Martin Automatic – Adhesivos del Segura fits roll handling technoloy to its Gallus presses
SPAIN • After detailed market research, the label converter decided to invest in Martin Automatic roll handling technology, and in 2015 installed the first of four of the American manufacturer’s MBS unwind/splicer machines, which have since been joined by another MBS and LRD transfer rewinder.
Adhesivos del Segura SA is located in Murcia, in Spain’s south east corner and is equipped with more than 16 printing machines, and 12 cutting and finishing units, including digital technology. Renowned for supplying labels to the food industry as well as high volumes of blank labels for shipping purposes, the company currently employs more than 150 people at its 7,000 sqm plant that about 27 million square metres of label stock each year.
The Spanish label converter operates a triple shift five days per week and investigated ways of increasing productivity and press throughput. For this reason, Adhesivos del Segura decided to invest in roll handling technology by Martin Automatic.
The first four MBS splicers are all fitted to Gallus EM series presses: three on EM 340s and one on an EM 410. The latest MBS and first LRD are fitted to the company’s EMS 430. Overall, Victor Abellaner estimates they are gaining 25 minutes per shift with the Martins, working on five minutes per roll change, and significantly reducing waste by 300 metres per shift. Grossing these numbers up, the Martins are adding 375 minutes of production time per working day across the five presses. This equates to 31 hours per week, or 1600 per year, and an annual saving of some 230,000 metres of substrate – accordint to the company.
With run lengths reducing from typically 8,000 metres a few years back to more like 1,500 metres today, the case for automation to facilitate roll changing has grown. Label production at Adhesivos del Segura is still predominantly paper based but with demand for film and foil products is rising quickly. This mix of substrates makes the case for automation even stronger, so Victor Abellaner’s comment that the Martins are: “buy, install, set and forget,” provides ample justification for the investment.
According to Victor Abellaner, general manager at the Murcia plant, Martin technology was the preferred choice for its relative simplicity, which implied a high degree of reliability that has been well proven in the rigours of day-to-day commercial operation. “We like the fact that the splicers are not over-reliant on servos and electronics – it makes them easier and cheaper to maintain by our in-house technicians – but in reality, they have been a model of reliability.”
(l.t.r) Martin Automatic’s Ed Pittman, with Ángel Gómez, production manager and Victor Abellaner, director general of Adhesivos del Segura (Source: Martin Automatic)