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10 Ways to Lower Fallen Cans in Your Production Line

Published Jun 21, 2018

In the world of can manufacturing, maximizing speed and decreasing downtime are of the utmost importance. A fraction of a second can make a significant difference in production volume. In that world, the enemy of any canmaker would naturally be, fallen cans.  

This short listicle will provide you ten tried and proven solutions to reducing the amount of fallen cans in your production line.


Can line conveyor installation

Quality installation is key.

Quality installation is the first and foremost aspect when adding a new can line to your production facility. It will directly affect your throughput; quality installation will facilitate efficient, high speed conveyance.

Level air and mechanical conveyors.

All air and mechanical conveyors must be placed flat and level during installation, from start to finish. One misplaced item during installation can cause a rippling affect for the rest of the line. As we mentioned earlier, speed is key, but paying attention to this initial detail can make all the difference in creating an efficient production line with minimal fallen cans.

An increased cost of adjustments after system is installed.

Since canmaking is such a high production industry, there is very little downtime in manufacturing cycles; this leaves no room for error in the way a line is set up. By working with experienced can manufacturing partners, you will know that your line is installed with the utmost care and consideration.


Multi-adjustable, mirror polished self-clearing deadplates.

This is a simple solution, but commonly over-looked. Self-clearing deadplates are essential to keeping your products flowing smoothly, especially at those 90-degree conveyor transfers.  

Precision mass air hold down covers.

Specifically, mass air hold down covers that are designed and manufactured with precision flatness throughout the length and width of the covers. The slightest off-measurement can create multiple problems leading to down time of your manufacturing line. Working with experienced partners when installing or upgrading your can line will provide you with assurance that your production needs are going to be met.

Ability to make micro-height adjustments.

The ability to make micro-height adjustments at the mating point of adjacent covers allows you to be in control if your line starts to shift, causing it to be uneven. Making these micro-adjustments will help keep the amount of fallen cans on your production line to a minimum.

Eliminating deadplates.

Dynamic transfers that eliminates the use of deadplates. By utilizing dynamic transfers, cans transfer across a 90-degree conveyor without the dreaded dead zone.

Vibration free mechanical belts.

This one seems self-explanatory, but why isn’t this the norm? Well, to implement vibration free mechanical belts, your OEM must understand the supplier’s standards guide. A firm understanding of these competencies can help to lower your fallen can count.

Supplier approved mechanical design.

Here at Arrowhead Systems, we work with our suppliers to make sure our mechanical designs meet their requirements. This helps to ensure optimum life and performance of the conveyor belting put in place at your facility.

Side on, end off (SOEO) VS. End off, side on (EOSO).

EOSO may be the industry standard, but times they are a changing. The side on, end off method allows your products to flow more naturally while eliminating fallen cans as necessary. It also provides you with more flexibility during production.


About Arrowhead Systems, Inc. Wisconsin-based Arrowhead Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of conveyor, packaging machinery, and line productivity solutions to customers in the food, beverage, packaged products, pharmaceuticals, and container industries. The company’s facilities include three manufacturing locations in Wisconsin, an engineering office in Michigan, plus direct sales staff and field service representatives throughout the United States.

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