Double E
Converting industry innovator turns 50

03.02.2022 The Double E Company LLC (West Bridgewater, Massachusetts) celebrates its 50th year in business in 2022. Over this past half-century, Double E has emerged as one of the most trusted sources of high-performance web handling equipment for the global web converting, labelling, and packaging industries.

Double E celebrates its 50th company anniversary.
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Double E celebrates its 50th company anniversary.

Founded in 1972 by Ed Flagg in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Double E quickly became recognised as an influential manufacturer in the industry. Double E products revolutionised converting and packaging standards world-wide. Fifty years later, the DF-2000 Torque-Activated Core Chuck, Ed Flagg’s patented invention, remains a gold standard in converting applications where challenges include lifting and centring the heaviest, widest rolls without speed limitations.

Advancing converting technology

In the early part of this century, Double E’s pioneering work with lightweight carbon fibre shafts advanced converting technology and improved performance, ergonomics and safety on production lines around the world. Today, Double E continues its legacy of innovation with patented products like ShaftSafe, an air shaft pressure monitoring system that maximises core shaft uptime, and the CFCP-1000 Core Plug, the world’s only carbon fibre-based core plug.

Double E CEO Thomas Pranka stated: “Ed Flagg named the company ‘Double E,’ as the term stood for ‘Engineering Excellence,” a theme our team members strive every day to emulate as they solve customer’s challenges around the globe. We are proud of our legacy and excited about our amazing prospects over our next fifty years.”

Strategic acquisitions

Building on its history of product innovations, the Double E family of converting industry specialists has also grown via strategic acquisitions centred in and around the web, so their direct sales force can deliver customers a full spectrum of mission-critical converting products and web-centric material handling solutions. Recent additions include Appleton Manufacturing and its core cutters, RollMovers and butt roll slabbers; Convertech Inc and its lightweight, narrow-web air shafts; Schlumpf Inc. and its heavy-duty core chucks, roll lifting and roll handling equipment; and Epoch Rollers with its carbon fibre roller technology.