As part of a decision to grow their business and keep up with increasing customer demand, Durham Box is the first customer in the UK to have a Zünd D3 cutter with a BHS 150 material handling system installed, giving them 24/7, non-stop operation capabilities.
‘We saw the Zünd cutting edge automation first-hand during our visit to the Zünd Customer Experience Centre at Zünd HQ in Switzerland and knew straight away this was the right investment for us. The Zünd D3 build quality and cutting speed impressed us, especially the dual-beam configuration for maximum productivity alongside the board handling system. The Modular cutter concept the D3 has to offer was also a positive for us because it means we can adapt our Zünd cutter to new requirements at any time, making our investment future proof for upgrades and expansions,’ said Dan Morris, Joint Managing Director at Durham Box.
Durham Box predominantly manufactures corrugated packaging for both small SME’s and large multinational companies; a key driver to its success is their ethos of supporting customers of all sizes regardless of their volume requirements.
In recent years, the company has seen an increase in enquiries for digital printing and took a business decision to invest and expand its offering. This led to the purchase of the Zünd D3 XL-3200, a 3210 x 3200m flatbed cutter equipped with a BHS 150 board handling system that enables them to produce around the clock with minimal operator intervention or resources. With an impressive stack height capacity of 1.5m, pallets of raw material can be moved into the loading unit and then fed onto the cutting system without further manual intervention.
The BHS 150 is an innovative system that makes use of a conveyorised transport system for unloading and stacking the cut material, eliminating the need for bridges to keep cut pieces in place and reduces the time and effort involved in separating cut parts from waste. ‘Medium and large orders can now be processed unattended, even in lights-out operations.’
Furthermore, the Zünd D3 sets new performance standards with its innovative dual-beam system. The two beams can each be equipped with up to three different modules and enable the doubling of the material throughput with both beams cutting simultaneously.
‘We also liked the intuitive, modular functionality the D3 offers. Jobs can be set up extremely quickly which means we have the flexibility of having short-run capabilities on the Zünd with minimal downtime. The Zünd D3 digital cutter compliments our recent digital printer purchase, giving us a complete workflow process. Through our investment in Zünd, we have now become a one-stop-shop for corrugated packaging and high-quality large-format print finish,’ said Morris.