Every web manufacturer and converter is faced with the challenge of winding quality rolls of their high quality products. This paper provides definition of a quality roll of paper, film or nonwoven material. The reader is made aware of the importance of the control of inwound tension to consistently produce good quality rolls. It discusses the winding principles used on all winders to control inwound tension or roll hardness. Then the basic types of center, surface and combination centersurface winders will be compared with the advantages and disadvantages of each.