Ta g h l e e f I n d u s t r i e s N e w s
Sultanate of Oman
San Giorgio di Nogaro (UD)
Holzhausen an der Haide
USA metallizer relocation
ahead of schedule!
Worldwide Ti Teamwork completes Oman –
MENA to Terre Haute, IN.
One of the first activities following the closure of the
purchase of AET
Films Inc. was to announce the relocation of a metallizer from the Oman
facility to the AET Films facility in Terre Haute, Indiana USA. The purpose
of the project was to allow
- AET Films to cost effectively compete
in the large North American metallized film segment by upgrading AET’s
current metallization capability.
Theproject required relocating a stateof theartGVEK5000metallizer from
Oman facility coupled with a secondary slitter for metallized films
to the U.S. plant located in Terre Haute, Indiana. The major components
of the project were a GVE K5000 - 2.85 meter vacuum web metallizer
with auxiliary equipment. General K5000 has the highest productivity of
machines in its class. The unit is equipped with the latest state of the art
technology and auxiliary equipment including plasma treatment.
The project was a complete worldwide team-effort resulting in the
project being completed in sixteen weeks - two weeks ahead of the goal
of 18 weeks for the program.
1. Oman engineers and technicians dismantled the metallizer and
prepared the unit for shipping to the United States. Several months
later they came to the U.S. and worked with the AET site team providing
and AET logistics worked to effectively ship the 33 ton unit 7,500
miles with the machinery arriving in excellent condition overcoming
weight, height and load restrictions.
- AET teams worked closely with Walter Nosotti providing
technical assistance and recommendations for equipment start-up.
4. Well before installation, a team of engineers and operators from the
U.S. traveled to
Oman for training on the metallizers.
The Teams in Dubai and Oman provided valuable training and
experience for the new operators in the U.S. Supervisors and operators
from Oman and Dubai came to the U.S. at startup to provide hands on
training and assistance.
5. The AET team of engineers, led by Brad Roush and Mike Westerfield,
provided overall project planning including site preparation, a huge task
supplying utilities to the unit, installation, and testing. Teams fromGVE and
the secondary slitter assisted in machine preparation and qualification.
6. The AET operations team, led by Bruce Forthun and Paul Ghejan,
learned to produce metallized films, commissioned the equipment, and
worked with the planning and sales team to qualify the full line of clear
metallized and white metallized films for the North American market.
Since the first metallization of film on October 6th, 2012, the metallizer
has been steadily increasing output as sales of metallized films grow.
The operations group will continue driving the machine to full output
in concert with metallized film sales in North America. The project
to bring metallization in-house - capitalizing on
position in metallization technology, reduce costs, increase quality
control, and provide faster support for our customers. Congratulations to
team, as they achieved all of the targets for the project in
a safe and effective manner.