A: Offloading finished rolls to automatic packaging line infeeds continues to be a focus for larger volume converters. Machine builders are challenged with the variables involved. For smaller converters, the need for a slitter they can grow with has led to more modular slitter designs, allowing functions and capabilities to be added as business expands or slitting requirements change. Our model 900-M duplex center winder responds to this trend, offering a variety of unwinds and tooling options that can evolve a basic slitter into a high-performance workhorse.
In the area of new technologies, we have recently completed a number of turret projects with new technologies incorporated into the web flow. These include flexible-width auto core placement and finished roll removal as well as a window tab capability for high-end specialty products that inserts roll leaders or pull tabs at the beginning or end of rolls.