Splicing and rewinding kit manufacturer Martin Automatic has reported strong sales of its splicing technology from customers in Scandinavia.
Customers are using the splicers on their ABG Omega finishing lines rather than on printing presses, which is often the more conventional application for such technology.
Two companies, Norstamp from Stokke near Oslo and Skipnes Labels & Flexibles, which is based in Stromstad, Sweden, have turned to Martin Automatic to improve web tension through their ABG lines.
NorStamp, which produces packaging, labels and signage, claims that both quality and output has improved since the Martin Automatic MBSC automatic splicer installation.
Tom Bulow-Kristiansen, sales manager of the company's labels division, said: "The Martin allows us to run 3,000m rolls continuously, which equates to about 15,000 to 18,000 metres a day. This has more than doubled our output.
"Our blank label throughput has grown from 20 million to 48 million labels per year because we can run non-stop with higher production speeds. And the quality has improved too because the Martin has given us better tension control on the web."
Another customer, Skipnes,has fitted a Martin MBNT onto its Omega SR410 DC line.
Espen Johansen, site manager at Skipnes, said the Martin installation had enabled the machine to run non-stop on a 410mm wide web at a speed of 75 metres/minute.
Espen added: "It saves about eight minutes per roll change, which adds up to almost one hour saved on every shift. We're running mostly thermal stock on it at present and the extra efficiency allows us to work a single-shift pattern."