Roll-to-roll and web handling machines improve cost-savings, efficiency and precision control – from incoming raw materials to the finished product, offering a suite of solutions for automation needs. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, a roll-to-roll process is often the only viable way to produce a sheet or roll at high volumes and at manageable costs, making it a critical manufacturing technology for new clean energy and energy efficient products.
In the automation world, roll-to-roll and web handling provides a cutting edge to complete even the most complex products, all while making significant environmental and economic impacts through its clean energy applications and high efficiencies.
Roll-to-roll handling impacts the environment because the tools and equipment incorporated in the roll-to-roll technologies use less energy for a shorter duration compared to standard manufacturing processes. Due to the process that raw materials undergo to reach their finished product, handling applications can reduce equipment size and the needed floor space to house other applications, helping companies reduce overall overhead costs.
Due to the low cost of production, roll-to-roll handling impacts the economy in a positive way, particularly in industries of high demand. The U.S. Department of Energy considers the role of roll-to-roll to be critical in enabling the cost-effective production of high-value products that can address energy, environmental and security challenges. Not only does roll-to-roll offer a lower cost of production, it also contributes to clean energy applications.
From printed electronics and flexible thin-film batteries to sensor materials and fabrics, clean energy applications are being produced by roll-to-roll processing techniques like never before. By producing these clean energy applications, roll-to-roll is more than just a processing application or a manufacturing method, it is a way of creating products that are sustainable for the future.
A Roll-to-roll Pioneer
Northfield Automation Systems has continued to be a pioneer in the areas of roll-to-roll automation and web handling from the beginning, adapting and innovating over time. Our team of engineers has years of experience in automation systems applications and the expertise necessary to take your operation to the next level.