The company has a keen interest in automation and has invested about Rs 20 crore in pressroom, prepress and postpress equipment. As a part of the expansion plan, the company bought Novacut 106 diecutter, ExpertFold 80 folder-gluer and Cron CtP. The company’s previous installations—a Bobst 102 SE and a Ambition diecutter together with the new facility—have substantially increased the folding carton manufacturing capacity to around 1 million cartons a day. Although Rukson predominantly produces pharma cartons, the company plans to expand its services to the FMCG segment soon.
Talking about the recent investment, Punjabi says, “The latest technology can help us meet our goals by increasing the productivity of our plant. However, the initial investment is high and might take a few years before we make a return on investment.” According to him, Novacut 106 is perfect for short-run pharma jobs, making it an ideal choice for the company as it plans to extend its services to the FMCG segment.
“We started with monocartons before diversifying to Metpet cartons,” says Punjabi. “In the course of our growth, we felt the demand for an in-house prepress unit, so we installed the CRON TP4632 G series plate-setter. The TP46 Series, a thermal plate-setter, has a maximum plate size of 1160 × 940 mm and covers the full spectrum of print jobs from B1 to A3+, to a minimum size of 450 × 370 mm. It is equipped with a unique laser architecture and a package of exceptional ancillaries which take the 46 series from stand-alone manually fed device to a fully automated plate line with online punching, transport and processing.”
Also looking at targetting the ‘bag in box’ market, Rukson has ordered a Heiber + Schroder machine, which will be installed in the coming days. Punjabi is keen about optimizing the existing resources by either replacing or retrofitting the equipment on the 35000 sq. ft production floor. “Our effort is to grow gradually and have space for the unexpected changes that may arise,” concludes Punjabi.