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One diecutter equals two

The DS Smith Packaging plant at Contoire – Hamel, France, has replaced two existing diecutters with one Bobst Mastercut 2.1 machine that is twice as productive as the original equipment – earlier Bobst models.

The 7,500 sheet/hour Mastercut at the plant converts on average 6,500 m² of packaging per open hour, while the machines it replaced – two Bobst SPO-2000’s from the 1990’s – averaged between 3,200 and 3,400 m² per open hour each.

The company chose the 2.1m version of the Mastercut, so that it could maximize the format of its blanks to achieve the greatest possible productivity gain. As Yves Durand, technical director of the French division of DS Smith Packaging Durand explains: “By doing this we have seen an increase in our average blank size to 1.8 m² and it has helped us achieve the productivity objectives we set for the machine.”

He adds: ”An important factor in the Mastercut purchase was its Power Register system. It enables very accurate print-to-cut register to be achieved, which is of great benefit to our business. The high degree of accuracy achieved lets us effect a substantial reduction in print-to-cut tolerances and offer our customers much more sophisticated products in terms of printing as well as diecutting.”

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