VIETNAM • Managing the production of 500 million cigarette packs per year, and the 20,000 tonnes of paperboard required to produce them, posed a major problem for the Vietnamese converting company Agricultural Printing & Packaging (APP).
Hence, the company decided to fit Martin Automatic splicing technology to their Gallus narrow web presses used for printing tobacco packs and other folding cartons, roll to die cut.
APP has offset, gravure, and flexo printing capability, as well as offering die cutting, folding/gluing and other carton finishing processes. But it was the production bottleneck on the narrow web Gallus EM 410 press line that first prompted the company to look at automation offered by Martin Automatic.
According to Mr Hope Hu, Sales Manager for Asia for Martin Automatic, “APP’s business had grown to the point where manual roll changing on the narrow web press could no longer offer the level of productivity required to meet demand for the cartons being produced.” In order to solve this, APP ordered a Martin Automatic MBS automated unwind butt splicer, which was retrofitted inline with the Gallus press in July 2014. Moreover, in September 2014 APP purchased a second Gallus EM 410. This time it was fitted with a Martin MBS at installation.
Mr Le Duy Toan, Deputy Director General for APP, commented: “We run the Gallus presses 24/7 and make around 30 roll changes per day. This used to take six minutes each and wasted 50 metres of material every time, when we did it manually. With the Martin automatic splicers we have seen productivity increase by 10%, or to put it another way, we get more than two hours extra production in every 24 – that’s an excellent return on our investment.”