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Machinery, Accessories, Services

Rolls Bear High Loads
, Neenah, WI; 920/729-6666; webexinc.com
FeatherLight carbon fiber composite idlers are precision manufactured to be a third of the weight of comparable standard aluminum idlers, company reports, with a 120% higher load-bearing capacity. Said to provide the lowest inertia rating of any available roller, with faster response to web speed changes. Standard face lengths range from 34-144 in. with custom lengths available.

High-Speed Rewinder
Elsner Engineering Works
, Hanover, PA; 717/637-5991; elsnereng.com
The GS-4 Series high-speed roll packaging system provides high-speed rewinding and overwrapping of giftwrap papers and films. Allows users to run metallized films at the same production rates as paper, company reports. Automated production line handles rolled, wrapped, and label products. Production rates are 820 fpm or 75 rolls/min for all substrates running in any of the operational modes — cores, coreless, or sheet stiffened. Accuracy of cut lengths is ±0.1 in.

Trim Removal System Upgraded
Converter Accessory Corp.
, Wind Gap, PA; 570/223-9867; handleyourweb.com
FoxRunner portable option for trim removal is designed to handle trim widths ranging up to 2-6 in. at speeds to 6,000 fpm. According to company, it is especially effective with difficult-to-handle die-cutter waste, as well as chopped, granulated, and pelletized materials.

Transfer Ink Electrostatically
, Libertyville, IL; 847/680-7022; hurletron.com
Electrosist ink transfer system applies a charge to the impression roller that produces an electric field between the roller and the grounded gravure cylinder. Ink acquires a small charge that produces a “wave” in the liquid. Substrate comes in contact with the ink, which allows capillary action, and ink is transferred to the substrate. Features point-and-click operation; color touchscreen computer; remote diagnostics and troubleshooting; and new Windows-based graphical user interface.

Slit/Rewind Pharma-Grade Film
Independent Machine Co.
, Fairfield, NJ; 973/882-0060; independentusa.com
Custom slitter features three-tier rewind for slitting high quality medical diagnostic media. The 12-in.-wide machine is capable of slitting as narrow as 0.032 in. and rewinding onto cores or dedicated reels. Cantilevered unwind, which includes auto edge guide and programmable constant tension, is equipped with a range of shear tooling with slit accuracy to within 0.0005 in.

Winder Aids Niche Applications
, Pawcatuck, CT; 860/599-6262; davis-standard.com
Culisse winder eliminates the slitting and rewinding steps for most processes as well as scrap, company says, reporting an increase in the winder's use for niche applications in diaper film, breathable film, and nonwoven coating sectors. High-speed, in-line slitting capabilities and a scrapless transfer mechanism make product an alternative to turret winders.

Aid Nonstop Roll-to-Roll Line
, Milan, Italy; +39 02 96681842; gidue.com
The MR semi-automatic double unwinder helps operator change reels at 30-40 mpm without stopping the press. Includes two unwinders that can be brake- or servo motor-driven, dancer operated tension control, and a “Marriage Roller” splicing system.

Static Meter Operates Easily
TAKK Industries
, Cincinnati, OH; 800/792-8255; takk.com
Model 5730 static meter measures static charges to 150,000 volts. The hand-held meter is machine-housed with an LCD digital display and one-button operation. It can detect positive or negative static charges on any stationary or moving web or conveyor surface.

Transparent Foils Catch the Eye
, Fuerth, Germany; +49 911/71 41-96 38; kurz.de
Available on transparent foil are custom-design foils with continuous, ultra-fine geometric patterns; plain foils with multi-angle rainbow color effects; Trustseal single-image holograms; and more. Said to exhibit colors/designs with high-edge definition.

Sheet Photographic Papers
Maxson Automatic Machinery Co.
, Westerly, RI; 401/596-0162; maxsonautomatic.com
Specialty sheeter designed for photographic papers is equipped with a shaftless rollstand. Line includes a precision cutter, delivery section, stacking station, and off-loading conveyor unit that eliminates the need for manual contact when discharging reams of sheets. Features an automatic squaring system that requires no operator adjustment and includes a reject gate that diverts sample sheets or off-quality material from the stacking section.

Servos Added to Slitter
HCI Converting Equipment Co.
, Taichung, Taiwan; +886 4 2359 0710; hci-tw.com.tw
The FSL-T1300 slitter features digital controls and high-accuracy operations, plus specifically designed transmissions and converters said to allow it to run fast and smooth. This is the company's first slitter/rewinder installed with servomotors, which rewind the slit film into precise rolls, company says.

Control Register, Reduce Waste
Eltromat Electronics
, Chesapeake, VA; 757/487-8849; eltro.com
The DGC 750 register control is suited for rotogravure, flexo, and web offset printing. Features include automatic length and side register control, including front to back side; automatic length register control to print on preprinted web (insetting); in-register with a minimum of waste after machine start or reel change; and safe detection of register marks with low contrasts.

DOD Ink Jet System Is Flexible
Jetrion LLC
, Ann Arbor, MI; 734/622-6218; jetrion.com
Starting at 2.4 in. with one printhead, the monochrome 3025 drop-on-demand ink jet printing system is designed to incorporate multiple printheads for wider applications. It delivers 316 dpi across and up to 526 dpi in the process direction, at speeds to 250 fpm with UV inks and to 400 fpm with solvent inks.

Mid-Web Press Is a Flexible Unit
BHS Printing Machinery Corp.
, Hampstead, MD; 410/374-8333; bhsworld.com
The Flexline press for paperboard, folding cartons, and flexible packaging is said to be ideal for an economic entry into the mid-web range for printing from roll to roll, roll to cut blank, and roll to sheet. All common ink systems can be used, including water, solvent, and UV. Reportedly offers short makeready and high flexibility.

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