Can lids added with a single-turret machine

A single-turret can seaming machine has been launched for drinks manufacturers by Imeta.The Autocan has been designed for easy changeover of any can size between 330ml and 500ml and has a production capacity of 3,600 cans per hour. It is also equipped with a single roll cover separator with an electro-pneumatic arresting knife.Sales director Roberto Baroni says: “The idea...

System for handling pear-shaped seams

Seaming machine specialist Talleres Ezquerra based at San Adrián in the Navarre region of northern Spain managed to overcome a ‘pear shaped’ conundrum last year, when it adapted its PE-6443 seamer to accommodate pear-shaped cans, after the biggest European meat canner challenged it to do so.All previous units supplied were prepared to run rectangular shaped cans of Spam. However,...

Seaming beer can lids more cleanly

An expansion of Ferrum’s ferruCompact line of can seamers, the FC06, is aimed at medium-sized breweries as well as drinks canners. The machine is said by the Swiss company to be ideal for seaming cans of mixed alcoholic beverages, beer and soft drinks.Ferrum has simplified the machine’s operation with a quick-change system for tools. Hygiene levels are improved with...

Can bottom coatings 
and codes inspected

A system for inspecting the printed codes or lacquer coatings on the bottoms of beverage cans has been unveiled by Torus Measurement Systems.The Z312 Vision Module provides a single system for testing all industry-standard UV/visible ink dot characters while also being able to assess the presence of bottom rim coatings. The module is claimed to help assist canmakers reduce...

Three-dimensional laser
plate engraving

Directly-engraved elastomer printing plates from HELL Gravure Systems, based at Kiel in northern Germany, offer an alternative to photopolymer plates.HELL’s PremiumSetter S1000 is claimed to be an exceptionally productive engraving system for metal-based dry offset printing plates. A 1290 x 1060mm raw plate can accommodate up to 14 colour separations with the capability of being imaged ready for printing...

Blankets that improve
 press productivity

Offset printing blankets that are specifically designed for the MetalStar 3 decorating press have been updated by their manufacturer Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint.The latest MetalPremium RBC blanket is now available as a splined version for presses with a tension bar that enables rapid blanket changes.Also available for MetalStar 2 and MetalStar 3 presses without the rapid blanket change feature...

Digital printer for two-piece cans launched by SLAC

A digital printer for two-piece beverage and aerosol can bodies has been launched by equipment manufacturer Suzhou SLAC Precision Equipment, which says the machine is already in use at canmaking plants.Providing flexibility to respond quickly to customer needs without downtime, the offline machine, called SC-DCP-B2006, operates at more than 200cpm, depending on the label design and resolution required, which...

Faster and lower-cost side-stripe curing

A side-stripe repair coating system developed by Swiss canmaking equipment specialist Can Man is being further developed to make it more energy efficient and easier to use.Already installed on 100 lines, Can Man’s PowerCURE system uses induction heating to cure the repair coating on the welds of three-piece cans.Can Man’s general manager Ruedi Umbricht says that because the cans...

Intelligent UV-cured bottom rim system

The latest version of Heraeus Noblelight’s UV-cured bottom rim coating application system – which improves mobility on D&I beverage can lines – is Internet of Things capable.Called the LightHammer 10 Mark III, the system uses real-time monitoring software in which up to 30 units can be analysed remotely through a local network, and send and store data in the...