Driver provides control of spraying process

A stand-alone electronic drive control for internal spray machines has been developed by Nordson. The NC-1 Driver controls the spray duration of the guns, receiving a signal from a separate timer or PLC. The system is self-monitoring, and alerts the operator to problems such as short circuits, or the gun remaining open. It is suitable for two-piece and three-piece...

Water-based sealant for all beverage cans

A water-based sealant that is said to be the best route to cost savings on all types of beverage ends has been developed by Spain-based specialist Actega Artística, part of the Altana Group.Approved for pasteurised and sterilised products, RB1006 Z2 sealing compound is suitable for application in static and rotary lining machines and dried in conventional ovens. It has...

New approach to X-ray double seam inspection

A non-destructive X-ray system for detecting cover hook wrinkles in double seams is being launched by CMC-Kuhnke. The XTS system scans the full circumference of the double seam and interprets the data to provide a seam tightness value and the amount of wrinkle inside the cover hook. The system uses low-power X-rays which are non-destructive, reducing the amount...

Rapid blanket changing launched by KBA

A system for more quickly changing the blankets on decorating presses has been launched by Germany’s KBA-MetalPrint.The Rapid Blanket Change (RBC) system is said to cut changeover times by more than half, thereby raising efficiency and productivity. The RBC process is initiated by simple push-button control by a single operator.Printing of metal sheets can place high demands on presses,...

Unimaq signs up agent in China

British-based canmaking equipment supplier Unimaq is extending the reach of its two-piece can decorating and varnishing systems in China with the appointment of Memag Global Technologies as agent. The agreement was recently signed by Berty De Jong (pictured right), director of Unimaq and Michael Cheng, managing director of Memag. Beijing-based Memag Global Technologies has extensive experience in canmaking and...

Better performance than epoxy for food cans

A new internal coating for three-piece food cans and ends from AkzoNobel is said to offer excellent barrier performance, strong sulphur resistance, and sustainability. Vitalure G2 10 represents a new generation of polyester coatings that have stronger chemical resistance for many kinds of food in an application system that can be used in a number of regions around the world. “Our...

Vacuum pumps that halve energy costs

A range of variable-speed vacuum pumps that are claimed to have the potential to halve energy costs have been launched by Atlas Copco.The GHS 3800-5400 VSD+ rotary screw pumps are particularly suited for large industrial vacuum users in the canning and food packaging industries.Users can reduce their energy consumption by up to 50 per cent if they upgrade their...

Training for the canmaking process

A range of training packages and production optimising services for canmaking plant operators are being offered by Integrated Packaging Solutions (IPS). Complete equipment training packages for new and experienced operators are available under the CanSchool Training name, including training for front end and back end equipment, delivered both in classrooms and through 'on the job' training at the customer's...

Vision system for dairy can lids

Six machines designed by Sacmi for inspecting the metal lids of three-piece food cans used to contain condensed, evaporated and powdered milk products have been tested and successfully installed at a factory owned by an unnamed multinational manufacturer.The company, which operates within the dairy sector and has factories across the world, chose Sacmi’s new ULYSSE ‘all-in-one’ vision systems...