Korber PaperLink Installs SHM 1450 Sheeter at Trojan Litho
Press release from the issuing company
WINDSOR, CT; March 4, 2004 — Korber PaperLink North America, the leading single source supplier of Total Systems Solutions for cut-size sheeting & packaging, folio size sheeting & packaging, paper con-verting and packaging systems, today announced Trojan Litho, Ren-ton, Washington, has installed a new high speed, precision SHM 1450 Dual Rotary sheeter to improve quality and reduce waste for its paperboard packaging and commercial fine papers operations.
Trojan Litho is the premier packaging company in the Pacific North-west, uniquely able to produce and deliver custom print media mes-sages and branding through structural design, printing, packaging and project management.
Founded in the early 1950s, the company today employs 142, and op-erates five printing presses, six die cutters, six folding carton gluers and an Asitrade laminator at its 200,000 sq-ft facility south of Seattle. The company produces packaging for diverse applications, from food, toys and sporting equipment to pharmaceuticals, cell phones and computer software, as well as UV high-end gloss work.
The SHM 1450 Dual Rotary Sheeter Trojan Litho installed was manu-factured by Pemco Inc., Sheboygan, WI, and is designed to provide high-quality and efficient sheeting of a wide range of materials includ-ing paper, board, and plastics.
The sheeter is equipped with E.C.H. Will’s proven Dual Rotary Cross Cutting Technology in operation at hundreds of companies worldwide and supported by more than 30 years of experience. Körber PaperLink North America sold, installed and supports the SHM 1450 at Trojan Litho through its sales and service operations in Windsor, CT.
“Trojan Litho prides itself on high quality with quick turnaround,” said Gary Vetsch, Plant Manager, noting that, from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s, it was a major supplier of product packaging and all printed materials to Microsoft.
“Before installing our own sheeter, to ensure we had enough stock of quality paperboard and maintain our production schedule, we had to rely on multiple suppliers with different facilities. Receiving an order with defects meant unacceptable delays going to press, so we em-ployed an expediter whose full-time job was to coordinate and expedite returns,” Vetsch explained.
Last year, Trojan investigated installing their own sheeter and unwind stand to become more competitive, gain control over product quality and reduce costs. After a thorough review that included visiting the Pemco plant in Sheboygan, WI, they chose the SHM 1450 from Körber PaperLink North America.
“The precision of the E.C.H. Will dual rotary knife technology, Pemco’s willingness to re-engineer the machine’s splice detection capabilities to our requirements, and Körber PaperLink’s ability to put the deal to-gether made our choice easy,” said Vetsch.
With a maximum web width of 57” (1450 mm), the SHM 1450 Dual Ro-tary Sheeter is capable of a wide range of cut-off lengths from cut-size dimensions to folio sizes. The SHM 1450 Sheeter’s rugged cross cutter provides a maximum knife load capacity of up to 1,000 gsm and main-tains a sheet accuracy of 0.02” (0.5 mm). Designed to handle both short and long runs, the SHM 1450 Dual Rotary Sheeter combines quick set-up with a compact footprint.
Of the installation, Vetsch noted, “I’ve been in this business for 27 years and our SHM 1450 was the smoothest equipment installation I’ve ever experienced because Körber PaperLink North America is well organized and completely professional. The installation went flaw-lessly.”
Operating on two of its three shifts, the company now sheets 100% of the paperboard mediums and liners it needs, “and with zero defects,” said Vetsch. The stock consists of about 80% SPS with a caliper range of 10 point to 30 point – “which the SHM 1450 exceeds on both ends of the scale” – and 18% recycled stock. The remaining two per-cent is high-end foil board, a unique substrate handled by few facilities. And Trojan soon will begin sheeting fine papers from roll stock for its commercial printing operations.
“Before installing the SHM 1450, we had to play it safe and allow for waste. Now we can sheet the exact quantities we need and react quickly enough to customize our process while eliminating the high cost over-producing and maintaining multiple set-ups on press.
“The SHM 1450 is key to our future,” said Vetsch. “We’re more com-petitive, because we can more economically produce the same quality product on which we’ve built our reputation.”
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