Kolbus launches NM100 grooving machine for luxury packaging

Post-press manufacturer Kolbus is hoping to extend its reach into the packaging sector with the development of a new board scoring machine, the NM100.

The NM100 cuts grooves into board blanks that can subsequently be folded into high-end boxes. The manufacturer said the new machine enables pack producers to create boxes with crisp corners and a solid finish.

The scoring blades can be set to cut at angles of between 90° and 130° and the machine can produce up to 65 components a minute. The blades can be set to cut through to a precise depth, enabling the NM100 to cut through to the last layer of paper or board.

The machine can process boards of 1mm-4mm thickness and widths of up to 700mm, in automatic mode, and 1,000mm when hand setting. Boards can be of any length as the NM100 is a continuous-feed format.

The NM100 is available now and costs between €100,000 (£84,000) and €120,000 depending on configuration.

Sales manager Greg Bird said: "What we were finding was that traditional casemaking machines were being used to make boxes for the high-end packaging market, but what they really needed was something that would score the boards."

Bird added that the company was looking at ways to develop the machine's capabilities further, such as a device to automatically insert invisible magnet closures into pack substrates.

The manufacturer exhibited for the first time at the Packaging Innovations show in London in October and said its machines had garnered interest in the sector. Bird said: "We were encouraged by the number of visitors who were aware of Kolbus and its reputation in the book market. The product samples we had on display impressed them with the versatility of our kit and underlined that we have quality solutions to many of their luxury packaging requirements.” 


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