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PACE offers improved time for cutting

Cutting is a difficult task to control when it comes to manual guillotines, as the grammages and stocks are different, and the materials are manually handled by operators.

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The Polar PACE 200 replaces two Polar Flowlines in Merthyr Tydfil

Stephens and George has invested in a Polar PACE 200, which will help to control this. PACE stands for Polar Automation for Cutting Efficiency, which means that the stock is taken from the jogger, and then the system turns the material over and positions it, making it easier for the machine to make the cut. The new machine will also feature Prinect cut manager and Polar compucut, which will aid the cutting of products.

The company, based in Merthyr Tydfil, recently had two guillotine operators leave the company, but the PACE, which will be installed in the summer, requires less manual labour from workers. The PACE replaces two Polar Flowlines, which required manual handling.

The firm’s buying team made a visit to a demonstration in Germany, which saw one job finished in 13 minutes. There is not a set time in which each job can be finished. However, the older Flowline system took 30 minutes to do the same job, which makes the PACE much faster. The team furthered their research by paying a visit to a UK user, before making the decision to invest. 

Cutting is a very difficult area to control because the operators are handling different grammages and different stocks, and there is a different rate of throughput

Andrew Jones, managing director at Stephens and George says: “Cutting is a very difficult area to control because the operators are handling different grammages and different stocks, and there is a different rate of throughput.

“With cut manager, we can monitor the variables, see exactly how long a job takes and compare output between shifts. This investment will speed up makeready and improve our data and management information in the cutting area.”

The PACE will join two high output Stahlfolder TH-82Ps, which were installed in March, two new stitching lines, and two perfect binders.



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