Bemis Associates UK has created a new duplex centrewind slitter for converting thin polymer films into narrow seam tapes for waterproof clothing .

The 735 model was custom built for Bemis to handle 1600mm wide mill rolls of films up to 10 microns and polymer, paper and fabric composites in heavier gauges. It slits to a minimum width of 13mm at speeds as high as 450mm. Run lengths range from 250 to 3000 meters

It converts heat-activated adhesive films and polymer, paper and fabric composites into roll widths and lengths used worldwide in clothing and footwear, carpets and textile, furniture and motor industries.

Bemis Associates, based in Shirley, Mass, set up the plant at Grantham, Lincs to meet rapid growth in UK, Western and Eastern Europe and Scandinavian markets

"We looked hard at competitors' machines," says production supervisor Andy Dixon, "but the Dusenbery 735 was clearly the best in both cost and performance. Now, our production capability has sharply increased and also given us the opportunity to enhance the quality and appearance of finished products."