Can sealers enhance the efficiency of can packaging operations and reduce production costs. This specialty equipment allows businesses to generate higher profits. However, it’s not enough to have a can sealer. You can only enjoy these benefits if you know how to use your can sealer in the first place. In this article, we have outlined some important things that you should know so that you can make the most out of your can sealer. Read on!
A can is sealed by attaching the can lid to the can body and creating a double seam. The outer end of the can lid is known as the curl; the outer top part of the can body is known as the flange. The double seam is formed by interlocking the curl of the lid with the flange of the body.
In a series of automated processes, the can sealer compresses the curl and the flange and mechanically interlocks them. The can sealer also applies a sealing compound to fill out any remaining gaps and make the double seam airtight. Your involvement in the sealing process depends on the type of machine that you have:
Can sealing is all about making a reliable double seam. The integrity of the double seal formed in your cans is crucial. This will ensure that there will be no leaks and your product inside the can will not be contaminated. Part of learning how to use a can sealer is learning how to evaluate the double seam produced by your machine after it is fully set up.
The shape and specifications of the double seam are determined by the components of your can sealer. This includes the position of the rollers, the height of the turntable, and the pressure exerted on the can. You should set up a system to inspect the double seams at sufficient intervals in the operation. If your machine seals hundreds of cans every minute, and you fail to detect a defective seam right away, that will result in thousands of cans that are not sealed right.
Using a seam micrometer, measure crucial dimensions of a double seam created by your can sealer. The crucial dimensions that you need to look out for are the lid hook length, body hook length, width, tightness, and thickness. Also, observe for any wrinkles. You can work with your manufacturer representatives to learn more about the proper specifications and technical data for your double seam.
When you order a can sealer, you never set the machine up yourself. Representatives from the can sealer manufacturer will provide technical support. Going into the technical details may be unnecessary, but an adequate understanding of these procedures will help you use your can sealer.
Engineers with years of experience assemble the can sealer by hand, putting the right parts in their proper places. Once the can sealer is assembled, the representative will carefully inspect the machine. They will make sure of the following:
After the inspection, the engineers will run trial tests with your sample cans to guarantee that the operation will produce the desired final product.
During this process, work with the representative from your can sealer manufacturer. Let them explain to you the different components of the can sealing machine. Don’t hesitate to ask them questions. The insights that you gain from these representatives during the assembly and inspection will enhance your ability to use your can sealer.
Manual and semi-automatic can sealers are basically operated the same way. The only difference is that manual can sealers do not use any power source before you can use them. Meanwhile, semi-automatic will need electricity before they can operate. Below is a sample step-by-step guide on how to use a semi-automatic can seamer in sealing dry goods.
Fully automatic can seaming machines are usually integrated in a production line for a continuous packaging process. So, the operator only needs to start the machine via its control panel and provide bulk quantities of lids into it then let the machine do the rest.
Taking care of your can sealer regularly will help sustain the proper functioning of the machine and the quality of your products. Every now and then clean the machine from debris, stains, and hand prints. Use anti-rust oil to polish the can sealer. This will prolong its lifetime.
Learning how to use a can sealer will help you make your can sealing operations more efficient. You will achieve significant business growth with higher profits and reduced production costs. This growth will be experienced in the long-term because you will be able to prevent breakdowns and interruptions in your operation. The key is to learn what you can and to develop a trusting relationship with your manufacturer representatives.