Rotoflex slitter/rewinders ease tension for CCL Label.
by Jessica Millward, Associate Editor
With recent design and print triumphs such as Dannon's drinkable yogurt shrink sleeve and the award-winning Spinformation® pharmaceutical label construction, CCL Label has continued to command the attention (and business) of leading consumer products companies. CCL's penchant for high-end, high-impact labels recently led management at its Shelton, CT-based facility to a search for new, specialized slitting/rewinding equipment to better handle the latest in label manufacture.
Early this year, Shelton determined its production load—90 percent film-based labels—demanded more efficient, up-to-date slitting/rewinding capabilities. After examining the options, CCL decided to procure equipment common to CCL plants across the United States and Canada; in early 2001, the company purchased three customized 13˝ Rotoflex VLI 330s. Soon, Operations Manager John Hovanec states, the Shelton plant floor will be configured to run the Rotoflex slitting/rewinding operations in-line with existing Gallus presses.
As a whole, CCL Label provides prime and promotional packaging in pressure-sensitive, shrink-sleeve, in-mold, expanded content, rotating, and promotional applications in a variety of industries. Primarily serving the personal care/beauty market, CCL Shelton uses 75 employees to output approximately $18-20 million in production per annum.
In deciding where to turn for a slitting/rewinding solution, Hovanec reports there was one basic principle: "Because production is so film-heavy, [CCL was] looking for equipment designed to effectively handle filmic substrates." The ability to control rewind tension obviously becomes both more difficult and more critical while printing on films, as Shelton employees experienced firsthand.
In converting a label for a Lysol household cleaning product, CCL found the multi-layer film construction promoted poor tension control on the older slitting/rewinding equipment, which in turn resulted in considerable wrinkling. The Rotoflex VLI equipment, available in standard web widths of 10˝, 13˝, 16˝, 20˝, and 24˝, features increased horsepower and automatic tension control, making clean converting of the Lysol labels possible in one pass.