The Bolzoni Auramo Damage-free Tissue Paper Roll Handling

Forklift attachment manufacturer Bolzoni Auramo has a complete range of clamps for efficient and damage-free handling of heavy loads in the Forest Products logistic chain.

author: TissueMAG

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Bolzoni Spa

These are conceived with the purpose of optimizing each specific handling requirement, allowing forklift operators to enlarge the lift truck application field, versatility and performances.

Tissue Paper demand

Bolzoni Auramo follows the market trends showing an increasing demand in handling of Tissue paper rolls. In facts, the Tissue evolving market has stimulated manufacturers to develop new products. To come up with the best solutions, Bolzoni Auramo is closely cooperating with the paper industry worldwide in order to find innovative solutions for the forest products handling.

The Paper Handling Pioneer

Within the paper industry, Bolzoni Auramo is well known for its expertise in paper handling equipments and the company holds a good market position in sales of paper handling tools worldwide.

Products – The Range

“Damage free handling has always been our goal in developing new paper roll clamps” – says Lars Petersson, Bolzoni Auramo’s Forest Products Handling Division Manager. “Bolzoni Auramo offers well-designed and strong paper roll clamps, equipped with built-in damage reduction characteristics as standard, such as: wide capacity and opening range, good visibility, thin and smooth arms, fast and accurate rotation system, total clamping force control, wide range of contact pads to suit all load features”, he continues: “When it comes to Tissue paper handling, special focus has to go on the design of the contact pads”.

Tissue Paper Roll Clamps

Bolzoni Auramo has a wide variety of tissue paper roll clamps, with capacities range from 1.500 to 6.000 kg (3,000 to 13,000 lbs), and roll diameters are up to 2.700 mm (106”) in standard series. All standard tissue clamp models have fast and effective 180-degree rotation, which enables effective handling of both vertical and horizontal rolls. Short and long pivoting arm design makes the clamps versatile with a wide roll diameter range. Standard tissue clamps are designed for handling on single rolls only, split arm
models for handling two rolls are available on request. Special opening ranges, non-rotating and/or forward tilting clamps are available on request for special and specific applications.


Tissue paper roll clamps have higher and wider contact pads to reduce surface pressure on the soft paper.
Tissue clamps models have fast and effective 180-degree rotation, for effective handling of both vertical and horizontal rolls.

Engineered to suit all the application needs

Tissue paper rolls often have larger diameter than the common other paper grades. Sometimes the roll diameters can be very extensive, even larger than 3000 mm (120”) diameters do exist. The rolls are often very soft and loosely wound. Tissue clamps are always built to be able to handle large diameter rolls. They also have higher and wider contact pads to reduce surface pressure on the soft paper.

For larger diameters and softer paper grades the contact pads have a special form which is designed to reduce point loads under the pad edges. It is very common that large diameter and soft tissue rolls deform somewhat under their own weight when lowered down to the floor in horizontal position. This deformation causes a flat area on the roll which can in some cases be several hundred millimeters wide.


Bolzoni Auramo operates on all continents and on all main pulp and paper manufacturing sectors


The flat area may cause horizontal roll handling problems unless it is compensated in the clamp design. All Bolzoni Auramo paper roll clamps have in common slim and thin arm design. This makes the clamps easier and safer to handle in confined spaces. Arms and contact pads have smooth rounded surfaces and corners all around to reduce the possibility for the clamp damaging the roll. Bolzoni Auramo tissue roll clamp arms have design features which protect the arms and contact pads from wear and tear. Arms have built-in pad protection loops. This saves the paper roll as worn pad edges can be very sharp and easily tear the paper roll.

Contact pads

Contact pads are the most important part of the clamp attachment. In most normal handling situations, the pads are the only parts of the clamp which actually are in contact with the paper roll. Therefore, Bolzoni Auramo has paid special attention in designing and manufacturing contact pads which will ensure safe and non-damaging tissue roll handling. Typical for tissue paper rolls is a large diameter, and also roll widths can
be extensive. Due to low paper grammage the rolls can be very soft as well. These properties make the tissue rolls prone to external damage and difficult to handle with normal paper handling equipment.

Bolzoni Auramo offers dedicated tissue roll clamps which are built for effective and non-damaging handling. These clamps have a wide range of specially designed contact pads: Single radius, Triple radius or Convex radius pads – with wide variety of friction surface options.

Besides the contact pads, another key issue in Tissue handling is the excessive clamping force, which is one of the most common causes of paper roll out-ofroundness damage. The varying paper roll hardness, weights and diameter plus the high value of the rolls themselves are all factors requiring an excessive control of clamping force on behalf of the operator.

Bolzoni Auramo strongly suggest the use of our automatic clamping force control system, model FORCE MATIC. Thanks to this fully mechanical pressure control system it is possible to prevent over clamping causing roll out-of-roundness.


Bolzoni Auramo has a wide variety of tissue paper roll clamps


Contact pad with smooth wear strips.
Tissue clamps arm, built to be handle large diameter rolls.

Worldwide Support

Thanks to the far-reaching service and support network, Bolzoni Auramo can assist customers with any service, rental, spare parts, service training and technical need. “The Driver Training Program is an example of this support” explains Lars Petersson “informing and educating our customer on how to reduce damage when handling paper rolls”. Bolzoni Auramo operates on all continents and on all main pulp and paper manufacturing and transportation sectors, concludes Lars Petersson: “Wherever you are with your forest products, we are there with you!” Bolzoni Auramo is a manufacturer of forklift truck attachments, lift tables and forks. The company has manufacturing plants in Italy, Germany, Finland, America
and China and through its network of direct branches and independent dealers covering all continents, it is able to satisfy all market requirements. World leader in the market of OEM factory installed products, Bolzoni Auramo is approved supplier for all main fork lift truck manufacturers. ISO 9001 Quality System certification proves Bolzoni Auramo’s commitment to continuous improvements in quality and efficiency in order to provide the best product and service support to customers worldwide.

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