“More than anything else, plant managers want the new applicator roller because it removes a health and safety issue,” said Peter Strode, managing director of Intercan, which is evaluating the HandyCoat system at two beverage can plants in France, at Custines and, Dunkerque.
With typical wear and damage, an applicator roller may need to be replaced up to three times each day. Replacing a conventional roller is a heavy, two-person job (a roller can weigh up to 28kg for 50cl cans), and aligning the roller after re-mounting takes even more time.
With HandyCoat, there are two components:
A single operator can unlock and replace the sleeve in five minutes, compared to half an hour for two people for a conventional roller, and no re-alignment is necessary after reinstallation.
Other benefits of HandyCoat include: