BOBST has reported that Papelera Nacional has ordered a new FFG 1228 NT, the fourth BOBST machine at the company.
In 2010, Papelera Nacional decided to start producing corrugated board to make boxes for the banana, flower, shrimp and tuna export industries, as well as many others. These days, this segment accounts for 120,000 metric tons of corrugated board produced with the help of the three BOBST machines the company has.
Promising market prospects have led Papelera Nacional to confirm the order for a new BOBST FFG 1228 NT, which should be installed in April 2019. The new acquisition means the company aims to achieve figures of 145,000 metric tons by 2020.
Engineer Gonzalo Velasquez, chief executive of Papelera Nacional, said, ‘Thanks to BOBST, we can offer great printing quality and high levels of productivity – that was just what we were looking for when launching the project to really make us stand out from our competitors. We chose BOBST for the quality and safety of their machinery and, of course, for the excellent technical service they have always provided to us.’
Papelera Nacional currently operates three BOBST FFG machines: two FFG 1228 NT and an FFG 924 NT. Velasquez explained how ‘they are extremely productive machines, which we use during the conversion process, i.e. when we convert the corrugated board sheets into finished boxes. We use single-wall C flute and double-wall C and B flute board. With our current configuration, we are able to produce up to 27,000 boxes per hour.’
Papelera Nacional’s chief executive goes on to explain why the company continues to invest in BOBST products, ‘Well, there are lots of reasons. One is the excellent experiences we have had with the products themselves: our staff already know the brand and trust in its quality and productivity. Having just one supplier also means we only need to keep one single supply of spare parts and only need one maintenance service provider. On top of that, we are more than happy with the machines we already have. Changes in size or printing are fast, and we can even compete with companies that use pre-printing without any major issues. Ink consumption is satisfactory, and the machinery handles the boxes for bananas to perfection, which is ideal as this type of box accounts for 75% of our business.’
Papelera Nacional manages to achieve high levels of productivity from its BOBST machinery with the help of its MultiFold solution. ‘We work with both DualFold and TriFold. This means that for each sheet of board that enters the printer, two or three boxes come out – as a result, we can duplicate or even triplicate our production speeds. On top of that, MultiFold not only increases productivity, but also improves the quality of the final product thanks to the rotary die-cutter, which optimises manufacturing quality while still maintaining the standard BOBST specifications.’
FFG 1228 NT is the mobile version of the BOBST range featuring the DDF ‘No Crush’ Feeder. It is the ideal solution for medium-sized and large packaging. On the other hand, FFG 924 NT is a mobile machine designed to produce all types of boxes from Regular Slotted Cases (RSCs) to totally die-cut, high-definition boxes – three types of box in one machine (also available on FFG 1228 NT).
Both machines offer one-pass printing flexo, folding, and gluing. They both have an independent drive, vacuum transfer and good register – thanks to the non-stop vacuum transfer up to the die-cutting section – as well as low ink consumption, thanks to a peristaltic pump. They also have additional space for waste ejection after stripping. Both allow perfect presentation of the packaging, eliminate angel hair, and help to optimise folding quality and the packer filer line efficiency of the end user.