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Kingpin:A new counter locating device revolutionising the make- ready process

locating pin for phenolic counters that produces significant time savings to the make-ready process, as well as other benefits such as crease alignment and reduced contamination. Kingpin is a unique, patented system for


locating counter plates, which has been engineered specifically to save time during make- ready, resulting in reduced downtime, improved sheet throughput, improved creasing alignment, reduced risk of contamination and cleaner dies. Simon Shenton, C&T Channel Matrix

managing director, explains: “The development comes in response to C&T Matrix’s belief that the time is right for a more considered, engineered approach to cutting die technology, which has seen little advancement during the last 30 years.” C&T is part of the Plastics Capital Group, a

publically listed Group specialising in niche plastic manufacturing. C&T has collaborated with other sister companies within the Group with specific expertise in product design and injection moulding. ”This Group-wide expertise has been invaluable in the creation of a truly unique product that is revolutionising the process of counter transfer on press,” adds Shenton. The existing practice for positioning locating

pins can lead to significant machine downtime. Using the conventional system, pins have to be inserted into the die board manually, then cork

rings are inserted on the pins and then finally counters are mounted to the pins. Once the counters have been transferred to the plate the die then has to be removed again from the die cutting machine and each pin and cork ring has to be removed manually. All of this is time consuming and contributes to machine downtime. Furthermore, the current pins can be unstable and this can cause misalignment of the counter on the plates leading to poor creasing quality. Finally, it is very easy to forget to remove a pin, or for pieces of cork or entire pins to enter the innards of the machine itself. This type of contamination can have severe consequences. Shenton says, ”Kingpin is a completely new

concept. It replaces locating pins and rings entirely and instead a permanent pin is inserted into the die-board for the lifetime of the die. There is no need to remove Kingpin from the die as it self-retracts automatically into the die board upon transfer of the counter to the plate. When

&T Channel Matrix, the leading manufacturer of creasing matrix, has developed a revolutionary retracting

Simon Shenton, managing director, C&T Channel Matrix

new counters need to be laid, Kingpin can be simply reactivated allowing the make-ready

process to be repeated using the same die.” The development

and testing process has been extensive. C&T has worked closely with key end users and

die makers in the UK, such as the MPS

Group (Multi Packaging Solutions) and the Lasercomb Group, across various sites this year. “The feedback has been extremely positive since the full commercial launch occurred in June. C&T participated at an MPS Group conference in May where the Kingpin product was presented to all cut and crease managers within MPS. The feedback was excellent and all sites are excited about the prospect of using Kingpin in their dies,” adds Shenton. He concludes, ”We are very excited to be

launching Kingpin to the market. Its development is part of our commitment to our customers — we understand the pressures they face in trying to constantly find new ways to improve productivity. Kingpin will make a significant contribution to helping them improve efficiency in the make-ready process.”

The Kingpin by C&T Channel Matrix 10 October 2017

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