Choosing A Can Seamer For Your Business

Posted on: 7 November 2018

Can seamers are a major component of any packing operation for canned goods. Once goods are in cans, the can seamer creates a solid, airtight fit for the lid. This seemingly simple step is necessary to prevent biological contamination of the product inside the can. Choosing a proper can seamer for your packing operation is necessary to ensure your product remains sanitary and that the production is not slowed by the seaming process. Modern seamers work by double seaming the lid of the can, a process that both guarantees a tight fit and does not require the use of any potential contaminants.

If you are in the process of choosing a new seamer for your packing operation, this article will provide you with a number of factors to consider when determining the particular needs of your business.

Consider Your Application

The process of double seaming is most commonly associated with food packaging, but can seamers are used across a variety of industries. Not all seamers are created equally, and some can seamers may be specifically designed for particular applications. Combined seamer/filler machines are also available and may be well suited for your industry. A variety of seamer/fillers are available for the craft brew industry in particular and, if applicable, can help to streamline and simplify your packing operation.

Determine Your Speed Requirements

Can seamer speeds are generally rated in cans per minute (CPM) or cans per hour (CPH). This speed rating indicates the number of cans that can pass through the seamer from the can feed to the pick-up. Most industrial seamers offer multiple speeds, allowing them to be slotted into a variety of packing operations.

Although it can be tempting to look for seamers with the greatest possible throughput, you should keep in mind the overall speed of your packing operation. A seamer that is much faster than the rest of your canning line will be wasted, while a seamer that is too slow will create a bottleneck.

Available of Change Parts

Change parts on a seaming machine refer to the parts of the seamer that can be swapped out for your specific application. In particular, change parts are the chuck, base plate, and seam rolls. Together, these three items are specific to the shape of the can and cover that you will be using. When choosing a seamer, be sure that change parts for your specific application are available, and that the ease of replacing these parts is appropriate for your operation.