BOBST machinery improves MPS Leicester’s print de-risking strategy

BOBST UK & Ireland, supplier of machinery and services to folding carton, corrugated board and flexible packaging manufacturers, has enhanced Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS) Leicester’s print de-risking strategy with the installation of a BOBST NOVACUT 106 ER Autoplaten die-cutter

As leaders in the design and printing of folded cartons, labels, inserts and rigid packaging for the branded and healthcare market sectors, MPS Leicester places great emphasis on accuracy, security and staying ahead of the counterfeiting market.

Mark White, MPS Leicester Operations Director, said: “Packaging converters face great challenges when supplying the complex and fast-moving healthcare sector and the risk of getting it wrong can be high.

“Pharmaceutical packaging is becoming more complex and increasingly consists of shorter runs with additional functionality, graphic or tactile effects, as well as new legislative requirements. This is making the printer’s job more demanding, so we need our technology to meet these emerging needs – the BOBST NOVACUT 106 ER machine is therefore critical to our operation, minimising make-readies and driving efficiency.

“Our expertise and in-depth understanding of our customers’ needs, from speed of turnaround to security, traceability, specific pack data and information requirements, allows us to make continuous operational improvement. We are committed to investing in future-proofing our production and ensuring 100% compliance at all times, and the systems and technology we have in place at Leicester, with scanning capability on every station, ensure we are going the extra mile to de-risk our business.”

The recently installed machine which drives flatter, more consistent blanks straight into the finishing process and removes the need for hand stripping and blanking for all but the smallest jobs. As well as de-risking, this drives productivity and has significantly increased the number of jobs that can be run at full speed, allowing MPS Leicester to set the benchmark for quality in the industry.

Craig McGowan, BOBST Area Sales Manager, added: “At MPS we see a machine running at the speeds promised, being used for large format as well as short run jobs down to less than 1,000 sheets, and still achieving setup times of around 30 minutes. This means the NOVACUT is in continuous use and adding 5-10,000 additional cartons per hour to the gluing lines – enabling great service for the shorter run, higher frequency demands from customers. A great result for the site.”

Recently acquired by US packaging giant WestRock, MPS Leicester has a 220-strong workforce at the Leicester site as well as a Swadlincote distribution centre. The company is the market leader in pharmaceutical packaging and is strategically investing in the Leicester site to ensure success continuity.

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