Published on May 17, 2023
In 2013 Heaford launched the FTS mounter at Labelexpo. On launch its game changing design immediately drew attention and it won a gold innovation award at the EFIA (European Flexography Industry Association) awards and was also a finalist at the Label Expo awards 2013. Ten years on it has become the world’s leading narrow web mounter with significant numbers of installations worldwide on all 5 continents. This success also led leading publications to write dedicated articles including Labels and Labelling in 2014 and 2021.
The FTS is available in both cylinder and sleeve versions, and in various sizes, FTS 500 and FTS 700 for the label market and FTS 900 for the mid web market. We have also developed the FTS 1500 for wide web applications, where it is especially useful and recommended for companies using very large plates.
Whilst the basic operation of the FTS hasn’t changed in those 10 years, it has continued to evolve with numerous incremental improvements including:
The success of the Heaford FTS can be summed up as follows:
One of the earliest FTS customers used the FTS to mount 6 plates in 4 minutes and we have used that video ever since to demonstrate all of the above
The FTS is supplied and recommended by leading label press manufacturers, and is in many of their demonstration centres, including at Nilpeter, Gallus, MPS, Omet, Lombardi and AB Graphics.