Technical Report on Slitter Rewinder Innovations
Michael Pappas, Catbridge president, wrote a feature article on slitter rewinder innovations for the June 2011 issue of PFFC. In the article, Michael discusses recent technologies that substantially increase productivity by targeting downtime at key points in the slitting process. Innovative turret winders with features to fully automate the cutoff and transfer process between sets, for example, can achieve at least 2 to 3 times more productivity than conventional winders. Many of these time-saving technologies also improve finished roll quality and minimize waste. Tips on assessing needs and determining return on investment are included in the article.