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CAC Buys Advanced New Machinery to Maintain Quality and Meet Increasing Orders

Converter Accessory Corporation (CAC) has upgraded production capabilities with the purchase of a new, advanced computer controlled Clausing/METOSA CNC2080 lathe.

The Clausing/METOSA CNC2080 will be used in production of CAC’s patented WrinkleSTOP® and Multi-Adjust WrinkleSTOP® linear, smooth surface, anti-wrinkle rolls; efficient FOX TrimAway® pneumatic trim, matrix and waste removal systems; the Patented COR-LOK®, light weight air shafts and chucks and the new pinch point free Shaft-LOK™ safety chuck.

Jeffrey Damour, CAC Engineering Manager, said “The Clausing/METOSA CNC2080 lathe delivers the exceptionally precise, beautifully finished products our customers expect of us. Its CNC computer controls and extensive repeat job memory help us accelerate production and keep delivery times short. The versatility of the CNC2080 also allows us to readily produce unique, precisely machined, custom engineered products. Even as we continue to grow, we are committed to making the investments required to supply high quality web handling equipment with short delivery times and unequaled long term support.”

This is the third Clausing lathe CAC has purchased. Two other Clausing lathes have been on line in CAC’s Wind Gap, Pennsylvania headquarters for several years.

The new Clausing/METOSA CNC2080 lathe was purchased through Action Machinery, Bethlehem, PA.

CAC, celebrating 30 years of success, designs, engineers and manufactures mechanical web handling equipment for converters of paper, film, foil, nonwovens and textiles. Engineered solutions include high quality, cost effective equipment including aluminum core cones, air shafts, trim removal, roll handling equipment, advanced technology wrinkle removal systems and more.

For a new CD that gives detailed CAC product information, white papers and extensive resource information valuable to converters, call or email CAC.

For more information contact Pam Damour, Converter Accessory Corporation, 201 Alpha Road, Wind Gap, PA 18091-1279, (800) 433-2413, fax (610) 863-7818. Web site:

Clausing Industrial, Inc., 1819 N. Pitcher Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, (269) 345-7155.

Action Machinery Co., Inc., 2320 Highland Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18020. (610)


With Sustainability as a Goal, Small Improvements Can Deliver Big Results

With more than 30 years experience providing converters with innovative solutions engineered to improve efficiency, Converter Accessory Corporation (CAC®) has the practical knowledge to help customers improve their sustainability.

A family owned company, CAC vigilantly protects a proud reputation for quality engineering, innovative design and attentive customer service. Nationwide experience with nearly every type of web converting has given CAC a deep reservoir of knowledge and the ability to anticipate industry trends and customer needs and priorities.

Today, CAC is thoroughly engaged with contributing to the move toward more sustainable converting and more sustainable finished products.

Jeffery Damour, CAC Engineering Manager says “In addition to improving the efficiency in nearly every facet of web converting, we can help customers down-gauge material; run faster and smoother webs; run challenging recycled materials and more efficiently handle edge trim waste. Improved efficiency, reduced waste, and energy consumption is definitively a more sustainable operation.”

For example, CAC offers two outstanding product families that directly improve sustainability and may help converters help their customers improve their scores on the influential Wal-Mart Sustainability scorecard. The “scorecard” is a comprehensive system that rates every aspect of a package’s sustainability including materials, manufacturing techniques and shipping, and allows Wal-Mart to give shelf space preference to higher scoring products.

WrinkleSTOP® Helps Down-Gauging; Reduces Waste

WrinkleSTOP® Spreader Rolls remove wrinkles with no web distortion, offer edge-to-edge adjustability, from 0% to 100% spread, while the web is in motion, require no special tools for adjustment and have a broad range of applications. WrinkleSTOP® Spreader Rolls improve overall versatility by extending the reach of materials that can be profitably run on most web operations. They are effective with laminating, slitting, printing, coating, textiles, paper, film and nonwoven production.

“WrinkleSTOP® Spreader Rolls accept many materials at any wrap angle, even with extremely short lead-in and lead-out web distances, and really shows off its performance with thin gauge materials but works equally well with all materials and thicknesses,” Damour said.

In independent performance evaluation tests, WrinkleSTOP® Spreader Rolls removed all the wrinkles, all the time, under rigorous conditions and proved to be the best performer in a broad field of subjects. WrinkleSTOP® Spreader Rolls offer both standard and custom sleeves to match most applications and features high-quality motor-grade bearings.

Damour added: “Strategically employed WrinkleSTOP® Spreader Rolls not only support down-gauging and thinner gauges while generating less waste, they also allow an overall increase in line speeds. Sustainable practices do not have to require compromises. They can also be good business practices. Our aim is to improve efficiency and increase sustainability without compromises in quality or profits.”

Energy Efficient Trim Removal Systems

The unique design and performance of CAC's FOX TrimAway®, and FOX Runner® trim removal systems can improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption in in-house waste management operations.

FOX systems feature an adjustable venturi and blower system that allows customers to run the narrowest possible trim. In operations where trim is wound, trim widths must be wide enough to be wound in rolls. In the FOX system trim is transported by the blower / venturi to a collection area allowing converters to minimize the excess waste required by trim winding operations.

Additionally, changing from a trim winding-based operation to a continuously operating FOX system makes an operation more efficient, and thus more sustainable, by eliminating production interruptions needed to change trim rolls or the even more awkward matrix rolls.

CAC's employment of frugal energy consuming regenerative blowers in the FOX system allows for a major reduction of energy consumption when compared to systems that use energy gobbling compressors. Since these systems are available in four venturi sizes, with blowers of one to 15 horsepower, CAC is able to customize an entire system to precisely match a converter's requirements by operating continuously at the maximum speed of the web it serves need without resorting to energy wasteful over-sizing.

CAC offers technology designed to perform at every critical point in a web. From the simplest aluminum core cone to the most sophisticated unwind/rewind solutions CAC products improve efficiency, help increase profits, reduce waste and energy consumption, allow reduction of material costs through down-gauging and, best of all, are readily available, cost effective, easy to install and are fully supported by an expert and dedicated team.

“Major improvements do not always come from a single, expensive, dramatic addition. They are often the result of expert tweaking and the sum of several small enhancements. When we take a close look at the big picture of a web's performance we almost always spot a couple of critical spots where a small improvement will deliver a big result. Constant improvement, that's what sustainability is all about.” Damour concluded.


Webinar on Web Spreading a tremendous success

Jeff Damour, Engineering Manager of Converter Accessory Corporation (CAC) presented his acclaimed presentation “Web Spreading” during a free webinar on November 18 at 11:00 AM EST.

This Web Spreading webinar covered the fundamentals of why web wrinkles occur and how several types of spreader rolls operate to remove wrinkles. Advantages and disadvantages of each of these spreading devices were discussed. The presentation is generic in nature and is meant as a tutorial to allow converters to understand the best methods for combating their wrinkle problems.

“This hour long webinar offers converters a wonderful opportunity to learn causes and cures of web wrinkle problems, with the convenience of never having to leave their desk.” Damour said.

This online event was extremely well attended and included companies like Millipore, Kimberly Clark and Saint-Gobain. Some comments from attendees include “very informative”, “great visuals” and “appreciated your explanations of the theory”.

Webinars include question and answer periods, live polling questions and live drawings and sketches to allow attendees to best understand web spreading methods and how web spreaders can work for their specific problems.

Converter Accessory Corporation
201 Alpha Road
PO Box 188
Wind Gap PA 18091-0188

Phone (800) 433-2413 -(610) 863-6008
Fax (800) 709-1007 - 610) 863-7818

What is Web Handling?
Web Handling is the science, engineering and equipment necessary to successfully transport a continuous flexible material through various processes without defect. Enhancing Web Handling with proper equipment will ensure materials are processed at their maximum efficiency, allowing the process to generate maximum profits.

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