Plastic Connections Expands with Titan Compact Slitter

CHARLOTTE, NC | Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. is pleased to confirm that it has recently commissioned a Titan ER610 compact slitter/rewinder at Plastic Connections Inc. (PCi), based in Santa Fe Springs, CA, approx. 30 miles (48 km) south of Los Angeles. Investment in the 65 in. (1650-mm) wide Titan slitter has been made by the company in order to diversify its already flourishing business.

Titan ER610 slitter/rewinder(i) The Titan ER610 compact slitter/rewinder recently installed and commissioned at Plastic Connections Inc. in California.

PCi was incorporated in 1996 as a broker supplying directly shipped containers of PET (polyester) films and is a privately owned, small business that prides itself on a strong sales-oriented philosophy coupled with a vigorous, lean methodology. After several years of successful business, the company entered the converting business and concentrated its activity mainly in slitting & rewinding but also in sheeting and die-cutting of PET film.

“Three years ago we installed three slitters up to 86 in. wide and a 72-in. wide sheeter,” explained John Pastor, sales and operations manager at PCi. “But over the last couple of years, we realized that to be more competitive, we needed more speed. We needed a slitter that was robust enough to handle large, long runs but also flexible enough to effectively process short runs as well. Downtime was a major issue, which we wanted to minimize, so productivity as well as OHSA safety requirements were a major concern. Finally, the new slitter had to be reliable and easy to operate, and the Titan ER610 was the perfect solution for our business,” he confirmed.

The new ER610 slitter at Plastic Connections will be for materials up to 65 in. (1650 mm) wide with a maximum speed of 1500 fpm (450 mpm). Rewind diameters can be up to 24 in. (610 mm) with a minimum slit width of 1.37 in. (35 mm). The slitter also will be equipped with laser core positioning and static control systems.

“We sell PET and OPP films to small start-ups as well as large multinational corporations and government entities for packaging, electrical, industrial, and graphics applications. We believe that the addition of the new Titan ER610 slitter will open up new markets for us and tap deeper in to existing ones,” John Pastor added.

The Titan ER610 has been a great success for Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. with sales of more than 100 machines worldwide. It is available in two widths—53 in. and 65 in. (1350 mm and 1650 mm) and features a 10 in. touch screen control system. A pneumatically controlled braking system provides accurate web tension control and a digital edge-guide system controls lateral movement of the unwind reel to +/- 2 in. (50 mm).

Slitting systems available include shear knives, rotary razor (burst), or razor slitting in air or groove. Optional features include an edge trim extraction system and shaftless unwind roll pick-up from floor.

The Titan ER610 slitter can process a wide range of flexible materials including plain, printed, coated, or metallized film from 20–200 micron, a wide range of laminates, and paper from 30 to 200 gsm. It is a more environmentally friendly solution with reduced power consumption, no hydraulics for oil-free, hygienic operation, unlubricated compressed air for zero oil/air emissions, and less steel through its compact design. Its "one-piece" construction also enables rapid installation and commissioning.

“We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to provide PCi with an effective slitting solution,” added Thierry Fontolliet, general manager for Atlas Converting North America Inc. “We are certain that the Titan ER610 will make an important contribution to its business, and we look forward to a successful partnership with PCi in the future,” he confirmed.

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