Advanced web control for film and flexible packaging

Rotoflex has introduced the Rotoflex VLI. A core product of the company’s line-up for many years, the VLI has been redesigned from the ground up, impacting material and time waste, operator interaction and web path access. The new design is driven by the Rotoflex eDrive 2.0 web handling system which now further increases production speeds, gives more precise speed control and accurate stop/start ability and provides better tension management to deliver higher roll quality. This makes the VLI an ideal solution for a variety of applications including paper and film labels, unsupported film, tension-sensitive materials and various specialty substrates.

Tactile controls

Operator use and interaction was a primary consideration when concepting the new VLI. A large 15 inch (381mm) monitor displays key functions at a glance and tactile controls are positioned for easy access.

The lower working heights of the machine offer more comfortable viewing of the web, splicing and slitting, resulting in faster edits and job setup. Integrated dashboards with tool pockets ensure key controls and tools are well within reach.

The new web path of the VLI improves access to the web, allowing fault placement in multiple locations and maximising setup and changeover efficiency. Most configurations now come standard with a convenient mounting location for popular 100% inspection systems.

“Changing dynamics in the printing and converting operation inspired our engineers to re-think the inspection/rewinder’s role in the print-to-finish workflow,” comments business director Kevin Gourlay. “

By implementing equipment like the VLI into the finishing operation, converters can realise an increase in capacity of more than 300 additional jobs per shift, per year on a single machine.”

Available in widths up to 28 inches (718mm) and powered by Genesis, the Rotoflex VLI advanced control system is said to be perfect for film and flexible packaging applications.


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