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Packaging manufacturers COMPETENCE 15 – held from June 23 to June 25, saw the global première of several new BOBST developments.

This included a foil packaging Unwinder+, an innovative foiling solution that offers significant savings in foil use; EXPERTCODE, a new digital serialization machine to meet the growing needs of packaging makers worldwide for customization and coding; and VISIONCUT 106 LER, a highly productive, pioneering blank separating die-cutter.

NOVACUT 106 ER made its European debut in the event. This blank separating die-cutter is already giving customers around the world a very cost-effective entry into high quality in-line blanking.

BOBST Business Unit Sheet-fed’s Head of Sales – Emilio Corti, emphasized their commitment towards continuous innovation.

He said every new piece of equipment has been designed to improve the packaging manufacturers’ profitability in the commercial sector.

Systems, Equipment and services to Help Packaging Manufacturers

Several packaging manufacturers were interested in the Foil Unwinder+ that encourages foil use optimization. It decreases foil consumption by as much as 50%, based on the job’s layout.

With VISIONCUT 106 LER, there’s no longer the requirement for the hand stripping of waste.

Thus, packaging manufacturers can improve product quality, decrease labor costs and increase productivity. With growing pressure on manufacturers to become more efficient, this new die-cutter is sure to help them.

NOVACUT 106 ER having BOBST Angle Lock blanking tool system integrated into it, complements the VISIONCUT. It gives carton makers all over the world a mode to access in-line blank separation technology.

EXPERTCODE – a digital printing initiative from BOBST, is a system that addresses anti-counterfeiting, traceability, versioning and customization of packs.

With it, packaging manufacturers can digitally print individualized graphics, codes, texts, or off-line onto blanks or cartons that are already folded and glued.

The system allows manufacturers to do all these at high speed and with high resolution as well as immediate verification.

Some complementary conference programs also focused on various challenges faced by the packaging industry and ways to overcome them. BOBST’s Alex Volery did an evaluation of packaging trends in the cosmetics industry.

Steven Klump of Nestlé analyzed the food safety challenges faced by digitally printed packaging. François Hosotte of Ferring talked about the secondary packaging challenges faced by pharma brand owners and their suppliers.

Nestlé’s Alvise Cavallari summarized how developments in digital printing offer several opportunities to the heat sealer industry.

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