Craig McCurley, gluing department manager, and Alan Porter, operations director
Craig McCurley, gluing department manager; Rodney McNeely, senior gluing operator; and Alan Porter, operations director
Multi Packaging Solutions in Belfast has just taken delivery of its first Diana X 115, a highly specified folder gluer supplied by Heidelberg.
The Belfast site produces over half a billion cartons a year so needed both high productivity and quick makeready. The Diana X 115 is expected to be 20% more efficient than the folder gluer it replaces.
The site specialises in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector and supplies several of the world’s leading companies in this sector. In addition to work in the UK and Ireland, Multi Packaging Solutions also exports, with main markets in Greece, Denmark, Norway and the US.
“This is our first Heidelberg/Masterwork model and was chosen because of its excellent technical features and its abilities proven during testing. The fact it was supplied by Heidelberg was reassuring,” says Alan Porter, operations director. “Making a significant change with a lesser known brand would have been difficult and probably would not have happened.
“The machine will allow us to satisfy existing customer needs and attract new business. As the supply chain increasingly drifts towards a lean mentality we need to be able to effectively produce shorter run lengths whilst coping with shorter lead times. The Heidelberg machine with its operator friendly design, flexibility and Auto Set function gives us the opportunity to dedicate machine parts to our most challenging constructions, standardising makeready and delivering high quality product at a competitive speed.”
The Diana X 115 has been supplied in a CC version that produces some very complex carton designs because it features a double module system. The combination fold module handles 4 and 6 corner boxes and complex cartons and the other a Lockbottom/Crashlock device. In combination with the 3.5m prefold section the two additional modules facilitated offer configuration flexibility with no compromise to the degree or location of prefold.
The basic machine and the additional modules each use a separate servo drive for quick and easy integration. It means additional modules can easily be added at a later stage. It operates at speeds of 650 metres a minute to output 200,000 cartons an hour. The flexibility of the carriage configurations and folding modules makes it extremely versatile across a range of stocks and cartons. Dedicated folding attachments, belt foldings and operator friendly components ensure set up times are kept to a minimum. The open design of the Diana X series also means operators have very easy access to all the machine components.
“The scale, look and feel of the machine has been very well received by staff. It is an impressive investment,” says Mr Porter.
For further information please contact:
Diana Thompson, Plus Point PR Ltd, on 01494-817178
Paul Thompson, Heidelberg UK, on 07770-637702.
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