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CMC-KUHNKE Back End Gauge

The BES-3000 is an operator-independent automatic gauge for two-piece beverage can testing. The hands-free design eliminates measurement errors caused by operator interference.  


Brought to you by CMC-KUHNKE, our metal testing expert brand, the BES-3000 Back End Gauge allows you to take multiple measurements at one time. This both saves time and increases accuracy. 

Our automatic can gauge is a measurement system for two-piece beverage cans. You can rely on its accuracy to perform a number of inspections including plug diameter, can height, flange width and flange diameter testing. 

An automatic gauge for a simple process

As an automatic gauge, the BES-3000 is an operator-independent system. This makes your life simple – the gauge even adjusts automatically for use with multiple can heights.  

The measurement head of our can gauge adjusts automatically when a different can height is selected from the preprogrammed test types.  

All measurements are taken automatically at the touch of a button, and cans are automatically rotated to measure at multiple positions. Your automated beverage can test will measure in up to 20 different measurement configurations, plus an option for automatic in feed is available.   

Handy, hands-free can gauge capability  

Because the BES-3000 has a hands-free design this replaces individual, manual gauges. This in turn eliminates measurement variation as the result of operator interference.  

This semi-automatic can gauge system is available as a stand-alone gauging unit with a digital display or for data transfer directly into Visionary QC or data acquisition software. It also has automatic RS232 data output. 

Touch-screen can gauge technology

The intuitive, easy-to-use, touch-screen interface of our automatic gauge simplifies the beverage can testing process.  

Crack open our can inspection equipment portfolio

Across the IP portfolio we make a wide range of automatic gauges and can inspection equipment for all types of QA demands.  

For example, the CMC KUHNKE Front End Station provides automated front end measurements on trimmed cans. It’s  exceptionally accurate. It rotates the can automatically and has the capability to perform 360° wall thickness scans.  

Can inspection equipment expertise

Over many decades of creating vision based can inspection equipment we’ve learnt a lot about optimal processes to follow and building the most reliable, accurate devices. We like to share the insight we’ve gained across the knowledgebase section of our website.  

We’ve published lots of blogs relating to can inspection equipment. Like this piece – 2-piece Vs 3-piece cans: choosing the right packaging. Or this one which explores some commonly asked questions relating to can seam inspection.  

If you appreciate this type of can inspection equipment content then take some time to explore our website. You’ll find lots more blogs, videos and advice from our experts. 


SKU: BES-3000

Applications: Beverage Testing, Can Inspection

Materials: Metals

Maximum positions: 20 points around can diameter (auto rotation)

Measurement units: inch, mm

Resolution: 0.00004in (0,001mm) & 0.0004in (0,01mm) for can height

Accuracy: ±0.0004 in (±0.01mm)

Repeatability: ±0.003mm (±0.00012in) except can height

Output: RS 232

Electrical power required: 100-240VAC 50-60Hz

Power Consumption: <100W

Air pressure: min. 72.5psi (5 bar)

Size: standard up to 206 (ø57mm)

Height: up to 11.2in (285mm)

Dimension (L x W x H): 528mm (20.8in) x 490mm (19.3in) x 703mm (27.7in)

Net weight: 24.5kg (55lbs.)

Languages: English, German, French, Chinese

Accessories: Visionary – Pro software, Visionary – light software, USB-cable – 10 ft. (3m), PC incl. Monitor, keyboard, mouse and Windows, IEC power cable – 6.5 ft. (2m) EU, IEC power cable – 6 ft. (1.8m) USA-Japan, IEC power cable – 6 ft. (1.8m) UK

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