Gemata's STARSPLIT is set to revolutionise tripe splitting. The company explains to Leather International how its versatile new machine's automatic feeding system makes the process quicker, easier and more efficient.
STARSPLIT's innovative feeding system enables Gemata's latest splitting machine to be used by non-specialist operators. Hides placed on the belt are automatically fed into the device, where they are stretched, and then transferred at constant speed, without braking, guaranteeing superior results.
The automatic leather feeding system is designed to make the STARSPLIT splitting machine:
The insertion of the leather into the splitting machine at a constant speed, without braking, ensures that the outgoing material is of a uniform thickness, thereby increasing its quality. This is made possible by the tension generated by the infeed belt, which stretches the fibres to be split along the entire length of the blade, ensuring a clean and even cut across the surface.
The automatically fed splitting process also generates a finer grain and a thicker crust compared with manual feeding. Gemata's customers have recorded 3-4kg less shaving scrap on average for every 50kg of wet-blue split leather.
Using the feeder therefore ensures an economic gain for tanneries that comes on two fronts: a heavier crust that - since it is sold by weight - leads to higher sales and lower shaving scrap, thus decreasing disposal costs.