At the end of 2023, BOBST will deliver its 600th rotary die-cutter worldwide. The landmark machine – a MASTERLINE DRO with six printing units – will be installed at the new PACKNERS GmbH plant in Emsbüren in north-west Germany.
“We want to use this high-end rotary die cutter to create additional opportunities for new market segments in the production of high-quality corrugated board packaging,” explains Stefan Gausepohl, Head of Sales & Marketing, Packners.
The MASTERLINE DRO can be configured for inside and outside printing in a single pass. It is also characterised by a high degree of automation. Packners uses all the automation options offered. In addition to the automatic anilox roll change, fully automatic register settings with the Start & Go system and the integrated anilox roll cleaning, the rotary die-cutter will be equipped with a MULTILOADER pre-feeder, a SPEEDSTACK stripping unit and bundle stacker, along with a SPEEDPAL palletizer. As a result, Packners will have the ability to fully exploit the high productivity of up to 12,000 sheets per hour while achieving the fastest job changes.
In addition to the rotary die cutter, Packners has ordered an FFG 8.20 EXPERTLINE with two printing units for its new plant, as well as a MASTERFOLD 230 A4 folder gluer with a working width of 2.3m and a SPEEDPACK automatic packing system including strapping. Besides, the company will have its FFG 8.20 EXPERTLINE with four printing units, which was commissioned at its previous site beginning of 2021 moved to the new plant.
Christian Wala, Plant Manager adds, “With this inline processing line, we also use all the automation functions offered by Bobst. That’s why we can fully utilise its production output; up to 24,000 boxes per hour of transport and shipping packages on many jobs.”
Gausepohl says, “The fact that our Masterline DRO happens to be the 600th rotary die-cutter installed by Bobst worldwide, underscores the wisdom of our investment decision. We are just one of many owners in the global market.”