PHOTO: Emerson & Renwick has fitted a Vetaphone Web Cleaner and Corona Treater to a coating line supplied to a customer in China.
One of the most recent cooperative partnerships it has struck is with the Danish pioneers of surface treatment, Vetaphone, whose founder Verner Eisby invented and developed the process that is now universally used and known as corona treatment. While Vetaphone has been an established and accredited supplier of corona technology to Emerson & Renwick for some time, it was the recent launch of the Danish company’s Web Cleaner that attracted their attention sufficiently for it to be specified for a laminator sold to an Asian customer and for E&R’s own in-house pilot line.
Developed in response to market demand from narrow web converters, Vetaphone’s universal range of web cleaning units are designed to complement the company’s extensive range of Corona treaters. The intelligent design and use of high-quality elastomer contact cleaner rolls and perforated adhesive rolls ensures that any dry unattached particle, as small as one-micron, is efficiently removed from the web. Available for single- or double-sided operation in web widths from 350-570 mm with an operational speed up to 250 mpm, the Vetaphone Web Cleaner is simple to service and maintain with the added advantage that its control can be integrated with that of the Vetaphone Corona treater for improved ergonomics.
As E&R has grown and developed its business across a number of market sectors it has positioned itself as a leading manufacturer of sophisticated roll- to-roll production machinery. By building a reputation for engineering, technology and process innovation and using the experience gained across a diverse range of applications, the company is able to support developments for ever more demanding processes and products.
Speaking for the company, Sales Director Andrew Jack says, “Innovation lies at the heart of everything we do, whether creating enabling technologies or refining processes to enhance capabilities and productivity. When needed, we work with strategic partners to integrate sophisticated and complex source technologies to our platforms. With Vetaphone we have found great synergy at all levels of the working partnership, which is vital in offering our customers performance reliability.”
The scope of E&R technology now spreads across markets as diverse as wallcoverings, heat exchangers, and web coating. Flexo, gravure and screen techniques provide the print capability for wallcoverings, while tube- and fin-forming and assembly facilities cater for, amongst others, the automotive industry’s requirements for heat exchangers (think radiators). The web coating division utilises both vacuum and atmospheric technology for its custom coating lines and it is on the pilot coating line at the company’s HQ in Accrington that Vetaphone has installed a Web Cleaner.
“We chose to specify a Vetaphone unit for our pilot line because of our longstanding relationship with Vetaphone that has developed through extensive use of their Corona treaters. It seemed sensible to test the web cleaning device initially on our pilot coater that is located within our Technology Centre, so we could monitor its reliability and performance. It quickly proved to be successful, so we decided to use it on a production coater that is producing touch panel displays, where it is running in combination with a Vetaphone Corona treater. Both systems are working very well, and we are delighted with them,” he explains.
With a US plant in Lockport, NY, that undertakes design, manufacturing, and assembly in addition to providing sales and support for the North American market, and now sales and service support in China, based in Guangzhou and Shanghai, E&R is spreading its wings into the global arena.
As Jack concludes, “We have a maxim of ‘versatility, reliability, and repeatability’ that has served us well and allowed us to become very competitive in a number of market sectors. Looking ahead, we need to maintain our attention to detail in all we do, and that includes working closely with ancillary suppliers like Vetaphone to integrate technology and maximize efficiency.”