Slitting & Rewinding

Bindatex secures funding to expand 1mm slitting capability for new markets


indatex has been awarded an Innovate UK grant of almost £100,000 from the Sustainable Innovation Fund. The purpose of the grant is to support a critical six-month R&D project to further develop and upscale its 1mm-wide slitting capability for next generation composite parts manufacturing technology.

Bindatex Advanced Material cutting is a world leader in the precision slitting of carbon fibre to widths as narrow as 1mm. The funding will support extensive research and testing and development of bespoke technology to enable Bindatex to produce 1mm wide thermoplastic UD slit tape in volumes that meet the future growth demands of lightweight aircraft manufacturers and other key transport applications.

Managing director, Chris Lever says: “I cannot stress how beneficial this grant from Innovate UK is to the continuing growth of Bindatex. It’s going to allow us to carry out research that would not otherwise be possible

at the current time due to the impact of Covid. “The past seven months have not been easy. However, we have continued to invest in key initiatives including our Industry 4.0 data capture system. This investment has helped us to adapt to different markets, whilst still maintaining the high level of service and fast turnaround times our customers rightly expect. This Innovate UK funding will give us an even greater capability and open up more potential markets to Bindatex, making us a much more resilient UK enterprise as a result.” One of the objectives of the projects is to increase the yields of ultra-narrow slitting and reduce any in-process waste being sent to landfill, as this is not currently sustainable at increased volumes. The aim, as manufacturing capability is ramped up, is to identify how this waste can be recycled and reused for other processes.

Mr Lever adds: “There is strong demand right now for digital composite printing to replace small metallic parts on aircraft, cars,

rail and possibly medical technology too. The market potential is huge.”

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £191 million to fund single and collaborative research and development projects as part of the Sustainable Innovation Fund over the next two years. The aim of these competitions is to help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of COVID-19.


Enprom launches innovative new versatile dual doctoring solution


eading Spanish converting equipment manufacturer, Enprom Solutions has recently released its latest innovation – the eRR40 – a dual inspector and rewinder machine that can be used effectively in both shrink sleeve and flexible packaging markets.

By enabling the investment to be spread across both markets, the eRR40 provides label and flexible packaging manufacturers two working modes: for shrink sleeves, by verifying the correct seaming of the sleeve tube, using the air balloon validation system with electronic detection; and for the flexible packaging market, through the inspection, control and doctor of reels up to 400mm web width, allowing for repair printing and slitting defects.

As a bidirectional inspection solution, the eRR40 is designed to unwind and rewind the material and detect defects. To

width detector, UV lamp, display screen, stroboscope lamp, pressure rollers on rewinder, controlled shifting system or a 100% printing inspection system. As with all Enprom machinery, safety is at the forefront of design. The eRR40 includes a warning system through LED lamps that serve as a guide for the operator and will notify all the states of the machine. “The enhanced compact and ergonomic design of the eRR40 really makes this an excellent solution for flexible packaging and shrink sleeve manufacturers,” said Enprom Solutions’, Pierina López.

carry out this process, the machine consists of a unique, compact, and ergonomic unit with integrated unwinder and rewinder. The eRR40 can also be complemented with different options, splicing detector,

“The versatility of the machine means that any inline inspection system can be incorporated, enhancing its multiple purposes. We look forward introducing the innovation to our customers.”

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