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...

Seamer in action within canmaking line

Swiss double-seamer manufacturer Ferrum will be collaborating with compatriate Germann+Frei to demonstrate the companies’ equipment in operation at Metpack. Ferrum will operate its F410 model seamer connected to a three-piece necker-beader-flanger supplied by Germann+Frei. The F410 operates at a rate of up to 1,000 cans a minute using up to ten seaming stations, and is said to offer...

Seafood canner cuts water consumption

Water consumption in the packing operations of Spanish seafood canner Grupo Consorcio has been reduced by 40 percent following the implementation of an ‘eco-plan’ by research group AZTI-Tecnalia.Based at Santoña, Grupo Consorcio specialises in high-quality seafood such as anchovies from the Cantabrian Sea, albacore and tuna. The reduction in water comsumption, reports World Fishing, cuts its environmental impact, as...

Wet and powder coatings from same system

A dual coating machine which can internally coat aluminium cans or tubes with wet or powder coatings is being promoted by German company Sprimag. Called the HIL-70, the machine enables operators to change between wet and powder coating operations with a quick clean of the spray cabin, says the company. The machine operates at up...

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...

Measure can coatings with faster optical system

An optical coatings measurement system for beverage cans is the first gauge to be developed by Sencon as a result of its three-year collaboration with City University in London. Called the Coatings Master-Optical, the gauge offers faster tests than conventional systems, and measures coating thickness on a range of areas on the can, including the dome and plug areas,...

Faster plate changing goes to market

A system for two-piece can decorators developed to enable label changes to be made in 30 seconds for each colour has been launched to canmakers for further testing. First revealed at Cannex in 2015, the QLC-System from Rosario in the Netherlands features sleeves with elastomer coatings that are direct laser engraved to provide a three-dimensional plate. This enables better control...

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...

Make smaller batches of cans cost-effectively

The VLM – meaning Vertical-Linear-Modular – range of equipment has been developed in close cooperation with a canmaker in the Pacific region and with a German university which provided expertise in direct linear drives for maximum speed and innovative control system architecture.The machines include dedicated modules for each canmaking operation such as expanding, flanging, seaming, ear welding, bailing. More...

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