Rewinding department cracks successful formula

Steven Namakho describes Rotocon’s Ecoline RSI 330 finishing machine as easy to operate thanks to the self-explanatory icons on the moveable operator console, and the S-drive servo/software control system on the unwind, rewind and draw stations.

Over the past four years, KS Scales & Labels has partnered with Rotocon, investing in three slitter/rewinders and a plate washing machine.

NATHAN NAIDOO exemplifies entrepreneurial spirit and determination, having branched out from repairs of retail and industrial scales to establish KS Scales & Labels, a label converting business in Alrode (South Gauteng), specialising in self-adhesive labels and price marking.

Five years ago, Nathan relates – after numerous requests from customers, predominantly smaller-scale butcheries whose scales he was repairing – he graduated from sourcing to producing labels.

‘Having no printing industry background, I gained about 10 years’ worth of experience within the first year. Although I look back on it as the worst year of my life, because every job I took on was a loss leader and I learnt things the hard way, it made me stronger and wiser,’ he now recalls.

Rotocon director, Patrick Aengenvoort, and KS Scales & Labels operator, Adam Maxola, with the Ecoline RSD 330 label die-cutting/inspection machine.In 2017, the slitting and rewinding department expanded with the purchase of a Rotocon Ecoline RCSI 330 finishing machine. Its automated tension control, including acceleration and deceleration, allows tension to be set at any required level and the machine reaches a maximum running speed of 320m/min.

Other features include a vertical inspection zone with a LED strobe light, dual rewind, waste rewinder, splice detector, and a cartridge slitting system with an accuracy of around 0.2mm on web widths up to 340mm.

This investment was followed in January 2019 by the commissioning of a Rotocon RSD Ecoline 330 die-cutter and slitter. Its robust servo-driven die station facilitates high-speed die-cutting while the semi-automatic turret rewinder enables operator, Adam Maxola, to prepare the next roll while the current one is still running – helping to speed up production times.

Read more about KS Scales & Labels Ecoline investments»» featured in the April 2019 issue of PPM

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