“Kocher + Beck is entering into the area of nonstop winding technology after an extremely successful start-up at X-Label,” says Peer Beck, managing director of Kocher + Beck. “It will grow to be another mainstay for the company next to its core business in the segment of die tool-making for the narrow web industry.”
Beck says he is certain that the company’s entry into winding technology based on German engineering and the use of “state of the art” drive and control components is an inevitable adaption to the printing press generation 2010. “In particular, the trend on a broader variety of material, as well as the processing of very delicate unsupported films, represents constantly growing requirements to the winding process. Kocher + Beck has responded with a mix of highly innovative engineering and an ultra-modern drive concept.”
At X-Label, the fully automatic transfer unwinder and rewinder UR Precision 440 is coupled to a Gallus EM 410 press and runs unsupported film materials greater than 20 µ, self-adhesive label stock, and tube laminates in a three-shift non-stop production. Up to 75 automatic roll changes per day are taking place in a 12-minute pulse.
“The productivity increase shown by the Kocher + Beck equipment is instantaneously recognizable and comes just at the right moment to cope with the rapidly growing demand for tube laminate,” says Matthias Michel, managing director of X-Label. “It also adds value in the converting process. The amount of stops at our roll-slitters has been reduced to a minimum and in turn boosts the total output at this part of the process as well.”
According to Beck, several more unwinder/rewinders are under construction and will go into operation before the year end. Kocher + Beck is based in Pliezhausen, Germany, and has additional manufacturing operations in the UK, USA and Russia.