a non-destructive tester that measures the seam thickness and height simultaneously at 360 points to a resolution of 0.0002 inches.Measurements are independent of operator influence, and defects such...

Errors reduced with inkjet coder option

Coding errors are said to be reduced with a new optional feature offered on Videojet Technologies’ 1860 continuous inkjet (CIJ) printer.The supplier of coding, marking and printing systems is now offering Scan2Run functionality for the Videojet 1860 as an option. It provides minimal manual intervention, helping to reduce operator-induced coding errors.Surveys conducted by Videojet have shown that up to...

Welder now compatible with calibration crowns

Swiss welder manufacturer Can Man has redesigned its CM16 series welding machine to be compatible with all types and sizes of calibration crowns from existing ABM Soudronic welders. The development will enable canmakers to reduce the initial installation cost of a CM16 welder, by allowing them to use the calibration crowns from their...

Multi-zone decorator cooling system

Temperature control systems for the decorators used on two-piece beverage can lines have been developed by Roeslein & Associates to cover the inkers, gearbox and overvarnish tank.Precise temperature control is achieved through the application of the latest technology in integrated pump and valve controls, says Roeslein. The system comprises ten individually-controlled temperature zones. It features a modular design with all...

Problem-free powder side-stripe repair

A powder side-stripe repair system for three-piece welded cans from China’s Jorson Trading features a micro-porous tube filtration system, which is designed to solve pressure change problems during application. The ceramic or polymer filter tube separates the powder and air.It is used on the can welding machine with a newly-designed powder arm which has the flexibility to be adjusted...

Best conveyor-belt installation practice

When selecting and installing conveying belts for can washers, dryers and curing ovens, there are a number of things that should be considered – during installation, and throughout their life, says Marty Tabaka. Choosing the right belt The first decision to make is choosing the correct mat. For washers, the industry standard is the flat-wire mat, which has clinched...

Thai beverage cans printed with laser plates

Improved beverage print quality and flexibility of use were the reasons behind Thai Beverage Can's decision to have a letterpress plate-making system installed by Swiss company Lüscher. The Thai-based canmaker produces two-piece aluminium cans for beer and beverages for its domestic market as well as other markets in the region. It operates two canmaking lines, which run at up...

Equipment that forms lighter aerosol cans

Although manufacturers of tinplate aerosol cans have wanted to reduce the weight of their cans with thinner gauges of material, thereby reducing the costs, the lack of machines that were capable of processing them limited progress, says Germany’s Lanico Machinenbau.Since the launch last year of Lanico’s latest Can Former series, a 65mm-diameter 750ml aerosol can that was once made...

Curing oven manufacturer expands in China

The Chinese subsidiary of US-based oven manufacturer International Thermal Systems has moved to a larger 50,000 sq ft facility. The branch near Shanghai has hired several new technicians to assist with the production of Sigma-Six-branded pin-chain ovens, inside-bake ovens and washers used for the manufacture of two-piece beverage cans. ITS chief executive John Zea said: "Our customers have sent...

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