Cartonéo wanted to move into the digital age of short run producing of corrugated material.
Invest in a digital line: a HP Scitex 11000 press and a powerful robotized Kongsberg C66 cutting table
Cartonéo’s acquisition of a latest generation HP Scitex digital printer and fully robotic Esko Kongsberg cutting table resulted in greater production automation. It also opens new large format packaging and POS markets for Cartonéo.
Edmond Perrier, Company President, explained the recent acquisitions as follows: “The integration of this digital line into our conventional fleet is truly revolutionary. These tools enable us to offer small to large format products, large series of a single unit and multi-material with flat and corrugated cardboard as well as plastic, wood, etc.
The integration of this digital line into our conventional fleet is truly revolutionary. We are now able to enter and capture new markets and new customers in different sectors, where there is an increasing demand for shorter series as well as customization and differentiation.
Edmond Perrier, Company president, Cartonéo
Edmond Perrier continues: “We are now able to enter and capture new markets and new customers in different sectors, where there is an increasing demand for shorter series as well as customization and differentiation.
Digital production is almost like a new business to us, which is why we are taking time to learn in partnership with the HP and Esko teams. Automation was key to Cartoneo's project from the outset and in the short term the aim is to introduce robotics making the Esko Kongsberg C66 stand alone and remotely programmed.”
The Esko Kongsberg C66 has an average linear speed of 100 m/min and can work in multi-zones with one, two or four leaves. A robotic suction system grips and transports the plates. The cameras are located on the robot rather than the table to ensure highly accurate readings of the edges and bottom of the sheets for ultra-precise positioning.
The added value of this setup lies in the continuous cutting, while downtime is minimized to maximize productivity. This is also beneficial in the production of small run series.
Tool changes for the different substrates take only a few minutes and the loading/unloading times of the table areas by the arm have been optimized.
The robot can handle media from different pallets and camera based intelligent technology guarantees 100% accuracy and reproducibility.
Whilst the material in one zone is being processed, the robot loads and prepares the other zone for finishing. This minimizes idle time and the work table works and cuts continuously, virtually 100% of the time.
Edmond Perrier commented: “Robotics enabled us to release personnel from uninteresting handling tasks. Today a single person manages the flows and production orders for both machines, generating work with added value. In terms of cutting we have gained a lot in productivity, quality and flexibility. "
Perrier continues “By opting for Esko I knew that I was buying exceptional and intelligent equipment with everything that goes with it, e.g. responsiveness, service and highly qualified manpower.”
Cardboard manufacturer Cartonéo celebrated its 120th anniversary in October 2017. Edmond Perrier is supported by his three sons and the Cartonéo group now comprises three companies employing approximately 130 people. The head office in Vault-les-Saint-Claude manages corrugated cardboard transformation and the digital printing and cutting equipment and workflow, whilst offset printing and the transformation of flat cardboard are based in Géovreissiat. The plant in Villefranche-sur-Saône deals with the production of POS materials.