UK-based converter Excel Label has invested in A B Graphic International (ABG) Vectra ECTR4 spindle turret rewinder to increase its production efficiencies.
A long-standing customer of ABG, having invested in multiple Vectra turret rewinders since 1996, Excel had seen a growth in demand for short run length label rolls used in portable printers. By example, a regular running job had to be die-cut and then finished off-line, much due to the very short meterage making it unsuitable for regular in-line turret finishing. As a consequence, finishing had become manpower intensive with a typical job taking up to four days to manually slit and re-roll - a task so time consuming it was commercially unviable.
Following discussions with ABG, Excel Labels purchased a Vectra ECTR 4 spindle turret rewinder, which included an automatic core loading module enabling cores to be positioned automatically and accurately onto the rewind shaft enabling a fast cycle time that was simply not possible when loading conventionally by hand. The investment resulted in instant efficiency gains across all roll lengths.
‘With the new ECTR auto core loader, we are now running the small roll work in-line as well,’ said Excel Label’s managing director, Andrew Keatinge. ‘And by doing so, we are achieving a speed of 38 meters a minute per 13-meter cut. The job which collectively took us five days across two machine processes, now takes just one day processing fully in-line. The productivity results are awesome, saving us not only days of intensive manual work, but also our sanity.’
Since investing in a Vectra ECTR 4, Excel has now placed a further order for two more turret rewinders, and an additional order to retrofit an automatic core loader module onto one of its eight ABG turrets.