Martin Automatic Highlights Narrow-Web Solutions at Labelexpo
Martin Automatic reported high levels of interest in its roll handling technology at the recent Labelexpo Europe, with the company’s stand attracting converters from all parts of Europe, including growing markets like Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia. Martin also had visitors from Southeast Asia and Japan.
Two of Martin’s most popular machines for the narrow web market were on display; the MBS automatic unwind butt splicer and the LRD turret rewinder. Both machines, which are designed and built with the rugged simplicity required for reliable performance in today’s hardworking commercial environments, feature the latest software and operator interface that moves them towards being a ‘set and forget’ stage in the production cycle.
The MBS' ‘laser assist package’ provides an optical guide for operators when preparing a splice. Available on new machines and as a retrofit, the laser beam aligns the web edge with the splice tape for more accurate positioning on the reverse side of the substrate.
"The laser assist package typifies the way that we continue to innovate and bring practical solutions to the market that improve productivity and show a fast ROI for the converter," said Gavin Rittmeyer, Martin's vice president.
The MBS splicer's stacked festoon accumulater also attracted attention during the show. Designed to facilitate installation where floor space is in short supply, it is one of a number of tailor-made configurations offered by Martin to converters who need the added productivity of automation, but have an already crowded production area.
“Once again, a relatively simple concept has been utilized by Martin to revolutionize the way converters can make full use of their presses, even in confined spaces," Rittmeyer said.