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Uncoiling, transporting, tensioning, and recoiling are common operations on paint lines, slitting lines, tension leveling lines, and other coil processing operations. The task of transporting the sheet (also called “web” in the terms of the paper and plastic film industry) through the various processes often causes unwanted defects. This article will briefly describe the history of web handling research, discuss some of the more common types of defects caused by poor web handling practices, and explain how web handling principles can be used to minimize these defects and improve profitability.
by Bernie Becker, Flat Rolled Products Operations Specialist