Slitting/Rewinding Moves toward Industry 4.0

Kampf Schneid- und Wickeltechnik GmbH Co. KG in Wiehl celebrated a very special milestone: the order for the 1,000th Conslit model slitter/rewinder. A few months back, the “anniversary Conslit” was successfully tested in the presence of the customer at the Wiehl plant in Germany and has shipped to Technofilms in Guatemala. Here, a remarkable circle closes after 1,000 machines. The first machine with the name “Conslit” was delivered to a customer in Central America. Since then, the Conslit series has been continuously expanded worldwide and improved since its inception.

The steadily growing number of units points to the success of the Conslit model, which is unique not only for Kampf, but also in the entire converting market for slitting and rewinding machines. The Conslit is a duplex slitter/rewinder designed for the converting and flexible packaging industry, especially for use in high-quality production.

 

Kampf, it’s significant as the largest supplier of slitting and rewinding equipment to continuous

ly develop and offer, through research and development, improvements to the total process of converting – most importantly slitting and rewinding. We have recently announced the development of the Kampf Converting 4.0 ~ @vanced Integrated Data Collection and Process Control System. With this system, the realization for the future for a smart data converting factory can be achieved in which cyber-physical systems monitor and control the entire converting process. This process will enable operators and management to make real-time decisions through real-time data collection.

Kampf has for years made it a priority to budget money for research and development. The Converting 4.0 ~ @vanced Integrated System is a direct result of our commitment to our continuing R&D. 

Converting 4.0 is still in its infancy, however these digital technologies and data collections systems have been growing for some time now. Some are not yet ready for application at scale. But many are now at a point where reliability and lower cost are starting to make sense for applications in the converting industry. However, a lot of companies in the converting industry are not consistently aware or prepared for these emerging technologies. 

In a recent survey, only 25 percent of converters consider themselves ready for Industry 4.0, and a similar percentage of the machinery suppliers actually consider themselves in a position to offer it in some shape or form. But as with any major shift, there are challenges inherent in adopting an “Industry 4.0” or “Converting 4.0” model. Data security issues are greatly increased by integrating new systems and more access to those systems. Additionally, proprietary production knowledge becomes an IT security problem as well. A high degree of reliability and stability is needed for successful cyber-physical communication that can be difficult to achieve and maintain in some plant environments. Maintaining the integrity of the production process with less human oversight could become a barrier. Finally, loss of high-paying human jobs is always a concern when new automation and technologies are introduced.