Packaging Machinery

Aluminum Can Conveying in the Beverage Industry

Brenden Dungy, Sumitomo Sales

Since 1990, Pride Conveyance Systems ( has been a world leader in conveyance systems for the beer, beverage can, and food two-piece can manufacturing industries.  Pride focuses on manufacturing conveyance systems that are innovative, that install and start-up as planned, that create low spoilage and operate efficiently with fewer problems. Sumitomo Drive Technologies has been Pride Conveyance Systems supplier of choice for gearmotors in the aluminum can conveyor industry.

Both Pride Conveyance and Sumitomo conduct operations on an international scale.  Pride serves customers in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Sumitomo Drive Technologies, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Heavy Industries headquartered in Japan, is capable of offering worldwide support to its customers.  Pride’s management team considered Sumitomo’s global capabilities as a positive when selecting a supplier for their conveyor belts.

Sumitomo Drive Technologies has committed itself to becoming the benchmark in power transmission and control solutions for food and beverage applications.  Aluminum can applications require sterile environments, thus Sumitomo offered the Hyponic® Reducer for Pride’s requested application.  The Hyponic® Reducer, does not leak oil and is the most sanitary, dependable, and efficient right angle gear motor available to use with Pride’s existing conveyor product line.

A representative from Pride Conveyance explained his thoughts regarding the Hyponic®, “We prefer to use Hyponic® on all of our projects.  If one of our customers has a different gearbox preference, we strongly encourage them to use Hyponic®, because of all of the features and benefits.”

The Sumitomo Hyponic® Gearmotor represents over 60 years of excellence in the design and manufacture of premium gearing solutions.  With over one million Hyponics® currently in service, the newest model features a more compact, modular housing, maintenance-free grease lubrication, and high efficiencies.  With wash down duty as a standard option, Hyponic® is the ideal choice for bottling, bakery, and food processing industries.

The Hyponic® gives customers a compact, much more efficient alternative to Worm Gear technology gearing across ratios from 10:1 to 240:1.  As a right angle drive, the Hyponic® utilizes hypoid technology that provides very quiet operation, high efficiencies and smaller mounting “footprint” than any other gear products.

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