BOBST Announces Latest Packaging Solutions At Drupa

BOBST Announces Latest Solutions For The Packaging World At Drupa

BOBST unveiled innovative solutions at the recently held at drupa trade fair. The company announced its latest solutions and strategic partnerships to help shape the future of the packaging world, contributing to a new era in packaging where the entire production line is connected, enabling seamless end-to-end workflows.


The DIGITAL MASTER 55 is the new all-in-one digital printing and converting platform tailored for the folding carton industry, opening up new possibilities for short-to-mid-size runs, and drastically increasing opportunities with short lead times and high product quality.

Combining printing, embellishment, quality control, and die-cutting inline at 100 metres per minute, the DIGITAL MASTER 55 ensures the shortest time to market (even offering same-day delivery).

By enabling just-in-time production, this all-in-one solution minimises the need for large stocks and inventories. This platform, which features full inline and automated printing adjustment capabilities and quality inspection, is ideal for runs up to ,000 B1 equivalent sheets where it can significantly reduce production time by up to 80% and reduce costs on short runs, while eliminating waste, logistics and downtime required for traditional production processes. Notably, the DIGITAL MASTER 55 boosts profitability in its segments of applications, while allowing new business opportunities for clients. ​

BOBST Connect

In the packaging sector, BOBST is taking connectivity and digitalisation to the next level by enabling a closed-loop workflow ecosystem from PDF to twin PDF to boost productivity, ease of use and contribute to sustainability.

New features of BOBST Connect include a major update to equipment monitoring, providing more detailed data insights while performance management provides insights on equipment, shift and job performance and energy consumption, optimising sustainability and cost.

For labels, the new cloud based BOBST Digital Front End (DFE) 3.0 was showcased for the first time to the public and will be commercially available later in the year.

It enables access to real-time data, resources and workflow templates anywhere, at any time. Colour management can be managed centrally and shared in the cloud, and its web-based interface supports multiple users across multiple sites.

BOBST also launched a cloud-based certified substrate library in BOBST Connect, which allows converters to access up to date BOBST certified material lists to fast-track substrate calibration.


BOBST has updated ACCUCHECK for its narrow-mid-web solutions, featuring major productivity improvements and new automation features.

Inspection improvements to ACCUCHECK include automatic quality inspection setup for every job, and job queue synchronisation ensuring zero setup time. This eliminates the bottleneck for quality control setup, meaning customers can inspect every single job without any extra time or effort. This feature is completely unique in the industry.

Calibration improvements include a new color uniformity feature; the automated process for all colours now takes a fraction of the previous time, saving several hours. Meanwhile, the advanced colour-to-colour registration now performs complete calibration in just 15 minutes, while another new feature enhances automatic nozzle compensation to include deviated nozzles in addition to missing nozzles.

Thalia Ink And Thalia Foldable Ink

Thalia ink is a new generation of UV digital inks designed to meet the highest standards in ink compliance. They are TPO free, and compliant with major regulations including REACH and EuPIA GMP. BOBST Thalia inks are without any carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxins (CMRs) and are compliant with the latest Swiss Ordinance announced in February 2024. Customers can be assured that they are using inks compliant with the current and upcoming regulations without compromising on print quality. In addition, the new ink set has better resistance performance and improved colour gamut. ​

Specifically for the folding carton industry, the Thalia Foldable UV inks address the foldability challenge of high ink coverage or dark colour applications. With their special formulation, they maintain their post curing elasticity even after an extended period of time, making them ideal for high-speed folding-gluing, small creasing lines and sharp angles, which is typical of small boxes and thinner board applications, a growing trend to reduce cost and improve sustainability.


BOBST also launched a new version of its flagship flatbed die-cutter, the MASTERCUT 165 PER. Able to handle corrugated board and folding carton equally well, the machine delivers perfect batches or pallets of blanks thanks to its novel Dual Stream system. A new carbon gripper bar enables an increased running speed of up to 7500 sheets per hour, while in-line quality control with automatic waste ejection delivers zero-fault packaging. ​


In flexible packaging, BOBST’s extended colour gamut (oneECG) technology used for gravure printing has been fully validated by Pantone. This means that the BOBST MASTER RS 6003 gravure printing solution is officially able to reproduce the Pantone library within a required level of accuracy – giving customers complete peace of mind.

Strategic Partnerships

BOBST Connect is the cornerstone of its software journey. To reinforce its data and cloud-based software capabilities, BOBST is continuing and expanding its successful collaboration with Microsoft. In an increasingly AI-driven environment, this collaboration provides the cloud-based infrastructure, the expertise, and data security needed for BOBST to provide state-of-the-art software solutions to its customers.

BOBST recently entered into a strategic partnership with Packitoo, a French company developing digital solutions in the packaging industry. Packitoo HIPE is a web-based sales tool, which automates quotations, manages packaging projects, and supports web-to-pack e-shops for printers and converters. The partnership aligns with BOBST’s strategy to digitalise and connect the entire packaging value chain, from brand owners to converters and equipment suppliers.

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