Celloglas Leeds installs KAMA folder-gluers to boost ‘nationwide’ objective

KAMA ProFold 74 folder-gluer in operation at Celloglas Leeds
KAMA ProFold 74 folder-gluer in operation at Celloglas Leeds

Celloglas in Leeds has installed not one, but two KAMA ProFold 74 folder-gluers with the stated aim of adding diversity and broadening its current range of carton and corrugated products.  Says Richard Pinkney, Business Development Director: “In terms of trade finishing, the two new folder-gluers will provide us with greater flexibility and greater volume output.  This has already been noticeable in our production of capacity wallets, ‘open’ wallets and board envelopes, for example.”

He continues: “Another one of our objectives in installing the new folder-gluers is to expand our trade finishing activities to a nationwide customer base, as opposed to restricting ourselves to Yorkshire, Lancashire and more northern areas, which has predominantly been our focus up until now.”

Prior to the installation of the two ProFold 74s, Celloglas had been running with some other folder-gluers, but the KAMA machines had been ‘on the radar’ for several years.  Mr Pinkney explains: “We first saw the ProFold 74 at Drupa in 2012 and were impressed by the machine’s build quality and production capabilities, but at the time, there was no opportunity or need to invest in new equipment.”

What happened to Celloglas at the end of last year changed everything when, on December 26th, the awful flooding of Leeds and surrounding areas caused significant damage to the company’s factory.  The flood overwhelmed the ground floor of the building and brought forward the decision to invest in the KAMA folder-gluers.

2 x KAMA ProFold 74 folder-gluers installed at Celloglas Leeds
2 x KAMA ProFold 74 folder-gluers installed at Celloglas Leeds

“What might have been seen as catastrophic for the company has in fact been of great benefit, as it presented us with the opportunity to upgrade our equipment and purchase the two KAMA folder-gluers – and we haven’t looked back since.  In fact we now have a perfect set-up in that we can ‘mix and match’ as required.  We still have our Moll folder-gluer and on this we produce certain ‘miniature’ jobs that the KAMA machines are not ideally suited to handling, while the ProFold 74s are used for everything else.  Having the two machines means we not only have a ‘back-up’ in place, but when we have a particularly large job, placing it on both machines at the same time halves the amount of time it takes to produce it – much to our customer’s satisfaction.”

Production at the Celloglas factory in Leeds is focussed on short to medium commercial work, with run lengths varying between a few hundred to a few thousand items.  Along with capacity wallets and board envelopes, the company create die-cut designs for producing cartons for the cosmetic, food and drink industries.

Since their installation by UK & Ireland agent Friedheim International (the first in February, the second in June), the two KAMA ProFold 74 folder-gluers have proved themselves highly reliable and productive, as confirmed by operator Steve Wane, who says: “Once we had our training from KAMA, which was extremely comprehensive, the two machines have proved so easy to operate and set up from one job to another, and the quality of the finished product has been excellent.  In terms of throughput, this has increased by two-thirds from what we had been able to achieve previously.  As the two new folder-gluers are capable of working even faster, and as we gain ever more experience with operating them, we can utilise their full potential and achieve even greater benefits from their installation.”

New designations for 78 and 92 Schneider Senator guillotines

Schneider Senator 78 'Advance' guillotine
Schneider Senator 78 ‘Advance’ guillotine

Schneider Senator has introduced new versions of its well-proven 78 and 92 guillotines for cutting half-size formats.  Designated the ‘Compact’ and ‘Advance’ the two new guillotines offer the absolute precision and reliability that small format cutting requires, and do so with ultimate energy efficiency.  While both guillotines handle all standard cutting requirements, the ‘Advance’ version has useful additional features that increase its capability of undertaking more challenging production jobs.

Key features of the 78 and 92 ‘Compact’ and ‘Advance’ guillotines include:

  • 780 or 920 mm cutting widths
  • Direct electro-mechanical knife drive
  • Hydraulic clamp bar
  • Rust-proof stainless steel side tables (with air film on 92)
  • One-piece rear table (without slot cover band)
  • Closed rear table cover (78)
  • Hinged rear table cover (92)
  • Manual clamp pressure adjustment (78)
  • Proportional valve controlled clamp pressure adjustment (92)
  • Ethernet interface (92)
  • Scaled swinging/tilting back gauge adjustment (92)

Baumann-Wohlenberg adds another model to its high speed cutter range

New Wohlenberg 'Basic Line 80' high speed cutter
New Wohlenberg ‘Basic Line 80’ high speed cutter

Baumann-Wohlenberg has added another machine to its already extensive range of high speed cutters with the introduction of the Wohlenberg 80 ‘Basic Line’ – a compact, robust and technically precise cutting system that boasts a host of standard features including:

  • 5” touch display
  • Quick knife exchange (with setting gauge)
  • Back gauge drive by servo motor (guided on both sides)
  • Knife drive with electromagnetic clutch
  • Separate front table aeration (programmable)
  • Knife depth control
  • Cutting stick exchange control
  • Automatic adapting of the clamp pressure to the cutting width (programmable)

In operation, the new Wohlenberg ‘Basic Line 80’ has a cutting height of

120 mm (without false clamp plate) or 113 mm (with false clamp plate).  Its maximum cutting depth is 800 mm and the maximum number of cuts per cycle is 45 per minute.

For further details of the full range of cost-effective finishing solutions available from Friedheim International for conventional and digital print, bindery, packaging and converting applications, contact:

Tel:                  +44 (0)1442 206100

E-mail:            info@friedheim.co.uk

Website:         www.friedheim.co.uk