Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials has installed a new advanced technology films slitter at its Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., distribution center. With this machine, West Coat converters will have access to a broader film portfolio and more capacity, which means improved service and lead times for greater flexibility.
“With this new slitter we can unwind label material rolls and then cut them to meet the needs of our customers,” said Andrew Morris, Avery Dennison’s National Finishing Center manager. “It can produce a broader range of roll sizes which translates directly into less converter setup time and less scrap, and will make our West Coast converters more efficient.”
The addition of the slitter means film products for West Coast converters will no longer need to be shipped from the Midwest distribution centers.
The West Coast slitter’s advanced technology will also ensure better product quality. Equipped with a closed loop tension system, it has a computer that controls the winding of the roll materials. On most slitters winding is done manually which can lead to variations in tension.
With this new asset in place, West Coast converters can take advantage of Avery Dennison’s next generation film-on-film labeling solutions and the company’s proprietary S7000 adhesives platform,” says Paul Purdef, Avery Dennison films product manager, North America.
“West Coast converters can carry a broader portfolio of thinner, film-on-film constructions that can increase their converting productivity,” said Purdef. “For example, our prime film portfolio, with the S7000 adhesive, uses 40 percent less adhesive than similar constructions. The decrease in adhesive contamination increases productivity and delivers a more sustainable solution.”
These benefits are very important for label companies and converters on the West Coast, given the recent growth in such market segments as home and personal care, food, beer and non-alcoholic beverages.
Source: Avery Dennison