Spool bobbin spooling

Spool winding service

Spools or bobbins? (Personally I tend to refer to them as spools).

Either way it involves a core onto which we wind a set width of tape using a traverse winding process. Winding the tape in this way allows for far longer length reels. Making longer feed rolls of a self-adhesive tape applied in a continuous production process is a great advantage. In order to change the roll of tape the entire manufacturing process must be stopped and this comes at a cost, long reels of tape can therefore be a real benefit.

The process starts with slitting or slit/rewinding feedrolls as long as feasible. Our equipment allows us to make feedrolls up to 500m diameter which means we can minimise the amount of splices in the spool. The feedrolls then go on the spooler and are slit into specified width and spooled. We join feedrolls together with a method of usable splicing until the desired length is achieved. The splicing method is key to assure that the final spool will run from start to end without interruptions, and the joint does not cause any bonding failures in the final application.

The actual length of the spool depends on a number of factors.
- Diameter capacity of the user's equipment
Some unwinders or applicators will only allow for spools up to a certain outer diameter
- Width of the adhesive tape
For example we will be able to make a longer spool from 6mm tape width then we can from 25mm tape width.
- Thickness of the material
We can spool anything from very thin filmic or transfer tapes up to 3mm thick foam tapes. Thinner tapes allow for longer length spools.

The equipment we use to produce spools is up to date and technically advanced. We have worked with the manufacturer to fine-tune the software in the machine to suit our process and materials and improve the final product. We currently have 6 spooling heads, each can work individually, so for one run we can choose to utilise only 2 or 3 of the rewind stations or even process different tape widths in the same run.

All this means that whilst we are able, and still have capacity do do large runs, we can also produce small quantities cost-effectively, and quick. It has always been our ethos to produce what our customers need, when it is needed. Larger production runs can reduce the cost per unit, but you can only spend your money once. This does put ownership on us to keep sufficient raw material stocks to keep lead-times down, it also improves cashflow, saves warehouse space and helps our customers to respond to changing demands.

Quality of course is a key element. Not only do we use specified advanced materials from carefully selected manufacturers, we also take great care in the finished product, technically and aesthetically. Finally the packaging is designed to withstand the stresses of national and international distribution.

We now offer a spool winding service as well as offering finished spools from our own vast selection of self-adhesive materials, many of which manufactured by Seal King. Furthermore we have access to a global network of tape manufacturers and contract coaters to find solutions to more specific challenges.

In the end, we do care a great deal about every aspect of your spools or bobbins, but not what you call them.

Die-cut tape

Die-cut, butt-cut, sheeting, laminating



Did you know we can die-cut, butt-cut, sheet and laminate adhesive tapes and self-adhesive materials?

2015 has been a busy year for us already! Amongst many other things we have installed a modular rotary die-cutting machine for conversion of tapes, foam tapes and label materials to pads, gaskets and pieces in any shape size or format.

Not only can we offer any of our own adhesive tapes and tamper evident materials in die-cut format, but we can convert your own free-issue materials.

Rotary die-cutting is a process whereby materials, tapes or labelstock, are unwound, laminated, and particular shapes are cut using a rotary cutting die. Typically we'd laminate a double sided tape or foam tape onto a bottom release liner, then cut the shape required and remove the skeleton or waste surrounding the pads. The cutting die can cut through onto the anvil roller underneath or kiss cut onto the bottom layer, usually a release liner.

We have several magnetic cylinders for thinner materials (up to about 200 micron). These allow us to use flexi-dies, basically a sheet of metal that goes on the magnetic cylinder and is a lot cheaper than using solid dies. We tend to use them for die-cutting our tamper evident labels and the production of security void labels. They can be used for thinner double sided tapes as well. With the more expensive solid rotary dies however we can cut through materials up to 5mm thickness.

For sheeting and butt-cutting we have removable blade dies allowing us to produce sheets or parts in numerous sizes.

Die-cut labels have round corners and spacing between each label on the roll.
Butt-cut labels have square corners and no spacing between each label on the roll


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Grant secured

We have been successful obtaining Business Development Programme funding. This grant will enable us to expand our factory and warehouse space to keep up with the continuous growth of our company.

The grant, a total of £13k, is part of an £8m scheme aimed at helping over 400 small to medium sized business across the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise area, which includes Cannock Chase.

As a result we have already been able to create one extra full time post. Within the next 4 weeks work will commence on a mezzanine floor that will increase the works area floorspace by 70%. As part of our current investment plan we will install two new machines at the end of this year, increasing our capacity and production capabilities.

Introduction new PE no-residue void materials

Earlier this year we have officially launched the new No-residue void materials with PE backing. These security label materials bond to a huge variety of surfaces including LSE, plastics and textured surfaces due to their high conformability. Already available in clear and blue, we will be adding other colours to the range later this year. Free samples available now.