Folding-carton converters are under ever-increasing pressure to respond to customers’ packaging requirements: faster and more responsive delivery, increased versioning, shorter run lengths and more creative designs. The need to increase value while remaining competitive and profitable drives the business. If that isn’t enough, there is also a need to show a continually improving sustainability record.
With an entirely analogue cutting and creasing process, the opportunity for continuous improvement is tough. There are limits to how efficiently and cost-effectively dies can be produced and machines made ready, even using the latest equipment.
Days can be lost waiting for tools followed by hours of expensive machine time and the high value labor costs consumed in the set-up processes. And the designs are constrained by the limitations of the traditional dies.