As a reaction to the constantly increasing requirements of the market in terms of colour-printed slotted cases with high-quality finishes, the Panther Group has again invested in the latest technology. Südwestkarton is now producing with a new Bobst FFG 618, the so-called mini-line.
The machine is a flexo-folder-gluer with three printing units and among its additional features are a double die-cutter, glued-seam monitoring, a counting and ejection station and a rejection unit for defective products. The Posilock system permits fast installation of the cutting dies and therefore significantly faster re-tooling for order changes. Supplemented with a bundling machine, a pre-feeder and a fully automatic palletizing robot, the new line also boasts the very latest peripherals for the automatic manufacture of slotted cases. The machine's direct drives also render the process more environmentally friendly, as production can be carried out with considerably less quantities of operating consumables (lubricants and oils) than is the case with conventional machines.
With its three inking units and dust extraction, the new line configuration offers the option of producing register-true, elaborately designed slotted cases in a single pass. The required images can be printed over packaging grooves without interruption.
As high-quality, demanding printed images and error-free production are increasingly required for slotted cases used as transport packaging, the new machine configuration means that the company now boasts yet another production option to meet market requirements.