Packaging supplier adds Deacro turret slitter rewinder

March 31, 2021
Preferred Packaging expects a boost in productivity once its new T610 is installed.

Preferred Packaging, a film and container packaging supplier based in Norcross, Ga., plans to boost efficiency by adding a Deacro T610 turret slitter rewinder to its film processing operation.

The new slitter rewinder will be installed this spring and join three other Deacro machines that support film processing for making lidding film and other flexible film types, according to a press release from Davis-Standard, the parent company of Deacro.

The Deacro T610 turret slitter rewinder will increase throughput, according to Preferred Packaging and Deacro.

“As film applications continue to advance and gain popularity, it’s important to update efficiencies,” said Rick Ivy, Preferred Packaging CEO. “For us, this meant moving from standard slitter rewinder technology to greater automation. Initially, we couldn’t justify buying a new automated turret machine, so we purchased a used one to test the concept. That machine confirmed our approach but was inferior to Deacro’s engineering. We look forward to installation because we know this machine will make an immediate impact on our production goals.”

Preferred Packaging operators using the new T610 slitter rewinder will be able to set up cores on the outer rewind mandrels (or rewind shafts) during the slitter runtime. When the rewinding is complete, the machine turrets (or rotates) the rewind shafts and automatically continues winding while finished rolls are unloaded onto a receiving tree. After the finished rolls are removed, new cores are positioned during the slitter operation.

The automated removal of finished rolls and rotation of the mandrels allows the machine to run uninterrupted instead of requiring a shutdown of the rewinder for a worker to remove the finished rolls, said Keith Hamilton, Deacro sales manager. The automation improves throughput.

Other features on the T610 include a differential rewind system that compensates for web gauge variation so that if there is nonuniform web construction, the operator can easily rewind the film to where the glitch occurred and correct it. The T610 also features a touchscreen controller and automatic knife assembly that support repeatability. Operators never have to handle rewind tooling, shafts, set up knives or manually remove rolls, which simplifies operator training and improves worker safety, according to Deacro.

Preferred Packaging sells sealing equipment, stock and custom containers and lidding films to North American customers and is exploring opportunities in overseas markets.


Deacro Industries Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, 905-564-6566,

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