Butler Automatic launches SP3HSL series automatic film splicer

Butler Automatic, the inventor and global leader of automatic splicing solutions, announces its new SP3HSL Series Automatic Film Splicer. The SP3HSL Series Automatic Film Splicer, an automatic web splicing system for printed sleeve films, will increase line efficiency in sleeved packaging operations by eliminating film roll change downtime. Film roll changes must occur in shrink sleeve packaging applications as frequently as once every 18 minutes, and changing the roll by hand wastes one to three minutes of production time. By incorporating the SP3 Automatic Sleeve Splicer, roll change time is eliminated, thereby increasing line efficiency by 9% or more in these applications.

“This product was originally developed to solve an efficiency problem for one key customer of Butler Automatic,” said Mike Mucci, Vice President of Engineering at Butler Automatic.  “This particular customer will increase line efficiency by 9%, leading to a payback on their investment of less 3 months.”

Capable of running at speeds of up to 450 feet per minute (FPM), the SP3HSL automatically splices the end of each expiring roll of film onto the new roll. The technology is ideally suited for increasing production time in Consumer Packaged Goods and Pharmaceutical applications utilizing shrink sleeve packaging.

The Butler Automatic Sleeve Splicer will be sold both through OEM machine builders for new production lines, and for retro-fit installation on existing packaging lines.