1661 Northrock Court
Rockford, IL61103 USA
L&N LABEL COMPANY CHANGES WORKING PRACTICES WITH MARTIN AUTOMATIC
Family-owned L&N Label Company is one of the latest narrow web converters to reap the benefits ot fitting automatic unwind/splicing and rewinding technology from Martin Automatic. But to make the most of the new equipment, the company and its operators adopted new and more efficient ways of working.
The company supplies self-adhesive labels to the food, beverage, wine and beer markets, but in addition has an ongoing contract to supply decorated bandages to one ot the leading global manufacturers. Plant Manager Chris Booth explains: "The tan colored adhesive bandage that you put on your child's cut finger is long gone these days - we print a huge number of multi-color designs from cartoon characters to abstract images."
L&N has dedicated a 10" (280mm) wide, eight-colour Mark Andy 2200 flexo press to this work. The bandage material, an extruded 3 mil PE film on paper liner, arrives on rolls ot 1000 lineal metres (3000 lineal feet), and the company converts around 500 rolls per month. Prior to adding automatic roll change, the frequent stops to change rolls were creating large amounts of waste.
What was needed was a way of reducing this waste while improving web handling on the stretchy material.The solution proved to be a Martin Automatic MBSC and STR. Simple to set and operate, the compact MBSC butt splicer changes rolls automatically, allowing the press to continue running at full speed. At the rewind end of the press, the STR rewinder automatically transfers the printed web onto a new empty core, while the turret rotates to present the completed roll to the operator for easy removal.
Chris Booth reports dramatic waste reduction and improved product quality: "Not only are we...