After production on a vacuum metallizer, the metallized-PET film is slit down into either yarn with a brilliant, shiny appearance in a variety of colors or cut down into small particles to make glitter powder for use in the production of textile items and other decorative applications. For these processes, the film needs to be virtually free of pinholes; the K3000 is ideal as it minimizes the probability of pinholes, which reduces the amount of film waste and prevents undesirable stoppages on the micro-slitters.
Advance Syntex purchased the world’s first K3000 metallizer back in 2010 and was so impressed with how it performed that they decided to purchase a second machine. The K3000 is easy to transport and install as it doesn’t require a pit, and it has a compact design for a small footprint on the factory floor. Additionally, it is simple to operate as it can run in fully automatic mode, which requires less operator involvement and can be run by a less skilled operator than is required for other metallizer models.
Commenting on the decision to purchase a second BOBST K3000, Devang Vora, director of Advance Syntex, says, “We were the first in the world to order the K3000 as the machine was designed to produce virtually pinhole-free metallized film, which is ideal for production of metallized yarn. As a result of this investment, our business volume grew significantly and we needed to purchase a second machine. There was no doubt in our minds that we wanted to get a second K3000; our customers are very happy with the film produced on the machine and both machines are always fully booked.”
The K3000 is a free-span metallizer, which results in minimum film waste; it can also handle even the most heat-sensitive of films such as BOPP, CPP and LDPE due to the post-cooling roller. With full process visibility, the machine can output up to 150-200 tonnes/month.
Advance Syntex has been manufacturing metallic yarn since 1974 and pioneered the introduction of glitter powder to India in 1980; the total installed capacity is 6,120 tonnes/year. The company’s products, which are sold under the brand name of Midas, are used in a variety of applications including textiles, flexible packaging and cosmetics.
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