Solarco and Sodeme equipment joins the machine line-up to enhance productivity of large format, stitched boxes as well as shorter run work

Established in 1995, Rathcoole, Co Dublin-based Craftpak Protective Packaging Ltd is a privately owned corrugated packaging and display manufacturer. As well as a wide variety of trays, pallet wraps and a diverse selection of FEFCO style boxes, the company can also handle all types of prototyping and design work, thanks to the latest design suite and a Zünd G3 cutting table.

Due to the growth within its business over the past few years and the increased demand for two piece, large format boxes in the Irish market, Craftpak has invested heavily in new equipment over the last 12 months, to cater for continuing growth. “We wanted to give a boost to our converting department, particularly with equipment that could handle large style boxes as well as short run,” says Paul Murphy, owner and Managing Director. “We had looked at various machines in the market and I finally settled on the Solarco Ecomatic 2800DC and the Sodeme TO6400L semi automatic stitcher/gluer models. We decided that these two machines would cater comfortably for current and future requirements going forward.”

Show Visit

First to be installed was the Sodeme stitcher/gluer in March 2017, a few weeks ahead of the CCE expo in Munich. “We got to know about the Sodeme from their UK & Ireland agent, GTS Europe,” says Murphy. “We commissioned the machine in early March and Paul Herson from GTS told us that a quick visit to CCE would be good, so we could see one of the boxmaking machines in action as well as meet the owners of Solarco. It was well worth the visit – so much so, we placed an order for the Ecomatic 2800DC shortly after the expo. But we wouldn’t have done that, had it not been for the relationship we had developed with GTS.”

Craftpak choose Solarco Ecomatic 2800DC

Left to right: Paul Murphy, (Managing Director), Karl Piskorski (Production Supervisor) and Anthony Dowling (Production Manager)

 

Flexibility is Key

Murphy continues, “Being armed with these two machines, we felt that we could be more flexible and more cost efficient than some of our competition.” The main reasons for these investments included:

  • Replacing existing slower manual machines (beam slotter and a number of table stitchers), thus dramatically speeding up production output of existing work mix;
  • Increase capacity to allow for further expansion;
  • Produce much better quality and more accurate boxes;
  • Increase throughput, allowing the company to free up precious storage space taken up by sheet storage and WIP, resulting in faster delivery lead-times to customers;
  • Find a solution for short run production orders from stock size sheets and to free up a printer slotter;
  • To be able to offer large two piece “glued” boxes which would allow them to enter into a new market that had not been open to them in the past.

 

Service & Support 

“Above and beyond the decision to invest, we had to be sure we had the right solution provider,” says Murphy. “Right from the start of the process, GTS Europe has been second to
none, from the initial enquiry, to visiting some factories with the same machines in operation, to installation and operator training.”

He continues, “Everything was seamless and straight forward. We did require a few extra features to be added to these new machines to suit work mix which we were currently producing and again, this wasn’t an issue – GTS and the equipment suppliers made the modifications needed and all was tried and tested before either machine was delivered to us.”

Murphy concludes, “Paul Herson and all the GTS team couldn’t have been more helpful. Paul even took the time and effort to fly over to Ireland during the installations to ensure everything was going according to plan. In my view, that is the kind of service you expect from a supplier of their standing. Now it is up to us to put the machines through their paces!”