Universal Converting Reports Installations

IPSWICH, SUFFOLK, UK | Universal Converting Equipment reports the installation of three X6 slitter/rewinders at Pulse Flexible Packaging, Bury, UK. Pulse was formed in 2014 following a management buyout of the UK packaging businesses of Printpack. After the buyout, Pulse invested heavily in new production equipment to update its manufacturing base and expand its capabilities. Already possessing equipment from Universal, the purchase of the X6s was part of the expansion, with two going to the Bury facility and one to a facility in Saffron Walden. 

Universal says all three machines included the following features:

  • Fast loading unwind, including floor pickup, with remote control
  • Constant geometry lay-on rollers for precise control with tail clamps
  • Closed loop rewind tension control ensuring rolls are always wound at the correct tension
  • Differential friction shafts that do not require lubrication
  • Easy operation with 22-in. operator interface and two additional touchscreens for fast operation
  • Extensive diagnostics
  • Free internet- and phone-based support for the life of the machine
  • Automatic positioning of shear (knives and anvils) and razor blades
  • Automatic positioning of rewind cores
  • Additional slit tension zone

The Universal X6 slitting machine is designed as a fast changeover machine. The mix of work processed through the machines at Pulse requires frequent knife setups, [and] the system has to cope with a wide range of products from narrow bottle labels wound on 152-mm cores to cold seal product wound on 76-mm cores.

Adrian Rowbotham, engineering manager at Pulse adds, “The installation of the Universal X6 slitter/rewinders took place at a time of great change in our business. The machines have both expanded our slitting capacity and greatly improved our efficiency, with three X6 machine producing the same as seven of our existing machines. We bought our first Universal slitting machine ten years ago and have purchased other machines and systems from them since. We know how well Universal support their installations which made this decision an easy one.”

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