Rotary tool and die manufacturer RotoMetrics has opened a Converting Technology Center to demonstrate its latest product innovations. Located at its world headquarters near St. Louis, MO, USA, the center spans 2,000 square feet (186 square meters) and provides visitors with live demonstrations of advanced diecutting and modular processing equipment. The area also serves as a research and development center for the company.
“This is a one-of-a-kind product demo center to show converters just how impressive this equipment is,” says Steve Lee, vice president of technology at RotoMetrics. “Customers have been eager to see their products perform when running live converting applications, and now we are able to fulfill that request by showing them first-hand exactly how much more productive their operations can be. It also allows our R&D team to engineer and test products that keep RotoMetrics and our customers at the forefront of technology.”
The featured product is a 26” Rotary Processing Module, designed to convert a wide range of materials such as flexible packaging, folding cartons and pressure sensitive labels. Applications include creasing, diecutting and embossing with solid or flexible dies in processing widths up to 34” (863 mm). “Converters want to maximize efficiency on high-output, high-speed applications, so RotoMetrics designed this product to fulfill those needs,” notes Ulrich Kretzschmar, business development manager. “The module delivers on the industry's increased need for accuracy in flexible packaging, especially for the growing resealable packaging market.”
Also on display is a 16” Pantec Electroman hot foil stamping system. The unit is able to achieve higher run speeds compared with other conventional systems, according to Andy Schmitz, product manager. “The Pantec system utilizes an oil encapsulated hybrid mandrel which allows for even heat distribution across the cylinder surface. Electrical energy is used to heat the mandrel, while the encapsulated oil ensures efficient heat transfer and offers clean, safe and reliable operation. The system is engineered to allow a retrofit into most existing flexo presses."
The Converting Technology Center opens this month. Converters are invited to contact RotoMetrics to arrange a visit. Email RotoMetrics at email@example.com or call 636-587-3600.