British converter Baker Labels has invested in two Ashe Diamond and Solitaire slitters to add efficiency, extra safety and speed to production. The new equipment replaces previous Parkland slitter, which the company used for the last 20 years.
The company invested 300,000 GPB (385,600 USD) in the new equipment for its materials department, Baker Materials. The Diamond and Solitaire slitters replace the previous Parklands equipment that had been used for the last 20 years.
The Diamond slitter comprises of a duplex rewind section with rotary slitting and control console, a separate shaftless unwind stand and reel lift and an offload trolley. It can slit at speeds of up to 500 mpm and has a maximum web width of 1650mm (65in).
The Solitaire slitter is a free-standing slitting, unwinding machine with a separate shafted unwind stand and an offload trolley. It also has a maximum speed of 500 mpm but with a maximum web width of 600mm (23in).
The company will now be able to benefit from central gangways running through the presses giving operators access to observe the material and rollers at different points and manage any issues quickly. A shaftless unwind can be lowered to the height of the reel of material then lift it automatically providing a safer operation than previously with less manual handling while differential winder will even out the amount of tension across the bar so multiple reels of different sizes can be slit correctly at the same time.
‘The continued challenge for us to be able to satisfy the demand from customers to provide them with a faster, even more efficient, quality service was the driver behind us is investing in two new litters. The quality of the new Ashe Diamond and Solitaire slitters is fantastic, and our materials team has been working hard in training to adapt to the new kit,’ said Paul Sykes, production manager at Bakers.