What is Web Handling?
Web Handling is a Unique Engineering Challenge.
Webs include paper, film, foil, nonwoven, and other thin flexible materials. Web handling is the key to moving from batch to continuous processing of thin solid materials. A web's continuous length differentiates it from sheet processing. Many web processes start and end with a roll and are often called roll-to-roll (R2R) processes. A web line may also start with a web-creation process, such as paper-making or extrusion, and may end with discrete parts, such as sheets or die-cut pieces.
Web handling is the engineering discipline devoted to improving the transport and storage of web materials usually related to and integrating value-added web processes, such as coating, laminating, drying, calendaring, embossing, slitting, and metalizing.
Web handling subtopics includes: Web material properties, tension control, roller design, web-roller traction, guiding for alignment-spreading-wrinkling, and winding. Web handling technologies also strongly contribute laminating and slitting.
Web handling solutions: Your investment in understanding web handling will pay dividends in eliminating waste, including waste from abrasion, deformation, breakage, misalignment, wrinkling, and waste in winding, laminating, and slitting processes.