€4m investment at Thimm is up and running

Thimm has installed another new production line only a few months after commissioning its latest folder gluer. This expansion at the Wörrstadt site is intended to meet the increasing demand for e-commerce packaging. With this machine investment of €4.2m, the packaging manufacturer is aiming for zero-defect deliveries with minimal production time.

The expansion of the Wörrstadt gluing centre is gathering pace this summer with the commissioning of the new Bahmüller Turbox BTX 2300 folder gluer, including the PowerPacker auxiliary unit. “This investment has added an efficient and extraordinarily fast system to our machinery stock which will further improve our production processes and our products,” says Michael Weber, Head of Corporate Strategy + Marketing. “The folder gluer has the most modern setup design on the market. This simplifies operation for our employees and significantly shortens set-up times.”

During converting, the sensor system on the folder gluer checks the quality of the gluing and, if necessary, ejects faulty packaging fully automatically and at full speed. A Tear Strip Applicator for applying tear strips, a Silicone Paper Applicator for processing self-adhesive strips and an Angled Conveyor Belt from Enpro add the finishing touches to the machine. The new downstream automatic bundling power packer uses the automatic counting and separating station to take the packaging directly from the shingle stream. Weber explains, “Downstream assemblies can often negatively impact production speed. However, our new production line is perfectly attuned to maintain maximum speed.”

A palletising robot from MuK completes the investment. “Our new high-performance robot can stack several rows and layers of boxes on top of each other in a single operation even before the stacks are placed on pallets. It doesn’t go any faster than this,” adds Weber. The stacks are automatically transported via conveyor belts to the new pallet inserter which in a fully automatic process places the pallets under the stacks, thereby completing the new folding box line.

The machinery at the site in Carl-Benz-Straße is supporting Thimm Group’s strategic focus on the consumer goods industry. The family business also wants to expand its future production capacities at the Wörrstadt plant, especially for e-commerce packaging, with another production line for 2023 currently being planned.

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