A client seeks innovative ways to control the kinetic energy of moving products through high-speed manufacturing and filling processes. The company requires aluminum and tinplated food and beverage cans to be conveyed and transported during production without damage. Products are small (40-70 mm cylinder diameter), thin (wall thickness of ~100 microns), lightweight (<10g) and “bottom-heavy,” as there is a base, but no lid. Possible solutions include transition from “en masse” to “single file” presentation of components; energy management using magnetic, eddy current, and linear drive technologies; and durable energy/shock absorbing materials.

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