Safe magnetic separation of steel canstock sheets

A ‘fail-safe’ sheet separator has been developed by Goudsmit Magnetics to provide automatic separation of steel sheets in gauges up to 4mm.The separator is equipped with powerful neodymium magnets and can be switched on and off using a patented system, in which the magnets are rotated pneumatically. It overcomes the problem of lubricated tinplate sheets adhering and causing damage...

Improvements to lug cap safety button inspection

Indian canmaker Shetron Ltd has improved the way it tests the safety buttons on lug caps by replacing analogue systems with digital technology.Prediction of the performance of safety buttons – their ability to pop in and out – after jar filling and capping at the customers’ premises needs to be confirmed during cap manufacturing.Previously, this was done during production...

Versatile twist cap forming and lining machine

A newly-developed forming and lining machine for twist-off caps is said to be the most versatile in CepedaMeltog’s range.The T300 features the four operations of calibration, pre-curling, lug forming and compound lining that are needed to make high-quality twist off caps. However, with higher output – up to 400 caps per minute – fewer cap forming units are required.CepedaMeltog’s...

High output closure lines with quick changeover

The Kappa series of sheet-fed presses and the Gamma III cap forming systems have been upgraded by Blema Kircheis to meet the more demanding requirements of closure manufacturers.On the compact two-metre-high Kappa portal press the underdrive uses an oil bath that is beneath and on the sides of the press. As a result, oil spillage onto the closure shells...

100% recycled plastics for multi-pack carriers

Multi-pack carriers for cans made entirely from recycled plastics will be launched by Scotland-based company WaveGrip next year. Recyclable through polyethylene (PE) film collection schemes and weighing less than 4g for a standard six-pack, WaveGrip, now contains 50 per cent Sustane NXG post-consumer recycled (PCR) polymer. However, the Greenock-based company plans to increase the amount of PCR in WaveGrip carriers...

Automatic in-line modular enamel rater

An in-line, fully -automatic enamel rater has been developed by Chinese quality inspection specialist Canneed Instrument Ltd.The ADER C3000 is an inline transport system for cans that eliminates the need for complex pick-and-place mechanisms, enabling a throughput of up to six cans per minute.The equipment provides fully autonomous operation when used in conjunction with a can sampling system and...

KHS acquires stake in seamer maker Ferrum

More integrated can filling and seaming systems will be one of the outcomes of German packaging equipment manufacturer KHS acquiring a stake in Swiss seaming machine specialist Ferrum in a move that reinforces their long-standing co-operation.Pending approval from antitrust authorities, the deal will combine the competencies of both to offer more integrated systems to customers in the canned food...

Optical pinhole detection in can inspection system

Optical pinhole detection has been included in the latest automated can inspection system from Mühlbauer, which is claimed to reduce the costs associated with producing scrap and poor-quality products.Mühlbauer’s Final Can Inspection CIM-12 enables all quality aspects of cans at the end of the production line to be assessed: print inspection; 3D shape inspection; can top inspection (curl and...

LED replacement for halogen light testers

Because of the increasing difficulty that UK canmaking equipment specialist CarnaudMetalbox Engineering (CMbE) has encountered in sourcing suitable halogen lamps for its light testers that detect pinholes in cans it is offering customers the latest LED technology.The problems with sourcing halogen lamps are linked to changing global environmental legislation, related to the high level of carbon dioxide emissions produced...

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