The company’s sites include a recently completed custom-built factory in Leeds where Watershed needed a slitting machine with fast set-up times to slit material used within its conversion operation.
Watershed said it chose the Universal X6 for its automatic shear knife set up, ease of operation and closed loop tension control and that the X6’s automation systems and fast, easy job set-up enables the company to respond quickly to customers’ requirements with minimal downtime and reduced waste.
The Universal X6 slitting machine is designed for processing flexible materials. A typical specification includes digital web guiding, automatic knife setting (ComputaSlit), an additional tension zone through slitting, closed loop rewind tension control, constant geometry contact rollers, automatic core alignment (ComputaCore) and a running speed of 600m/min.
The machine is also designed to be simple to operate with a 22inch touch screen interface. A typical changeover, including setting 20 shear knives, can take less than two minutes. The integrated drive and control system is said to offer precision and repeatability with extensive diagnostics including dynamic circuit diagrams. The X6 is also said to boast a footprint considerably smaller than competitive machines.
Commenting on the investment, Stephen Walker, managing director of Watershed Packaging said: “Our business is built on service and quality. Being able to produce high quality slit rolls with a quick turnaround allows us to respond quickly to the needs of our customers. We had purchased a used machine but the quality and service was poor. The Universal X6 has been excellent since its installation.”
Alan Jones, managing director, Universal Converting Equipment added: “Watershed Packaging are a forward-thinking company and decided to invest in technology which both reduces cost and improves product quality. Many companies accept the downtime during set-up and the waste produced whilst the correct settings are found. Watershed wanted a better solution and we have proved the X6 slitter rewinder is the ideal machine.”
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