Simply Cartons expands with die-cutter and folder-gluer

Simply Cartons has invested in a second Expertcut 106 PER Autoplaten die-cutter and a Masterfold 110 A3 multipurpose folder-gluer, expanding its offering in two directions.

Expertcut 106 PER Autoplaten: up to 9,000 sheets per hour with non-stop feeding
Expertcut 106 PER Autoplaten: up to 9,000 sheets per hour with non-stop feeding

The two machines were supplied by Bobst and installed at the print and packaging manufacturer’s Nottingham production premises.

They follow the installation of an earlier Expertcut 106 PER Autoplaten in 2018, shortly after the company opened its 2,880sqm Nottingham site.

The Expertcut 106 PER Autoplaten can process up to 9,000 sheets per hour and incorporates Bobst’s Smart Feeder II technology for non-stop feeding.

Additionally, it uses the Power Register 2 system, which registers the die-cutting to the print on the sheet, rather than the sheet edge, making it suitable for jobs where there is embossing or a critical print design.

Meanwhile, the Masterfold 110 A3 operates at speeds of up to 600m per minute and can process more than 3,500 folding styles.

The folder-gluer’s MATIC system is able to store up to 5,000 jobs, making it easy to repeat jobs.

Paul Elston, director at Simply Cartons, said: “After looking at several alternatives for the folder-gluer, we felt the Bobst Masterfold 110 A3 and a second Expertcut 106 PER offered the best overall solution to help us fulfil our wider business ambitions.”

He noted that since the installation of the second Expertcut 106 PER, Simply Cartons’ finishing department has halved its production time, adding: “There is a tremendous need for reducing downtime in the industry. At the same time, quality and efficiency cannot be compromised.

“Together, these new machines have made a significant impact across the whole business by reducing costs and improving quality and productivity.

“They have all done exactly what we wanted them to do; enabling us to react at peak times and improve our lead times, which enhances our overall customer service performance.

“We now have much greater control over the whole process, through die-cutting, embossing and gluing.”

Simply Cartons works for a wide range of clients in the cosmetics, food and drinks markets and has continued to operate throughout the Covid-19 crisis, adopting a number of new procedures as a result.



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