Metal sports bottle maker using digital printing unit

Liberty Bottleworks, a US manufacturer of refillable aluminium bottles which was due to begin shipping its first products this month, installed a CP100 digital printing system supplied by INX International Inks. Following around two months of print and ink trials at INX's facility at Huntsville, Alabama, with emphasis on ink chemistry and ink compatibility tests, the printing system was...

UV curing system supplied for printing line

UK-based GEW recently supplied UV curing equipment to Crown Speciality Packaging for installation on a four-colour printing and varnishing line supplied by Crabtree. GEW supplied a ten-lamp NuvaPlus system. This configuration included a lamp after each of the first three stations, two lamps in a set stack position after the fourth station, and four lamps at the end of...

Lightweight Anilox roller improves coating accuracy

Anilox Metering Technology (AMT) has developed a sheet coating roller weighing 25kg less than previous rollers but offering improved performance. The Integral Large Lightweight Anilox Roller does not require a separate internal shaft, unlike previous models, but is said to be just as durable and to provide better rotational accuracy, by removing the possibility of run-out....

Reduce energy with retrofit ink temperature control kit

Total Process Control is to introduce a retro-fit temperature control system for beverage can decorators which is half the size and cost of the company's existing TS-500 system. Rather than maintain the same temperature throughout the ink train, gear case covers and reducers as with the conventional method, the new system can maintain two different temperatures...

Double installation in Taiwan for Crabtree

Crabtree of Gateshead has shipped its first six-colour Fastready Generation 3 printing press, at Taiwan-based canmaker King Can Holdings. It was shipped at the end of August to print sheets for three-piece beverage and food cans, with a second similar system due to be installed in early 2011. The presses are equipped with UV curing systems,...

Longer tooling life with harder coating

Eifeler-Lafer has developed a coating process for can tooling said to offer improved hardness which enables re-coating of the tooling without damage.Called Duplex, the low-temperature coating process is suitable for coating tooling for D&I steel and aluminium beverage and food can production lines, and is said to produce a compound of base material and coating which is more resistant...

Automatic end buckle tester saves downtime

Australian test and inspection equipment specialist Versatile Technology has introduced a burst, buckle and vent test for beverage ends which is now being used by a major beverage can manufacturer in the US.The LD136B Automatic Fast Beverage End Buckle Gauge is an offline testing unit for beverage ends from size 200 to 206. It uses air pressure to test...

Better colour sensitivity from label inspection unit

Sencon has improved its LVC180 Label Verifier system to include more advanced colour detection capability.The development is said to give the inspection unit greater sensitivity to labelling variations, and more accuracy in differentiating between predominantly silver can labels and unprinted beverage cans. An optional remote user interface, using an Ethernet connection, allows the operator to control...

Seamer changeovers said to be fastest yet

PneumaticScaleAngelus has launched an upgraded range of seaming machines said to offer the fastest can and end changeovers of any unit currently available.The M-Series of seamers features a quick-change cap feed system which acts as a single change part, as well as a turret support column outside the discharge table. These enable changeovers to be made...