In the steel and aluminum can industry, AFC has partnered with customers to develop solutions that increase efficiency, lower energy costs, and reduce spoilage.
High Performance PTFE Belting
AFC provides PTFE-coated mesh belting for two stages of the can manufacturing process: internal bake ovens (IBOs, also referred to as internal coating ovens) and can washer dry off ovens. IBOs cure epoxy at temperatures up to 400° F. Our DuraFlow® 27 series, which is comprised of PTFE-coated fiberglass, is designed to withstand demanding oven environments while improving air flow. Kevlar® substrate is used in our DuraFlow® 507 series for superior moisture resistance in dry off ovens.
Why switch to PTFE over traditional stainless steel conveyors?
- Energy savings
- Reduced spoilage (cans tipping over at transfer points)
- Lower maintenance costs
- Elimination of metal particles and grease in the oven
- Lower belt replacement cost
- Faster can heat up, cool down and possible higher through-put
Proprietary Seam: Micro-PEEK Spiral
In addition to belting, AFC offers a proprietary seam design for can manufacturing. The Micro-PEEK Spiral seam, comprised of high temperature plastic, is the thinnest option available. It was designed to address two common causes of downtime:
- Can tipping often occurs when the gap between the belt and dead plate is too large; a thin seam tightens this space.
- The buildup of a rusty brown deposit, condensate, shuts down ovens for maintenance. Micro-PEEK's easy removal and installation can reduce downtime from hours to 10-15 minutes once trained.
We are proud to offer continuous support for our customers via field service and technical training. Contact AFC for further information.