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...

Online training tool for gauge inspection

Gauge inspection specialist for cans and ends, Sencon, has launched an online program to assist its customers with basic operator training.The program is said to complement and support its ‘Master Series’ range of automatic quality gauges for beverage cans. Users can register then log in to view a series of video-based courses designed to guide operators through training material...

Vision system for dairy can lids

Six machines designed by Sacmi for inspecting the metal lids of three-piece food cans used to contain condensed, evaporated and powdered milk products have been tested and successfully installed at a factory owned by an unnamed multinational manufacturer.The company, which operates within the dairy sector and has factories across the world, chose Sacmi’s new ULYSSE ‘all-in-one’ vision systems...

Inspection prevents costly rejects

Systems that prevent double sheets entering can and end forming processes and causing damage to tools and dies is the speciality of US-based Prime Controls, which has provided a check list of tips on how best to apply them.The first tip is that double sheet detectors are an essential part of quality control, says Prime, and are used...

Specialised end unwrapping systems launched

To meet the needs of canners using resealable beverage ends on their products, Netherlands-based CSW has launched a specialised automatic end unwrapping machine.Resealable ends behave differently during packaging and unpacking from standard ends. When handling sticks of Xolution’s resealable ends, the Multifeeder Resealable 8 (MF-R8) has the capability to unwrap eight sticks or rolls per minute, making a seaming...

Versatile water-based PVC-free sealants

Significant advances have been made in the versatility of lining compounds for lug caps, following demands for products with low-migration and reduced environmental impact.Leading compound manufacturer Actega Artística first launched a range of water-based, PVC-free compounds for twist-off caps in 2009 to meet tighter plasticiser migration limits, which had been reduced from 300 to 60 parts per million.Actega Artística, based...

Conveyors improve tomato canning output

Upgrades to the conveying systems on an existing tomato canning line have been provided by Italian equipment manufacturer Magnoni, following a challenge from an undisclosed customer to handle both empty and filled cans.The customer required Modena-based Magnoni, which has supplied equipment to the food and drinks industry for 60 years, to integrate the new systems into the existing lines...