Atlas Converting North America, Inc., is pleased to report a highly successful inauguration of its new Demonstration Center at a recent ‘Open House’ event on September 20th & 21st in Charlotte, NC. 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).
Many of the guests also took part in a special ‘Atlas-Titan Golf Challenge’ which was held at the Ballantyne Golf Club in Charlotte on Thursday afternoon, September 20th. Five groups of four golfers took part in a ‘Texas Scramble’ competition which was eventually won by the team consisting of David Bryant – VDI, Stan Braycotton – Atlas, Mark Jew – Sealed Air and Lance McDonald – Interflex Group (see photo). The prize giving ceremony took place during the celebration dinner, also held at the golf club.
The Titan SR9-DT rewinder demonstration was processing a 50 micron, clear BOPP plastic film supplied in collaboration with Triangle Plastics, Inc. a leading 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 & converters, with lower operator intervention and also reduction of costly waste materials – which all adds up to outstanding gains in productivity and sustainability.
The concept of the Titan SR9 Series technology platform features three separate machine modules of unwind, slitter & 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.
Innovative engineering design has led to application for four patents on the Titan SR9 Series, including the unique 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. A newly designed Linear Tracking Slitter (LTS) section ensures the shortest and a constant web length between the knives and the rewind shafts for improved web control giving the highest possible side wall quality of rewind reels and also reducing the possibility of waste material.
Between all three versions of the Titan SR9 platform, many other new features provide exceptional performance and productivity at running speeds of up to 3,300 ft/min. (1,000 m/min). The SR9 Series is available in two widths – 65 and 88 ins (1650 and 2250 mm). To maintain focus on its objectives for sustainability, the Titan SR9 Series has many features for achieving reductions in the cost of energy and of waste materials. Elimination of all hydraulics helps to provide a cleaner environment and the use of high efficiency motors and regenerative braking enables a considerable reduction in energy consumption and makes the SR9 Series the most efficient slitting-rewinding solution in the Titan range.
The Titan SR9 Series is set to smash all productivity records and provides a genuinely flexible and sustainable new approach to slitting and rewinding for a wide range of plain, coated and printed film & other flexible materials. A new Service platform for both the Atlas & Titan range of slitter rewinders is now in place. This provides 24/7 customer service & support operations with engineers based locally in Charlotte, NC (USA), in the UK, India and in China, confirming the company as a global supplier providing complete customer satisfaction. Atlas & Titan also provide fully automated and integrated roll handling systems to meet specific production requirements.