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Safety, Efficiency, Savings Novationis on a Mission with the AF3 WebFlagger


uick, think of something traveling 70-80kph. You probably thought of an

automobile or motorcycle zooming by, or perhaps a cheetah. You probably didn’t imagine yourself reaching out and touching it as it flew past. And yet, that’s exactly what some machine operators must do when hand-marking defects in a web. As some products fly by at speeds up to 1,200 meters per minute (73 kph), technicians must physically touch the speeding web to “flag” the location of a defect. If that doesn’t sound particularly accurate, efficient, or safe to you, you’re correct on all three counts. That’s why hundreds of successful converters and printers and some of the world’s largest corporations rely on Novation’s innovative WebFlagger system. Since 2002, the US- based manufacturer has been refining the WebFlagger, an integrated solution to the inefficiency, waste, and risk associated with hand-flagging.

HOW THE AF3 WEBFLAGGER WORKS The AF3 WebFlagger takes operator contact with the web out of the defect-marking process. With the press of a button, or via machine signal, the AF3 applies a pressure- sensitive flag at the defect location. Fast-moving webs are no problem; even at speeds over 4,000 fpm (1,200 mpm), the AF3

Why AF3 WebFlagger? - Safely and automatically flags defects - Flags at any speed up to and over 1,200 mpm - Accurately and reliably applies flags - Connects to all inspection systems - Tracks defects from upstream locations

instantly and accurately marks the web. Novation’s flags are optimized for the job. A film lamination protects against torn tags, and the adhesive is “deadened” on the portion of the flag that extends past the roll to prevent the flag from folding back onto itself, or sticking to idler rolls and other machine parts. Novation offers a variety of flag types to suit any application, as well as custom configurations.

WEBFLAGGER FITS YOUR NEEDS Literally! The AF3 is Novation’s latest and most compact WebFlagger. The space- efficient design features a stainless-steel


Novation founder and inventor Alfonse Novelli is clearly on a mission. “It’s hard to believe people are still hand flagging”, said Novelli. “It’s not only a safety hazard, but it’s also inefficient”. With over 40 years in the converting and printing industries, he has seen his fair share of accidents and close-calls due to hand-flagging. “Inaccurate defect marking slows production, and increases waste and costs. But it’s deeper than dollars and cents, of course—no one wants to see a a team member get hurt.” Since launching in 2002, Novation WebFlaggers have safely and accurately marked tens of millions of defects—millions of interactions with fast-moving webs that otherwise would have been made with human hands. “Safe and accurate marking of defects in web fed processes, coupled with defect recording and tracking, is crucial to achieving your goal as a successful converter or printer. At Novation, we are dedicated to providing cost-effective solutions to maximize efficiency and minimize accidents.”

Picture (left): Alfonse Novelli, Novation’s founder

frame that fits into tight spaces, so all your printing or coating lines can be WebFlagger equipped. And if your web must accommodate different roll widths, Novation’s optional slide-base makes it easy to adjust the WebFlagger for correct alignment with the edge of the roll. Novation is the industry leader in safety and waste reduction through automatic marking and tracking of defects. With several hundred installations worldwide,

Novation’s equipment has safely and accurately marked tens of millions of defects. Novation’s products have been an integral part of safety of waste management programs implemented by some of the world’s largest corporations. Its customers supply markets such as flexible packaging, electronics, automotive, films, tapes, non-wovens, healthcare and hygiene products and more. Its products are designed and manufactured in its plant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US.


May 2019

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