Longer life offered by quick-change blades

A scraper blade design for varnish coaters with a number of operational benefits has been developed by Spain's Ingenieria Y Hornos Inghor. The blade, used for removing excess varnish from the counter-pressure roller, has a working life around five times longer than standard blades, says the Spanish company. It is also designed to enable the operator...

Check seams with on-line x-ray scanner

An on-line scanner for can double seams using high-speed X-ray technology has been developed by Danish company Innospexion. The unit analyses up to 180 can seams a minute using a combination of X-ray, which operates at 300 frames a second, integrated sensors, and redesigned imaging geometry. It can detect faults down to 0.15mm in size,...

Automatic high-res analysis of bottles

An inspection system for aluminium bottles with formed screw-threads has been developed by CMC-Kuhnke. Using high-resolution camera systems, the off-line non-contact BCI-1000 automatically measures up to nine parameters including the outer diameters and heights of the skirt, thread and curl, along with the inner diameter of the curl, the can height, and the thread pitch. The system automatically...

Magnetism-based tester detects double parts

US company Prime Controls has developed a system for detecting double or missing can components, and is most suited for applications which use magnetic conveying equipment. Called the Fluximity sensor, the system uses the magnetic field of the belt as an operating signal, interpreting changes in the flux to indicate when a part is present,...

Speed and accuracy from printing plate engraver

Lüscher recently launched its XPose! 4Flex 230 computer-to-plate system, said to combine a high output with accurate plate engraving. The range uses a combination of internal and external drum technology, to produce various benefits. The internal drum enables the machine to image a static plate, removing the need for dynamic balancing, eliminating vibration and giving...

Reduce roller change-outs with versatile compound

Illinois-based Finzer Roller has developed a rubber compound for rollers on coaters that is said to improve performance compared to alternative products. Called Ultra-Can, the compound is suitable for both inker and coater rollers in the two-piece and three-piece canmaking industries. The product was developed following the appearance of a gap in the market, says Finzer’s Randy Apperson: "Finzer...

Identify damaged slip sheets to prevent jams

Inspection systems for detecting damaged slip sheets, said to be the first of their kind for the industry, have been developed by Applied Vision and Sardee Industries. The plastics slip sheets used in handling beverage and food cans are prone to damage over time, which can lead to a range of problems. The edges of...

High-speed aerosol palletisers installed in Korea

Clevertech has installed a range of automation and palletising equipment at South Korean aerosol can and end manufacturer Sun Group. For can conveying, Italy-based Clevertech installed three fully-automatic high-speed robot palletising islands. The islands each have two infeeds and operate at up to 800 cans a minute, producing around 70 pallets an hour. Each island is...

Leak testers for empty and filled aerosol cans

Two new ranges of testing equipment for aerosol cans have been launched by Ba.Sco. The BPS series detects microleaks in empty aerosol cans, as well as in other containers which will contain pressurised products. During testing, the BPS system clamps the cans by the dome, rather than pressurising the can, enabling the unit to detect microleaks...