Atlas Converting North America, Inc., has reported the successful inauguration of its new Demonstration Center at a recent Open House event held September 20-21 in Charlotte, NC, USA. More than 30 guests over the two-day event were able to see live demonstrations of the new Titan SR9 Series Dual Turret (DT) slitter rewinder together with presentations from partner suppliers Dienes (slitting technology), BST (web guiding & inspection) and LasX (laser perforation & scoring).
The Titan SR9-DT rewinder demonstration was processing a 50 micron, clear BOPP plastic film supplied in collaboration with Triangle Plastics, Inc. a converter based in Raleigh, NC. The demos were running at speeds of up to 3,300 ft/min. (1,000 m/min.) with turret cycle times of less than 30 seconds.
In the development of the Titan SR9 Series, Atlas focused its product development strategy on achieving significant reductions in machine downtime for printers and converters, with lower operator intervention and also reduction of costly waste materials. The concept of the Titan SR9 Series technology platform features three separate machine modules of unwind, slitter and rewind sections. The idea being that a converter need only change the rewind section of the machine from a Dual Shaft (DS) to a Single Turret (ST) or Dual Turret (DT) configuration, to meet changing production requirements, without the need to change the existing unwind and slitting modules.
The Titan SR9-DT rewinder was launched last November at ICE Europe 2011 and the Dual Shaft (DS) module was introduced earlier this year. The Single Turret (ST) module is due to be introduced early next year. Engineering design has led to application for four patents on the Titan SR9 Series, including the Turret Support Device (TSD) for faster turret rotation on the DT model. Such advanced engineering design has led to significant improvements in the quality of slit reels and significant reductions in set-up procedures, the company says.
To meet its sustainability objectives, the Titan SR9 Series eliminates the use of all hydraulics thus providing a cleaner environment. It also uses high efficiency motors and regenerative braking which enables a reduction in energy consumption and makes the SR9 Series the most efficient slitting-rewinding system in the Titan range.
Many of the Open House guests also took part in the Atlas-Titan Golf Challenge which was held at the Ballantyne Golf Club in Charlotte.