Trade Services provider Swanline Print invests in BOBST for die-cutting technology

Swanline Print has invested in a BOBST die-cutter to deliver unrivalled print-to-cut accuracy and provide increased on-site capacity

The VISIONCUT 1.6 PR Autoplaten die-cutter with Power Register will enable Swanline to meet growing customer demand for high quality shelf-ready and luxury packaging, andis part of a wider programme of investment at the company to respond to anticipated business growth during the next five years.

Simon Kirby, Technical Director at Swanline Print, said: “The market is demanding high quality, speed and accuracy when paying for premium packaging, therefore we must continue to invest in machinery and equipment that delivers for our customers. We feel this investment ticks all those boxes.”

The VISIONCUT 1.6 PR can die-cut to register double-sided printed sheets distinctive to e-commerce and high-end packaging and supports the growing need for precision die-cutting on regular litho-laminated corrugated board at Swanline.

Regarding the Power Register, Simon adds, “ Whatever the position of the sheets between the joggers, each of them is taken by the suction plate and brought over photo-electric cells that read a register mark which determines the starting position, then the linear motors correct the longitudinal and lateral alignment of each sheet to position the printed sheet in the gripper bar.”

The VISIONCUT 1.6 PR will run alongside Swanline’s other die cutters, the Klett Cobra automatic die-cutter, the Nuri Sol large format semi auto, and two hand platens at its Staffordshire site, and is capable of running at 4,800 sheets per hour and providing a maximum cut of 1075 x 1600mm.

Swanline is also undertaking training delivered by Bobst UK & Ireland to ensure they achieve optimum performance from the new investment.

Investment plans for the future include a review of litho mounting capabilities.