The start of the event was hosted by BOBST at the Marriott Hotel, where Mr Daniel Lustenberger, senior area sales manager, made a presentation of the LEMANIC RIVIERA ILS® with the FCC 82 HS in-line flat-bed cutter-creaser. This provided attendees with a comprehensive overview of the production line's state-of-the-art technology.
The LEMANIC RIVIERA ILS®, first presented by BOBST in 2013, is the latest in a long line of industry milestones in printing and in-line converting technology, and is the flagship of BOBST's range of equipment for the tobacco & general folding carton market segments of packaging production.
With the in-line process, the converting end of the production line is adapted to the specific requirements of the applications to be run on the line. Cartograf's machine features a highly flexible delivery and stacking section that, along with the printing and converting units, clearly illustrates the company's strategy of equipping its press room with top performance equipment. Most notably the production line also features a sleeve type embossing station.
"The LEMANIC RIVIERA ILS® with FCC 82 HS addresses and meets the objectives that we have set in a number of areas that are of pivotal importance to us," commented Mr Juan Jose Páramo, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Cartograf. "Our investment drivers included not only our strategy of maintaining our competitiveness amongst other leading tobacco packaging manufacturers through high product quality and improved productivity, but also to ensure our ability to further widen the scope of packaging shapes with no limit to the creativity of the design, as well as environmental considerations."
After lunch, visitors transferred to the impressive Cartograf production facilities which well illustrate the company's standing in the industry as one of the largest manufacturers in Mexico of high-quality folding carton and micro-flute corrugated packaging. Established in 1986, Cartograf serves a wide range of domestic and international customers in the tobacco, automotive and consumer products markets, providing packaging solutions to over 40 industrial sectors including food, liquors and beverages, personal hygiene, household, pharma and medical. The brand new 70'000 sqm factory is the most advanced facility on the continent. Guests were invited to participate in the official inauguration of Cartograf's magnificent facilities during the Thursday of the Open House event.
The live demonstration of the printing and converting line was set up for beer carrier box production destined for the domestic market. Starting from reels of board, the boxes were printed in multiple colours, converted through the flat-bed die-cutter and finally delivered in finished stacks, all with automatic defect detection. The new BOBST LEMANIC RIVIERA ILS® press-line at Cartograf is composed of: - a double unwind station with automatic 0-speed splicer; an infeed unit with web cleaner; 12 printing units with a UV-dryer in the last station; a rotary sleeve embossing unit with a Registron® iQ 300.2 quality control system; the FCC 82 HS flat-bed cutter-creaser with its stripping sections; a separator; and SpeedFlow stacker delivery. The press line follows the established BOBST philosophy of offering single-source supply of a production line with fully integrated register & quality control systems.
"The configuration of the production line is just perfect for us in terms of operational efficiency for our production requirements and the stringent quality requirements of our tobacco customers as well as the General Folding Carton market", commented Mr Juan Jose Páramo.
"For many decades the solutions engineered by BOBST in printing and in-line converting have been a motor for progress in the industry. Cartograf's state-of-the-art production facility has provided the perfect platform, enabling us to show the capabilities of the LEMANIC RIVIERA ILS® and FCC 82 HS in-line flat-bed cutter in a real production environment," concluded Mr Daniel Lustenberger.
BOBST is the world's leading supplier of machinery and services to packaging manufacturers in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible material industries.
Founded in 1890 by Joseph Bobst in Lausanne, Switzerland, BOBST has a presence in more than 50 countries, runs 11 production facilities in 8 countries and employs over 5.000 people around the world.
The firm recorded a consolidated turnover of CHF 1.3 billion for the year ended December 31st, 2014.