Front-end Wall Thickness Gage

The manually loaded Kurt Front-end Wall Thickness Gage will measure the ‘Thin Wall’ and ‘Thick Wall’ dimensions of beverage or food cans. The gage measures the features at the locations as shown in the image. The Kurt Wall Thickness gage can measure multiple length cans on a single gage as long as the ID of the cans is the same. Changeover from one can length to another can be done within a few minutes.

To actually measure a part the following sequence takes place:

  • The beverage can is manually loaded over a mandrel that replicates the can ID size.
  • Once the can to be measured is in place, two start/stop buttons are actuated and the can is moved back into a measurement position
  • Once the can is in the measurement position, a vacuum drive system engages the can and begins to rotate the can about the mandrel
  • LVDT pencil probes are extended and measure the can wall thickness as the can is rotated

The data output from the can be made available to many available software data collection systems

  • The speed of data collection and processing is a function of those software packages

When the gage is used with KurtSPC Data Collection the information from the can gage is recorded and visually depicted

  • During rotation, data is gathered at 250 readings per second
  • During full can rotation of about 4 seconds, 1000 readings around the can at each location are recorded
  • The KurtSPC software provides MINimum, MAXimum and AVErage results as shown
  • The KurtSPC software can also provide a visual depiction of the can profile as shown

The Wall Thickness gage can be set-up to measure various can lengths on a single gage station provided the can ID is the same

The Wall Thickness gage can be built to measure virtually any size beverage or food can

Gage cycle time to collect information for 1 can is approximately 8 seconds

No master is required with the gage station

Please note: Kurt is a custom gage system builder and can modify the gage outlined above to meet different needs. We have built gage stations that have additional features measured and incorporate automation as well.