Slitting Upgrade: PennPac Expands Slitting Operations

PennPac Co., a flexible packaging film provider and contract slitting company located in Manheim, PA, has installed a high-speed, compact Titan ER610 cantilever slitter as part of a multi-year capital equipment upgrade program for its slitting/rewinding operations. The company also has confirmed an order for a 2.5-m-wide Atlas CW800 slitter rewinder, with individual rewind stations. PennPac believes these new additions will help it continue to offer the reliability and flexibility its customers need and deserve.

President/CEO Bill Palmer, says, “We have been so impressed with the performance of the new ER610, but our customers are even happier! The slit reel quality is far superior to what we were able to deliver in the past with the older machines, and we can now schedule our production on a ‘make-to-order’ basis, reducing the need for excessive finished goods inventories.”

To meet increasing demand for wider width rolls and larger rewind diameters, PennPac has decided to invest in a larger Atlas CW800 secondary slitter as well. The new Atlas slitter will run at speeds up to 3,300 fpm (1,000 mpm) with a maximum rewind diameter of 39 in. (1,000 mm) and was installed and commissioned in April.

“The performance of the ER610 has given us so much confidence in Atlas and Titan slitting technology that we had no hesitation in buying the larger Atlas machine from Bobst Group,” says Palmer. “At PennPac, it's all about what will meet our customers' needs, and these machines will help us to do just that.”

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