Published on: September 14, 2021

Slitters and handling – New installation in Ireland and U.K.

The integration between the slitters and the handling plant has given us a greater capacity to campaign and organise production, generating further efficiencies throughout the process

Factory manager in Boran Packaging

Pat English, factory manager in Boran Packaging , commented on the recent installation of the double turret slitter rewinders and full automatic handling plant for plastic film reels downstream of the slitter rewinders.

Following the recent installations of three high speed double turret slitter rewinders in the U.K during 2020, Cason has successfully installed  another two double turret slitter rewinders in Ireland together with a full automatic handling system at the Boran Packaging plant in Naas, Ireland and Boran Mopack in Strabane, Northern Ireland.

Boran’s first aim was to:

  • Increase the productivity
  • Standardize the palletization of the plastic film reels
  • Integration with the E.R.P. system
  • Improve the traceability of the product

Slitting technology

Cason’s Innova Matic was chosen for its 800m/min speed, motorised unloading station and rapid reel and size change over times of preparation. The main goal was achieved in the first step of installations as Pat English, factory manager of Boran explained: “Following on from a smooth installation the productivity of the plant improved immediately, resulting in increased output over a shorter period

An additional requirement of Boran was to integrate the existing perforator into the new slitter rewinder.

Handling Automation

Another request was to install a full automatic handling plant, integrating the new slitter with an already existing slitter, adapting the automatic plant with production area, improving productivity, quality and traceability. Mr English added: “The integration between the slitter rewinders and the handling plant has given us a greater capacity to campaign and organise production, generating further efficiencies throughout the process”. 

The plant

The plant was designed with automated systems which eliminate physical effort for the operator and reduce the downtimes. The rolls downloaded from the slitter rewinders are automatically transported to the barcode reader and bagging unit. The Abb anthropomorphic robot, equipped with a special gripper designed by Cason, is used for palletising the finished reels up to a maximum weight of 100 kg.

The plant is fully managed by Cason’s plant management software connected with Boran CRM allowing traceable and accurate order management that together with online service support is the essence of the real benefits of Industry 4.0 made in Cason


Mairtìn Boran, CEO of Boran Packaging concluded: “Following the positive experience we had with Cason Team when installing and testing both the material Handling Unit and the Innova Matic in our Naas factory we ordered an additional Innova Biback for the Strabane factory to complement the existing Innova Matic which was installed early January 2021″

For more information on the handling plant and the slitter rewinders, please do not hesitate to contact us at: [email protected]