Belvac & Schuler enter exclusive partnership


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Belvac and Schuler enter exclusive partnership to deliver a Bodymaker with Trimmer combination machine: the Belvac Can Former/Trimmer 400 (CFT 400); and a Cupping Press; the Belvac Cupping Press.


LYNCHBURG, VA (April 3, 2017) – Belvac Production Machinery, Inc. a world leader in the design and production of continuous motion rotary machinery used by beverage and food can manufacturers around the globe, is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership with the Schuler Group of Goppingen, Germany. This partnership with Schuler, a world leader in metal forming technology for the automobile industry and multiple other industries including can making, emphasizes Belvac’s commitment to excellence for its can making customers around the world.

“This  is a unique & exciting partnership,” noted Richard Steigerwald, President of Belvac Production Machinery, Inc. “Schuler will exclusively supply us with their proven bodymaker design which when combined with Belvac’s brand new world class trimmer design creates the market leading CFT 400. In combination with the proven Schuler designed cupping press, Belvac is now positioned to provide can manufacturers worldwide with not only a clear competitive choice but technical leadership in all the critical areas of metal displacement and inspection systems within can making. Belvac can now provide cupping presses and systems, can formers, trimmers, (or CFT 400- can former & trimmer combination) bottom can coating, necking, bottom reforming, bottom re profiling, light testing, and vision integration at speeds and throughput performance that lead the industry.”

“Because of its special hypo-cycloid drive, the entire design of our new bodymaker is an advantage over current conventional machines by the completely balanced unit, which means there is less vibration and no need for a foundation”, says Johannes Linden, head of the Systems division at Schuler. “In addition, the Schuler cupping press with its dynamic mass counterbalance, offers a complete foundation free front-end area to the customer. Our cupping presses are well acknowledged in the beverage can market, producing cups of high quality at high speed due to the play free, maintenance free slide guiding system design.”

Belvac’s equipment touches many of the brands consumers use on a regular basis—from internationally popular sodas, nutritional drinks, energy drinks to cans for the alcoholic beverage industry and even some food can applications. Belvac believes that this partnership is enabling its customers to achieve the best-in-class manufacturing goals they seek which directly contributes to improved customer operating profitability.

“This new partnership will allow our customers to have a world class source for a fully integrated Front-End solution with the addition of Belvac’s Cupping Press and the CanFormer CFT 400 leading into our world class Belvac Necking Systems”, says Belvac’s President. “Belvac will be the only company in the world offering this level of integrated package.”

According to Mr. Steigerwald, “We’re committed to leading the market, which requires thoroughly listening to our customers, therefore allowing us to continually improve the technological capabilities of can making. We remain hard at work striving to develop the next generation of can making technology. This outstanding partnership with the Schuler Group is just the next step in a long line of enhanced Belvac offerings which will continue under the financial and operational leadership of Dover Corporation, our parent company.”

Visit us at MetPack in Essen, Germany May 02-06, 2017 Hall 3 Booth 3C58 for the unveiling of the CanFormer/Trimmer CFT 400.


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Belvac is the world leader in the design and production of continuous motion rotary machinery. Belvac provides beverage can makers with high-speed trimming, necking, base reprofiling and reforming, shaping, bottom rim coating, flanging and inspection technology. Belvac continues innovation and solutions by offering Belvac Ceramic tooling Solutions to our current services provided in addition to Container Engineering. Learn more about us at www.belvac.com.

Belvac is an operating company within Dover Corporation’s Refrigeration & Food Equipment Segment.  Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenue exceeding $7 billion. Recognized for an entrepreneurial approach for over 60 years, Dover’s team of 29,000 employees takes an ownership mindset, collaborating with customers to redefine what's possible. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under "DOV." Additional information is available at dovercorporation.com.

Schuler is the world market leader in metal forming technology. The company supplies presses, automation solutions, dies, process know-how, and services for the entire metalworking industry and lightweight automotive design. Customers include automobile manufacturers and suppliers as well as companies from the forging, household appliances, packaging, energy, electronics industries and minting presses.