Selecting the right type of packaging for your product can be critical to the profitability of your company. Packaging can contribute to shelf-life, production costs, and consumer appeal. Cans are a viable option for products that need to be shelf-stable.
Before you make the decision to package your products in cans, be sure that you take the time to consider the many components that contribute to successful canning so that you will be prepared for the process ahead.
1. Seamers Require Maintenance
Cans are only a viable packaging option if you are able to create a seal between the can and its lid. This seal is created by a specialized machine known as a can seamer. The seamer will require ongoing maintenance and adjustment to perform correctly.
Proper cleaning and lubrication will need to take place on a regular basis to prevent damage to the essential components of the seamer. You will need to know how to adjust the base plate and seamer attachments as well. Be sure that you have employees with the knowledge and experience required to maintain your seamer properly if you plan to use cans as a packaging medium.
2. Seam Specifications Matter
Can manufacturers design their products to be shelf-stable when certain seam specifications are met. You need to be familiar with these specifications so that you can set your can seamer to operate within the recommended parameters.
Failure to adhere to seam specifications could result in contaminated product that will leave your company open to lawsuits. Check the seam specifications before each production run and ensure that the settings on your can seamer match for optimum safety and efficiency.
3. Monitor for Deformities
Just as seam specifications matter when it comes to product safety, deformities can also compromise the safety of any products you decide to package in cans. It is critical that you monitor for deformities during each production run.
A deformity can be caused by improper seamer settings, can irregularities, or ill-fitting lids. The seam created by your can seamer during production should be uniform and smooth. This ensures an air-tight seal for the products inside. Irregularities in seam height or bubbling within the seam could allow air to infiltrate the can and contaminate your product.
Packaging products in cans might seem simple, but it is actually a very complex process that requires careful attention to detail. Be sure that you are ready to make the switch to can packaging by preparing for all contingencies prior to production.