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DRD lines retooled for downgauging

To help customers cope with the rising cost of tinplate, Chinese equipment manufacturer Golden Wing Machinery has retooled its DRD canmaking lines to handle thinner sheets. Golden Wing’s lines have been capable of processing DR8 steel sheets down to 0.17mm, but new orders the new tooling will be able to handle gauges of 0.15-0.16mm, says export manager Rosemary Ke. “If...

Compact depalletiser for craft brewers launched by Ska

Packaging equipment manufacturer Ska Fabricating has launched a low-speed depalletiser for craft drink producers and brewers that have limited space. Operating at up to 30 cans per minute, the Microbus system features a foldable and storable rotary infeed table and automated sweep, which helps to reduce its footprint. The pallet lift carriage raises a layer of cans level with the deadplate by...

More cost-effective emission abatement systems developed

A newly-developed system for reducing the size and improving cost-effectiveness of emission control of processes in canmaking plants has been delivered to an aluminium beverage can plant. By passing solvent-laden exhaust fumes from can coating processes through a VOC concentrator it is possible for a regenerative thermal oxidiser (RTO) to more efficiently treat the pollutants. Kono Kogs Inc (KKI), a US-based...

BPA-free epoxy can coating launched in Europe

Can coatings manufacturer Sherwin-Williams has launched its epoxy-based ValPure V70 coating range into the European market. The BPA-free coatings are suitable for aluminium and tinplate cans and may be used on packaging for the food, beverage, cosmetics and personal care industries. The V70 range was developed in partnership with toxicologists, NGOs, independent laboratories and universities to enhance its performance and safety,...

Vibration isolation system helps reduce spoilage

UK-based vibration isolation system specialist Farrat has recently helped a canmaking plant in Europe to reduce spoilage and increase productivity of a cupper press. The cupper press had initially been installed on top of an inertia block supported by spring elements and visco-dampers, offering a system natural frequency of 1.25Hz. Movements were reported on the spring foundation during production, resulting...

Six-out conversion system for steel ends 

Guangdong-based Fortune Precision has launched a six-out conversion line for easy-open food ends, which is claimed to be the first in the world to manufacture 211-diameter steel easy-open ends for food cans.  The conversion system has three sets of double lanes and includes a post-repair system. Each lane has capacity to produce up to 500 ends per minute, offering a...

Canning for all tastes

Colorado-based Wild Goose, a manufacturer of canning equipment for small breweries and other craft beverage producers, has launched an all-purpose beverage packaging system designed to offer more flexibility. The Fusion Counter Pressure Canning System provides higher carbonation levels, pressures and temperatures to provide fully-automated canning across a range of product types at line speeds of up to 45 cans per...

Water cycle

Italy’s CIE has developed a water recycling system for can washers that enables the machines to run with no liquid discharge, thereby improving environmental performance and cutting running costs. The company has installed a number of zero liquid discharge (ZLD) systems over the last five years, resulting in 100 per cent of the water used in the washer being treated...

Fixed-point powder coating eliminates lacquer repair in pails and can ends

Chinese equipment supplier Jorson Technology has developed a fixed-point powder coating technology to help canmakers protect internal lacquers that are commonly damaged when welding lugs or handles. The powder coating is applied to a limited area of pail bodies and rectangular and square can ends where the welding points are located. The fully-automatic system controlled by programmable logic controller (PLC) and ...