Press Release Summary:
Eliminating need for cardboard tube core, NO.EL Coreless Rewinder II enables winding of stretch film material into standard-sized roll so stretch film supports roll's structure. System operates offline and delivers standard rolls for automatic and manual wrapping applications. For automatic feeding, internal reel diameter is 3 in., with 3,600-4,800 ft of material supported, while for manual applications, minimum diameter of 1.5 in. and above, and 600-1,640 ft of material, is supported.
Original Press Release:
Leading Italian Equipment Company Intro's System to Help Stretch Film Producers Go Green with Coreless Roll Product
After two years of European testing, NO.EL brings patented tech to North America; system reduces cost, waste by winding stretch film rolls without cardboard core
MILAN, ITALY - June 23, 2008 - Building on more than 20 years of expertise automating after-extrusion stretch film production, global leader NO.EL today announced the North American introduction of its exclusive, patented technology for creating standard stretch film rolls without the typical cardboard tube core inside. The NO.EL Coreless Rewinder II employs a unique technique for winding stretch film material into an industry-standard sized roll so that the stretch film itself supports the roll's structure.
Previously only available in Europe and Brazil, the new NO.EL Coreless Rewinder II system will be available for installation by North American stretch film producers beginning in the second quarter of 2008. The NO.EL Coreless Rewinder II is a key enabling technology designed to help stretch film producers eliminate cost through supply chain simplification. It also helps the users of stretch film reduce their waste, since 100% of the film on the roll can be used for wrapping applications and leaves no cardboard tube to recycle. The initial NO.EL system offered will operate off-line and will deliver standard stretch film rolls for automatic wrapping and manual wrapping applications. NO.EL expects to deliver a new on-line system-capable of being integrated directly into a cast extrusion production line-to HIPAC, a current NO.EL customer, in a European plant in late 2008 or early 2009.
"Going 'green' and keeping that innovation cost effective is a challenge in the plastics business," said Roberto Colombo, NO.EL Vice President and company partner. "But our European customers are convinced that going coreless is a mandate for responsible business practices going forward, and they successfully sell this as a value-add to their film customers. We believe North American producers are ready to follow this trend, because it's something cost effective that is also positive for the environment."
NO.EL also points out that going coreless has scalable benefits-from giant film roles designed to wrap entire hay bales in the field down to the mini-rolls of stretch film used in the electronics industry to wrap components and sub-assemblies for shipping. "Different industries will find their own specific benefits. For example, in agriculture rain can destroy the cardboard and renders the entire roll impossible to use," according to Colombo.
A Greener Solution: Significant Impact on Waste Reduction
The $3.7 billion stretch film industry in North America is due to grow at 4.7% per year, topping nearly $4.7 billion by 2011, according to the Freedonia Group. Within this context, it's clear the use of cardboard tubes is expanding as well, with tremendous tonnage expected to be used-and later trashed or recycled-in that same timeframe if North American film producers do not go coreless.
"The global emphasis on supply chain simplification and lowered levels of waste drove us to invent this new technology," said Colombo. He points out that while systems for producing the film itself have become very efficient over the years, the industry still wastes money on procuring cardboard cores. "Then film producers pay for cores again in increased shipping costs due to the added weight in the roll," he said. Even worse, Colombo points out tubes also leave customers with a significant waste problem once the roll is depleted. "As a company focused on bringing efficiency to every step of stretch film production after extrusion, we felt the elimination of cardboard tubes was a humble but very strategic goal for NO.EL to address."
NO.EL's Coreless Rewinder II: Proven in European Trials
NO.EL's first offering to North America is an off-line system which allows stretch film producers to create conventional stretch film coreless rolls (not pre-stretched film rolls) with the following specifications: [Note: see attached release for formatted table of specifications]
Automatic feed applications Manual feed applications
Internal reel diameter 3 inches Variable, starting at
minimum of 1.5 inches and
Reel width Variable, up to 32 inches Variable, up to 24 inches
Reel weight 12-16 kg (26.4-35.2 lb) 3-5 kg (6.6-11 lb)
Footage on reel 1200-1600 meters 200-500 meters (600-1640
(3600-4800 feet) depending on feet) depending on film
film thickness thickness
Rewinding speed 1,100 meters per minute (3,300 feet per minute)
Film thickness tolerance Can handle film as thin as 12 microns
According to NO.EL's Colombo, the technology is well tested, having completed two years of trial production runs in more than 13 production centers throughout Europe and Brazil. Colombo reports that the results of the European trial give NO.EL great confidence about entering the North American market. "It's a very solid technology," reports Colombo. "System down-time has been minimal and the reliability is excellent. And in Europe, so far every company who participated in our trial installation has now ordered additional systems to make the coreless offering a standard practice."
Pricing and Availability
The NO.EL Coreless Rewinder II is estimated to cost Euro 120,000 (USD: $170,000) per machine installed, depending on the application and the volume of purchasing by the North American customer. Time to delivery of an installed system is expected to be 60 to 90 days after confirmation of purchase, and NO.EL is prepared to deliver installed systems in North America beginning in the second quarter of 2008.
About NO.EL (Italian: www.noel-automation.com
NO.EL is a privately held company based in a small town in Italy's industrial Northern region, just 30 minutes from the Milan Malpensa Airport. Founded in 1983, the company is dedicated to the development and implementation of industrial technology addressing every step of the stretch film production process after extrusion, with a special focus on specialty systems for winding and stretching extruded film. Due to the company's niche focus and expertise, NO.EL systems are used by stretch film producers-major and minor-throughout the global industry.
About Nuove Sales
Nuove Sales is a sales organization specializing in supporting Italian companies bringing new product to market in North America. Nuove Sales is the exclusive sales agent for NO.EL Coreless Rewinder II systems for conventional stretch film (not pre-stretched film) in North America. For coreless roll samples or further information about the NO.EL system, please contact Bruno Montesano, Nuove Sales at 310-670-0576 or Montesano@nuovesales.com.