The 26th annual China International Disposable Paper Expo (CIDPEX) is Asia’s largest gathering of tissue production experts in the world. Running April 17-19 at the Wuhan International Convention & Exhibition Center (Wuhan, Hubei, China), CIDPEX 2019 will bring together more than 700 companies and 30,000 visitors to share industry insights and trends, along with showcasing equipment innovations designed to make converting disposable tissue paper products more efficient and progressive in Asian markets.
Manual tasks within the unwinding process put many tissue converters at a disadvantage. Operators are responsible for the preparation and transition of parent reels between paper machines and the converting line, which is physically demanding and often time-consuming. Further, these functions increase the likelihood of damage to the tissue and greatly jeopardize operator safety — all substantial risks for tissue converters.
With the advent of Industry 4.0 and smart technologies, solutions to these challenges are now available and Fabio Perini’s new Moonlight unwinder virtually eliminates off-line human intervention during unwinding through forward-thinking automation:
Like any industry predicated on production, tissue manufacturing and converting presents a certain amount of peril to workers. The amount of equipment and humans on a production floor alone can make for hazardous situations, not to mention the often heavy, sharp, and quickly moving parts within that equipment that workers must be cognizant of at all times to prevent injury if safe practices and machine safety procedures are not being followed or used.
Today’s tissue converters are serving customers who expect fast turnarounds and minimal downtime. Finding ways to be more cost-effective, efficient and focused on production is a top priority.
Rewinders are an essential part of any tissue converting operation, and their performance largely drives production success. Three- and 4-roll configurations are the current options for rewinders, and each enjoys popularity in the field. As more and more converters gain comparative experience between the two types, however, they are discovering the significant advantages a 4-roll rewinder offers. These advantages generally center around improved roll control and well-designed winding geometry.