Three-pronged approach

A number of design changes have enabled International Thermal Systems (ITS) to reduce the footprint, speed up can-size changeover times, reduce maintenance costs and cut chemical and water consumption on its improved Trident Can Washer.A compact riser design enables the floor space to be cut by a quarter while maintaining spray volumes. Downtime during can size changeovers is reduced...

Multi-format compound liner from Peñalver

Spain's Industrias Peñalver launched a curler-compound liner designed for all formats of non-round ends, of up to 232x232mm. The MER+ reaches speeds of 100 ends a minute with the larger size.   The company also supplies what is said to be the fastest curler-compound liner for non-round ends. Based on an 8-station rotary system, the MER-600...

Upgraded beverage can label inspection

US-based Pressco has introduced what it calls a second-generation platform for its DecoSpector 360 beverage can label inspection system.On the market for nearly two years, DecoSpector 360 uses multiple cameras and software to enable detailed inspection of labels at full production line speeds. A redesign of the inspection module now accommodates a range of multiple can sizes on a...

Fancy canmaking takes to turnkey

UK-based Meltog has redeveloped its BM350 bodymaker as the heart of two new turnkey decorative canmaking lines for producing either round or irregular decorative cans.The bodymakers can be configured to form either round cans from pre-printed flat blanks or when integrated with an all-new automatic feeder, notcher and hemmer unit are able to form irregular cans, again from pre-printed...

Stolle expands its canmaking tool supply base

Leading equipment supplier to the two-piece canmaking industry Colorado-based Stolle Machinery has bought one of its tooling suppliers in the US to ensure a reliable source of specialised components. Ultra Punch of Dayton specialises making the high-precision punches and die components used in tab and lane dies that go into beer/beverage and full-aperture easy open end conversion systems. Founded...

Premium foil lids offer more promotional opportunities on drinks cans

Additional promotional opportunities are possible with the latest design of foil protective lids which are being used on cans of Orangina.The Smart Top aluminium lids supplied by Constantia Flexibles provide a premium packaging feature that provides hygienic protection against dirt and bacteria along with a stylish branding element that stands out on-shelf.The Orangina brand, owned by Schweppes International, is...

UV curing system saves energy consumption

UK-based GEW is launching its NUVAPlus UV curing system to the European mainland market. Designed for UV curing of inks and coatings, the system is said to reduce energy consumption, using an electronic power supply that provides a 30-percent increase in power conversion efficiency and a 20-percent increase in UV output, as well as reducing stand-by power consumption...

Food-safe lubricants prevent contamination

The use of ‘food-safe’ lubricants and bearings are helping to avoid the problems of product recalls that result from contamination problems with food processing equipment, as Chris Johnson, managing director of food grade bearing supplier SMB Bearings explains.Lubricants used in food processing machinery must be formulated to be innocuous in taste and odour, and should not pose any kind...

Internal lacquer vision inspection

A vision system that inspects the internal lacquer on beverage cans has been developed by Pressco. This replaces the sensors from other suppliers that have traditionally been used, but which stop the line when a defect occurs.A camera is mounted in or near the inside-spray machine to inspect every can for proper application of lacquer, and rejects individual defects...