New Bobst flexo rotary die-cutter in Wellington, UK
Following the installation of a BP Agnati Quantum corrugator in 2015, the latest addition to Rigid Containers’ machine capabilities in Wellington is a six colour rotary die-cutter – a Bobst DRO 1628 NT RS. “It was the next logical step for us, as customer demand continues to grow,” says Julian Freeman, Rigid’s Group Sales & Marketing Director. “When we entered the south-west territory in 2014, it was off the back of demand from some of our national customers. We have high quality print capabilities at both Desborough and Selby, from which we had been servicing the HQPP work up until recently. Now we have the DRO 1628 NT RS at Wellington, we can also service HQPP requirements from the south-west, further reducing lead times.”
He continues, “This is one of the highest specification Bobst DROs in the UK. Its ability to switch anilox rolls so quickly means we can be running basic flexo on one job and HQPP within a matter of minutes. This is really important, as we needed a machine that could handle all types of work, especially as we grow our share of HQPP work in the territory.”
Capable of handling 12,000 sheets per hour, the Bobst DRO delivers fast, effective and high quality, six colour print. When processing such high volumes, quality assurance and sheet control is paramount. The die-cutter utilizes ‘Sheet Control 500’ to ensure accurate machine registration. In addition, Bobst’s iQ300 quality control system guarantees that the final product meets the exacting needs and standards set by the customer.
“It has been a busy couple of years at our Wellington site, starting pretty much from scratch,” concludes Freeman. “This latest round of CapEx, at around 4,5 million EUR, shows our commitment to our customers in the region and helps mirror the capabilities of each of our sites in the UK – Desborough, Selby and Wellington. The new Bobst DRO has only been running for a few months, but the reaction from customers has been hugely encouraging.”