Should I Replace My Slitter Rewinder?

6 April 2023 - 15:17, by , in Converting Equipment and Machinery, Comments off

Here’s how to know when it’s time to replace it or when a repair will do the trick

Replacing a slitter rewinder is a big decision for an organization. The cost of a replacement can be a significant capital investment. While a slitter rewinder should last well over ten years with proper maintenance and average usage, the inevitable sometimes happens. Below, we’ll review some signs a slitter rewinder may need to be replaced and when repairs may not be enough.

In this article, we’ll cover:

Can I Repair My Slitter Rewinder?

Maintenance is part of keeping your slitter rewinder working as it should, so there are times when repairs are a viable option. This is usually the case when issues with the machine are caused by replaceable parts, such as blade replacements, pulleys, or clutch assemblies.

Sometimes, the issue may be caused by a software issue. This is usually an easy fix and shouldn’t require a full machine replacement. Updates to the software or firmware can be performed by a repair technician.

If you notice your slitter rewinder is slowing down, it might be time for routine maintenance. Performing a cleaning will remove dust and residue. Oiling the parts will allow them to move with less effort. You can schedule service with your local technician to do a thorough maintenance check, which can also help to reveal other potential problems.

4 Signs a Slitter Rewinder Needs to Be Replaced

Nothing lasts forever, even durable equipment like slitter rewinders. In some cases, replacing your machine can be the best and most cost-effective option. Here’s why:

1. When Production Delays Cost More Than the Machine

Productivity delays while your machine is being repaired can have a serious impact on your bottom line. It could mean missed orders, angry clients, and a hit to your reputation. Not to mention payroll costs while your team waits to resume production.

Stoppages that are more costly than the machine’s value can be a great reason to upgrade. You’ll have a new machine that will work without fail for years to come so you can keep business going.

2. When Programmable Logic Controller(PLC) Fails

Software updates are an inevitable part of any computer-powered machine. But when the entire PLC fails, you’re looking at a costly, complex repair that’s not likely to be successful. Depending on the age of your machine, replacement PLCs might not be available.

This type of replacement can also be risky. For instance, replacing the PLC could cause loose wires and connections elsewhere in your machine, which can lead to problems in communication and function. There’s a lot that can go wrong, and it’s usually better to bite the bullet and upgrade to a new machine.

3. When the Repair Cost is More Expensive than a Replacement

It’s a no-brainer decision when a repair costs close to or more than a new machine. Knowing what a new machine costs can help you make a quick decision as to whether to move forward with repairs. Always ask your repair technician for an estimate prior to beginning any work.

And even if the cost of a repair is less than a replacement, consider that it might be best to cut your losses now instead of seeing if you’ll need more repairs in the near future.

4. When Multiple Repairs Are Needed Back to Back

Repairs should be few and far between. But when you’re calling a repair technician to fix your machine every few days or weeks, it might be time for a complete slitter rewinder replacement. This is a surefire sign your machine is failing.

Back-to-back repairs can add up quickly. A new machine purchase can offset these costs, and then you’ll be set for years with fewer surprise expenses.

What to Do When You Need a Slitter Rewinder Replacement or Repair

If you notice your slitter rewinder machine is showing and sounding its age, explore your options for slitter rewinder repair or replacement. It’s not always obvious, so knowing the signs to look for can give you a good starting point for moving forward.

Always consult with an engineer from Pinnacle for slitter rewinder service and repair-related issues or to discuss replacing the equipment. We’ll give you our no-nonsense expert opinion, help you weigh the costs, and make an informed decision for your business.

About author:
Pinnacle Converting Equipment of Charlotte, NC has been designing and building slitting machines, sheeting machines, and custom converting equipment since 1995.

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