Bobst launches new solutions for a fast-changing packaging industry

Bobst has taken the wraps off its latest portfolio of products and services to help converters and brand owners navigate through a new packaging environment. 

Bobst Group CEO Jean-Pascal Bobst

“While it was impossible to predict world events of recent years, like the pandemic, global conflicts, and subsequent consequences for our industry such as shortages of materials and manpower, we did correctly identify the overall packaging industry trends,” Bobst Group CEO Jean-Pascal Bobst said.

“While these trends have undoubtedly been accelerated, Bobst has implemented a strategy and built a portfolio of solutions and services that enables converters and brand owners to thrive even in this new packaging world.” 

More digitalisation and flexibility

In the folding carton space, Bobst has launched a new ACCUCHECK RECIPE EDITOR for folder-gluers.

Introduced in 2020, the new functionalities include an “inline inspection system” with ACCUCHECK, which carefully checks carton blanks for defects and guarantees complete quality consistency.

The new Recipe Editor allows users to create and edit ACCUCHECK recipes remotely within the Bobst Connect platform and to send these recipes to several ACCUCHECKs on the production floor. Leveraging the PDF data of the packaging artwork, this solution simplifies and significantly shortens set-up. As a result, it enables higher shop floor productivity, while also increasing quality and reducing waste by limiting the potential for human errors.

The Bobst All-in-One DIGITAL MASTER 340 and DIGITAL MASTER 510 label presses were also launched in March, changing the way label production is set up – fully digitalised from the PDF, with 100 per cent inline inspection as a closed loop, to the final embellished and finished labels across one unified workflow. 

More automation and productivity 

In the corrugated board sector, the new EXPERTLINE – consisting of the EXPERCUT 1.7 I 2.1 and the EXPERTFLEX – is a large format converting line combining flatbed die-cutting and post-print flexo process, ideally suited to producing e-commerce solutions.

The company said short setup times combined with TooLink technology ensures maximum uptime and a productivity of up to 20 million square meters per year. With its low TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), it is suited for any business to process a variety of e-commerce and FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) boxes.

In the folding carton sector, Bobst has launched the new SPEEDSET, an enhanced set up time reduction pack available on all flatbed die-cutters.

Bobst’s new SPEEDSET solution

This pack considerably reduces changeover times and increases output. SPEEDSET includes improved ergonomics, such as an additional 15-inch screen at the feeder for faster setup of the optical registration system.

Increased automation is also part of the pack, like pallet lifting for each new job setup and a motorised micrometric system to perfectly center die and counter plate to ensure perfect matching between cut and creasing positioning. TooLink is included to digitally connect the tool with the machine to exchange job data within seconds. 

Other highlights from this year include MASTERLINE DRO, a new rotary die-cutting solution that offers more performance and value; MASTERCUT 1.65 PER, a flatbed die-cutter that is able to process folding carton, corrugated and litho-laminated board, from 0.5 mm to 2,000 g/m2, single or double flute; EXPERTFOLD 165 e-commerce, a new folder-gluer designed specifically to meet the demands of digital retail; and NOVAFOLD 50 | 80 | 110, a new folder-gluer for reliability and performance. 

More connectivity and proximity 

Bobst said the entire packaging value chain can be connected, giving clear visibility of the production process to converters and brand owners.

Bobst Connect

The key enabler of this vision is the new, updated Bobst Connect, which provides digital solutions to prepare, produce, react to, maintain, and optimise the production workflow of a job.

The newly launched version of Bobst Connect offers a host of features and functionality to help customers optimise their packaging at every stage. By linking up every single step of the process, it heightens efficiency, control, and data knowledge, improving quality and efficiency across the value chain. 

It also launched the new Bobst HelplineEssential for non-connectable machines – this is a remote assistance service that allows customers to have access to video streaming and high priority connection with Bobst technical services specialists for quicker trouble shooting and issue solving. It is estimated that around 50 per cent of cases will be solvable via streaming.

Bobst’s new EMEA hub – located in Genk, Belgium

Meanwhile, to further improve parts logistics services, Bobst is opening a new logistics hub for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions.

“The new EMEA hub – located in Genk, Belgium – joins existing hubs in the US and Asia Pacific. The logistics centre, with 100 000 parts for all product lines are available for immediate dispatch, and it will significantly improve the service level to our EMEA customers with faster delivery times including a 24/7 dispatch service,” the company said.

More sustainability and responsibility 

As part of the CEFLEX (Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging) initiative, Bobst recently introduced a new high barrier flexible packaging solution designed for recyclability – a metallised, high barrier, mono-material, flexo printed new recycled polypropylene (rPP) pouch.

It is also working on a home compostable packaging solution in partnership with Tipa – a specialist developer of sustainable packaging – and a fully paper based, high barrier, recycle ready solution, called FibreCycle. The latter is part of oneBARRIER – a family of new alternative and sustainable solutions that Bobst is developing with its partners. 

Finally, as part of its commitment to the cross-industry consortium R-Cycle and its mission to ensure the traceability of single-use plastics through Digital Product Passports (DPP), Bobst has completed a pilot at its Competence Center in Manchester, where a demo machine is R-Cycle ready.

This project will now be extended to other product lines (coating, laminating, Ci flexo printing, gravure printing).

“While there is no question that the challenges we face in today’s packaging environment are greater and more varied than ever, at BOBST we know we have the portfolio, services and partnerships in place to help converters and brand owners navigate successfully through them,” Bobst said.

“We have chosen the right strategy back in 2020 and now converters and brand owners can really benefit from that. Together, we can embrace a better future with confidence.”

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