Lewisburg Container installs Esko-Graphics Kongsberg Digital Converting Machine
Press release from the issuing company
Vandalia, OH – June 22, 2004 – Lewisburg Container, a business unit of Love Box, Inc., has successfully installed an Esko-Graphics Kongsberg Digital Converting Machine (DCM) to work alongside its CorrJet 2000 digital printer. Lewisburg Container is a full-service corrugated sheet plant. The Lewisburg, Ohio-based company’s structural design staff uses top of the line CAD equipment and the DCM to provide clients anything from concept development to precision full scale prototypes. The company also provides full graphics, testing, and warehousing/distribution services.
Lewisburg develops general packaging such as regular slotted cartons, 5-panel folders, and simple inserts. The company’s retail packaging has won several national and international awards, including best of show. Point of purchase packaging and custom displays have become Lewisburg Container’s specialties. Specialty packaging and the packaging systems product line complete Lewisburg’s "one-stop-shop" offerings: Haz-mat packaging, Hardigg Containers , industrial solutions, shrink film, specialty tapes, stretch wrap, strapping build-ups and partitions. Optional materials include tri-wall, foam, angleboard, gatorboard, sintra, or any other specialty material.
Based on the successful Kongsberg XL series of cutting and creasing tables for packaging applications, the Kongsberg DCM automatically loads sheets from a stack of material up to 24" thick, cuts and creases each sheet from a CAD file, and unloads the sheet - running virtually unattended. No cutting die is required, generating further savings in cost and turnaround time. Producing small runs very profitably, the DCM can pay for itself within a year.
Lewisburg had conducted a short test run with a Kongsberg XL46, the largest sample table available without loading and unloading. In six months’ use, it had zero breakdowns and required no maintenance. When they learned about the DCM with load and unload capabilities, and heard favorable reports from the field, they decided to purchase one for themselves.
When Lewisburg creates a project, the CAD file of the diecut is built first, followed by the graphics. When Greg Sittloh, CorrJet and DCM operator, receives a completed job, the diecut file goes to the DCM while the art goes to the digital press. Greg walks the sheet to the DCM, and programs the diecutter. There is no die loading or storage.
“We’re very impressed with the quality of the DCM. It provides a cleaner cut than any other machine. Because there is no sliding on the table, it’s very accurate. I’m within a millimeter every sheet – even with a 30-up job,” remarks Greg. “The DCM is user friendly. The software is very intuitive – everything makes sense. We have never been disappointed with any project that comes off the machine.”
“The DCM is also very productive and cost-effective. I’ve been given samples, as many as a dozen, to cut in time for shipment in 15 minutes. If they can use the same substrate, I’ve been able to feed a single sheet, gang the samples, and prepare them in time for express delivery. By ganging jobs, our use and cost of materials have dramatically decreased as well. I can run the press and the DCM at the same time. It virtually runs by itself,” summarizes Greg. “The DCM is the fastest, most user-friendly and dependable diecutter you will ever purchase. We wear it out.”
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