Industrial Roll Holders

Client: Dycem Limited
Item/s: Industrial Roll Holders


Bristol based company Dycem Limited got in contact regarding a need for a flexible storage solution for their laminating and product rolls. I was asked to come up with a couple of conceptual ideas for a functional “roll holder” that had a dual purpose – one to allow the heavy rolls to be mobile and easily pushed to the corner to create much-required factory space, and two to act as an ‘unwinder’ so that select amounts of product can be sliced off and used without the roll being damaged or dirtied by the floor.

The initial brief was to design something that one member of staff could load and unload. My first thoughts were to create a vertical framework so that the roll could be slid onto a mounting bearing via a protective dust-sheet on the floor and then physically hoisted up to 90 degrees before being clamped by a spring loaded arm. Both the bearing and arm shaft were rounded off and non-friction materials were to be specified to allow the roll to be unwound with ease by one person.

On review, there was concern that the footprint of the base would not be large and stable enough, and increasing it would simply compromise the space-saving purpose of the roll holder in the first place. A concession was made in allowing the process to be actioned by more than one member of staff and allowed me to design a horizontal mobile unit that could take three rolls of product rather than just one. Along with being more cost-effective, the whole process of loading and unloading became simpler and more streamlined, taking less time to achieve the desired result.

Two members of staff would insert a steel rod with conical grub-screw attachments to each end to stop the roll sliding left and right. The square steel ends welded into the conical attachments would locate into the angular hooks on the front of the framework as the roll was dropped into place, and acted to restrict the movement of the central rod. This was crucial in ensuring that the tension of the “unwinding” could be controlled by the grub screws in the cones, thus avoiding an uncontrollable spinning “toilet-roll” situation.

Note: The renders you see here have been post-processed to fit in with the rough and worn backplates I’ve selected: an exercise in cosmetic detailing and visualisation.

The finished items will actually be powdercoated and clean!



Solidworks 2017
Illustrator CC
Photoshop CC



Date & Time

November 21, 2017