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Tullis Russell Specifies Vetaphone For New Kroenert Line

One of the UK’s longest serving manufacturers of security and label stock coated products, Tullis Russell, has chosen to install Vetaphone corona treatment technology on its state-of-the-art production line in Bollington, Lancashire. The commissioning has allowed the company to expand its portfolio of coatings on paper and film for complex specialist applications.

The Kroenert coating line design is characterized by duplex coating that allows Tullis Russel to coat one layer on the front and one layer on the back, or two layers on the same side giving maximum flexibility.  In addition, the coating head’s trolley design reportedly allows quick changes between five different coating technologies, which highlights the two-layer curtain coating capability.

“Traditionally, we have worked with coated papers, but having the Vetaphone Corona unit has allowed us to expand our portfolio into developing coatings on films for specialist, complex applications,” said Mitch Lambert, sales & marketing director, Tullis Russell. “The ability to treat our own substrates now gives us the flexibility to produce constructions that would otherwise have been a specification challenge to our supply chain team.”

The Vetaphone equipment installed at the Bollington plant is a VE-1E-B treater unit with an iCorona 4 generator capable of supplying 24kW of power to the 9 finned electrodes. The automatic watt density based on web speed reportedly allow the production team to maintain consistent treatment levels whilst being operationally efficient and speeding up the product development process. Other features, such as the pneumatic engagement, make it much easier for the operators to web through the device and set engagement at a speed of their choice.

Tullis Russell produces a range of coated papers and typically PP and PET films for a variety of markets, some of which have security features built in. The 18,500 sq/m multi-level manufacturing plant in Bollington now has the capability of coating to very fine tolerances, manufacturing multi-layer laminations, and converting and delivering the end products in sheets or reels. 

For more information, visit https://www.vetaphone.com.

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