Sales of the Titan ER610 compact slitter rewinder to film producers and converters have been particularly successful in Latin America for Atlas Converting Equipment in the last couple of years. This has included 12 machines installed in Mexico, many installations in Chile and Peru, several in Argentina and more recently in Brazil.

Converplast Embalagens, located in Guarulhos, close to Sao Paulo, is one of Brazil’s largest producers of flexible packaging materials and installed its first Titan slitter rewinder, an SR6 model, almost 20 years ago. The reliability and performance of this machine over the years gave the company every confidence to invest in a new 1,350mm wide Titan ER610 compact slitter rewinder, which was installed towards the end of last year.

"When we considered our recent programme of investment, we wanted a slitting solution which would provide high-quality product and operating efficiency," explained Mr. Mauro Murer, industrial director at Converplast. "We were so impressed with the demonstration of the ER610 slitter that we had no hesitation in placing the order with Titan. It’s compact design, high performance and advanced technology was a perfect solution for us," he confirmed.

Converplast is a private company owned and managed by president Mr. Victorio Murer and his son, Mauro. Their business has expanded rapidly in recent years with the production of flexible packaging materials predominantly for the domestic confectionery sector. Operations include gravure printing, laminating and slitting and rewinding. The company has now become one of the leading converters of flexible packaging materials in Brazil supplying many large customers in the food, pharmaceutical, personal care and home care industries.

"The Titan ER610 slitter has enabled us to achieve very high slitting quality for our customers. In fact, we decided to further modernise our slitting operations this year and increase our capacity further with the addition of two more 1,350mm wide Titan ER610 slitters, which will be installed before the end of this year," Mr. Victorio Murer confirmed.

Atlas has now sold more than 100 Titan ER610 slitters worldwide. The machine is available in two web widths – 1,350mm and 1,650mm (53in and 65in) – with a maximum rewind diameter of 610mm (24in). It also features a 10in touch-screen control system and an integral edge-trim extraction system. The pneumatically controlled braking system provides accurate web tension control and a digital edge-guide system controls lateral movement of the unwind reel to +/- 50mm (2in).

Slitting systems available include shear knives, rotary razor (burst) or razor slitting in air or groove. Optional features include an anti-static control system, laser (line) core positioning and a new option for shaftless unwind roll pick-up from floor.

The Titan ER610 slitter can process a wide range of flexible materials including plain, printed, coated or metallized film from 20 to 200 micron, a wide range of laminates and paper from 30 to 200 gsm at speeds up to 450m/min (1,500ft/min). The minimum slit width can be as narrow as 25mm (approximately 1in).