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...

Manufacturing execution system for Exal Corp

Aluminium aerosol can and bottle manufacturer Exal Corporation has chosen Lighthouse Systems to develop and implement a manufacturing execution system (MES) for the company’s US manufacturing operations in Youngstown, Ohio.The Shopfloor-Online MES software provided by Lighthouse Systems enables ‘smart manufacturing’ through the digitisation of its canmaking processes and operations. Exal has been using statistical process control software from the...

Light-emitting diodes for quality

Increasing demand from consumers for the highest-quality products means that canmakers should be using machine vision systems based on light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to improve the performance of their production lines, suggests Amir Novini, chief executive of Applied Vision.Applied Vision has set up its Imaging Sciences Group to design bespoke vision inspection systems, which make use of the entire spectrum...

Sharing process control on coating lines

SpecMetrix Systems has expanded its range of coating weight inspection systems to include two split-system options for coating lines that are adjacent and others for lines in tandem, which provide enhanced monitoring capability on products with reduced coating thicknesses.The new split and tandem in-line systems include two full-control stations with the lines sharing one centrally-located processor and electronics cabinet...