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Dual-purpose efficiency

ROTOCON director Patrick Aengenvoort with Majestic Labels’ Roland Adshade (managing director), Knox (ECOLINE RSD 350 operator) and Russell Thorndike (production director).

MAJESTIC LABELS has invested in a dual-purpose platform, ROTOCON ECOLINE RSD 350, which features precision die-cutting plus advanced roll and label inspection for convenient blank label production.

Managing director and co-founder, Roland Adshade, explains that the machine had been in the pipeline for about a year to help the company target larger volume blank label business. ‘We considered many different types of machines and knew that we would receive excellent training and backup service from ROTOCON because we’ve built up a great partnership with director Patrick Aengenvoort as our die supplier over the past 16 years.’

Roland adds that ROTOCON was also prepared to customise the RSD to a 350mm-wide model to ensure that Majestic Labels’ warehousing and distribution types of blank labels fit perfectly to minimise waste levels and improve efficiencies. ‘We ran the first trials 1 000m on a slit and witnessed a 4% reduction in waste. Now we are expecting to optimise these levels even further by ordering 2 000m on a slit.’

Production director and co-founder, Russell Thorndike, explains that in the past the team was constricted to running on a 200mm web on either of its flexo die-cutting machines and then rewind the material on the tabletop rewinders. ‘Now the team can run that same job on a wider web material and at double the speed. It is rewound and inspected at the same time thus improving efficiencies. The operator, Knox, really appreciates the semi-automatic turret rewinder feature, which allows him to prepare the next roll while the current one is still running, helping to speed up production times,’ he enthuses.

Russell points out that user-friendliness was another key investment factor. ‘ROTOCON’s service technician Sachin Sukhlal only had to spend about half a day training and guiding Knox through how the RSD 350 works. Knox adapted easily to finish the job he was running by himself.’

IMAGE CAPTION: ROTOCON director Patrick Aengenvoort with Majestic Labels’ Roland Adshade (managing director), Knox (ECOLINE RSD 350 operator) and Russell Thorndike (production director).

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