Colbert Packaging installs new eight-color press

Colbert Packaging Corporation has recently announced new printing capabilities for pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare manufacturers seeking a U.S. owned and operated supplier for paperboard packaging. Working with RM Machinery, Colbert has completed the implementation of its fourth RMGT printing press. The 1050 LX 8-color UV + IR printer installed in Colbert’s Elkhart, Indiana, facility expands Colbert’s capacity and production speed by running seven or eight-color work in one pass, whereas in the past this task required two passes.

The RMGT 1050 LX accommodates litho paper from 0.002 to paperboard up to 0.032 thick. The AGT Combi Chiller monitors and controls ink train temperature for press speeds up to 17,100 sheets per hour. In addition, the press includes an Eltosch UV 4-3-3 dryer for the curing of UV inks, and an IR dryer. This additional component starts the drying process when and if a conventional ink run is required. The UV dryer has four in-press UV lamps that can be relocated from unit to unit to dry trap colors, if needed. A fully closed-loop color spectrophotometer delivers precise color measurements and adjustments to meet customer specifications without interrupting production.

1050 LX 8-color UV + IR printer

“The addition of the RMGT press means improved makeready times for our customers,” says Aaron Peters, Production Manager, Colbert Elkhart facility. “While we have always been proud of our reputation for exceptional paperboard packaging, less pass-through handling equates with even greater efficiency and flawless quality.”

Mitsubishi and RMGT equipment support efficient automated production of industrial runs, as well as smaller quantities. There are now four RMGT presses operating between Colbert’s Kenosha, Wisconsin and Elkhart, Indiana facilities.

Rahul Kaushik, Owner and President, RM Machinery, adds, “We are happy that our RMGT machines produce high-quality printing for packaging, and we understand the need for flexibility, automation and faster turnaround with a higher OEE. This is what all printers need today.”

“The new press complements Colbert Packaging’s customized solutions,” says John Lackner, President, Colbert Packaging. “We’ve built a great partnership with RM Machinery that supports our growth strategy through capital investment.”

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