Nitin Dani of Print Fine used to operate an older model of Bobst die-cutting before investing in a Maxima. When asked why he sold the machine, he said, “The kit that fit into our budget was a 1963 model. Plus the cost of servicing was on the higher end. Later it was not feasible for us to run the jobs on the old Bobst kit.”
Commenting on the Maxima investment, Dani, said, “In the early stages, it was difficult for us to trust on a die-cutting machine which was made in India. But after looking at the performance of Maxima at a fellow converters factory, I was convinced.”
The deal was signed during the during Pamex 2017 show.
“Using the cylinder die-cutting machines, there were speed and maximum up layout restrictions. Both the issues were solved after bringing in the new kit,” added Dani. Plus, he adds, Maxima is a high-production, user-friendly, compact machine. For a printer in a high-cost area such as Mumbai, maximum utilisation of area is crucial.”
Excel provided full training to the Print Fine team who had no previous experience of operating an automated die-cutting machine. Now, the Maxima die-cuts at a rate of 4000-5000 sheets/hr. Substrates handled at Print Fine are duplex boards and stickers.
According to Dani, the USP of the machine is its ability to perform kiss-cut jobs. He said, “Half-cut sticker jobs require critical pressure during the die-cutting operation and Maxima does the kiss-cutting jobs to perfection.”
Print Fine has been receiving a good response from its clients due to reduced delivery time. This is due to the Maxima, stressed Dani, who aims to achieve breakeven in two-three years.
Ahmedabad-based Excel Machinery manufacturing facility is 70,000 sq/ft and has 11 CNC and VMC machines in addition to other conventional machines.
Since a few years, Excel has expanded its factory space, workshop machinery and labour force to meet the demand of the Maxima EXB35 machine (25in x 35in).
Excel has also introduced the large size Maxima HS1020 of 28in x 40in size. The new model has a speed of 7500 sph and an option of inline stripping unit. Die-cutting of e-flute, corrugated board can be performed on this machine.
Jitendra Patel, managing director of Excel Machinery said, “This is the perfect option for clients who are looking for a big size machine produced indigenously with best of quality, productivity and economically viable.”