The MSE Sheeter is the cost effective alternative to purchasing sheeted stock. Designed for the small converting or printing operation that uses as little as 500 tons annually.

Trade Converter Invests in Quality and Service

On January 1, 1991, Progressive Converting opened its doors as a full service trade converter. Located in Neenah, WI, this start-up operation was launched by the Reinhardt and Schreiber families, who between them have more than 20 years experience in the printing industry.

Pro-Con’s customer base includes printers, converters and paper merchants. The company’s central merchants. The company’s central location places it in easy reach of markets in the greater Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis areas. In addition, the company is currently doing contract sheeting for several area mills.

progressive_AMark Reinhardt, one of Pro-Con’s partners, believes that this printing background has helped him to be more aware of what his customers need in a finished product. He sums it up in this way, “A printer needs a square sheet, a reasonably accurate cutoff, and, above all, a clean cut.” These requirements were kept in mind during investigation of sheeting equipment.

Early on in this process, the company weighed the pros and cons of new versus used equipment. Reinhardt recalls, “In doing research on sheeting, I found many trade converters had old equipment, which required secondary trimming. We saw an advantage in not having to guillotine trim. Only a new sheeter could give us press-ready sheets.”

Within 4 weeks of start-up, Pro-Con acquired the MSE Sheeter from Maxson Automatic Machinery Company (Westerly, RI). The MSE offered Pro-Con the ability to run trials for potential customers, while their larger sheeter was being constructed.

At Progressive, the MSE handles board calipers up to .020 inches, and paper grades ranging from 20 lb. to 70lb. The MSE sheeter operates at speeds of up to 300 fpm. On the MSE, Progressive can sheet 4 tons of 70 lb. paper during an 8 hour shift, or a ton of 0.014 inch board per hour.

The MSE Sheeter’s compact size makes set-up fast and easy. The sheeter is 53″ wide and offers a sheet length range from 12-50 inches. Only a single operator is needed to operate the sheeter.

In terms of sheet length accuracy, the MSE sheets to a finished size on cutoffs under 36 inches. The sheeted stock can be packaged for shipment directly off the sheeter. Reinhardt adds, “With the MSE, we now have experience sheeting many different materials. It’s helped us in starting to build a customer base.”

The MSE Sheeter’s compact design makes set up fast and easy. Only a single operator is needed to operate the sheeter.

To speed set-up during set-up during roll changes, Pro-Con selected a Citation shaftless self loading back stand. The shaftless design eliminates the need for an overhead hoist when loading rolls. As the operator moves the roll change is complete in under 3 minutes, versus 20 minutes with a shaft type design.

Reinhardt comments, “Eventually, I envision us a 3-shift operation, and I just couldn’t see the sheeter down for 10 minutes every hour with a roll change.”

Along with the roll stand, Progressive also chose an edge guidance system. The edge guidance system directs the web into the sheeter evenly, and assures a square sheet when slitting. “With this option, we have the ability to take a ¼” trim on either side, if a customer requests it.”

In April 1991, Progressive took delivery of a Maxson MSL Sheeter. The new sheeter gives the company greater production capabilities and added capacity as Pro-Con’s customer base expands.

The MSL operates at speeds of up to 850 fpm, and can sheet board stock up to .028 inches thick. The MSL’s close tolerance drive provides a sheet length accuracy of +/- 0.023 inches.

Because a clean cut is essential when sheeting heavier board calipers, Pro-Con selected the PEN MAM dust collector as an equipment option. Reinhardt stresses, “My years of experience in the printing industry have shown me how important it is to have a clean sheet.”

While the first few months of Pro-Con’s operation have been spent running trial runs and establishing customer relationships, the company is now poised to enter a new phase. With a high speed precision sheeter and a growing customer base, Pro-Con’s success seems certain.

Reprinted from The Sheeting Monitor, December 1991

Sheeter Upgrade Sharpens Converter’s Competitive Edge

Seal Products, based in Naugatuck CT, has been a quality supplier of laminated film and paper products since 1936.

Serving the sign and display industry, as well as framing shops and photo labs, the company’s product line is used with mounting and laminating presses, and in photographic framing.

Equipped with two shaft type roll stands, the Maxson MSE Sheeter handles a variety of Seal Products’ material from films as light as 2 mils thick to 0.012 inches thick.

During the past fifty years, Seal Products has enjoyed modest growth and has earned a reputation for both service and quality. In recent years, however, demand for the company’s products has risen sharply. As a result, the company’s size has doubled during the past five years.

In 1990, Seal Products was acquired by Hunt Manufacturing, of Philadelphia PA. As a subsidiary of Hunt, the company enlarged its distribution network outside of the United States, to include facilities in the United Kingdom and Germany. The expansion allowed Seal Products to better serve a growing worldwide customer base.

The company employs 120 workers at its Naugatuck CT manufacturing facility. Converting processes at the plant include sheeting, slitting and rewinding, as well as pouch making. The company converts a wide range of materials from adhesives, films, coated papers, and pressure sensitive stock.

While sheeting had been in practice since the company’s inception, it was one area that needed updating as demand for laminate sheets increased. According to Armand Luzi, operations manager, ” Despite having two sheeters, we reached a point where we had to have some material sheeted by an outside source. While we were growing as a company, there was no sheeting capacity to take on the additional work.”

As an option, the MSE Sheeter can be equipped with a slow down feature to allow for board insertion at counts of 25, 50, or 500 sheets.

He continues, ” New equipment offered greater speeds and the flexibility to do more. Faster changeovers and reducing set-up time were also an issue.”

After investigating several sheeter designs, Seal Products selected the MSE Sheeter from Maxson Automatic Machinery Company (Westerly RI). ” The MSE Sheeter was not very expensive, plus it was versatile and dependable. Jogging quality and delivery of the sheets into the stacker were in line with our requirements.”

The MSE Sheeter’s compact design requires only a single operator. At Seal Products, the unit handles materials with a variety of basis weights, from films as light as 2 mil up to 0.012 inches thick. The new sheeter runs consistently at 200 fpm, although on wider format sheets, speeds of up to 400 fpm have been realized.

Luzi remarks, ” On our older equipment, we only operated at about 80 fpm. The new sheeter has increased our capacity by almost 100 percent. The result is our stock is replenished faster and we are able to react more quickly. As a consequence, we’ve been able to improve our service levels.”

For Seal Product’s application, the MSE Sheeter was customized with a slow down feature to allow for board inserting at counts of 25, 100 or 500 sheets. He explains, ” In the past, our operators had to hand count the sheets and insert a board into the pile off-line. It was time consuming and inefficient.

The ability to slow down the sheeter at a specific count to insert a board means there is less handling. Now the task can be accomplished three times faster.”

In Luzi’s opinion the greatest single advantage of the new sheeter has been the capacity it has afforded. He remarks, ” We now have the flexibility to handle all our sheeting demands, without increasing our labor cost.”

The addition of a new sheeter has complemented Seal Product’s philosophy of service and quality, by making it easier to supply product to their customers. Plans for future growth include the introduction of a desktop laminating system for consumers, which will utilize the company’s film products. If the success of last five years are any indication, Seal Products appears to be headed on the right track.

Reprinted from The Sheeting Monitor, June 1995

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