Web Handling Consulting

Optimation’s web handling consultants have decades of mechanical and electrical experience in web handling and proven success in the development of roll-to-roll processes for paper, film and digital media products. When we’re in your facility we become investigators, looking at and understanding your process in order to determine the root cause of your problem or to find ways to improve and increase product yield and quality.

Optimation consultants help solve common problems

 Web Tracking  Web Weave
 Roller Wear  Web Foldover 
 Web Tension (Bagginess/Strain)  Web Speed Variations
 Excess Waste  Web Tension Variations
 Web Creasing  Crossweb and Machine Direction Variations
 Web Wrinkling  Air Entrainment
 Web Breakage  Web Curling
 Web Defects  Delamination
 Web Buckles  Tight and Loose Winds
 Winding Defects  Lateral Dynamics

How we solve problems:

Nip System Solutions

Improve your profitability by understanding your process nips and eliminating nip related defects such as web shifting, wrinkling, creasing, delamination and web curl.

Our Nip System Solutions are designed to help you: 
  • Measure how your system is performing
  • Diagnose the cause of waste and variations
  • Recommend remedies for a more robust process

Nipped roller systems are difficult to diagnose and model due to the complex interaction of many variables. The ideal nip roller system for your process includes understanding:Nip System Services

  • Loading mechanism and structure
  • Rubber roller coverings
  • Web material properties
  • Web path mechanical behavior
  • Tensioning system
  • Web-to-roller traction

Download our Nip System Services Cut Sheet and learn more about our Nip Diagnostic Package, including onsite nip pressure characterization, measurement and engineering report. 

Machine Assessment

Optimation provides machine assessment services. Our mission is to develop data driven knowledge of your process and equipment, leading to accurate and effective solutions to your unique challenges.

Our process expertise includes:

  • Machine Speed-Ups
  • Web Wrinkling, Creasing, Weave
  • Web Winding
  • Lamination
  • Slitting
  • Web Guiding and Registration
  • Aqueous and Solvent Coating TechnologyMachine Assessment
  • Gauge Control
  • Tension Control
  • Drying
  • Micro Replication
  • Air Conveyance
  • Product / Process Quality Issues
  • Control system Design
  • Process Analysis, Troubleshooting and Development

Download our Machine Assessment Services Cut Sheet, and learn more about how a better understanding of your process can result in greater yield and increased profit margins. 

Onsite Training

Onsite training provides the opportunity to participate in web handling classes, tailored to the materials and product running on your machines and dealing with the particular web handling issues of greatest importance to you. We work within your schedule, and because this training option doesn't have a hands-on lab portion, we can often complete onsite training in a shorter period of time than our traditional seminar and lab based training classes. 

Please contact Dr. Kevin Cole for further information. 

Interested in web handling classes that include a hands-on lab? Visit our training page.

Related Services:

Media Conveyance Facility

Web Handling Facility

Web Handling Equipment

Measurement Equipment

Intellectual Property (IP) / Models

Professional Societies / Alliances

Web Handling Team

Web Handling Training

Web Handling Consulting

Web Handling Development

Example Web Handling Development

Web Handling Solutions

Extrusion/Casting/Coating Process Services

Web Handling FAQ

Web Handling Document Library


Contact our Senior Consultant:

Email Dr. Kevin Cole, our Senior Web Handling Development Engineer with over 20 years of experience in web handling.


Partnership with TJ Walker and Associates: Optimation has an alliance with TJ Walker + Associates

, based in St. Paul, MN. Our workshop series is just one way to tap into our combined knowledge. 

Partnership with TJ Walker and Associates: Optimation has an alliance with TJ Walker + Associates

, based in St. Paul, MN. Our workshop series is just one way to tap into our combined knowledge. 

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