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Belvac Awarded New Patent #6,752,052

Lynchburg, Va., September 16, 2003 -- Belvac Production Machinery, Inc., A Dover Company (NYSE-DOV), and a leader in 2 piece can machinery manufacturing, has been awarded patent 6,752,052 for a new apparatus for 2 piece can trimming.

Defined by the patent abstract as:

"... A cutter assembly and a method of using a cutter assembly. The cutter assembly comprises a fixed knife support shaft with a top end and a bottom end, a fixed knife mounted adjacent the top of the fixed knife support shaft, a moving knife support shaft with a top end and a bottom end and a moving knife mounted adjacent the top of the fixed knife support shaft, wherein the moving knife has a non-cutting position and a cutting position and the moving knife support is adapted to be rotated about an axis perpendicular to the axis of the moving knife support shaft to put the moving knife into the cutting position."

Belvac Production Machinery, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells high performance machinery systems for the plastic container, and two-piece metal container markets, with 40 years of recognized precision leadership worldwide.

Belvac Awarded New Patent #6,619,946

Lynchburg, Va., September 16, 2003 -- Belvac Production Machinery, Inc., A Dover Company (NYSE-DOV), and a leader in rigid plastic container machinery manufacturing, has added a new and unique rotary product handling system to its range of converting machinery. Our recently introduced plastic bottle trimming and finishing systems (PCS) was awarded patent #6,619,946 from the efforts of our staff inventors Harold James (Jim) Marshall, Mohamed Hachem Saadi (Hachem) El Hachem, and Ray Mardis Clem.

Defined by the patent abstract as:

An apparatus and method for trimming and performing a second operation on containers, such as plastic containers. The apparatus comprises modular container processing stations. One modular station is a pre-trim station including a starwheel, blade, and rollers for spinning the containers. Another modular station is a trimming station, which includes a plurality of trim heads for precisely trimming containers. The trim heads include a C-knife, an inner knife, and a neck control ring assembly. Another modular station is a second station including a plurality of second station heads. The second station head contact a trimmed container as the container is continuously spun. The integrated apparatus also includes a carousel, which conveys the containers from station to station and includes a number of spindles, which may spin the containers during processing. The apparatus may also include a scrap removal assembly which collects scrap rings and blows them away to a scrap collector.

Currently marketed under a variety of platforms, our product line has become very successful in less than two years of active marketing, with over 20 placements, at such world class blow molders as Graham Packaging, Liquid Container, and others.

Belvac Production Machinery, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells high performance machinery systems for the plastic container, and two-piece metal container markets, with 40 years of recognized precision leadership worldwide.

Quality Management System

Belvac began our documented Quality Management System journey when we received certification to the ISO 9001:1994 Standards in March of 1998. Since that time we have continued to move our organization forward through continuous improvement of our quality management system. We reached our second milestone in September of 2002 when we achieved certification on our transition to the new ISO 9001:2000 Standards. 

Customer focus have always been a part of Belvac’s philosophy and with the new ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System standards the emphasis has increased on our key success – you, our customers. We want you to know we care about your perceptions, satisfaction and service you receive from us. Our quality policy supports our claims that we want to provide “defect free products, services and information that meet customer requirements through continuous improvement of our quality management system.” Therefore we want to hear from you. 

We provide a Customer Feedback form located on our Web Site to facilitate any communications you would like to have with us on the quality of our products, service or information provided – good and bad. Your comments will be assigned to one of our Management Representatives who will be happy to communicate back with you once they have reviewed your information. 

Since 1998, information supplied by our customers has helped us improve processes in the areas of Design and Development, Sales, Manufacturing, Assembly, Shipping and Servicing of our products. This information provided by our customer feedback system provides Belvac Production Machinery, Inc. the opportunity to improve our processes that have an effect on you, our customer.

Belvac announces BV Parts Europe and BV Service are now Part of Belvac Production Machinery, Inc.

Lynchburg, VA, USA -- Belvac is pleased to announce its 12-year partners, BV Parts Europe and BV Service, are now part of Belvac Production Machinery, Inc., and is operating as Belvac Europe , Directed by Geoff Bowlin.

This step is a key part of Belvac's ongoing strategy to create an even stronger organization focused on continually serving the Can Machinery and Parts market in the European region.

The complete staff of the former BV Parts Europe and BV Service, including Mike Wakeling, Belvac Manager-European Technical Service, continue their excellent service as Belvac Europe.

1962 - 2002 Belvac Production Machinery, Inc. -40 Years of Leadership in Container Manufacturing

Lynchburg, VA, USA -- In conjunction with celebrating our 40th year in business, we are proud to introduce our newest line of container converting machinery solutions. Our plastic bottle Trimmer Finisher Series allows Blow Molders to make cost competitive wide mouth containers. Using our 40 years of experience in making two and three piece beverage cans, we now offer this unique technology for all plastic bottle constructions, including PET, HDPE, LDPE, PP, PVC, PE, as well as multi-layer applications.

While initially designed to meet the demands of the wide mouth PET container industry, our end users have shown us ways our finishing modules can dramatically enhance the inside neck finish of various polyolefin constructions. Additional capabilities include flange trimming for double seaming applications, such as snack food and tennis ball containers.

If there is an interest on your part to use an advanced, yet competitively priced technology to simplify your blow molding process, allowing you to more efficiently produce wide mouth containers, by utilizing standard narrow neck, instead of costly wide mouth pre-forms, Belvac has the solution.

For precise trimming and finishing of your containers, the proven Belvac patented trimmer technology has been incorporated into our Dome Trimmers DT Series, and Flange Trimmers (FT Series), to ensure burr-free, sliver-free and step-free trimming for PET containers with a wide range of diameters and heights. Models for various speed requirements are available from as high as 800 BPM to as economical as 100 BPM, with tabletop units available for lab applications.

What really makes us stand out from alternative technologies is our Patent Pending FINISHER (F Series), a rotary turret that is used to spin burnish (using a heated tool) the sealing surface of a plastic container after it has been trimmed, in order to provide a smooth inner lip and TSS on the wide mouth opening.

For more information including an analysis of your application, to see how we can improve your process and save you money, call me at 603-354-7801, or e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at your earliest convenience.

We will be sharing a large show presence with a number of our other Dover Companies, specialists in a wide variety of packaging machinery technologies, including:

*SWF Companies, offering a complete range of casing and cartoning solutions.

*Imaje - a world leader in inkjet and labeling systems for coding & marking

*Tipper Tie - with a wide range of solutions in food package clipping and sealing technologies

*Van Dam Machinery - the world's leader in plastic container dry offset printing technolog