Low-capacity drinks canning needs met

German equipment supplier KHS has launched its Innopro Craft CIP Skid cleaning system and further developments to the Innofill Can C can filler to increase capacity. These are tailored to meet the needs of craft breweries and smaller beverage producers.With the development of its Innopro Craft CIP Skid, KHS now offers a system for the supply of rinsing and...

Errors reduced with inkjet coder option

Coding errors are said to be reduced with a new optional feature offered on Videojet Technologies’ 1860 continuous inkjet (CIJ) printer.The supplier of coding, marking and printing systems is now offering Scan2Run functionality for the Videojet 1860 as an option. It provides minimal manual intervention, helping to reduce operator-induced coding errors.Surveys conducted by Videojet have shown that up to...

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...

Beverage conveyor failure problems solved

Bearing specialist NSK has worked with an unnamed international beverage manufacturer to solve a problem of conveyor failures at one of its production plants. By changing to NSK Moulded-Oil mounted-unit inserts, the drinks producer has overcome repeated problems of premature insert failures on the drive system of four vital sorting conveyors. The move has improved service life, leading to...

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...

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