FFP Packaging Solutions based in Northampton (UK) is one of the country's leading converters and supplier of flexible packaging materials. Ongoing business expansion including the recent installation of a new 8 colour flexographic printing press has led to the need for additional slitting & rewinding capacity and a new Titan SR9-DT Dual Turret rewinder from Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. will be installed in June this year.
FFP serves the UK's leading multiple retail chains. Earlier this year, the company picked up two gold awards for its innovative flexible packaging materials from the European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA).
'We have had a close association with Titan slitter rewinders for many years', said Tom Bewley, Production Manager for FFP Packaging Solutions. 'Our existing Titan slitters have performed extremely well over the years and reliability has been second to none. So once we saw a demonstration of the new Titan SR9-DT twin turret rewinder at last year's ICE Europe exhibition in Munich, in November, we were seriously impressed with what this machine could do for our high volume slitting requirements to meet expanding production,' he confirmed.
The new Titan SR9 Series slitter rewinder has been a great success since its launch in November 2011. Demonstrations at ICE Europe generated considerable interest and several machines have been sold over the last few months to converters in various countries.
The new Titan SR9 Series slitter rewinder technology platform not only provides much higher performance & improved productivity, but also a more flexible and sustainable solution in slitting & rewinding.
In the development of the SR9 Series, Atlas focused its product development strategy on achieving significant reductions in machine downtime for printers & converters, including reduced set change time, lower operator intervention and also reduction of costly waste materials - which all adds up to outstanding gains in productivity.
The concept of the Titan SR9 Series platform features three separate machine modules of unwind, slitter & rewind sections. The idea being that a converter need only change the rewind section of the slitter from a Duplex Shaft (DS) to a Single Turret (ST) or Dual Turret (DT) configuration, to meet changing production requirements, without the need to change the existing unwind and slitting modules. The Dual Shaft (DS) module was introduced at the drupa 2012 exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany (3 - 16 May) and will be followed by the Single Turret (ST) module later this year for a wide range of flexible materials including plain, printed, coated or metallized films, laminates, paper, board and flexible packaging materials.
Innovative engineering design has led to the application for four patents on the Titan SR9 Series, including the unique Turret Support Device (TSD) for faster turret rotation on the DT model. Such advanced engineering design has led to significant improvements in the quality of slit reels and significant reductions in set-up procedures.
A newly designed Linear Tracking Slitter (LTS) section ensures the shortest and a constant web length between the knives and the rewind shafts for improved web control giving the highest possible side wall quality of rewind reels and also reducing the possibility of waste material. The Titan SR9-DT to be installed at FFP will feature an electronic slit reel unloading system.
The Titan SR9-DT rewinder can process a wide range of flexible materials including plain, printed, coated or metallized film from 10 to 200 micron, a wide range of laminates and paper from 40 to 200 gsm at speeds up to 1000 m/min (3,300 ft/min). The minimum slit width can be as narrow as 20mm (less than 1 inch).