The Bobst stand at drupa 2016 has placed a heavy focus on the company’s expanding presence in the narrow and mid web flexible packaging space, with an M6 UV flexo press line, MW 85F CI flexo press and CL 750D compact laminator demonstrated to large crowds.
The M6 features the Digital Flexo technology, which Bobst acquired following its takeover of Nuova Gidue, as detailed here. MW 85F is Bobst’s new mid web CI flexo press, as detailed here. An MW 125F model is also available. It was shown running a 5-color job at 500m/min, which was then changed to a 7-color job.
Suited to work as an off-line laminator for the M6 and MW 85F press lines, CL 750D is a compact multi-technology laminator featuring ‘unique technical features and advantages’, commented Pier Luigi Ratibondi, head of system engineering at Bobst Italia. ‘It offers manufacturing quality and functionalities that are not usual in this category of products. The drying tunnel has driven rollers and a straight web path, which means perfect web transportation without scratches or tension inconsistencies, on all kind of substrates including metallized films. Each nozzle bar is easy to extract for cleaning procedures. Zero waste technology allows immediate productivity without any waste at start-up. The transfer roller performs adhesive transfer curves that guarantee homogeneous thickness at any speed, and during speed changes, which means users get the best, most consistent, laminating quality.’
Further, the transfer roller on the CL 750D utilizes a sleeve-type system which is light, accessible and easy to use, and is of the type normally available on premium laminators. The CL 750D can adapt to some of the existing transfer rollers on the market, adding flexibility in manufacturing where plants also have other laminating lines. To further enhance accessibility and ease of operation, the extraction and exchange of process trolleys for solventless and solvent-based lamination is on the operator side, which allows for a very compact machine footprint and efficient handling operations when cleaning the process unit.
Erik Bothorel, head of Bobst’s web-fed business unit, said: ‘With our new CL 750D compact laminator we want to serve the widest number of converters possible, wherever they are in the world. Produced to the highest manufacturing quality standards, and offering the most efficient productivity in its category, the CL 750D delivers best-in-class lamination quality, yet with easy operation. It offers total lamination flexibility without any compromise in Bobst quality.’