Guide To Winding Machines

What Is a Winding Machine?

Companies operating in the textile and paper industries often use enormous spools of material in their day-to-day work. But how does an enormous amount of material get onto a spool in the first place? The answer is a winding machine, which can quickly wrap fabric, paper, string, cord, yarn, wire, tape, rope, twine, thread, wire and other materials onto an industrial-size spool as needed.

Continue reading to learn more about different types of winding machines, winding machine features, and the blades needed for use with winding machines.

See how a winding machine works:


The video above is from this youtube channel and features an MTorres Automatic Torres Turret Rewinder. More on this machine can be found here.

Types of Winding Machines

Given the many different applications of winding machines, there are various types you can choose from when you’re looking to invest in a winding machine.

In general, most winding machines are classified by the type of material being spooled or wound. For example, you can find the following types of winding machines:

  • Spool winding machines
  • Paper winding machines
  • Film winding machines
  • Rope winding machines
  • Foil winding machines

In some cases, winding machines are organized into categories based on how the machines are operated. You can find the following types of winding machines that are categorized in this fashion:

  • Cantilevered turret winding machines
  • Carriage-style winding machines
  • Shaft and shaft-less winding machines

What you see above is just a sample of the various types of winding machines, including some of the most common and popular types. The world of winding machines is far more vast, and you can often find specialized winding machines that are designed to do whatever task you need completed.

Winding Machine Features

As with many industrial machines, different types of winding machines come with various features. Here’s a look at some of the most popular and helpful winding machine features:

  • Web break detection: Many industrial winding machines include sensors that monitor the material being spooled. Many of these sensors work by sending a beam of light toward the material, and detecting whether the light is reflected back.
  • Automatic splice initiation: Automatic splicing features are used to create clean cuts with no overlap. In general, automatic splicing features are used to enhance productivity, control quality and reduce waste.
  • Roll changing: Roll-changing features allow users to set maximum diameters for spooling. Once that maximum diameter has been reached, the roll-changing feature swaps out the full spool for a new one.
  • Actuated knife cut-off: Actuated knife cut-off triggers a blade to cleanly cut the end of the material once a spool has reached its maximum diameter. Quality blades create clean, precise cuts.

York Saw — A Blade Manufacturer for Winding Machines

When you want to take advantage of actuated knife cut-off features, make sure you have high-quality winding machine knives and blades. At York Saw and Knife Co, Inc., we have been manufacturing blades for winding machines for more than 35 years. As with all of our products, you can count on quality, durability, and value when you choose winding machine blades from our selection.

Contact us today to get a custom quote on blades for your winding machines.