The "Tango" line, as Papelera San Andrés de Giles has named its new purchase, is due to start up in August this year. Tango marks the debut of Futura's revolutionary JOI 012, which is the first ever embosser to feature a steel marrying roll instead of the industry standard rubber roll. With its "Tango roll", Futura's patent-protected JOI Technology will allow for new nested embossing solutions, with the design flexibility and ease of operation at volumes nearer those associated with point-to-point embossing products.
The Tango roll is also easier to clean, and requires less pressure to achieve a high standard of lamination. It also guarantees bulk retention, eliminates re-embossing effects and creates improved pattern definition.
Futura's project manager for the Tango Line, Francesco Pelaia, said: "The industry has for a long time sought to replace rubber with steel, but only now have the technical challenges been overcome: the Tango marrying roll on JOI 012 shows no deflection."
The Tango Line will be used to produce kitchen towel and toilet tissue. For toilet tissue products, point-to-point configuration is used, and JOI 012 can achieve the switch from nested to point-to-point in as little as one hour, compared with a whole shift on conventional lines. For such applications, Futura has developed a "random" point-to-point solution, which allows more creative decoration, but with the greater softness which point-to-point allows thanks to the reduced glue requirement.
The Tango line comprises two START unwind stands, an INFINITY four colour printer unit, JOI 012 embosser, F1 Wind & Seal rewinder, MOTION log accumulator, CUT system with trim cutter and log saw and COREMAX , the coremaking system with flying splice reel change and a core accumulator.
The Tango line was demonstrated prior to shipment at a dedicated event at Futura's facility in Lucca, Italy. Tissue makers from around the world attended to see the new technology in action, including the owner of the new line, Maximo Gagliardi of Papelera San Andrés de Giles.