Earlier this year, Ellis revisited his birth city, intending to take part in his fourth Cape Town Cycle Tour. While he was in town, however, he visited HP Labelling in Bellville to check out some of that plant’s latest technology. According to Ellis, he was particularly impressed with the output of two Rotocon Ecoline finishing machines.
"By the time Mike returned to Australia, he had placed an order for one of our Rotocon RCSI 330 finishing machines, representing our first sale in Australia," says Pascal Aengenvoort, Rotocon sales director.
Aengenvoort then jumped on a plane to Sydney to personally oversee the commissioning of the new machine at Avonlea Labels.
The Ecoline RCSI 330 offers a full suite of standard features in an economical, compact package, which is designed for operator ease. It features a cartridge slitting system, vertical inspection zone and automatic tension control, with S-drive servo/software control on unwind, rewind and draw stations. Self-explanatory icons on the moveable operator console are simple to interpret.
The system offers slitting accuracy of around 0.2mm on web widths up to 340mm. Tension control is fully automated, including acceleration and deceleration, allowing the machine to reach running speeds up to 320 m/m.
According to Ellis, Rotocon’s dedication and service has been excellent. "Pascal arrived in a timely fashion, meeting the machine delivery to the day," he comments. "Installation was a breeze. Pascal
trained two operators with ease and professionalism. After three months of operation, the machine has not had one hiccup and has made our finishing rolls top quality in the industry."