ASHE Automation Drives Company Expansion

ASHE Converting Equipment are currently undergoing a 12,000 sq./ft. expansion at their headquarters in Ipswich, UK. The additional floor space will lead to further capacity for its various models of slitter rewinders and also give a further expansion to its existing machining centre.

Presently, up to 90% of machine parts are manufactured in house for certain standard models and further development in this area will ensure that over 1100 machines can be fully supported, without third party manufacturers making items 'obsolete'.

Automation enhancements within their machinery range have proved to be extremely popular. Keeping machine stoppages to a minimum is essential, and features are currently in place to keep this time as short as possible.

On the Sapphire S2 series of duplex and duplex turret slitter rewinders, the automatic knife positioning system can position up to 20 rotary shear knives (top and bottom) within 120 seconds. If this is done manually, then this could take up to 10 minutes, which is a saving of 8 minutes. Throughout the life of the machine, this represents a significant saving as the machine operator can be fulfilling other tasks whilst the machine sets itself. The machine downtime is even lower if this is incorporated with automated rewind core positioning system.

A new feature the company have recently developed is a duplex turret slitter rewinder with 'dual unwinds'. Another time consuming factor on any slitter rewinder, is the loading of the master roll. If a new master roll can be loaded whilst the machine is running then the amount of time the machine will be stopped can be reduced, giving the machine more productivity and higher output.

The Diamond model has proved to be a popular machine within the ASHE range, due its small footprint and the price tag associated with it. ASHE have now taken this formula and expanded the machine into an automatic Turret Slitter Rewinder, which eliminates the downtime in offloading finished rolls and having to re-core rewind shafts. The machine has also been designed to be modular, allowing for separate unwinds so other associated equipment, such as perforation and embossing equipment, can be placed inline with the machine.

The innovative technology along with the experience in slitting and rewinding most flexible substrates has allowed the company to offer its customers the best solutions for quality and productivity.