Product Review: Pratham's PGV PF 1618 folding machine

“We are the first in India to manufacture 16fold machine specifically targeted at pharma applications of leaflets and outserts,” says Anant Salvi of Pratham Technologies.

01 Mar 2013 | By Rushikesh Aravkar

When was the machine launched?
The machine was launched in January 2013.

Who is it targeted at?
This machine is specifically targeted at packaging converters who cater to export oriented applications especially outserts for pharma packaging.

What are the available configurations and sizes?
The machine is capable of handling maximum sheet size of 450x600mm.

What is the USP of the machine?
The 16 folding pockets and 15 deflectors enable the machine to perform 16 folds with three cross folds. It can handle paper stock from 40gsm to 130gsm. It has the provision of closing the leaflet with tape as per export requirement. In addition, it is equipped with an inline inspection facility. We are the third company in the world to offer this type of machine.

What is the speed?
The speed of the machine with taping is 5,000 leaflets per hour and it will be 10,000 leaflets per hour without taping.

How flexible is the machine? 
The machine can be custom built as per the requirement and applications of the customer. The parallel knife system can be attached as required, which helps the customer to modify the fold positions depending on the applications.

Explain the features of the machine.
The machine has parallel fold with 16 fold, cross fold with 3 fold, tapind with height adjusting collection unit, pharma code & 2D codes checking on line.

How easy is it to use?
The machine has easy parameter settings which enables the operator to operate the machine with high efficiency.

What training/service support is on offer?
We have a strong service team which can provide prompt trouble shooting all over India.


Folding Trays 16 folding pockets + 15 deflectors
Max format 457x800 mm
Min Format 210x290 mm
Min folding 25 mm
Roller speed 150 m/min
Paper 40 gsm to 130 gsm
Power 400V, 3ph, 50hz, 3 KW