Back in the 1980s, we carried out detailed analysis of our customers’ needs and looked for standards in roller manufacturing. From today’s perspective, this strategy has been unparalleled since the introduction of the modular system for rollers. We looked at what our customers’ needs were and how we could systematically meet their different requirements. Over 35 years ago, our aim was already to make it as easy as possible for machine manufacturers and end customers to get finished rollers. That was how the idea came about to describe rollers using a concise type and specification key. The plan was for diameters, dimensions and specifications to be described using this standardised key. “At that time, there were no defined standards in the industry. That’s why we created them, enabling us to generate a significant advantage that the customer could benefit from directly. All length independent components have been premanufactured ever since and are therefore available at any time,” explains Klaus Peitzmeier, who has worked at INOMETA since 1985 and has been instrumental in the success of the modular roller.
The standards have been refined since they were first developed around 40 years ago, but one thing has remained the same: the modular concept and the now highly sought after roller types – rollers with internal bearings and through shaft, rollers with internal bearings and stub shaft, and rollers with outside bearings and fixed stub shaft. Almost the same as previously, but much better equipped.
The modular principle has become part of our DNA. We now use it for numerous roller types and adapters – from basic guide rollers to complex lightweight components like pneumatic CFRP bridge adapters for use in the printing unit of flexographic printing machines.