Northfield Automation Systems was built on the concept of automation in manufacturing, especially roll-to-roll automation. Having specialized in the design, engineering and manufacturing of roll-to-roll processing equipment for several decades, we’re proud to say that you’ll find our reliable, efficient equipment in over 24 states and 18 countries.
The Roll-to-roll Handling Difference
The benefits of roll-to-roll automation are numerous. Just five of these benefits that might fit your operation include:
1. Precision control of web tension, web speed and web alignment.
If your end product requires precision, a roll-to-roll system is for you. The best way to maintain control of sensitive material is in a roll. You can advance this material with precision while maintaining tightly controlled web tension throughout the entire roll of material. The web speed can be kept constant for processes that require consistent dwell or additive layering. Web material can also be precisely aligned for both continuous and intermittent manufacturing process lines.
2. Tight tolerance rollers.
Rollers making contact with the web material can be precision ground for a very tight tolerance runout and precision surface finish. Non-contact rollers, such as air rollers, can also be used for web control.
3. Ability to perform multiple processes.
No matter how many steps it takes to complete your final output, NAS has or can design a solution that will work for you. We have automated entire factory floors with automation to each process step (islands of automation). This presents consistent operator interfaces for ease in training and operation, as well as controlled material handling throughout the entire manufacturing process. This can also include panel and piece part automation at the later stages.
4. Reduced cost of material handling.
Our roll-to-roll solutions are designed for ease of use, allowing you to get set up and let the solutions run. With limited handling and controlled process variables of sensitive materials, yields improve greatly, as NAS provides automation that reduces the amount of handling and includes the greatest control.
5. Improved efficiency.
Less setup time and less down time improve the efficiency of your operation and maximize throughput, as operators are able to run multiple process lines at once, providing the best return on investment with the most consistent results.
Contact us to see how these benefits – and more – could help you meet your manufacturing and automation goals.