Wipak UK Ltd. expands flexible packaging production with new Titan SR9-DT Dual Turret slitter rewinder
Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. (Bedford, UK) has recently commissioned a ‘next generation’ Titan SR9-DT Dual Turret slitter rewinder at Wipak UK Ltd. at its production facility in Welshpool (Powys), in central Wales (UK). Wipak UK Ltd. is part of the Wipak Group which has extensive operations in plastic film production and converting in 10 locations throughout Europe.
The new Titan SR9-DT Dual Turret rewinder at Wipak UK will be a 1650mm wide machine with the capacity for up to 700mm rewind reel diameters, a Servo core positioning system and an integral moving splice table to meet the expanding production requirements of the Group’s UK facility. The slitter will also have an unwind & rewind static control system and will be capable of processing materials at a minimum slit width of 50mm.
As part of the Finland-based Wihuri Group, the Wipak Group holds a leading rank in the development and manufacture of multi-layer films (especially barrier films) and high quality packaging solutions in Europe, in both the food industry and the medical/healthcare sector. This covers fresh and processed meat, dairy products, bakery products, confectionery, ready meals, fish and coffee together with a wide variety of re-closing systems for food packaging. Wipak also supplies a wide range of sterile barrier materials and packaging systems for the medical device industry and health care institutions, including substrate films for sticking plasters and pvc-free materials for pharmaceutical packaging.
In addition, the Group also provides specific flexible packaging solutions for the tobacco industry and supplies films to other converters.
In the development of the new Titan SR9 Series, Atlas focused its product development strategy on achieving significant reductions in machine downtime for printers & converters, with lower operator intervention and also reduction of costly waste materials – which all adds up to outstanding gains in productivity and sustainability.
“We saw the Titan SR9-DT slitter rewinder demonstration at the drupa exhibition in Germany last year,” explained Mr. Dennis Nee, Factory Manager at Wipak UK. “We were impressed by the machine’s performance and could see that it would provide us with the flexibility, high efficiency and high quality product we need to support our expanding operations. It is also excellent to have a machine supplier in the UK who can provide full technical support at any time it may be needed,” he confirmed.
The ‘new generation’ Titan SR9 Series technology platform was launched at the end of 2011 with the Dual Turret (DT) slitter rewinder. This was then followed by the Duplex Shaft (DS) slitter rewinder introduced during 2012 with both machines featuring three separate machine modules of unwind, slitter & rewind sections. Innovative engineering design has led to the application for three patents (one granted, and 2 in process) on the Titan SR9 Series and has made significant improvements in the quality of slit reels and 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. Many other new features provide exceptional performance and productivity at running speeds of up to 1000 m/min. The SR9 Series is also available in a 2250mm machine width.
To maintain focus on its objectives for sustainability, the Titan SR9 Series has many features for achieving reductions in the cost of energy and of waste materials. Elimination of all hydraulics helps to provide a cleaner environment and the use of high efficiency motors and regenerative braking enables a considerable reduction in energy consumption and makes the SR9 Series the most efficient slitting-rewinding solution in the Titan range.
Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. won the coveted C2 European Converting Innovation Award for 2013 at the ICE Europe exhibition in Munich, Germany in March this year for the advanced design & technology of its ‘next generation’ Titan SR9 Series slitter rewinders.
Wihuri Oy, the Finnish parent company of the Wipak Group was established in 1966 and has 3 production facilities in Finland together with operations in the UK, Netherlands, France, Germany, Poland, Spain & Italy. Wipak also has a North American sister company Winpak which completes the Wihuri Packaging Division with approx. 3,600 employees and net sales of EUR 500m in 2011.
For more information, please contact:
- Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. Wolseley Road, Kempston, Bedford MK42 7XT, UK.
Tel: +44 1234 852553 Fax: +44 1234 851151
- Wipak UK Ltd., Buttington Business Park, Welshpool, Powys SY21 8SL, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1938 555255 Fax: +44 1938 555277 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org