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KOLBE-COLOCO BOOSTS OUTPUT AND REDUCES WASTE WITH MARTIN AUTOMATIC

German printing company, Kolbe-Coloco Spezialdruck GmbH has fitted Martin Automatic non-stop unwind/splice and rewind units to its two Gallus RCS 430 narrow web combination presses. The company is known for roll labels, sales folders, brochures, special-effect cards and unusual 3D advertising material for point of sale in the sheet fed and roll to roll printing sectors. The Gallus presses are highly specified all-servo machines, with a combination of offset, flexo and screen all inline.

According to Managing Director Michael Leon: "We knew we had one of the most flexible presses available but needed more continuous production than manual roll changes could offer. So, we spoke with Martin Automatic and took references from two of their existing users, GEWA Etiketten (now Multicolour Corporation), and Desmedt Labels. These visits were eye-opening in terms of improved press efficiency and waste reduction of expensive substrate."

The two sets of Martin Automatic MBS unwind/splice units and LRD rewinders now fitted to the first Gallus press required Kolbe-Coloco to remove the original unwind unit. On the second Gallus, the floorspace allowed the company to keep the existing unwinder, and the new non-stop splicer has been added to the existing unit. "When installing the Gallus RCS presses we did have in mind to add non-stop automation at a later stage," Michael Leon commented, "so it was crucial that Martin Automatic offered flexible solutions to retrofit their units into an established production environment."

On the rewind side, the existing press configuration has been maintained and the automatic transfer rewinders have been fitted inline. They handle production rolls up to 800mm in...

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