British packaging and label converter ProPrint Group specializing in linerless applications has invested into Martin Automatic butt splicer and automatic transfer rewind to increase its production capacity and efficiency.
‘Our continued focus on improving service levels and cutting down on waste, raw materials and time, means we are always looking at ways to streamline and improve our efficiencies. After seeing Martin Automatic being demonstrated at Labelexpo Europe last year, it was clear that this addition to our linerless division would give us the edge we needed,’ commented Nigel Tollman, one of ProPrint Group directors, on the latest installation. ‘At ProPrint we believe in spending time ensuring we have the right supplier partners, the partners we can work together with to make sure our business is always evolving and improving.’
The converter installed MBS automatic butt splicer preventing the need to stop and start due to manual roll changes carried out by ProPrint Group staff. Consequently, the equipment fully mechanizes roll changes and controls all variables electronically. The splicer automatically shears and tapes the existing and new web together. The unit simultaneously irons tape across the splice, giving a tight reliable bond. Further automated features include built-in web tension control as well as automatic web alignment with ultrasonic sensors.
The company has also added LRD automatic transfer rewinder which handles the rolls at the end of the press. It successively rewinds, changes and unloads full roles automatically without stopping. As a result, it minimizes the operator intervention and fully controls production accuracy. Unlike a conventional turret, this machine also has a short transition between winding positions, therefore reducing the potential for web movement or changes in tension. The operator monitors every roll change, with the fully printed reels systematically unloaded ready for packing and delivery to the customer.
‘The team at Martin Automatic were helpful, supportive and worked hard for us. In the short time since the machinery installation, we have found it easy to use, reliable and very efficient. It has saved hours of downtime per shift and has cut down on make ready waste between jobs. We are very happy with this advancement,’ concluded James Denny, the second director of ProPrint Group.