Packaging specialist B.Pack recently installed its second Speedmaster XL 75 custom machine from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). The company is very happy with Heidelberg as a partner for the packaging industry.
This special machine configuration enables the back and front of folding cartons to be produced in one pass. This means, for example, that small luxury folding cartons with full-surface printing on the inside with two dark blue inks and protective coating followed by five colours on the outside with gloss coating, matte coating, or gold coating, can be produced. Coating prior to perfecting and various inking and coating units enable a high level of flexibility.
The machine can also be used for collecting packaging, for example for three to five different perfume bottles, or for shower gel, deodorant, and perfume from one brand. These are produced for the airport duty free sector, where text is required more and more frequently on the inside of these cartons.
The new Speedmaster XL 75 with twelve units – an XL 75-2+LY-P-5+LYL – is in production at B.Pack at the Couches site in Burgundy, France. The pressroom has been home to a Speedmaster XL 75-6+LYY-1+L since the beginning of 2015.
‘Following positive experiences in the past, we’re now looking forward to the new machine customised to our specific requirements to increase our flexibility in packaging applications,’ explained Jeremy Desbois, Pressroom Manager at B.Pack. Together with colleagues from the Wauters Group, Desbois watched the final assembly of the Group’s new machine. ‘This means that we will then be able to combine two-sided coating and printing inline in one pass and offer our customers highly embellished luxury packaging with a range of different coating effects,’ said Desbois. The machine will process cartons made from substrate thicknesses of up to 0.8mm.
‘We see Heidelberg as a competent partner, who listened to us and configured and supplied the exact machines we need for our luxury packagings,’ confirmed Abderrazak Benalia, Technical Director of the Wauters Group. ‘Already the installation of the first Speedmaster XL 75 in 2015 has taken our production to a new level. We were able to increase productivity by a third and halve makeready times. We have thus become an extremely attractive partner for our customers, as they require ever smaller runs in ever shorter times. The sophisticated machine technology, in combination with the highly responsive service that Heidelberg provides, gives us the necessary reliability. We are known for our innovativeness, and Speedmaster technology lets us turn our ideas into reality.’
The service provided by Heidelberg was an important criterion for the purchase of another Speedmaster XL 75. ‘Already with the first machine, we were very impressed by the efficiency of the service during the few calls we had, whether remote or on-site. We have therefore extended the service contract , and also signed a contract for the new machine,’ explained Benalia.
The new Speedmaster XL 75 features three coating units and special dryer combinations with UV, infrared, and hot-air dryers. In addition to a non-stop feeder and non-stop delivery, it features an extended delivery, and, with the StaticStar Advanced package, all the preparations for uninterrupted sheet travel. The coating it uses is Saphira Pro UV 1000 , which is optimally coordinated to the machine and delivers high gloss points.
‘We know that the French market and customers from the major brands have very specific requirements and high standards for packaging,’ explained Rainer Wolf, Head of Sheetfed Product Management at Heidelberg. ‘With our broad application and mechanical engineering expertise, we work with our customers to find the optimal solution to combine quality and economy. The result is tailored machine configurations with unique selling points and competitive advantages for our customers.
‘Realising such complex machine projects from the idea and technical execution to the successful implementation in the customer’s plant requires experts and teamwork in many fields from project planning and software, to development, service, and application technology. We’ve invested heavily here, and built up a strong, interdisciplinary team in the last few years. What this means for packaging printers for the luxury segments in particular is an opportunity for continued diversification. So we’re all the more pleased that the Wauters Group has ordered from us again and we’ve got to prove our leading role in packaging printing.’
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