Photo: The CHM 1700 precision sheeter is Norka’s newest piece of equipment they’ve installed after a +20-year relationship with Colter & Peterson.
This isn’t the first time the two companies have been associated. In business since 1981, Norka has used C&P’s paper cutters for more than 20 years. Presently, it has a trio of 61-inch Polar machines in its finishing department, and Norka’s high level of satisfaction with C&P equipment placed them into consideration for the sheeter.
“Our maintenance manager has worked with Colter & Peterson for over 25 years and has an excellent rapport with them,” says Dustin Utschig, Norka COO. “Besides them, we also considered another sheeting system. We looked at and compared the capabilities of what we needed it for, which is everything from broad sheets to gloss photo paper.
“Our other choice had a machine that was in operation, so we shipped our trial roll but were not happy with the results. Colter & Peterson set us up with a customer in Rochester, New York, so we scheduled a test at Flower City Printing. We saw the CHM 1700 run there, everything went well and we made our decision.”
As part of the Visual Pak family of companies, Norka’s management is always on the outlook for giving its 85 employees top flight equipment to work with. The CHM 1700 precision sheeter fits the description, doing so with a small footprint inside Norka’s 101,000-sq-ft building.
Precision sheeter packs a powerful punch
At 49 ft long, 17 ft wide and eight ft in height, it has the capability to sheet 65-in.-wide rolls with a maximum diameter measuring 72 in. and a maximum sheet length of 82 in. Featuring the newest technology and Siemens electronics, the machine has the latest bells and whistles including large touchscreen controls and slitter flexibility. The servo motor drive system also ensures smooth and reliable operation.
“Historically, we have bought new/used equipment. The CHM 1700 is our first true, all-new machine within the converting department,” says Utschig. “We are not a high-volume operation so fpm is not our thing. Quality and reduced waste are premiums, and reducing dust, static and curl situations is important. The machine also gives us the flexibility for multiple substrates to meet customer needs and is operator friendly. The set-up and blade changes are easy and since it is new, it’s a really nice showpiece. The machine is clean and quiet and great for our customers to see in operation.”
Customers have plenty of time to see the machine first-hand. Norka runs two, 10-hour shifts four times a week and processes, converts, and prints most orders within 24 hours. Friday is reserved for overtime work. Utschig says the CHM 1700 precision sheeter is delivering solid results.
“We serve two main industries. The first is paperboard, providing folding cartons for mostly the retail segment. The other is paper for the scrapbook industry,” he says. “When we convert shingle and single sheets, some substrates can’t have any scratch or overlay marks showing. This machine prevents any scuffing, which is very helpful in meeting customer demands.”
Customer demand keeps both Norka personnel and the CHM 1700 precision sheeter busy.
“We quote all quantities, from as low as 1,000 into the millions so we can provide solutions from smaller runs on up,” adds Utschig. “With this machine, the make-readies are quicker and that’s important because we can change the web width up to 10 times per day. We run many different substrates, from 20# cover stock up to 30-pt board.
“This sheeter is also user friendly for maintenance purposes. The catwalk goes around the entire outside of the machine so our guys have the ability to walk the entire space. They like having the freedom of being able to move around and not needing a board to get to any part of where they need to go.”
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