How Bobst helped breathe life into two old SPanthera die-cutters at Parksons

Parksons Packaging wanted improvement in OEE from the machines originally commissioned in 2007. And the Bobst team stepped in to deliver. Rahul Kumar has the details

05 Jan 2023 | By Rahul Kumar

For Bobst, its commitment to improvement in productivity and accuracy post-overhauling was the key aspect

As part of its productivity improvement programme, Bobst India recently refurbished two old SPanthera machines installed at Parksons Packaging. Both the SPanthera 106 LE die-cutters are housed at its Chakan (Pune) plant. The machines were commissioned in 2007.  

Every plant at Parksons sets its targets for OEE increment. OEE has various parameters, such as machine, tooling, logistics, operator skills and more. Parksons checks these parameters regularly, and these machines were required to improve the OEE. The company wanted the SPanthera machines to have a high OEE and thus, they discussed this project with the Bobst team.  

For Bobst, its commitment to improvement in productivity and accuracy post-overhauling was the key aspect. The senior management of both the companies discussed and agreed on this important aspect, and the project was kickstarted.   

And the result is for everyone to see. After the refurbishment, the productivity of the machines has increased by approximately 30%, and registration and embossing accuracy increased substantially. Now, most major electronic/electrical components have obsolescence protection for the next few years. 

The process

The first step was to thoroughly inspect the machines under the Bobst Maintenance Plus programme. Then came the exhaustive activity of replacing worn out and obsolete parts with new ones, restoring various machine settings, and finally testing the overhauled machines with key jobs for productivity and registration accuracy.

The efforts resulted in two transformed machines with increased productivity, accuracy, and availability, as committed.

With this, the Parksons team expects that the increased production capacity of these SPanthera machines will give a boost to its overall plant OEE. The machines, which were running at around 5,000 to 5,500-sheets/hr, were restored to run at 8,000 to 9,000-sheets/hr. 

The Parksons team could also achieve consistent registration accuracy on fine micro embossing jobs, which was a concern previously. The machines are consistently performing well after this overhaul.

The partnership

Senior service engineers from Bobst, Vikas Kumbhar and Saran Kumar, as well as technical service manager, Vasant Hasabnis, said, “We were thrilled to be involved in the execution of this one-of-its-kind project which transformed these two machines. This experience has given us the confidence to do more such projects successfully.”

Sameer Joshi, zone services director at Bobst India said, “We appreciate and thank the Parksons management and the Pune plant team for the willingness shown to transform these two machines through a collaborative effort, which was supported by the Bobst headquarters in Switzerland. This transformation can surely be a reference for more such projects in the Indian market.”

Harjit Singh, maintenance head, Parksons Packaging, Pune, said, “We are happy with the outcome and have been receiving support from the Bobst team and our feedback is taken very seriously by the Bobst team. We appreciate the efforts of the team which works collaboratively with us to maintain our machines.” 

Bobst Maintenance Plus programme

The Bobst Maintenance Plus programme is aimed at doing planned, preventive maintenance of the Bobst machines by trained Bobst technicians, using genuine Bobst spare parts. Each enrolled machine undergoes at least one cycle of health check-up, corrective actions and settings optimisation in a year. This improves the OEE of the machines, which is the biggest benefit to the customers. As an additional benefit, Bobst offers a concessional service rate for machines enrolled under this programme and this rate is applied not only for the planned activities but also to the emergency breakdowns (if there are any).

Parksons Packaging 

Parksons Packaging is one of the largest producers of high-quality folding cartons in India, working with customers across industry segments and brand leaders across industries, such as FMCG, food & beverages, pharma, electronics, retail, apparels and other white goods industries. With more than fifty years of experience in the printing and packaging industry, Parksons Packaging combines its technical expertise with market insights to deliver customised solutions that exceed customer expectations. 

The company has a widespread presence all over the country, from Maharashtra to Uttarakhand, Assam, Goa, Daman, Andhra Pradesh & Punjab. The facility in Chakan, Pune is spread over more than 190,000-sqft of production space and it is one of the largest independent folding carton plants in India.