The History Of Autowrappers


Part 2 

The Edward St factory 1953 to 1958


Once completed the Edward Street factory was a shining example of post war architecture and became home to engineers that would go on to become some of the finest in the  global packaging industry.


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For Comparison, here is a photo sent to us by Kelvin Woodard showing the Edward Street Site as it is in 2016


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Once the new factory building was completed investment was made in the latest machine tools required for the precision engineering to manufacture the vast range of machines now in the companies portfolio,  the factory was now running round the clock to produce the latest wrapping machines for customers all over the world. 

Back to the drawing board... Wrapping machine parts drawn by hand at the Edward St factory in 1953.


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Birth of a RH Roll Wrapper, Assembly of the main frame at the Edward St factory in 1953.


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Assembly of a Roll Wrapper Feeder unit  at the Edward St factory in 1953


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Surface Grinder in the machine shop at the Edward St factory 1953, 

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 A Jig Borer at the Edward St Machine Shop in 1953, This machine was used to make precision holes in components used on the wrapping machines, the picture shows a cast shaft support being bored, ready for the bronze bushes to be fitted.  


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The main core of the business in the early years was the roll wrapping machines, which with design and development changes, claimed ninety five per cent of the world market. The basic principle  and core of the design    has changed very little over the years, Still manufactured today, only improved with advanced  materials and        Hi-Tech electronic controls.  

The Principle design of the Roll Wrapper was based on the pocket cigarette rolling machine of the time , using a rolling belt,  the product was lifted from the infeed, into the foil and paper and then  pushed into the jaws of the rolling head with the belt around it, when the jaws rotated the paper was wrapped tight around the product. 

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The above princible is based on the pocket cigarette rolling machine, shown below is the Rizla Cigarette Roller 

The Paper is laid into the belt with the tobacco placed on top, the jaws are squeezed together and the belt rolled by hand making a perfect Roll-up Cigarette.

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Below is a video of an Autowrappers RH Roll Wrapper in action

The Edward St Factory Assembly Shop 

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Assembly of a RH model Roll Wrapper at the Edward St factory 


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