Colbert Packaging Completes Installation of a New Press, Diecutter and In-Line Inspection System
Colbert Packaging Corp., a leading manufacturer of folding cartons, rigid setup boxes and paperboard specialty products, has made a significant investment in new equipment with the purchase of an RMGT 1050 LX printing press, a BOBST EXPERTCUT 106 PER diecutter and a BOBST ACCUCHECK in-line inspection system. All three new machines have been installed and are now fully operational in Colbert’s offset manufacturing facility in Lake Forest, Ill., which is also its headquarters.
“This investment, which augments rather than replaces our lineup of presses and diecutters, has greatly improved our production capacity and efficiency,” said Jim Hamilton, president of Colbert Packaging. “At the same time, the addition of a unit that ensures 100% quality controlled production is a natural extension of our long-standing commitment to consistent high quality.”
New Six-Color Printing Press
Manufactured by Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology (RMGT) and sold by RM Machinery in the United States, the RMGT 1050 LX is a 41˝ offset press that can print six-color processes and coat paperboard in a single pass – using both aqueous and UV inks and coatings. It handles a wide range of paper stocks at speeds of up to 16,200 sph, and utilizes air management technology for smooth sheet transport and skeleton cylinders to prevent scratching and smearing.
It is also a highly efficient press. Built-in features like simultaneous plate changing, preset systems and automatic cleaning shorten the make-ready process, enable quick load changeovers and drive productivity, while the absence of feeder brushes and rollers reduces labor and downtime.
The RMGT 1050 LX joins two existing Mitsubishi presses in operation in the Lake Forest-based offset facility. It is also the third new press installed in a Colbert facility in the past year alone. A Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 was added to the Elkhart, Ind., plant last April, and in November, a Mark Andy Performance Series P5 was installed in the Lake Forest-based flexographic facility.
New Blanking Diecutter
One of the newest diecutters in the BOBST portfolio, the EXPERTCUT 106 PER blank-separating diecutter, brings the latest technological advancements to Colbert’s plant floor. Innovative features and intelligent systems are aimed at maximizing uptime, accelerating processes, reducing waste and simplifying maintenance, while delivering proven BOBST accuracy and quality.
Colbert’s new diecutter expands its inventory of diecutters already in operation, which includes several existing BOBST diecutters in the offset facility, and further increases production capacity.
New In-line Inspection System
To round out its latest equipment investments, Colbert chose to add the award-winning BOBST ACCUCHECK in-line inspection system to an existing BOBST EXPERTFOLD folder-gluer. The new add-on checks every carton in the production line during the gluing process.
ACCUCHECK is able to identify a variety of physical defects on printed cartons, including color variation, missing or incorrect text, inaccurate diecuts, surface scratches and marks, and other nonconformities. Any carton exhibiting such defects is immediately ejected from the production line, and the inspection results can be saved with the job for further evaluation.