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Belvac Introduces High Speed Dual Infeed

LYNCHBURG, VA--Belvac Production Machinery, Inc., a Dover Diversified Company and a leader in can and other rigid container machinery manufacturing for the beverage and food industries, has introduced the High Speed Dual Infeed for the Modular Necking System.

In today's competitive packaging marketplace, you need partners who can help you be successful with innovative designs, solid engineering and skilled manufacturing. At Belvac, we're developing new designs and processes through internal development, enabling us to bring new problem solving and value-added products quickly to the marketplace.

Belvac's high speed Dual Infeed, developed to meet a canmaker's specific requirement, is an example of Belvac's solution oriented philosophy. The need to modify can accumulation between the decorator and the necker due to space limitations, or where single filing was not practical, made the high speed Dual Infeed a reality.

The answer was Belvac's rapid response design of the Dual Infeed, which allows cans to feed directly into the necker infeed in two alternating streams, up to 2400 CPM.

The modular high speed Dual Infeed includes two infeed conveyors, two transfer starwheels, each with six pocket, that alternately feed pockets of a standard twelve pocket starwheel. The optional Belvac Model 475 waxer can be rearranged to fit this new configuration.

Based on the proven Belvac modular concept, the Dual Infeed bolts together with necker, flanger, base reformer, base reprofiler, inspection, and intermediate discharge modules, for one continuous operation. The Dual Infeed has been designed with an independent guard to allow total access to the entire infeed conveyor and transfer starwheels.

The system's stress relieved, cast-iron bases include air and vacuum passageways, electrical conduit and the gearcase all within the base. No shelves, ledges or hoses are present to accumulate damaged cans.

Belvac Introduces Inspection Systems for Fixed Base Necker

LYNCHBURG, VA--Belvac Production Machinery, Inc., a Dover Diversified Company and a leader in can and other rigid container machinery manufacturing, has announced the incorporation of inspection systems on fixed base neckers.

As part of Belvac's continuing development of the 595K Fixed Base Neckers, automated, on-line inspection of beverage cans at production speeds is a reality with Belvac's new Intelligent System, the 595LT Light Tester turret and the 595VS Vision Inspection turret. Commercially introduced and proven on Belvac's Modular Necking System, the fixed base design was in response to customer feedback for a continuous and controlled can transportation through-out the entire process, preserving can quality and reducing can spoilage.

The Belvac 595LT Light Tester uses reliable SENCON technology to provide high speed light inspection to detect pin holes and split flanges. Light inspection is accomplished by positioning the can on a rubber seal on the turret and injecting air into the can. This forms a seal around the flange to eliminate ambient light and expands the can to reveal defects that may have been covered by varnish. The rubber seals can be easily reversed for extended life. Quartz halogen bulbs shine light on the can and a solid state sensor is used to detect leaks. Eight lights are used, which are easily accessible for quick replacement.

Rejection rates of 100% have been achieved on cans with 0.002 inch (0.0508 mm) pin holes and split flanges. Rejection of cans is provided by an air jet on the can guide. This eliminates mechanical reject devices, which have been a source of high maintenance and missed rejects on older systems.

A unique test mode has been incorporated into the 595LT to allow testing and calibration while the machine is running and without the need for expensive industry-standard calibrated cans. The Initiate Test Cycle, which is performed from the 595LT control panel, begins a brief sequence of events, including slowing the machine and stopping the flow of cans, to test the integrity of the light sensing head. A void of approximately 12 cans is created within the machine and electrically tracked through to the test area. A test shutter, which has a built-in 0.001 inch (0.0254 mm) calibrated pin hole, moves to its closed position to simulate that the "test cans" are present and then performs a system check of the sensing head. If the test fails, the machine is stopped. If the test is successful, the machine immediately returns to its normal speed and the flow of cans resumes.

The 595VS Vision Inspection turret utilizes Pressco's proven InterrogatorTM Vision Inspection technology to provide full computer integration, as well as high-speed asynchronous image acquisition of the inside of beverage cans.

Belvac Introduces 595 Modular Link

LYNCHBURG, VA--Belvac Production Machinery, Inc., a Dover Diversified Company and a leader in can and other rigid container machinery manufacturing for the beverage and food industries, has introduced the 595 Modular Necking System/Fixed Base Link.

Over the years Belvac has been responsible for numerous advances in canmaking technology. These innovations have enabled our customers to steadily increase line speeds and improve quality and productivity, while significantly reducing materials costs.

The Belvac 595 series necking system has evolved continuously to meet the requirements of canmakers since being introduced in 1988, originally as a fixed base design. In 1995, Belvac redefined the canmaking process with the modular necking system.

The Belvac modular necking system dramatically decreases wasted floor space, can damage, labor and training. The reduction of costly space and air consuming trackwork, elevators and other redundant equipment offers the canmaker a simple process and significant savings.

The modular system minimizes installation and platform costs, and controls the can's transportation throughout the entire process. This reduced "can handling," as compared to that of interconnecting trackwork and conveyors, preserves can quality and reduces spoilage.

Now the canmaker can enjoy the many benefits of the modular necking system by using their existing fixed base machines and the 595 Modular Link.

Belvac's new 595 Modular Link connects a 595 fixed base necker to the 595 modular necking system. This link allows control of the can during the entire process, maintains can quality, and reduces spoilage.

Now you can order the modules you want today and, in the future, add more modules as your needs change. The 595 Modular Link connects necker, flanger, base reformer, base reprofiler, inspection, dual infeed and intermediate discharge modules to existing 595 fixed base neckers-for one continuous operation.

The 595 Modular Link includes an externally mounted, gear-coupled drive system that attaches the 595 fixed base to the 595 modular necking.

Belvac Reintroduces Flanged Can Trimmer

LYNCHBURG, VA--Belvac Production Machinery, Inc., a Dover Diversified Company and a leader in can and other rigid container machinery manufacturing for the beverage and food industries, has reintroduced the FT50 Flanged Can Trimmer to satisfy industry demand.

The Belvac Model FT50 Flanged Can Trimmer for draw redraw steel or aluminum cans has five stations which incorporate a novel patented cutting system mounted in a quickly removable cutting cartridge. The flanged cans are fed in from the back of the machine onto a vacuum chuck, the can is brought forward onto a centering cone, and the cutting cartridge trims the cans against a circular knife. Any burr traces are left on the trim ring, which is discharged through a trim scrap duct intact. The trimmed flanged can is then stripped and discharged forward.

Accurate pick up and the centering of the can offer a uniform can shape to the trimming function. These factors minimize the chances of burrs, steps, or width variation on the finished can flange.

Patented features include spring loaded centering ring and freely-rotating knife. This spring loaded cutting action protects tooling edges, and the removable cartridge assembly design facilitates training and maximizes production time. Chromium plated or stainless steel contact surfaces prevent coating damage. The unit is adaptable with change parts for a wide range of sizes and has the capacity for simple height changeovers.

The machine uses proven Belvac CC93 Trimmer components and design philosophy where possible.

The can path through the machine ensures the scrap ring is trapped by the cutting knife and scrap keepers until the can is discharged. The scrap ring is ejected downwards through the machine base.

Belvac Gains ISO 9001 Certification

LYNCHBURG, VA--Belvac Production Machinery, Inc., has received ISO 9001 registration from National Quality Assurance, USA, with certification from both the Registration Accreditation Board in the United States and the National Accreditation of Certification Bodies in the United Kingdom.

ISO 9001 requires industries to develop and implement formal quality management systems that ensure finished products meet customer requirements. The ISO, or International Standards Organization, is based in Geneva, Switzerland and developed its standards between 1979 and 1987 with input from 20 countries, including the United States.

Belvac worked more than two years to become certified, according to Rory D. Segen, director of quality assurance for Belvac. "The time and effort was well spent," he said. "Certification will allow easier entry into European markets, which made up 24 percent of Belvac's total sales last year. It will also help us expand into other rigid container machinery markets and provide an introduction to customers not already familiar with Belvac's reputation for quality products.

"ISO certification gives us a competitive advantage and eliminates one barrier to entry in Europe,"Segen said. "These procedures give Belvac the capability to monitor and evaluate important trends in the manufacturing process, respond to customer inquiries and complaints and ultimately meet our quality policy-the delivery of defect free products, services and information at the time promised."

According to Bob Perrin, director of human resources for Belvac, the most challenging aspect of ISO 9001 was creating uniform standards for the company's 300 employees. "Everybody has their own idiosyncrasies," said Perrin, "but with ISO 9001, you must standardize processes to assure quality at every step. Employee education was not only the most challenging, but also the most rewarding part of ISO 9001. Achieving a higher level of knowledge was the primary success factor."