Lacquer inspection for range of can sizes

TRAC Measurements is launching a beverage can enamel rater with integrated optical coating inspection system that is suitable for a range of can sizes without the need for a manual changeover. Called the Z313, the unit is suitable for aluminium and steel cans and uses the non-contact spectroscopy technology of the integrated optical coatings analyser to...

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,...

Acid cleaning proves itself across the globe

Process fluid technologies from Quaker enhance D&I manufacturing operations, reports Printz Holman Innovative products continue to be developed by Quaker Chemical for the canmaking industry, such as its new Quakerol CLA 412 synthetic formaldehyde- and bactericide-free bodymaking coolant.This is said to provide excellent lubrication and biostability without the need for conventional biocides and formaldehyde releasers. Biostable emulsion technology is also...

Coolant filtration system runs operator-free

A filtration system that is capable of handling the coolant from up to 20 bodymakers in D&I can plants has been launched by US-based Stolle Machinery.The Coolant Filtration System is designed as a modular package incorporating coolant reservoirs, filters, pumps and all controls.With a smaller footprint than previous systems, it features two carbon-steel pressure vessels with 3M CUNO filter...

End-of-line inspection for aerosol cans

A comprehensive inspection system that checks cans, particularly those for aerosol products, at the end of a production line has been launched in a collaboration between German manufacturers Mühlbauer and Sprimag.Called CIM, the system covers all quality aspects of the finished cans at line speed, lifting them from the output conveyor of the necking machine, placing them under a...

Online condition-based monitoring

A low-cost, high-speed online condition-based monitoring (CBM) system has been introduced by AVT Reliability that offers real-time management of safety and business critical assets. Machine Sentry MSO-1 captures vibration data on a range of rotating equipment. This is stored on the system’s database where it can be integrated with data from other condition monitoring (CM) equipment. The CM data can...

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...

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...

Headset reduces ambient plant noise

A headset designed for noisy working environments such as canmaking plants has been introduced by Vocollect, a business unit of US-based Intermec, in the UK market. The SRX2 wireless headset is designed to block ambient noise by half, while maintaining clear transmission of communications between operators, through a combination of Vocollect's SoundSense and Advanced Speech Recognition Protocol technologies. The...