What’s a Can Conveyor?

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Can conveyors are specialized conveyor belts that transport metal cans, primarily for beverages. They are magnetized to prevent cans from falling off and have many twists and curves to reach all parts of the manufacturing plant. The conveyor must be heat and water resistant for sterilization purposes, and typically only fits one can at a time. Cans change orientation during transport, making precise standards necessary to prevent jams. Filled cans are usually bundled into packs of six, 12, or 24 for packaging.

A can conveyor is a type of conveyor belt that specializes in transporting cans, primarily those used to hold beverages. Most can conveyor belts are magnetic to ensure that metal cans stick to the belt, so they don’t fall out during transport. Unlike other conveyor belts, which may have few curves, this conveyor typically has many complex curves and twists, allowing cans to reach every part of the manufacturing plant. Cans must be sterilized before use, so the conveyor must be able to withstand heat and water, otherwise the sterilization process could damage the conveyor belt. Compared to other conveyor belts, this one is very thin and typically only fits one can at a time.

The shape and weight of empty cans make it easier for them to fall off a conveyor belt. To prevent this from happening, a can conveyor is typically magnetized, so the cans stick to the belt. The magnetic force is usually weak and the cans can be removed with minimal force. If there is a tilt or elevation in the conveyor, the magnetic force is increased to hold the cans in place.

The can transporter is known to have an unusual number of twists when compared to other transporters. One reason is that cans have to change orientation to be filled, sanitized, and to reach higher or lower places. This means that the conveyor must be made to precise standards; otherwise, the cans could easily get stuck during a twist or turn, which can hurt production time.

The cans should be disinfected before use, to ensure that consumers do not catch any disease or bacteria from the cans. This is usually simple, but requires the can carrier to be heat and water resistant. Otherwise, the conveyor may melt or warp due to heat, or it may rust due to water, greatly reducing its longevity.

During most of the conveyor cycle, the can conveyor is only wide enough to hold one can, with many cans leading and following it. This simplifies production, makes it easier to organize the cans and prevents them from colliding with each other. Some can conveyors may widen at the end when the cans are ready to be packaged. If this is true, filled cans are usually bundled into packs of six, 12, or 24, so they can be packaged by workers.

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