Steristar Steam-Air Retort – FDA Guide

Container Machinery has provided machinery for food processing for over 40 years.  The original company (Container Machinery Corporation) was founded in 1974 and manufactured the Truxton Steristar Steam-Air Retort.

Truxton Steristar Steam-Air Retorts
Truxton Steristar Steam-Air Retorts installed in a facility

FDA: Guide to Inspections of Low Acid Canned Food 39 | Steam-Air Retorts

Equipment and procedures for processing in steam-air retorts are not specifically covered in the lacf regulations. These systems are covered by 21CFR 113.40(j), Other Systems. “Other” systems are required to conform to the applicable requirements of the lacf regulations…

…At one time the Container Machinery Corp. built the Truxton Steristar in the U.S….

The steam-air retort uses a mixture of steam and air, which is added to create an over-pressure in the retort. The air over-pressure allows thermal processing of a wide variety of containers including: glass, metal cans, rigid plastic, and flexible pouches. Steam-air mixtures, although in a gaseous state similar to 100% steam, when used as a heating medium behave more like water…

…It is very important to maintain the correct steam-air ratio in this type of retort. The steam-air ratio should be the same as that used during studies to determine temperature distribution in the retort.

Steam-air retorts are normally operated at steam-air ratios ranging from 75% steam/25% air to 95% steam/5% air, depending upon the air over-pressure in the retort. The steam-air ratio is normally determined by the processing temperature and the type of package being processed.

The pressure in a steam-air retort must be maintained at the correct pressure to prevent container distortion and to maintain the correct steam-air ratio…

…The percent steam can be calculated using the following formula:

Steam pressure psia (pounds per sq. inch actual) = % steam

Total system pressure psia

Steam pressure psia is determined by determining the amount of steam pressure generated at a certain temperature [e.g. 240° F generates 10 psig (pounds per sq. inch gauge)] plus 14.7 psi (atmospheric pressure at sea level) equals 24.7 psia. The total system pressure is determined by taking the gauge reading and adding 14.7 psi. A steam air system having a total gauge pressure of 15 lbs operating at 240° F would have a 83% steam, 17% air mixture.

10 psig + 14.7 psi atmospheric = 24.7 = 83% steam

15 psig + 14.7 psi atmospheric    29.7

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Metpack 2017 | Hall 1 | Stand 1E43

INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR FOR METAL PACKAGING: WORLD’S LEADING FAIR METPACK BREAKS EXHIBITOR RECORD

More Manufacturers Than Ever Before at Messe Essen from May 2-6

With 263 registered exhibitors at present, the world’s leading fair for metal packaging METPACK is achieving a new record. Numerous manufacturers have confirmed their participation, including ArcelorMittal, Belvac Production Machinery, Biagosch & Brandau, Can Man, CMC-Kuhnke, KBA-MetalPrint, Lanico, Mall + Herlan, Soudronic, Stolle Machinery Company and ThyssenKrupp Rasselstein. After the past METPACK set standards with an investment volume in billions, Messe Essen will greet more than 60 new exhibitors this year: The companies giving their premieres at the fair will include CanLine Systems, Felix Böttcher, Hsuan Ann Machinery, Sacmi Imola, Tosyali Toyo and Tonejet.

Join us at Metpack 2017, Stand 1E43

The METPACK exhibitors come from over 25 nations. Over 80 percent will originate from abroad – METPACK will thus highlight its orientation as one of the most international fairs in Germany. The spectrum of the companies will extend from the highly specialised medium-sized enterprise to the market leader with worldwide activities. Sustainable and cost-efficient solutions for the manufacture, refinement and recycling of metal packaging will determine the range on offer at the trade fair in 2017. Thus, METPACK will present innovations along the entire value added chain in the sector. The best of these will be honoured with the METPACK Innovation Award.

Exhibition Area is Growing Further

This year, METPACK is progressing with regard to the marketed exhibition area, too: Until now, Messe Essen has rented out 20 percent more than for the past event. For the first time, not only Halls 1 and 3 but also Hall 2 will be open on the occasion of METPACK. Admission will continue to take place via the proven entrances in the South and West of Messe Essen. Reasons for joy will be supplied not only by the growth with regard to the exhibitors and the area: This year, METPACK will celebrate its 25th birthday: On this occasion, a lot of small and large surprises will await the exhibitors and the visitors.

International, Innovative and Sustainable: METPACK at Messe Essen

METPACK is the world’s leading fair for metal packaging and takes place at Messe Essen every three years. It is the largest and most significant international trade fair for the manufacturers of metal packaging. With its eighth edition, METPACK impressively confirmed its position as the undisputed number one in the worldwide sector: 243 exhibitors from 27 nations and 7,100 trade visitors from around 100 countries came to Essen in May 2014.

Visit us at:  Metpack 2017 | Hall 1 | Stand 1E43

ChinaCan Conference 2017 – China’s Metal Packaging Conference

ChinaCan 2017 - Conference

Container Machinery will be presenting Thursday, March 30th at ChinaCan.

The ChinaCan Conference convenes canmakers from throughout Asia with industry suppliers from all over the world.  ChinaCan brings the wide exposure of an exhibition together with the maximum networking opportunities of a conference.

The Conference takes place at the beautiful Meridien Sheshan Shanghai, ideally situated very close to one of China’s largest can manufacturing hubs.

Three days of exhibition and technical seminars are open to all attendees. High level experts deliver technical presentations on a range of topics of interest to both two- and three-piece canmakers.  We offer simultaneous translation for all English presentations into Chinese.  We also provide a bilingual database listing all attendees to the conference. 

  • Two gala dinners (included in fee) provide a lavish setting for networking.
  • Supplier attendance fee includes hotel, meals, access to all show activities. There are no hidden costs. Various sponsorship opportunities are also available.

ChinaCan allows you to do all of your pre-conference booking and planning with a bi-lingual staff with offices in the U.S. and Shanghai.

Container Machinery Exclusive Jungmichel Agent

As the exclusive Jungmichel Agent, Container Machinery sells Double Sheet Detectors for monitoring the automatic sheet destack and sheet feed on sheet working machines like body makers, welding- and printing machines, slitters, presses etc.

Container Machinery sells Double sheet detectors as the Jungmichel Agent

For over 40 years now, Jungmichel has specialized in design and production of electronic sensors and controllers mainly for the can making, canning and metal sheet working industry.  Our sensors and detectors are used by canmakers and canners around the world, and are the preferred choice of well known OEMs that produce machinery for the metal packaging industry.  They monitor the sheet destacking so that only one sheet is feed into the sheet working machine.

There are many different detector models available.  For different kinds of sheet materials, with singlesided contact sheet detectors or with double-sided non-contact sheet sensors.

Very economical, flexible, and user-friendly, Jungmichel double sheet detectors are available with various functions and outputs.  Some all-in-one double sheet sensors are “teach-in” programmable and don’t require an external amplifier.  Some detectors have convenient 0 – 10 V DC outputs.

Since 1977, Jungmichel double sheet sensors have been the preferred choice of leading canmaking machinery suppliers for use in their machines.  As the Jungmichel agent,  you can get original replacement sensors and/ or amplifiers quickly and inexpensively, with local customer service from us.

Please download our sensor catalogs for more information.  Special sensor solutions are may also be available.

CM-Double-Sheet-Sensors-2017

Container Machinery is the exclusive Jungmichel agent in the United States. Contact us for more information.

Calling All Sales Agents

Container Machinery has a well established network of sales agents in the US and in China, and is now expanding its distribution network into Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

World Map with Pins

We’re currently seeking qualified Sales Agents in the following regions:

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • India
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Vietnam
  • The Middle East
  • South America
  • Europe

We are looking for motivated Business Development sales agents who have experience in selling in the canmaking industry and who have established customer relationships.

You will be asked to expand the business in your territory as well as continuously expand the installed base of customers.  As a sales agent for a certain territory you are also requested to manage the relationship and the communication with your customers and act as an account manager.

Contact us with a brief description of yourself and your background, an example of how you would act as a Container Machinery Sales Agent, and the best way for us to reach you.

Contact Us to become a Sales Agent

Automatic End Feeding System

Plastic or Paper Unwrapping Solution from Container Machinery

Automated End Feeding System from Container Machinery
Unwrap 5 bags/min of various diameters and feed up to two lines!
Plastic Foil Wrap Can Ends
Unwrap ends ranging from Ø52-155 mm and from 350-1200 mm long.

Unwrap up to 5 bags/minute with the Automatic End Feeding System.  Lids ranging from Ø52-155 mm are unwrapped from either paper or plastic sleeves up to 1200 mm long.

Single output and dual-output unwrappers available with storage of up to 165 sticks of each type.

Automated End Bagger – Wrapper

Plastic Lid Wrapping System from Container Machinery

Can End Wrapper - Bagger from Container Machinery
Pack ends of various diameters from up to 6 Lines simultaneously!
Stick of can ends wrapped in plastic
Stick of aerosol ends wrapped in perforated plastic

The alternative to paper baggers, the Automatic End Bagger / Wrapper quickly packages can ends of various diameters from up to 6 Lines. Lids ranging from Ø52-93 mm are wrapped in a plastic sleeve up to 800 mm long.

Contact us for more information!