The C2 press was built by Comco on spec, and it was initially paired with a manual unwind. Flexo Production Manager Jeff Ganswindt says, “The Martin equipment went in and started running production immediately. We’ve seen a significant increase in both run speeds and throughput, and there’s also been a welcome decrease in film waste. The equipment was definitely the right decision for us.”
The Martin MBSF butt splicer features driven spindles and a very low-tension capability to handle the light films (typically 1 mil BOPP and PET) at speeds up to1,000 fpm, matching the Comco’s printing capability. Printed rolls are rewound and automatically offloaded by a Martin LRD transfer rewind. With both machines’ cantilevered spindle designs, operators benefit from not having to handle shafts at either end of the press.
Ganswindt says the company is adding a Martin butt splicer and transfer rewind to its existing 22-inch Comco ProGlide press to enable nonstop running at 750 fpm.