Updated equipment for wider range of tests

CMC-Kuhnke has developed an updated Front End Station for semi-automated measurement of trimmed beverage cans. The FES-2000 unit is now able to measure top-wall thickness and mid-wall thickness, as well as measuring can height and dome depth. The system automatically rotates the can, and takes readings across the full circumference of the can, if required. Any...

Food canmaker installs rotary leak tester

Spanish canmaker Auxiliar Conservera recently installed a 40-head RLD 230 S rotary pressure leak tester from Bonfiglioli. The machine is being used by the canmaker to detect micro-leaks on food cans at speeds of up to 800 a minute. The unit is designed to offer a precise and repeatable performance, as well as low energy and...

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,...

Welder now compatible with calibration crowns

Swiss welder manufacturer Can Man has redesigned its CM16 series welding machine to be compatible with all types and sizes of calibration crowns from existing ABM Soudronic welders. The development will enable canmakers to reduce the initial installation cost of a CM16 welder, by allowing them to use the calibration crowns from their...

Cross-section seams while on the road with saws

CMC-Kuhnke has launched two portable seam saws for the inspection of beverage and food can seams, designed to enable service engineers to cross-section seams during visits to customers. The two units  – the PCS-1153 unit for food cans, and the PCS-1307 for beverage cans – are lightweight saws fitted with a suitcase for protection and ease...