Ready for Change

Expensive materials change attitudes at Gintzler Graphics, where automatic splicing capabilities from Martin Automatic reduce waste.

Support Your Rollers

How should a roller be supported or attached to your equipment? To answer this question, let’s review your roller support needs and your options to meet these needs.

Baggy Webs: Part 4 Minimizing

What does minimizing a baggy web mean? Two things. First, we would like to minimize the level of bagginess in our webs. Second, we would like to minimize the waste associated with running the inevitable baggy web in our processes. To minimize the creation of baggy webs, we must take on their causes.

Automated Web Handling Reduces Costs

Germark finds automated web handling equipment from Martin Automatic boosts productivity while offering fast payback.

Baggy Webs: Part III-Causes

We know baggy webs are a problem and we know we can measure them. What do we do next? First, we need to find a way to fix it in the short term. Second, we can work on a long-term plan to prevent baggy webs from happening.

Under Pressure (A Brighter Look)

Mr. Starcevic taught my 8th grade algebra class and was one of my most memorable teachers. He quizzed us every week, and as he passed out our graded results,

Montalvo Turns 60

This year, Montalvo Corp. celebrates 60 years of providing brakes, clutches, and electronic web control equipment to the converting industry worldwide.

Back to School for Web Handling

Maxcess University’s Conference Week program has lofty objectives. The Apr. 16–20 event that PFFC attended at the Hyatt Hotel covered the fundamentals of web guiding, tension control, slitting, and winding in a university-style format that combined lecture, video, and hands-on application of web handling techniques in a lab setting.

AccuWeb Receives High Honor

AccuWeb recently was recognized as a 2006 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year in the Small Company Grand Award.

Baggy Webs: Part II Measuring

I'm not usually a big fan of management adages, but this is one I often can support: You can't manage what you don't measure. How do you expect a defect

Baggy Webs: Part I Nightmares

This is the first of four columns on baggy webs, starting with understanding the problems they create. To most converters, the ideal web is one that is

Under Pressure (Revisited...and Revised)

If I have any repeating theme to understanding web handling, it is to follow the stresses and strains. In nipped processes, you need to follow the compressive stress (aka pressure).

Don't Get Bent out of Shape

Bending a web is like bending a pencil or a wire. A little bending is no problem, but if you go too far, something will get bent out of shape or break.

Twist & Shout

A wrinkle is the web’s equivalent of a shout—stop it, you’re hurting me! To avoid your web shouting at you, think about how to apply uniform tension across it.

Dancer Rollers: Trust but verify

In last month’s tension quiz, I gave out five points if your process had a calibrated tension transducer roller. Those of you with dancer rollers might have wondered why you didn’t get any points. Why am I “dissing” dancers?

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