UK-based FC Cartons confirm the launch of a new Pick and Place process. Following an extensive development programme since August 2016, they have now installed the Esatec Digistar Window Patcher Pick and Place machine (WPPP) to further enhance the finishing capabilities they can offer.
It is a multi-functional automatic window application system which cuts film in line from a roll and also places pre-creased/die cut windows onto finished carton blanks using a highly bespoke, electric pre-programmed management system. With unlimited design possibilities, the carton can incorporate any shape as the window is placed on the inside – meaning glue points and bleeds are discreetly hidden – ideal for seamless, luxury packaging.
An impressive technical ability allows the machine to cater for a large number of applications and carton styles for both Window Patching and Pick and Place. While performing with accuracy, the Pick and Place machine also has the ability to produce Tri-Fold cartons – an increasingly popular aesthetic device seen more often in up-market or luxury packaging.
Cartons are fed into the machine in the normal fashion, however, the Digistar has the ability to pre-split the carton, insert a full window between and eventually glue it. The result is a four-panel window which effectively showcases the product – presented beautifully in 360-degree angles.
Managing Director of FC Cartons, David Woodyatt, says, “While this process is relatively new to us, we have already attracted new customers and expanded an already extensive and versatile service for existing customers who have all been exceptionally pleased with the results. For FC Cartons, Pick and Place adds another important piece of the jigsaw to our capability of offering an exceptional range of finishing solutions. Since having the machine, we have produced a variety of carton styles from perfume to cake boxes. It allows us to offer our customers the opportunity to fully show off their products, increase shelf impact and enhance their overall competitive edge”.