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AFH Products: Trends, Challenges, and the Proxima S6 Rewinder Solution

09/26/2019 | Stefano Palazzesi



Away-from-home (AFH) products have become one of the most widely used commodities in the world. It’s estimated that nearly one-third of the tissue market — about 21 million tons of tissue paper every year1 —  is currently designated specifically to AFH. Global demand — led by North America and Europe, and fastest-growing in Asia-Pacific countries2 — is rapidly pushing the numbers higher, especially in facial tissue and toilet tissue. The increase in these AFH products, in particular, is partially attributed to changes in consumer behaviors since an uptick in disposable income is providing more opportunities for travel, hotel stays, and dining out.3

The Challenges of AFH

The sustained and burgeoning popularity of the AFH products segment is both a boon and a concern for tissue manufacturers and converters. At-home products can be produced in large volumes using standard roll and core diameters, sheet length, and perforation formats.

On the other hand, formats for common and premium AFH products primarily used in hotel/restaurant/café (HORECA), institutions, and companies (including hospitals, healthcare, large workplaces, industries, airports, restaurants, and hotels) can vary greatly. The wide range of variables in characteristics and performance inevitably leads to frequent changes and production inefficiency. Products closer to the consumer characteristics allow for higher production in terms of rolls per minute. Industrial and heavy products require specific machine features and reduced log-per-minute production speeds.

Key Features AFH Rewinders Need

To maximize production efficiency and accommodate fluctuating AFH product needs, tissue manufacturers and converters often seriously consider purchasing AFH-specific rewinders. As with other equipment, the decision is multi-faceted. To find the best rewinder solution, an objective evaluation of these key features is necessary:

  • High flexibility in product range and performance
  • Efficiency in product mix changes
  • Advanced mechanics to reduce maintenance/downtime 
  • Product change by HMI without access to the machine enhances operator safety

Introducing Proxima S6

To meet the needs of tissue converters for AFH products, Fabio Perini has developed the Proxima S6, a rewinder that guarantees excellent performance and quality for any AFH product:

Flexibility:

  • Accepts log diameters from 90 to 350 mm
  • Fast 30 to 90 mm core change using HMI automation
  • Perforation cylinder with multiple blades

Quantity and Quality

  • Large diameter for winding rolls and perforators
  • Log edge control plates
  • Robust embossing wheels for edges and 240 mm roll holders

Ease of Use

  • Core diameter, roll diameter, and perforation can be replaced using HMI controls
  • Independent servomotors for high-precision settings that save energy, and reduce maintenance, dust, and noise
  • Easy-access platform to ply bonding and perforation area
  • Clean and efficient core pickup with gluing blade

The Proxima S6 is a featured machine at MIAC 2019, and Fabio Perini experts will be on-hand to answer questions. Can’t make it to MIAC? Contact the Fabio Perini team to learn more about the Proxima S6 and all of our latest equipment and technologies! 

 

SOURCES

1Mordor Intelligence, Away From Home Tissue and Hygiene Market- Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019-2024), Undated

2TAPPI, Top Global Away From Home Tissue Manufacturers Report fro 2019, Undated

3Euromonitor International, Away-From-Home Tissue and Hygiene in the US, Undated

Topics: Trends, Technology

Stefano Palazzesi

Written by Stefano Palazzesi

Stefano Palazzesi is Product Manager – Converting for Fabio Perini and has more than 30 years of automation engineering experience in the tissue converting industry. He has played a key role in the company’s technology development and is a pioneer in its main industrial automation innovations.

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