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Colbert Welcomes Bobst and Ryobi Equipment

LAKE FOREST, IL | Colbert Packaging Corporation, a manufacturer of folding cartons, rigid set-up boxes, and paperboard specialty products, reports a significant investment in new equipment with the purchase of an RMGT 1050 LX press, an EXPERTCUT 106 PER die-cutter from BOBST and a BOBST ACCU-CHECK in-line inspection system. All three new machines have been installed and are now fully operational in Colbert’s offset manufacturing facility in Lake Forest, which is also its headquarters. 

The BOBST Accu-check inspection system

“This investment, which augments rather than replaces our lineup of presses and die-cutters, has greatly improved our production capacity and efficiency,” says Jim Hamilton, president of Colbert Packaging. “At the same time, the addition of a unit that ensures 100 percent quality controlled production is a natural extension of our long-standing commitment to consistent high quality.”

Manufactured by Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology (RMGT) and sold by RM Machinery in the US, the RMGT 1050 LX is a 41-inch offset press that can print six-color processes and coat paperboard in a single pass using both aqueous and UV inks and coatings. It is said to handle a wide range of paper stocks at speeds to 16,200 sheets/hr and utilizes air management technology for smooth sheet transport and skeleton cylinders to prevent scratching and smearing.

It is also a highly efficient press, Colbert reports. Built-in features including simultaneous plate changing, preset systems and automatic cleaning shorten the makeready process, enable quick load changeovers, and drive productivity, while the absence of feeder brushes and rollers reduces labor and downtime. 

The RMGT 1050 LX press

One of the newest die-cutters in the BOBST portfolio, the EXPERTCUT 106 PER blank-separating die-cutter, reportedly brings the latest technological advancements to Colbert’s plant floor. Company says innovative features and intelligent systems are aimed at maximizing uptime, accelerating processes, reducing waste, and simplifying maintenance.

To round out its latest equipment investments, Colbert chose to add the BOBST ACCU-CHECK in-line inspection system to an existing BOBST EXPERTFOLD folder-gluer. According to Colbert, the new add-on checks every single carton in the production line during the gluing process. 

ACCUCHECK is able to identify a variety of physical defects on printed cartons, including color variation, missing or incorrect text, inaccurate die-cuts, surface scratches and marks, and other nonconformities. Any carton exhibiting such defects is immediately ejected from the production line, and the inspection results can be saved with the job for further evaluation.

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