FFG618 is a four colour flexo machine with slitting, scoring, folding, gluing and rotary die inline. It also has a posilock die-cut system and specialises in short orders. This machine can produce RSC boxes upto 26,000 boxes per hour. FFG618 is a 1.8 metre width machine and can handle quick changeovers upto 12 in one shift, thanks to Rapid set, direct drive technology of Bobst.
According to Venugopal Menon, vice president - Indian subcontinent, said, "85% of the RSC (regulated slotted container) boxes in the corrugation segment tend to have single or two colours. Now, there is more and more customer demand of four colour jobs in the beverage and vegetable oil industry, which today many times is done on offset litho laminated route. But these kinds of jobs could be printed on FFG route or Offline Post Print Flexo route like the Bobst Flexo 160 Vision and the quality is almost comparable to offset.
He added, "There is pressure on the corrugated industry by the end users to delivery good quality and better strength board and glued boxes and better graphics. With the advent of JIT and short order changes and automatic case maker/ case formers coming in the corrugated board industry, this will further push convertors to adopt better technology and automation in the process ''.
Bobst is a supplier of machinery and services to packaging manufacturers in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible material industries. It has eleven production facilities in eight countries. Bobst’s plant in India is based in Pirangut, Pune.