BOBST new generation folder-gluer for corrugated board arrives to a fanfare


BOBST new generation folder-gluer for corrugated board arrives to a fanfare
Revolutionary innovations
The MASTERFOLD folder-gluer was conceived with high productivity in mind, while taking into account the need to cope with short runs, and to offer both process versatility and product quality. The construction of the MASTERFOLD is particularly rigid, making it possible to produce all types of boxes, while a new automatic packer will soon be available to supplement the machine.

Accuwave, a new system of folding, makes it possible to produce 4 and 6 corner boxes, and crashlock bottom cartons, without the need for mechanical hooks.  This innovation delivers high speed production with no marking of boxes, along with further improved reliability, lower noise levels, and simplicity of adjustment – particularly for boxes with windows.

BOBST has optimized the operation of the MASTERFOLD and has included in the basic machine features such as:

– strategically placed cameras inside the machine, to allow constant monitoring of production via a video monitor at the feeder,
– a jam prevention system, using photocells,
– motorized folding belts, with operator side controls, to allow adjustment without the need to stop the machine,
– high quality integrated gluing systems, from any  of BOBST’s  gluing system partners, giving great ease of use, and
– integrated partial prebreaking, which allows for the prebreaking, in modules Combi I & II, of the first and third fold of small boxes up to 1200 mm.

Operators of the MASTERFOLD now benefit from a new C.U.B.E 3 interface which has a large screen on which the principal commands are grouped, aiding both ease of use and safety.  The video monitoring system covers the length of the machine using 4 cameras and 1 screen while, for the safety of the operator, physical protection protects the compression zone, and safety doors block access when the machine is in production. The basic machine also benefits from the BOBST remote diagnosis system, Highway View.

The Polyjoiner peripheral has also undergone several changes.  Its new version includes many operational improvements, suggested by users, to its look, safety, interface, and mechanical systems.

According to their particular interests, visitors who attended the MASTERFOLD demonstrations at the BOBST Competence Center were also able to see in action BOBST’s STARFOLD and VISIONFOLD folder-gluers, and EXPERTCUT and MASTERCUT platen presses.
For further technical information, please contact Alan Thompson