Rewinder - How a Rewinder works

When people are talking about a rewinder, depending on what industry the rewinder is being used for, it could mean two totally different things.

In the paper converting industry, the word rewinder refers to a machine that rewinds the end-product. To better understand this, let’s break this down further. Before a product “rewinds” it has to unwind first.

rewinder schematic

A large master roll of raw product is loaded onto an unwind stand. This is also referred to as a back stand. When the master roll is unwound, it is usually webbed through a slitter / rewinder machine. The word slitter refers to the section of the machine that slits the product into multiple strips. The second part of the slitter / rewinder machine is how the slit product is rewound onto smaller cores to the desired footage or diameter.

Most slitter / rewinder machines are versatile, and offer a variety of options and levels of automation.

Depending on who you talk to in the paper converting industry, they may refer to a slitter / rewinder as only a slitter, only a rewinder or sometimes just a winder. All of these references are correct, but their meanings could be interpreted differently if used by itself in a sentence. Hopefully breaking down the words has helped you better understand what a rewinder is.

We invite you to browse our website at Our site is filled with additional rewinder machine descriptions, photos, layout drawings and videos to help answer your questions in more detail. As always, we welcome the opportunity to meet with you in person and discuss your converting challenges in more detail.

Jennerjahn Machine, Inc.
Matthews, IN 46957 U.S.A.