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ACI Can drying tunnels

The DRI-Line Series range of air knife drying systems are primarily focused on removing surface moisture in the packaging process to help improve the quality of date coding and labelling processes, and are produced by ACI (Air Control Industrustries), who have been engineering systems for the packaging industry for over 50 years. They are typically installed in-line to the outfeed of automatic filling systems which may have integral an external rinse function, but don't have drier functionality.

The benefits of the DRI-Line Series include:

  • Helping to increase the speed of processing and packaging output
  • Eliminating the smearing of labels and date codes
  • Preventing the misapplication of tamper-proof labels or bands
  • Helps remove threat of stress corrosion
  • Stops watermarks from forming on the bottom of cans
  • Compared to compared air nozzle systems, the DRI-Line Series offers the following reductions: energy consumption; noise levels; maintenance - see Application

ACI Can Drying Tunnels are specifically designed to surface dry aluminium cans for date coding, labelling or packaging. The tunnels provide an enclosed chambers for greater efficiency and prevention of water dispersal into the working environment. The system is designed to be easily operated and maintained.

  • Built to order, as per requirements - the speed can be anything up to 70,000 cans per hour
  • Capable of drying 330ml through to 568ml cans, 250ml slim and sleek cans, giving a 96% minimim water removal efficiency*. [(*) figure attained after rigorous product testing at ACI’s test facility in Axminster.]
  • Enclosed environments & design ensures water is contained (not dispersed into working environment), noise reduced and less turbulence
  • Can be applied to single or multi-lane conveyor lines
  • Available in a number of different configurations, depending on speed required for conveyor and area of can required to dry (e.g., side/top/bottom of can - 2 tunnels would be typically be required for side, top & bottom)
  • 5.5kW or 15kW blower, dependent on application
  • Simple single operator adjustment for different can heights
  • 24 month ACI warranty

These machines can be linked in-line to canning lines which don't have a drying facility, date coders and labelling machines

Installed & commissionined by our Engineers.

Please call us on 01404 892100 to discuss these machines.


Please see the Drying Systems category in Catalogue for our full range of drying machines.

Please see Canning Lines and Labelling machines for our full range of canning & labelling equipment.


The DRI-Line Series can be used for the following applications:

  • After filling, washing or rinsing
  • Prior to ink jet coding
  • Prior to packaging
  • Prior to labelling

Compared to compressed air nozzle systems, the DRI-Line blower-driven series:

  • Reduces high energy consumption - operation running costs reduced by as much as 90% - blower driven air from an advanced ACI air knife uses far less energy because it produces higher volumes of low-pressure air (clean, safe air) - by comparison, compressed air energy costs are very high; by switching from compressed air to blower-driven air payback can be achieved in as little as a few months
  • Reduce high noise levels - lower air pressures reduce the expansion ratio and turbulence of the air produced
  • Is cleaner - blower-driven air is both dry and oil-free; no expensive additional air filtration is required

Can drying tunnels are suitable for aluminium cans.



  • Polypropylene tunnel with stainless steel plenum & adjustment plate
  • Knives: Aluminium anodised or stainless steel (quality and length dependent on appilcation)
  • Blower: Centrifugal or radial, 5.5kW or 15kW, dependent on type of can and speed of production
  • Water dispersal by innovative Y shaped slot design

With can drying, as well as offering visual evidence of drying, ACI can provide test facilities to verify drying standards achieved. For example, a code of Practice Code drawn-up jointly by the MPMA (Metal Packaging Manufacturers’ Association) and BLRA (Brewers’ and Licensed Retailers Association) relating to can drying is followed.


  • Three phase blower
  • Motor size dependent on air requirements


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