Tray Formers and Window Patchers - 2018 Update

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Heiber + Schröder is continuously chosen by the most demanding package printers around the world., July 2017

AIM Print raises the bar with top-of-the-line Window Patchers and Tray Formers

South African package printing company AIM Print, with 24 years experience and a niche in skincare packaging, added a Heiber + Schröder Speedliner window patcher and tray former line, installed by Beswick Machinery. In the past, the company had tried Chinese origin equipment they’d encountered at drupa rather than the more-expensive one they wanted. It did not deliver the results they expected. The German replacement certainly shook things up at the Springfield factory, producing in two or three days what its Oriental predecessor could barely manage in two to three weeks.

The WP Speedliner produces up to 36 000 blanks an hour and offers shorter set-up time and maximum use of space. Other features include superior foil/liner positioning due to an improved blank transfer system, heavy-duty cross cutting system, unique feeder teachin function and electronic friction control. The investment can only strengthen the company’s reputation as a supplier of high-quality packaging work, which it has nurtured over a decade to the point where packaging customers now range from small businesses to national and international companies. ‘Apart from producing different packaging formats for various markets, we also formulate unique packaging products for promotions,’ Thevash states. ‘We are especially adept at blister and skincare packaging.’, 16th February 2017

Coveris has invested $4 MM in its cartonboard division

Packaging giant Coveris has invested $4 MM in its cartonboard division. The international packaging manufacturer invested in a raft of new machinery, site refurbishment, upgrades to existing equipment and a new staff training programme for 2017.  The new machinery, which includes a six-colour Komori GLX-640 with coater, two Jagenberg Diana glue lines, a Heiber & Schröder window patcher and an Iberica cutter-creaser, should all be operational by summer 2017. A spokesman for Coveris said that relocation and refurbishment of other equipment would make the business more efficient.  The cartonboard division manufactures cartonboard packaging for a variety of sectors in the food industry. It also has CAD and platemaking facilities.

MM Karton Newsletter, No. 1, 2017

H+S Window Patchers showcased in Drupa 2016

Drupa clearly focused on the future topic Print 4.0, in combination with individualisation and personalisation in digital printing. Visitors were able to get a firsthand look at the special properties of the MMK liner quality MM X-Liner™ on a KBA, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of printing machines. The live demonstrations of the gluing machines by Heiber + Schröder, which used Multicolor Mirabell™ and Starcolor Mirabell™, were greatly appreciated., 3rd June 2016

Ramji Press invests in Heiber + Schroeder window patchers

Kanpur-based Senior Box Factory Ramji Press (SBFRP) has inked a deal to purchase two WP Speedliner rotary window patchers and lining machines manufactured by Heiber + Schroeder. The machine handles paper and cardboard from 220 to 600 gsm, corrugated board up to five mm and film from 0.03 to 0.3 mm.

Of the two Speedliner window patchers, one will be installed at the company’s Kanpur facility and the other at Haridwar. The delivery is expected by September 2016. Sparsh Mehrotra and Ankur Mehrotra, owners of the company, inked the deal at the Drupa exhibition ground in Dusseldorf.

Sparsh Mehrotra, who joined the business in 2009, said, “We work for clients who have to attract customers for their products through the packaging. So the machines were required.”

Mehrotra said the company went for the Heiber + Schroeder kit because of its high-speed output through a robust cross cutting system, an improved liner station, maximum use of space and a wide variety of options available.

Started as Ramji Press in 1929, the family owned company is now run by third and fourth generation leaders, working mostly on duplex boards and manufacture metallised cartons, printed mono cartons, liner cartons, corrugated cartons, calendars and other kind of boxes. The company’s client list includes big names from spice, leather (especially shoe) and tobacco industry.

Bobst India sells and maintains all Heiber + Schroeder machines in India. “We aim to be a guiding partner, helping our customers succeed, whether it is by providing services that help them make the most of their existing equipment, by supplying highly productive new solutions for conventional processes, or by offering disruptive new technologies, such as digital print.”, 17th February 2016

The Sherwood Group invests in window patching

The Sherwood Group has added a Heiber & Schröder WP 1100-2 Master, which cost the firm £200,000, which be installed at its 2,800sqm Nottingham plant in April and will replace an existing Kohmann F1120/2 window patcher. It has joined Komori B1 presses and a range of die-cutters and gluing lines at the site. The WP 1100-2 Master features a master-feeder that accommodates a larger variety of carton blank styles. It also enables four different run modes to achieve top speed and a minimum marking for each blank style.

Chief executive Jeremy Bacon said: “Our packaging business in volumes is growing by about 25% per annum, and this investment continues to support that growth, predominantly in the food market. It will probably give us productivity improvements of anywhere between 30% and 40%.”

The Sherwood Group’s has 90 staff in Great Britain and a turnover of £12m. Globally the group has 350 staff and a turnover of £30m., 23rd September 2014

Model Obaly adds third window patcher

The solid board forming Czech company has added a Heiber+Schröder WP 1100 MASTER window patcher to its production line. One of its main advantages is its high productivity achieved by adding a pre-feeder and a semi-automatic unloader, plus an integrated quality control module. It is also equipped with a "3D" window (a corner window) gluing ability and produces perfect fold lines. This is achieved by heating the foil and shaping it on-line. This capability opens up further opportunities for utilizing the state-of-the-art machine for luxury packaging items., 18th August 2014

Curtis Print & Packaging invests in state-of-the-art color printing and window patching

Curtis Print & Packaging has had a specific investment strategy in place for the last five years. In 2013 the company invested in a state of the art 6 colour CX102 Heidelberg press, having recently installed a Heiber & Schroeder window patcher to boost its finishing capabilities further.

Managing Director, James Williams commented "The decision to invest in a window patcher was a relatively easy considering the amount of money we spend with external suppliers. Deciding on the right supplier was the difficult part. Eventually we agreed on the Heiber & Schroeder window patcher as we were very impressed with the make ready speeds as well as the flexibility the machine had to offer." Williams added, "We were delighted with the way our enquiry was handled and pleased to have purchased from a European supplier as we believe the technical support will be first class”.

The Heiber & Schroeder window patcher will now strengthen the finishing proficiency further, enabling Curtis to offer customers a comprehensive range of in-house finishing services.

St. Clair Packaging expands window patching capabilities

As the food packaging and retail business has grown, St. Clair Packaging has continued to add new equipment. In August 2013 the company purchased a Heiber Schroeder window patcher which installs window film on both corrugated and chipboard boxes. These windows allow consumers to see product within the package, which aides in the product presentation. The machine can run boxes with a blank as small as 6" to a maximum of 55"., 1st November 2013

BCP Fluted Packaging Ltd. incorporates more window patchers and tray formers

During the past six years BCP almost doubled in size, leading to investing in two extra Heiber+Schröder lines a window patcher and a tray former that adds to the company’s existing suite of similar machines. These investments were prompted by an increasing number of inquiries for hot-eat take-away food packs, including one from a major international retailer. BCP’s New Product Development team created a window patched tray in three sizes for this client. “The retailer loved the concept,” recalls Alan McAulay, Managing Director of BCP Fluted Packaging. “So, between them and a number of other new customers that were coming on-line at the same time, we found ourselves having to service substantial additional window patched and tray formed work.”

The time was right to bring the process in-house. “If you send this type of work out then you have to factor in the time and cost involved in getting your product to the finisher and back again, along with the cost of the windowing itself.”

The plant’s existing Heiber+Schröder tray formers had proven so successful that BCP was keen to explore the supplier’s range of window patchers. “We had built up a very good relationship with Heiber+Schröder after buying the first machine from them,” recalls BCP’s Technical Director, Alan Leeming. “Their machines and services seem to tick the boxes for us. When we make a decision to buy a piece of equipment then we ensure it delivers performance, quality, flexibility, and reliability, and that the supplier offers good support. Without those we can’t deliver the innovation and added value that our customers expect from us.”

The twin stream Heiber+Schröder WPS1100 window patcher chosen by BCP is designed for fast make-ready, high production speeds, and quick clean-down after the run. In addition, the machine is easy to use, freeing the operator to concentrate on production and quality. One example of this ease of use is the way the critical, but often time-consuming, task of setting the feeder is handled. To make the process quicker and simpler, Heiber+Schröder have developed an innovative feeder setting system called “Teach in”. The system requires the operator to simply press one button with the blank in position and means that it takes less than a minute to set the blank length in the feeder of the WPS1100.

To ensure quality, a patented mono-belt vacuum transfer system on the machine means that blanks always remain in register as they travel along the line and that the window is applied in precisely the right position every time. If for any reason there is an interruption in the supply of blanks, the belt will automatically drop down, which stops any glue from finding its way onto the print face of subsequent blanks. The WPS1100 can window patch blanks up to 1100mm in width and the blanks themselves can be made from corrugated substrates up to 5mm thick, or carton board between 220 and 600 gsm. In terms of film, the machine can apply windows made from PE, PS, PVC, PET, or one of several other such substrates.

Con Shea says that easier logistics and the cost savings made from no longer outsourcing BCP’s window patching are not the only benefits of installing the WPS1100. “By having the machine on the shop floor, our designers are getting to know what can be achieved with it and so they are increasingly able to offer up brand new ideas.”

Changing styles on tray forming equipment can be time-consuming. To overcome this, BCP invested in an additional Flex-tower for its first Heiber+Schröder CE1000 tray former, installed three years ago. This additional adjustable forming tower, which is complete with a separate adjustment frame with dummy electrical pushers, allows the operator to carry out the bulk of the setting for the next job off-line while the current job is running. When the first job completes, the operator simply unplugs and removes the Flex-tower in use on the CE1000, replacing it with the one set off-line. Using this system has reduced the make-ready time for BCP’s difficult substrates significantly and a single off-line unit can be shared between several CE1000 tray formers.

The twin stream version of the CE1000 tray former, as installed at BCP, can process up to 24,000 blanks an hour, handling corrugated substrates up to 1.5mm thick. Like the WPS1100 window patcher, the CE1000 tray former features a “Teach-in” feeder which means the job can be set without the need to measure the carton or to use cams. The CE1000’s PC command unit allows the operator to set parameters for the servo driven pushers, the precision control of which ensures a smoothly and accurately formed tray. Alongside the standard gluing capabilities of the CE1000, BCP have added an adhesive refill system and a hot melt unit to their machines, enabling the application of different adhesives that can range from standard glues to ovenable adhesives and microwavables, sometimes with cold glue and hot melt applied in combination., 8th February 2013

Menasha Packaging Company expands its capabilities

To be able to provide more variety and complexity in the solutions they offer, it added equipment investments for $6 million. Among them, a Heiber & Schroder WP 800 High-Performance Rigid Window Patcher.

Menasha Packaging Company, LLC, has more than 2,300 employees at locations nationwide. It is a leading provider of graphic consumer packaging, merchandising solutions, corrugated packaging, food packaging, shipping containers and material handling solutions.

Folding box with normal window

Folding box with liner

Window cut from pre-printed
reel with register mark control

Blank to blank application
(up to DINA3 size paper
 form 60 to 200 g/m2)

Window with lengthwise

Pre-formed tube with cross seal tube material coming from the reel, cross sealing made on the window patcher

Shape cut window
coming from the pile

Folding box with handle, applied
in cross direction or at angles
up to 45° to the lateral axis.

Window with intermittent cut

Window with shape perforation
or shape cut

Folding box with tear tape

Reinforcing elements and collars

Window with preheated
creasing lengthwise and
shaped die cut

inner tube

Insertion of coupons, October 2011

FC Cartons adds CE 1000 Tray Former

​A brand new HEIBER & SCHRÖDER CE1000 tray former was delivered to FC CArtons, an ISO accredited company, providing finishing, die cutting and creasing, window patching, folding, gluing and nesting solutions to the carton, print and packaging industries. This high speed nesting/tray former was a major investment for FC Cartons and will significantly increase their capacity for tray forming work., 4th November 2011

Bobst demonstrates H+S WPS 1100 window patcher

Bobst showcased and demonstrated Heiber +Schroeder WPS 1100 window patching and liner carton machine for the first time in an exhibition.

Sachin Patil of Bobst India, said: "WPS 1100 is an ideal machine for packaging firms involved in tea carton and masala carton manufacturing. Besides this, it is also suitable for ready to eat food cartons like McDonalds, KFC, and Dominos. (...) The machine consists of an unwind shaft with clamping cones and brake per lane, a web in-feed, a rotary cross cutter and an application cylinder. The cross cutter and the application cylinder are both provided with suction and blower air control for transportation of the window/lining material. Even during machine operation, the cut-off length of the material can be digitally set from minimum to maximum."

Bobst has installed 42 WPS 1100 machines in India. Heiber +Schroeder has installed more than 650 WPS 1100 window patching and lining cartons worldwide., 16th November 2010

Heiber + Schröder partners in Bobst's Accuwin platform

Over 2,000 visitors from 57 countries headed for Lausanne in Switzerland during a week in September, when Bobst welcomed customers and journalists to its Competence 10 Open House event to witness the many new machines that have been developed over the past years.

Among other developments, they presented a window patching innovation, which can now be carried out for the first time inline on Bobst and other folder gluers, on a unit called Accuwin, thanks to a collaboration with window patching producer Heiber + Schröder. Up to 40,000 boxes/hour can be handled, and film rolls can be changed on the fly., 7th March 2010

Carton Window Patching from PSG Group Ltd. recently faced a complex request from Benson Box and Bobst that took over 24 months to complete, in which they developed a bespoke Enviromex® film with enhanced surface characteristics, exacting levels of tension, static neutrality, unbelievablably demanding slit edges, width tolerances and enhanced 2 side treatments that have enabled it to run at the demading speeds the new Accuwin cutter and gluer on the Heiber & Schroder module of the Bobst all in one machine (the next generation and first machine of its type)., 9th April 2010

BCP Fluted Packaging Ltd. boosts tray forming capacity

“Over the last two years, we have seen a huge increase in demand for ovenable paper trays in the UK and we receive several inquiries each week from bakery companies.", said Brian Jones, Managing Director of BCP Fluted Packaging Ltd. (BCP). "As a result, we have had to invest in new equipment from Germany to cope with demand, and will probably need to expand our factory.”

From zero, two years ago, sales of these trays now represent a significant proportion of BCP’s revenue. To satisfy demand, BCP has installed a new, high performance, Heiber+Schröder tray forming line, multiplying capacity by four overnight. Brian Jones said, “Before we installed the new machine, the amount of tray- formed work we had won was threatening to overwhelm us. Just about everyone we spoke to recommended Heiber and Schröder equipment and their machine gives us higher productivity and the flexibility to handle a wide range of products.”, 1st November 2009

Waseema Packaging invests in new window patcher

The British company installed a WP1100 line to absorb increasing demand. At the time of the new purchase, the company’s previous window patcher was struggling to cope. “It was a bottom fed roller affair and was not easy to run. When we saw the way that the Heiber + Schröder equipment worked we realised it was a much better solution.”, says Waseem Akhtar.

The WP1100 window patcher is designed for fast make-ready, high production speeds, and quick clean-down after the run. To make feeder setup quicker and easier, Heiber and Schröder have developed an innovative feeder setting system called “Teach in”. It takes less than a minute to set the feeder of the WPS110 window patcher and involves the operator simply pressing a couple of buttons. After that they just jog the machine until the end of the blank reaches the feeder gauge, press the “Teach-in” button again, and that’s it, the feeder is set.”

This window patcher is that it detects variations in the slip factor of the varnish applied to cartons and compensates automatically. “Printers won’t admit it, but there can be huge variations in the amount of varnish applied during a print run,” says Bobst’s Lee Alton. “By compensating automatically for these variations, the WPS1100 ensures that every job runs at the highest speed possible rather than at the speed of the slowest performing blank.”

All the information the operator needs is on one screen of the control panel. In terms of film, the machine can apply windows made from PE, PS, PVC, PET, or one of several other such substrates. Using a patented mono-belt vacuum transfer system, the Heiber + Schröder machine ensures that even warped blanks remain in register as they travel along the line and that the window is applied in precisely the right position every time. “And if for any reason there is an interruption in the supply of blanks,” says Lee, “the belt will automatically drop down”.

There are no vacuum channels or vacuum tubes to be cleaned and no filters, all of which saves users time and money. The use of glue dams defines very specifically the area where the adhesive is to be used. This reduces the amount of adhesive consumed. The machine also has a special cleaning unit which means that the operator can clean out the system in just a couple of minutes.

“The Heiber + Schröder has been a brilliant machine for us,” says Waseem. “It’s very user-friendly, which was important for us as our old machine was difficult to set and run.” Film changeovers are particularly quick and easy on the WPS1100, says Waseem. “All you have to do is turn a valve, swap the film reels, and then turn the valve again. It really couldn’t be simpler.”

Having installed the Heiber + Schröder line, Waseema Packaging found that it was soon window patching much more product than it previously had. “We bought the WPS1100 to increase capacity, but once our customers realised we could cope with even more window patching, the work just rolled in. About 70% of the jobs we put through it are trade jobs for food and toiletries, with 30% being our own sweet box work.”, 31st March 2005

Diamond Packaging using Heiber + Schröder for window patching

"Our Heiber & Schröder window-patching machine combines precision with production efficiency, offering speeds up to 30% faster than competitive machines. A Heiber & Schröder Universal “UF” pick-and-place feeder is the perfect complement to the window-patching machine, enabling it to merge virtually any flat shape or material, such as paper, paperboard, film, or mesh."

Jimminsons relies on H+S tray formers to grow paperboard packaging market

Trade finishing house Jimminsons Packaging Services is targeting the wider print market following a 200,000 investment in shrinkwrapping, die cutting and burger-clam erecting kit. The installation at the 40-staff company follows the addition of a secondhand Bobst 102CE B1 die-cutter last September and a tray former from German firm Heiber+Schroder which erects burger clams in December.

Jimminson said that the recent raft of investment would help the company to "maintain its position in the market". "We're trying to broaden our service offering horizontally rather than vertically. There's no point in the current market in just adding the same machine and doing the same thing," he said., 25th March 2004

GCI H+S Window Patchers to achieve turnkey carton production

Niles, IL-based packaging manufacturer Graphic Converting, Inc., adds a Heiber & Schröder WP1400-MATIC window-patching machine to bridge the gap between diecutting and gluing of windowed cartons.

The WP1400-MATIC allows high-speed, two-lane window application and features a high-precision pick-and-place feeding system to handle scored and irregularly shaped windows. It can also run various rigid-window substrates such as APET, PETG and RPET, films from 0.006-0.02 in. and carton stocks from 0.007 to 3/16 in. corrugated. "The Heiber & Schröder window patcher complements the finishing processes we currently provide and adds convenience and increased value for our clients who require window-patching and specifically rigid-window applications," says Todd Amar, executive vp/partner at GCI.

GCI offers a range of converting services including film laminating, high-speed foil stamping, embossing and diecutting, folding/gluing, and slitting.

Originally published in Converting Magazine., 7th January 2004

MY Cartons invests 10m to improve Leeds plant

MY Cartons is investing 10m to enhance its manufacturing plant at Cockburn Fields in Leeds, in a bid to reduce costs and improve efficiencies.

MY Group chief executive John Monks said the investment was an expression of confidence in the Leeds site and its workforce, at a time when the carton sector remains under pressure and is contracting.

Over a three-month period the Leeds plant, which was built in the early 1990s, will install a second Creo Trendsetter CTP line, two additional MAN Roland 906 size six, six-colour presses with coaters, a Bobst SP 142 CER cut and crease autoplaten and three Heiber & Schroder tray formers.

A further Bobst Alpina gluing line with easy feeder, preloader and auto packer will also join an additional three Bobst Easy Feeders with preloaders in the bindery.

The Leeds site employs 350 staff, with a capacity to produce over 1bn cartons per annum for the bakery, cereal, confectionery, frozen/convenience food, spirits and beverage sectors.


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