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...

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...

Faster servo-controlled three-piece can welding

Swiss canmaking equipment manufacturer Can Man has launched a faster version of its servo-controlled X7 welder for three-piece cans. With a welding speed of 100m/min and capability for producing up to 600cpm, a central feature of the X7-600 is its ‘smart’ linear servo-driven control combined with advanced software running off an iPad, which provides positional accuracy in blank handling and...

Seeking out the anomalies

Systems for identifying cans that could show below-par performance on filling lines is the focus of new developments being offered to canmakers. Peter Brown highlights a fewPrevent the rise of ring-pulls under pressure Trackwork jams on can filling lines are sometimes the result of the ring-pull rising above the top of a can when its internal pressure increases during processing or pasteurisation.To identify...

Conveyor drives upgraded at Kraft Heinz

More than 100 variable speed drives (VSDs) have been installed to control conveyors on the Kraft Heinz pasta filling lines at Kitt Green in the UK as part of a modernisation programme.The Danfoss VLT AutomationDrive FC 302 VSDs, installed by UK-based PnP Motion Controls, replaced earlier 20 year-old controls.Filling of beans, soup, pasta and Snap Pots is carried out...

Multi-zone decorator cooling system

Temperature control systems for the decorators used on two-piece beverage can lines have been developed by Roeslein & Associates to cover the inkers, gearbox and overvarnish tank.Precise temperature control is achieved through the application of the latest technology in integrated pump and valve controls, says Roeslein. The system comprises ten individually-controlled temperature zones. It features a modular design with all...

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...