Boost Efficiency with Narrow-Slit Spooling Technology : EG-9000 series Spool Slitter Rewinder

Customer Care 2024-03-07
Metal Foil Slitting Rewinding for PCB & Battery Materials

In the equipment manufacturing sector, numerous  slitter rewinder manufacturers, including those specializing in spool slitting machines, slitter rewinder manufacturers play significant roles by offering cutting-edge solutions for various materials like paper, film, metal foil, and nonwoven fabric. As slitting technology advances, slitter rewinder specifications push the boundaries.

In the pursuit of advanced specifications, slitter rewinders have taken two extreme development directions. One approach focuses on achieving maximum technical specifications emphasizing the widest width and highest speed possible. Slitter rewinders with these higher specifications are commonly employed in the production lines for films and nonwoven fabrics. For instance, Nicely’s model EG-8003 series boasts an impressive 8-meter web width, making it the slitter rewinder with the widest width in Taiwan for BOPP film production.

The other extreme pursues fine narrow slitting, often referred to as ultra-fine narrow slitting. This precise slitting technique, enhanced by spool slitting machines, finds applications in manufacturing precision components for packaging circuit boards, microchip carriers, anti-counterfeit security threads, and electrical insulation materials. Customer requirements have steadily shifted from 4mm and 2mm narrow slitting to even finer widths, reaching 1mm or below micro slitting.

Winding Techniques for Narrow Slits – Pancake Roll & Spool Roll

Pancake Roll

Flat-wound rolls, also known as pancake rolls, are a common form of the final product after slitting. This winding technique is suitable for 99% of slitting specifications and if appropriate tension properties are maintained in the material, achieving excellent winding results with good roll density and a smooth surface is easily achievable.

Spool Roll

When the slit width is 4mm or below, the pancake technique often encounters several challenges, even with excellent tension control. Limited rewind diameter becomes a constraint, directly impacting the total length of the product. To address this issue, the solution lies in adopting a transverse winding approach. Generally, the basic specifications for spooled end products include:

-       Min. Slit width : 2mm

-       Max. Traverse length : 300mm

-       Max. Rewind diameter : 450 mm

By configuring the spooling mode and setting the traverse width, the total length of spooled products is more than 20 times greater than that of pancake winding under the same outer diameter requirement. This not only significantly enhances length output capacity but also reduces downtime. Basically, any process that utilizes a narrow width tape in a continuous manner will gain advantages from using a spooled product.

What makes Nicely Spool Slitter Rewinder stand out in the field of spool slitting machines?

1.Broad range of customer applications across industries - Nicely's spool slitter rewinder, represented by the EG-9000 series, finds extensive applications across various industries with notable achievements in :

o  Packaging Materials:

Common materials include OPP, CPP, BOPP, PET or metallic foils with surface treatment as attention grabbing label, available in adhesive or non-adhesive variations.

In the application of security labels as an added layer of protection against counterfeiting, holographic film with slit width of 1mm or 2mm is commonly integrated into tobacco packaging, banknote, security documents. It plays a supporting role in providing security and authentication features.

o  Electrical Insulation:

Utilizes composite materials like mica tape backed with adhesive glass fiber or PE (polyethylene).

Mica tape, known for its high dielectric strength, is crucial for withstanding high voltage and temperature, serving as insulation coil material in electric motors and generators within the electrical industry.  For low voltage applications, materials such as PI (polyimide), PE, or other thin films with low dielectric constants are used as effective insulation mediums.

o  Textile Application:

Nonwoven fabrics are undergoing a surge in innovation, not only for medical, hygienic personal care, acting as moisture barrier (TPU) in textile, but also serving as lightweight alternatives to various insulating materials in the thriving aeronautics and automotive industries.

2.Precision Tension Control - A Crucial Factor in Spooling

Several critical factors must be considered during the delicate process of spooling, including the material thickness, tensile,,and whether the material is a composite with a backing. All these factors can impact the tension matching of the equipment.Lower tension than pancake rolls is typically required in the winding process. As layers of material are stacked during the winding process, precise tension adjustment becomes especially crucial for fragile materials. Therefore, the winding and spooling process generally adopts a decreasing tension configuration, which differs from the fixed tension configuration used in pancake rolls. Excessive tension can lead to product deformation or material breakage.

To achieve accurate tension control, we calculate the appropriate torque range to allow the winding end to provide optimal feedback based on the actual material performance. Finally, through contact with the finished product by contact rollers, precise tension control is achieved, ensuring stable production of the product.

3.Diverse Mechanism Configuration - Flexible Combination to Make Your Unwind plus Spooler Spectacular!

With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Nicely has developed in-house expertise in all aspects of the Unwinding / Slitting / Rewinding process. We understand that our customers work with a wide range of materials and require a flexible production approach.

To address this need, Nicely has developed a modular spooling winder that can integrate seamlessly with Nicely’s other slitter models to produce pancake roll and spools on one package. Thanks to the independent modular spooling system, it provides the possibility to be integrated with customers' existing slitters.

EG-300 + Spooling EG-7006 + Spooling EG-9106 Spooling
Pancake roll YES YES Limited
Rewind OD 450/600/800 mm Rewind OD 450 / 600 / 800mm Limited
Min. slit width 4mm Min. slit width 20 mm Limited
Cassette type knife set


optional optional Included
Spool 6 spools and up 6 spools and up 6 spools and up
Min. slit width 1 mm Min. slit width 1 mm Min. slit width 1 mm
Scalable spooling unit YES YES YES

   Cassette Type Knife Set Advantage:

The EG-9106 spool slitter rewinder comes with a convenient cassette type knife set that can be easily removed/restored from one side. This allows for straightforward replacement of additional knife sets for different slit sizes, eliminating the need to rearrange slit specifications after each size change.

Spool Patterns

The spooling pattern refers to how the slit strip travels on the winding core and the final shape of the wound product during the winding process. Depending on the material characteristics and the downstream de-spooling requirements, several properties need to be specified:

      1.Traverse width / angle / times. 

      2.Overlap volume (mm).

      3.Gap between the next strip position (mm).

      4.Edge setting (mm).

The Advantages of Spooling

While spooling may not be the sole solution to every challenge associated with narrow-width winding, it can significantly bring the following advantages:

Increase Productivity :

One of the major benefits of spooling is its ability to significantly increase the length of the final product. For many narrow-width materials, achieving the required material length without adopting this technology is nearly impossible.

Reduce Machine Downtime :

Additionally, spooling helps minimize downtime, effectively improving overall efficiency.

Enhance Roll Durability :

When unloading the final product, spooled configurations offer higher density compared to flat-wound rolls. This eliminates concerns about material falling off from the core, providing greater convenience for downstream processes.

Easy Use for Downstream Applications :

The spooled form of the final product proves to be more user-friendly for subsequent manufacturing processes.

Nicely's EG-9000 Spool Slitter Rewinder

Mastering Versatility and Efficiency in Narrow Slitting

The narrow slitting technology of Nicely's slitter rewinder is widely applied across various fields, including precision packaging, anti-counterfeit labels, electrical insulation, aerospace textiles, and more. The EG-9000 series of spooling machines not only demonstrate maturity in fine slitting but also offer flexibility by integrating with different types of unwinding units. This capability allows it to meet the demands of both pancake roll slitting and fine slit spooling, achieving higher production efficiency and increased equipment versatility.

Question ? Ask us !