Independent Machine Co Fairfield, NJ has become a major producer of slitting and computerized traverse winding equipment to the worldwide Advanced Composites industry.
During the 1980’s Independent developed computerized traverse winding for the paper and film industries and was able to leverage this technology for the development of more advanced systems including composites. By the beginning of the 21st. century Independent had introduced a contract converting service [ICE] utilizing the machinery advancements developed by Independent Machine.
For the past ten years these two separate entities have worked in tandem to develop the latest innovations in slitting & traverse winding thermo set, thermo plastics, glass, etc. The converting operation offers a method of introducing the advantages of computerized spooling to the rapidly changing needs of the composites industry without the capital investment. This provides several advantages to the user; (a) converting can provide immediate product spool supply and (b) converting can become the test bed for whatever machinery will be required when the customer makes the decision to bring the converting operation in-house. This has actually become a main advantage of first contract converting with ICE with a plan for the future acquisition of capital equipment from Independent Machine Co.
The engineering ability of Independent Machine is an invaluable tool for ICE to quickly modify existing converting equipment for whatever the application may require. With more than 40 years’ experience in the development of a wide range of web processing machinery such as cross ply, hot melt coating, calendering laminating, unwind/rewind and slitting systems Independent Machine can easily cross over and use the technology developed for one industry to another.