Bobst, which has been developing a new packaging press using Kodak’s Stream continuous inkjet technology, has announced that it’s started beta testing the press. The first beta site is the Model AG plant in Weinfelden, Switzerland, the production and management hub of the Model Group, which last year reported £500m turnover.
Dr. Daniel Model, CEO of Model Group, said, “We are very excited and proud to be the first beta customer for this revolutionary press. We firmly believe that the technology this Bobst solution brings will permanently transform the corrugated packaging industry.”
It’s a four colour sheetfed press designed to print direct to corrugated media, both coated and uncoated. It can run at 200 metres per minute, which is the standard Prosper speed, and can handle sheets up to a maximum size of 1.3 x 2.1 metres, making it the widest Prosper printbar so far. It uses Kodak’s water-based pigment ink.
Bobst says that the press will be suitable for both high volume and variable data production. Bobst says that it will shortly install a second press at a site in Europe.
The digitally-printed corrugated market is rapidly becoming a crowded space. HP already has a version of its T400 Inkjet Web Press adapted for printing to corrugated liners, and is working on a bigger design in partnership with KBA. Sun Automation has developed the CorrStream series here in the UK, while the Spanish company Barberan is working on its own inkjet machine, the Jetmaster, available in 840, 1050 and 1260mm widths.