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Converter of Wide Range of Materials Improves Efficiency with New Trim Removal System

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Litin Paper Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, a seasoned, family owned company with years of converting, experience turned to Converter Accessory Corporation (CAC), Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, also a family owned company with decades of experience, for a portable system able to efficiently remove large amounts of trim from several production lines.

In business since 1947, Litin is a converter and wholesale distributor of packaging and industrial supplies. With 32 employees the company operates six converting lines performing cutting, slitting and rewinding in both small and wide diameters. Production includes sheeting, producing packaging paper, counter rolls, butcher, plotter, wax coated, and silicone coated paper, and newsprint.

With so many products diverse in gauge and weight, Litin needed a versatile system, one able to handle the heavy kraft trim as well as the very light, thin-gauge papers and plastics.

According to John Hanson, Litin Vice President/General Manger, handling trim waste, while in itself not a major problem, was a nagging annoyance made worse by Litinís rapid growth rate.

”We wanted a way to efficiently collect diverse trim materials and move them easily from a production line to a collection area. We wanted the solution to be priced to fit our budget, easy to install and maintain and able to be moved from line to line, where needed“ Hanson said.

After a thorough search Litin contacted CAC and became convinced that the Fox Runner™ version of the widely used Fox TrimAway® system was the best option and ordered an FX2-700R, capable of pneumatically moving trim up to a hundred feet.

The Fox Runner™ uses CACís widely employed Fox TrimAway® pneumatic trim removal components mounted to a portable stand for permanent, semi permanent and temporary applications.

The complete Fox Runner™ portable system includes CACís exclusive venturi design; a regenerative, exceptionally quiet, virtually maintenance free blower; all the blower hardware, motor starter plug and cord, blower filter. Additionally, the system includes pick-up nozzle(s) and Y connectors; 10-foot standard intake and discharge ducts with high torque duct clamps; complete welded tubular steel system mounting frame and locking casters. Options include collection units such as high-capacity nylon bags and metal collection bins, and discharge ducts over 100 feet long.

Fox Runner™ systems are designed to handle trim widths ranging up to two and six inches, at speeds up to 6000 feet per minute, depending on the Fox system size. The Fox Runner™ is engineered to efficiently remove paper, film, foils, textile and non-woven trims. It is especially effective with more difficult to handle die cutter waste as well as chopped, granulated and pelletized materials.

According to John Hanson, the Fox Runner™ was easy to install and delivered the versatility, energy efficiency, and low maintenance that Litin required.

”It is stable enough to put in place for long term trim handling or it can be easily wheeled to multiple locations throughout the plant and rapidly set up and put to work wherever it is needed,“ Hanson said.

”And finally,“ he added, ”It works great. And itís quiet! We especially appreciate that.“

Popular Fox Runner Portable Trim Removal with High Efficiency Blower Control


FOX Runner®, Converter Accessory Corporationís (CAC) exceptionally popular portable pneumatic trim removal system is now available with CACís new variable speed blower control. This combination allows for the ultimate in energy efficient pneumatic trim removal.

According to Jeff Damour, Engineering manager, ďThe portability of FOX Runner allows it to be used where ever it will have the most impact in your plant. Now, combined with CACís new variable speed blower control, FOX Runner offers the ultimate in energy savings and convenience for pneumatic trim removalĒ.

The FOX Runner is stable enough to put in place for long term trim handling or it can be easily transported to new locations and rapidly set up and put to work. In many cases FOX Runnerís portability can save converters the need to purchase multiple trim removal systems.

FOX Runner uses CACís long time successful FOX TrimAway® pneumatic trim removal components mounted to a portable stand for permanent, semi-permanent and temporary applications. It is offered as a complete, turnkey system that can be readily and quickly integrated in any trim removal application.

FOX Runner portable systems include CACís exclusive venturi design, a regenerative blower, blower hardware and filter, motor starter with plug and cord. Additionally, the system includes pick-up nozzles, Y connectors, duct work and high torque duct clamps. All FOX components are mounted to a tubular steel frame with locking caters. Optional components available are collection bags and bins, silencers and additional duct for long conveying distances.

ďToday, energy savings has never been more important to our customersĒ, says Jeff Damour, CAC Engineering Manager. ďThe ability to vary blower speed allows our customers to optimize the energy efficiency of Fox TrimAway, while maintaining the proper performance for any trim removal application. Bottom line, the ability to Ďcustomizeí the blower speed to match a specific trim removal requirement for a specific machine run will save energy and save our customers energy dollars.Ē

The soft starting feature built in to these VSDís will start the blower motor with a smooth, linear acceleration of a programmed time. The advantage when compared to standard blower starters is there is no sudden inrush of current that puts large demand on power lines. Soft starting eliminates stress on electrical and mechanical components. Maintenance costs are reduced and lifetime of system blowers extended. High starting currents and voltage dips in the supply network, which might cause process disturbances, are eliminated.

Designed to handle trim widths up to 4 inches at speeds up to 3,000 feet per minute, FOX Runner will include the proper components to handle your needs. FOX Runner will efficiently remove paper, film, foil, textile and non-woven webs. They are designed to be exceptionally easy to operate, quiet and frugal consumers of electricity.

FOX Runner®

New Variable Speed Drive Option


Converter Accessory Corporation now offers a new variable speed drive (VSD) option with all models of their popular, industry proven FOX TrimAway® pneumatic trim removal systems. This new VSD includes built-in soft starting to accelerate the blower motor in a smooth linear fashion.

“Today, energy savings has never been more important to our customers”, says Jeff Damour, CAC Engineering Manager. “The ability to vary blower speed allows our customers to optimize the energy efficiency of Fox TrimAway, while maintaining the proper performance for any trim removal application. Bottom line, the ability to Ďcustomizeí the blower speed to match a specific trim removal requirement for a specific machine run will save energy and save our customers energy dollars.”

The soft starting feature built in to these VSDís will start the blower motor with a smooth, linear acceleration of a programmed time. The advantage when compared to standard blower starters is there is no sudden inrush of current that puts large demand on power lines. Soft starting eliminates stress on electrical and mechanical components. Maintenance costs are reduced and lifetime of system blowers extended. High starting currents and voltage dips in the supply network, which might cause process disturbances, are eliminated.

CAC offers over 30 standard FOX TrimAway® systems. All may be customized to handle the most demanding trim removal application. CAC manufactures centralized, modular and FOX Runner® portable pneumatic trim removal systems.

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Efficient Trim Removal Improves Sustainability


The unique design and performance of Converter Accessory Corporationís (CAC®) FOX TrimAway®, and FOX Runner® trim removal systems can improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption in web convertersí waste management operations.

Improved efficiency and reduced waste and energy consumption improve the overall sustainability of any converting operation and may help improve scores on the influential Wal-Mart sustainability score card for converters and their customers participating in consumer packaging markets.

Fox's features an adjustable venturi and blower system that allows customers to run the narrowest possible trim. In operations where trim is wound, trim widths must be wide enough to be wound in rolls. In the FOX system trim is transported by the blower / venturi to a collection area allowing converters to minimize the excess waste required by trim winding operations.

Additionally, changing from a trim winding-based operation to a FOX system makes an operation more efficient, and thus more sustainable, by eliminating production interruptions needed to change trim or awkward matrix rolls.

CACís employment of frugal energy consuming regenerative blowers in the FOX system allows for a major reduction of energy consumption when compared to systems that use energy gobbling compressors. Since these systems are available in four venturi sizes, with blowers of one to 15 horsepower, CAC is able to customize an entire system to precisely match a converterís requirements by operating continuously at the maximum speed of the web it serves need without resorting to energy wasteful over-sizing.

FOX systems readily integrate with recycling machinery and can be supplied with CAC choppers when needed. FOX facilitates recycling by conveying trim waste without adding contamination, easily cleanly conveying even adhesive materials to a collection point or to recycling machinery.

Jeff Damour, CAC engineering manager, says CACís business philosophy has always been based on making web operations more efficient and thus more sustainable while increasing profits.

“In the web converting industry doing what is good for the environment is also good for business,” Damour said.

About FOX TrimAway®

Made in the USA, FOX TrimAway® and the FOX Runner® are engineered for efficient trim removal during production or converting of most web materials including, paper, film, foil, board, nonwovens and textiles. They are effective with trim ranging from 1/16“ to 6“ widths and can operate at speeds up to 4000 feet per minute.

FOX systems can be supplied with a CAC chopper and can operate as a single installation or as a coherent system consisting of several FOX TrimAway® systems. A complete CAC FOX TrimAway® system includes all required parts and components needed to begin efficient trim removal. In most cases installation takes less than an hour.

The versatile FOX Runner® is a portable version of the FOX TrimAway® that can be quickly engaged and disengaged and easily rolled, on built-in wheels, from one production line to another, as needed.

All CAC FOX systems are modular constructions sized to customer requirements. All components are engineered to match each customerís specifications.

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New Trim Removal System Handles Narrow to Wide Edge Trim; Reduces Waste


Introducing the FOX TrimAway® and the FOX Runner® systems engineered for efficient trim removal during production or converting of most web materials including, paper, film, foil, board, nonwovens and textiles. It is effective with trim ranging from 1/16“ to 6“ widths and can operate at speeds up to 4000 feet per minute.

The venturi-based FOX TrimAway® system includes a Gast® Regenerative Blower and a unique, adjustable venturi. It transports waste to any waste collection point and can be integrated with recycling equipment. The system can operate as a single installation or as a coherent system consisting of several FOX TrimAway® systems. A complete CAC® FOX TrimAway® system includes all required parts and components needed to begin efficient trim removal.

The versatile FOX Runner® is a portable version of the FOX TrimAway® that can be quickly engaged and disengaged and easily rolled, on built-in wheels, from one production line to another, as needed.

The FOX TrimAway® system is especially advantageous when employed for removal of difficult to wind narrow trim widths and thin gauge products. In such applications, FOX TrimAway®: systems have paid for themselves very quickly by freeing manufacturers from the need to product waste in wider than necessary, easily wound widths, according the Jeff Damour, CAC® Engineering Manager.

”We have customers who reduced their edge trim from a width of several inches to a fraction of an inch. It doesn't take very long for reduction of a few inches of web width to add up to major savings,“ Damour said. ”Many customers claim to have paid for the FOX TrimAway®: in less than six months.“

FOX TrimAway® systems are designed to be exceptionally easy to install and easy to operate. They are quiet, frugal consumers of electricity, especially when compared to systems that rely on energy gobbling compressed air.

”Energy efficiency is derived in part from not requiring a compressor. Being compressor free also contributes to the quiet operation of the FOX TrimAway®. Though we offer silencers, the system, without silencers, is complete OSHA compliant,“ Damour said. All FOX TrimAway® systems are modular constructions sized to customer requirements.

CAC® offers 30 standard systems with blowers from 1 horsepower to 15 horsepower. All components are engineered to match each customer's specifications. Components include a unique, adjustable Venturi, Gast® Regenerative Blower, pickup nozzle, Y connectors, collection center, flexible ducts, motor starters, trim choppers, filters and silencers if needed. In short, Damour says, we deliver a complete ready-to-work trim removal system fully supported by readily available spare parts.


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Upgraded Trim Removal System Features High Speed Production, Increased Portability


FOX Runner®
Converter Accessory Corporation (CAC®) is introducing the FOX Runner® a new, portable option for trim removal. The FOX Runner® uses CACís® widely employed FOX TrimAway® pneumatic trim removal components mounted to a portable stand for permanent, semi permanent and temporary applications.

The complete FOX Runner® portable system includes CACís® exclusive venturi design; a regenerative, exceptionally quiet, virtually maintenance free blower; all the blower hardware, motor starter plug and cord, blower filter. Additionally, the system includes pick-up nozzle(s) and Y connectors; 10-foot standard intake and discharge ducts with high torque duct clamps; complete welded tubular steel system mounting frame and locking casters. Options include collection units such as high-capacity nylon bags and metal collection bins, and discharge ducts over 100 feet long.

FOX Runner® systems are designed to handle trim widths ranging up to 2 to 6 inches at speeds up to 6000 feet per minute. The FOX Runner® is engineered to efficiently remove paper, film, foils, textile and non-woven trims. It is especially effective with more difficult to handle die cutter waste as well as chopped, granulated and pelletized materials.

What distinguishes the FOX Runner®, according to Jeff Damour, CAC® Engineering Manager, are high-speed production, versatility, energy efficiency, low maintenance and easy installation.

”It is stable enough to put in place for long term trim handling or it can be easily wheeled to multiple locations throughout a plant and rapidly set up and put to work wherever it is needed,“ Damour said. ”In many cases the FOX Runnerís® portability can save converters the need to purchase multiple systems.“

The FOX Runner® can be readily integrated with most plastics recycling equipment for a complete, seamless and profitable waste reclaim system.

All FOX TrimAway® systems are designed to be exceptionally easy to install and easy to operate. They are quiet, frugal consumers of electricity, especially when compared to systems that rely on energy gobbling compressed air. All FOX TrimAway® systems feature modular constructions sized to customer production requirements. CAC® offers Fox technology in over 30 standard systems.

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For more information contact:
Jeff Damour
Converter Accessory Corporation
201 Alpha Road
Wind Gap, PA 18091-1279
Phone(800) 433-2413
Fax (800) 709-1007
jdamour@handleyourweb.com

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Portable New Trim Removal System Size Fills Important Niche



Converter Accessory Corporation (CAC®) announces the portable trim removal system FOX Runner® is now available in a new size, the FX1.5. The FX1.5 fills an important niche in the previously very wide gap between the small FX1 and the exceptionally powerful FX2.

The portable FOX Runner® FX1.5 can handle up to 2 inch wide trim at speeds to 2000 feet per minute, while the larger FX2 can run at speeds to 6000 fpm. In installations where 2000 fmp is an optimal speed, the FX1.5ís small size contributes to its unobtrusive installation in locations that would not accommodate a larger system and also offers more energy efficiency.

”Most importantly,“ Jeff Damour, CAC® Engineering Manager said, ”there is a large jump in price between the FX1 and FX2 and the FX1.5 is a cost effective alternative that should prove very attractive, especially to OEMís.“

The FOX Runner® uses CACís® widely employed FOX TrimAway® pneumatic trim removal components mounted to a portable stand for permanent, semi permanent and temporary applications.

The complete FOX Runner® portable system includes CACís® exclusive venturi design; a regenerative, exceptionally quiet, virtually maintenance free blower; all the blower hardware, motor starter plug and cord, blower filter. Additionally, the system includes pick-up nozzle(s) and Y connectors; 10-foot standard intake and discharge ducts with high torque duct clamps; complete welded tubular steel system mounting frame and locking casters. Options include collection units such as high-capacity nylon bags and metal collection bins, and discharge ducts over 100 feet long.

FOX Runner® systems are designed to handle trim widths ranging up to 2 to 6 inches at speeds up to 6000 feet per minute. The FOX Runner® is engineered to efficiently remove paper, film, foils, textile and non-woven trims. It is especially effective with more difficult to handle die cutter waste as well as chopped, granulated and pelletized materials.

What distinguishes the FOX Runner®, according to Jeff Damour, CAC® Engineering Manager, are a high-speed production, versatility, energy efficiency, low maintenance and easy installation.

”It is stable enough to put in place for long term trim handling or it can be easily wheeled to multiple locations throughout a plant and rapidly set up and put to work wherever it is needed,“ Damour said. rdquo;In many cases the Fox Runnerís portability can save converters the need to purchase multiple systems.“

The FOX Runner® can be readily integrated with most plastics recycling equipment for a complete, seamless and profitable waste reclaim system.

All FOX TrimAway® systems are designed to be exceptionally easy to install and easy to operate. They are quiet, frugal consumers of electricity, especially when compared to systems that rely on energy gobbling compressed air. All Fox systems feature modular constructions sized to customer production requirements. CAC® offers Fox technology in over 30 standard systems.


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Exceptionally Popular Portable Trim Removal Reduces Waste and Labor



FOX Runner® , Converter Accessory Corporationís (CAC®) recently introduced, portable system for trim removal, is proving to be extraordinarily successful.

Reduces Waste

Jeff Damour, CAC Engineering Manager, attributes the demand to converters concerned about unstable material prices searching for effective ways to cut costs. FOX Runner eliminates the need to wind trim and allows converters to run the narrowest trim possible without the well known difficulties of maintaining a thin width trim roll. The result of trim width reduction is less waste.

Damour said, ”Considering how fast todayís converting webs run, efficient removal of ultra thin trim can allow significant material costs. The efficient, easily operated FOX Runner also allows labor savings and reduced down time.“

Ease of Movement Can Reduce Need for Multiple Systems
In a multi web plant, the portability of the FOX Runner allows it to be used wherever it will have the most impact. The FOX Runner is stable enough to put in place for long term trim handling or, if a line is down for repairs or maintenance, for example, it can be easily wheeled to new locations throughout a plant and rapidly set up and put to work wherever it is needed. In many cases the FOX Runnerís portability can save converters from the need to purchase multiple systems.

The FOX Runner uses CACís long time successful FOX TrimAway® pneumatic trim removal components mounted to a portable stand for permanent, semi permanent and temporary applications. It is offered as a complete, turnkey system that can be readily and quickly integrated with a running web.

Complete Turnkey System

The complete FOX Runner portable system includes CACís exclusive venturi design; a regenerative, exceptionally quiet, virtually maintenance free blower; all the blower hardware, motor starter plug and cord, blower filter. Additionally, the system includes pick-up nozzle(s) and Y connectors; 10-foot standard intake and discharge ducts with high torque duct clamps; complete welded tubular steel system mounting frame and locking casters. Options include collection units such as high-capacity nylon bags and metal collection bins, and discharge ducts over 100 feet long.

FOX Runner systems are designed to handle trim widths ranging up to 1 to 4 inches at speeds 100 to 3000 feet per minute. The FOX Runner is engineered to efficiently remove paper, film, foils, textile and non-woven trims. It is especially effective with more difficult to handle die cutter waste as well as chopped, granulated and pelletized materials.

The FOX Runner can be readily integrated with most plastics recycling equipment for a complete, seamless and profitable waste reclaim system.

All FOX systems are designed to be exceptionally easy to install and easy to operate. They are quiet, frugal consumers of electricity, especially when compared to systems that rely on energy gobbling compressed air. All FOX systems feature modular constructions sized to customer production requirements. CAC offers FOX technology in over 30 standard systems.



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Compressed Air vs. Regenerative Blower


Regenerative Blower

Looking for new ways to cut costs?

One place to look is at your trim or scrap removal system. A very popular method of modular trim/scrap removal system includes a venturi which uses compressed air to operate. The attraction of this type of venturi system is its initial low cost. These venturis are very simple, small and relatively easy to manufacture, so the initial cost of the venturi itself is very low. Since this type of venturi uses compressed air to operate, there is no external power source (blower) to purchase, so again initial cost is kept low.

Seem too good to be true? It is. While the initial cost of these types of modular trim/scrap removal systems will keep your purchasing department happy, long term costs will negate and surpass your savings.

Compressed air is designed to operate equipment which requires very high pressure, very low volume. As a rule of thumb, it is never advisable to exhaust compressed air into atmosphere, which is exactly what youíre doing when you use this type of venturi trim/scrap removal. Why? Because compressed air volume is very expensive in energy consumption and maintenance when compared to blower air volume. Also, other areas of your plant operation may be negatively effected downstream of a venturi compressed air system that strains the compressor, dumping valuable compressed air into the atmosphere.

Use a venturi trim/scrap removal system which utilizes a blower to avoid the yearly energy and maintenance costs of over using your air compressor. Venturi systems which utilize blowers cost more initially but the savings, over time, of relieving your air compressor of the responsibility of powering the system will most likely more than pay for the venturi/blower system in less than one year. In some cases, savings are around $10,000 in a single year.


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New Trim-AX™ Heavy Duty Dual Bladed Chopper



Converter Accessory Corporationís (CAC®) new Trim-AX™ chopper for chopping nearly every type of web waste trim materials is a two bladed unit capable of 3,450 cuts per minute with a 1,725 rpm motor. It features variable speed control. Thanks to extra heavy duty construction, with a dual bearing support, the system is exceptionally stable and runs quietly. Rotating blades are easily changed and are readily available from CAC®.

Trim-AX™ has proven capable of handling materials ranging from heavy carpet to very light, 1/2 mil thick materials, including paperboard, paper, nonwovens PE, and nylon. It has proven especially effective reclaiming carpet edge trim, cutting it into sizes that allow easy transportation through a blower based venturi system.

Now offered as a separate component, Trim-AX™ was originally designed to work smoothly with CACís family of Fox TrimAWAY™ trim removal systems. The Trim-AX™ can easily be integrated to enhance operation of most venturi air conveying waste removal systems.

According to Jeff Damour, CAC® Engineering Manager, CACís Fox systems do not need a chopper to be effective. However, the Trim-AX™ can allow an air conveyor system to work over longer distances, over 200 feet with a Fox system, for example. The Trim-AX™ also makes waste handling more efficient and chopped trim takes less space in collection bins.

”Customers told us they were not satisfied with the choppers that were available. They asked us to find the best option and after examining the possibilities, we decided to design and build our own. Converters who are looking to blow trim longer distances, have limited storage space, or who want size reduced trim for reprocessing efficiency should give careful consideration to the Trim-AX™. Itís an exceptionally well designed unit and is built to last,“ Damour said.

The Trim-AX™ is an optional component of CACís large offering of Fox trim removal systems. CAC offers 30 standard systems with blowers from 1-horsepower to 15-horsepower. All components are engineered to match each customerís specifications. In addition to the Trim-AX™ components include a unique, adjustable Venturi, Gast® Regenerative Blower, pickup nozzle, Y connectors, collection centers, flexible ducts, motor starters, filters and silencers if needed.

Damour said, rdquo;We deliver a complete, ready-to-work trim removal system fully supported by readily available spare parts. When customers ask for a new technology or solution, we do our best to bring what they ask for to market promptly.“



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New Integrated Trim Removal and Chopper System



CAC® is introducing the Fox Combo™, a new, factory assembled, combination trim removal and chopper system that ships as a single complete unit. The Fox Combo™ combines the widely employed, venturi-based Fox TrimAWAY® with CACís recently introduced TrimAX™, a two bladed chopper capable of 3,450 cuts per minute. The two systems are both mounted on a sturdy, but moveable framework and are designed to be used together or independently.

The Fox Combo™ system is designed for the 5 1/2 to 15 horsepower, FX2 and FX3 Fox TrimAWAY® systems. These systems handle materials from 1/2 mil to heavy carpet in widths to 6 inches at speeds to 3000 feet per minute. The entire system can be moved from one production line to another with a power jack.

According to Jeff Damour, CAC Engineering Manager, the Fox Combo™ is especially adept at chopping and moving bulky trim waste material to a waste collection point.

”This is a versatile system built in response to customers requests for a single Fox type unit with a compatible, mounted chopper for handling a variety of materials, especially heavy paper trim waste,“ Damour said.

CAC® offers 30 standard Fox systems with blowers from 1-horsepower to 15-horsepower. All components are engineered to match each customerís specifications. Components include a unique, adjustable Venturi, Gast® Regenerative Blower, pickup nozzle, Y connectors, collection centers, flexible ducts, motor starters, trim choppers, filters and silencers if needed.



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Edge Trimmer/Chopper on the Go



A combination of venturi-based trim remover and high-output chopper in a single pre-wired and moveable frame was developed by CAC. Called Fox Combo, it can be installed and used within minutes and moved within a plant. It uses either a 5.5, 10 or 15 hp Fox TrimAway venturi blower system with a recently developed TrimAX 2-blade chopper, capable of 3,200 cuts/min. of film, sheet or carpet edge trim up to 6 inches wide, running up to 3,000 ft/min. The combo has two starters, so the venturi can also run alone, bypassing the chopper. The first was delivered in March. Eight months ago CAC also began to offer its TrimAway venturi in a moveable frame, calling that the FoxRunner.




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For Label Converters, New Portable Matrix Trim Removal System Enhances Production, Reduces Material Costs



Converter Accessory Corporation (CAC®) is introducing a new addition to the Fox Runner® portable trim removal system. The FOX Runner Matrix® system is engineered specifically for tag, label and other narrow web press matrix removal in web widths to 22 inches at speeds to 700 feet per minute. Waste matrix material can be transported over 100 feet, with overall performance dependent on the amount of die cut or open area in the matrix. The system can be easily integrated into existing lines and disconnected, moved and reconnected in about 15 minutes.

A major benefit of the new FOX Runner Matrix system is elimination of the need for rewinding matrixes and production interruption for roll changes. The elimination of matrix rewinds also helps reduce web tension fluctuations caused by increasing matrix waste roll diameters. Frequently, tension increases derived from large matrix rewind rolls cause matrix breaks, especially with thinner gauge, narrower width materials, and require time-consuming re-threads. Since it does not rely on the matrix web strength for smooth rewinds, The FOX Runner Matrix (and all FOX Matrix® systems) allow label converters to use finer, narrower, less wasteful materials, eliminate cores and even directly interface with on-line recycling systems.

Jeff Damour, CAC engineering manager said, ”the FOX Runner Matrix enables a converter with multiple label webs to move a single system to any line handling a difficult to wind matrix. In some situations the highly portable FOX Runner Matrix allows a single system to do the work of many.“

Another important feature of the CAC FOX Matrix removal system is that it is a ”dry,ldquo; clean system and does not require the use of lubricating powders or oils that can have a negative impact on adhesives and pressure sensitive labels. It is available with or without a Teflon coating and can be used for both adhesive and non adhesive materials.

The Fox Runner Matrix uses CACís widely employed Fox TrimAway® pneumatic trim removal components mounted to a portable stand for permanent, semi permanent and temporary applications.

The complete Fox Runner Matrix portable system includes CACís exclusive venturi design; a regenerative, exceptionally quiet, virtually maintenance free blower; all the blower hardware, motor starter, plug and cord and blower filter. Additionally, the system includes pick-up nozzle(s), specially designed clamps for easy, permanent or temporary venturi mounting, 10-foot standard discharge duct with high torque duct clamps; complete welded tubular steel system mounting frame and locking casters. Options include collection units such as high-capacity nylon bags and metal collection bins, and discharge ducts over 100 feet long.

A typical turnkey installation is fast, often taking no more than fifteen minutes.

In addition to the new FOX Runner Matrix® and standard Fox Matrix® CAC also offers FOX TrimAway® and the FOX Runner® systems engineered for efficient trim removal during production or converting of most web materials including, paper, film, foil, board, nonwovens and textiles. CAC offers complete, money-saving solutions to nearly every trim removal problem.

All Fox systems are designed to be exceptionally easy to install and easy to operate. They are quiet, frugal consumers of electricity, especially when compared to systems that rely on energy gobbling compressed air. All Fox systems feature modular constructions sized to customer production requirements. CAC offers Fox technology in over 30 standard systems.

Currently celebrating its 32st year of success, Converter Accessory Corporation designs, engineers and manufactures web handling equipment for converters of paper, film, foil, nonwovens and textiles. Engineered solutions include high quality, cost effective equipment from the simplest aluminum core cone to the most sophisticated unwind/rewind system. CAC is represented by knowledgeable sales engineers and provides extensive consultation and post sales support.





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Converter of Wide Range of Materials Improves Efficiency with New Trim Removal System


Minneapolis, Minnesota: Litin Paper Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, a seasoned, family owned company with years of converting, experience turned to Converter Accessory Corporation (CAC®), Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, also a family owned company with decades of experience, for a portable system able to efficiently remove large amounts of trim from several production lines.

In business since 1947, Litin is a converter and wholesale distributor of packaging and industrial supplies. With 32 employees the company operates six converting lines performing cutting, slitting and rewinding in both small and wide diameters. Production includes sheeting, producing packaging paper counter rolls, butcher paper, plotter paper, wax coated paper, silicone coated paper, and newsprint.

With so many products diverse in gauge and weight, Litin needed a versatile system, one able to handle the heavy kraft trim as well as the very light thin gauge papers and plastics.

According to John Hanson, Litin Vice President/General Manger, handling trim waste, while in itself not a major problem, was a nagging annoyance made worse by Litinís rapid growth rate.

”We wanted a way to efficiently collect diverse trim materials and move them easily from a production line to a collection area. We wanted the solution to be priced to fit our budget, easy to install and maintain and able to be moved from line to line, where needed“ Hanson said.

After a thorough search Litin contacted CAC and became convinced that the Fox Runner™ version of the widely used Fox TrimAway® system was the best option and ordered an FX2-700R, capable of pneumatically moving trim up to a hundred feet.

The Fox Runner™ uses CACís widely employed Fox TrimAway® pneumatic trim removal components mounted to a portable stand for permanent, semi permanent and temporary applications.

The complete Fox Runner™ portable system includes CACís exclusive venturi design; a regenerative, exceptionally quiet, virtually maintenance free blower; all the blower hardware, motor starter plug and cord, blower filter. Additionally, the system includes pick-up nozzle(s) and Y connectors; 10-foot standard intake and discharge ducts with high torque duct clamps; complete welded tubular steel system mounting frame and locking casters. Options include collection units such as high-capacity nylon bags and metal collection bins, and discharge ducts over 100 feet long.

Fox Runner™ systems are designed to handle trim widths ranging up to two and six inches, at speeds up to 6000 feet per minute, depending on the Fox system size. The Fox Runner™ is engineered to efficiently remove paper, film, foils, textile and non-woven trims. It is especially effective with more difficult to handle die cutter waste as well as chopped, granulated and pelletized materials.

According to John Hanson, the Fox Runner™ was easy to install and delivered the versatility, energy efficiency, and low maintenance that Litin required.

”It is stable enough to put in place for long term trim handling or it can be easily wheeled to multiple locations throughout the plant and rapidly set up and put to work wherever it is needed,“ Hanson said.

”And finally,“ he added, ”It works great. And itís quiet! We especially appreciate that.“

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Converter Accessory Corporation
201 Alpha Road
Wind Gap PA 18091

Phone (800) 433-2413 or (610) 863-6008
Fax (800) 709-1007 or (610) 863-7818

cac@epix.net

www.converteraccessory.com


What is Web Handling?
Web Handling is the science, engineering and equipment necessary to successfully transport a continuous flexible material through various processes without defect. Enhancing Web Handling with proper equipment will ensure materials are processed at their maximum efficiency, allowing the process to generate maximum profits.

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