Easy setup and overall simplicity win accolades for the industry’s first all-electronic knifeholder.

Camas, WA – Tidland Corporation, a leader in the design and engineering of slitting and winding products for the web handling industry, was recognized for their e-Knifeholder with the 2009 Technology of the Year award from the Association of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL). The award follows another recent win for the category of Coating/Laminating Equipment/Accessories from the association.

According to AIMCAL, the judges were impressed by increases in productivity and safety achieved by reducing the need for intervention by an operator. “Standardizing settings eliminate a lot of waste and downtime,” observed one judge. “Now the operator only has to worry about blade sharpness,” noted another. “It’s a nice upgrade to an old piece of equipment,” he concluded.

“The e-Knifeholder is the result of interactions with many experienced people identifying the need for a knifeholder that is easy to set-up consistently and reliably. The auto-calibration takes the guesswork out of the equation so that the only variable in slitting is the blade sharpness,” said Peter Wood, Product Manager for Tidland Corporation. “We are proud to have our ground-breaking work recognized by an association made up of our peers and customers.”

Tidland Corporation is the industry leader in slitting and winding equipment for the web processing industry. Established in 1951 with the invention of the air shaft, Tidland has demonstrated over 55 years of continuous improvement while delivering consistent new product designs to the market. As a company of Maxcess International, Tidland Corporation, Fife Corporation (guiding and inspection equipment) and MAGPOWR (tension controls) are able to apply over 160 years combined industry experience and a large application base to provide a unique perspective of the entire process line.

To learn more about the e-Knifeholder, visit www.tidland.com/new or call Tidland Customer Service at 1.800.426.1000.