Precision landing in record time
New VariFlex winder in operation at Mpact
2014-01-20 - At Mpact Limited’s paper mill in Felixton, South Africa, a VariFlex winder has been installed in only eight days, which is quite remarkable. Only two days after the start of production it was running at its maximum operating speed of 2,500 m/min. The paper manufacturer had thus already achieved a key investment objective with the start of production.
Mpact had formulated another aim for the rebuild: the period from switching off the old winder until the start of production for the new one should not exceed ten days. A daunting specification, when you consider that the time required is usually around 30 days. But in fact the task was actually achieved after eight days.
VariFlex two-drum winder:
- Width: 4,300 mm
- Operating speed: 2,500 m/min
- Slitter section
- Reel: new design with solid press cylinder traverse and optimized stand
- Lowering platform
- Automatic roll transport system (RTS) with four belts, one with a scale
- Roll ejector
- Three roll stops in a ramp
Mpact Ltd. is one of the largest paper and plastics packaging manufacturers in southern Africa. The company has 31 locations in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Felixton is in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, in the east of South Africa. At the Felixton location, Mpact produces various grades of corrugated board base paper on the PM 3 in the basis weight range of 90–190 g/m2.