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...

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...