It would not be right to discuss the history of UC without mentioning the progenitor of all our current machines; the start-stop line mod S60 – the first and only fully electronic automatic start-stop line on the market. Our business presented to the converting market a start-stop machine with an unmatched speed of 600 m/min, an acceleration ramp time of less than 7 seconds which was capable of an average of +20% in terms of overall productivity whilst offering a power consumption reduction of 15-25% with its KERS systems versus any other product available on the market.
The advantages offered within the design of the S60 helped to create a strong and enduring relationship of trust between our business and our customers who, having experienced the cutting-edge technologies we employ, have never looked back to more basic versions of the same machines offered by our competitors.
In 2008, 4 years after our start-up, the first prototype of our Automatic rewinder was created with the application of the UC patented airblade transfer system and also with the migration of all the technology used on the S60. Today, our neXus series of fully automatic rewinders (for Consumer, Industrial and Hybrid applications) are built with an intensive focus on the use of the latest electronics technology and this design has evolved since its inception enabling us to offer a complete range of machines that can be made bespoke to our customer’s needs with operating speeds from 450 to 750m/min. The company’s interest in technical innovation has never ceased and our search for new challenges never rests.
In 2012 a new system for automatic transfer on a folding machine was developed and patented whilst new ideas were considered for the folding section. Eventually in 2014 the first prototype of the Vista Interfolder, with a new and patented concept of frictionless vacuum application was born. In 2017 technical upgrades to our start-stop lines give us pleasure to introduce our latest rewinder, the S70, capable of 700 m/min maximum speed, improved acceleration/deceleration and transfer times. With the facility to easily integrate a double embossing station and lamination glue deck.
New ideas are always in the air at United Converting
Add to this the option for efficient coreless roll production and we believe the S70 can offer a solution to penetrate any point in the converting market. We recognize that remaining rigid and inflexible as a supplier operating within what is a very flexible and innovative market is the wrong approach. As such, we take great pride in our open-minded philosophy for catering to the individual requirements of each and every one of our customers.
If the standard design of machine being offered is not quite right for the client, instead of expecting the products to be changed to suit the machine, we will work closely with the client to engineer bespoke solutions so that they can achieve exactly what they want. To enable this process to be executed correctly and efficiently, and indeed to support our clients all over the world through the lifetime of their machines, we have developed a comprehensive infrastructure of local offices across the globe – our head office is of course in Lucca, Italy but local offices can also be found in the UK, USA (two regional offices), China & Japan.
New ideas are always in the air at UC; a completely new concept of fully automatic rewinder is currently under development with associated
patents already applied for – stay in touch with us and watch this space for our next cutting edge development which is aimed squarely at the Consumer Market for producing low density, soft rolls at high converting speeds.