Aluminium laminatesBobst’s CL 850DWith the installation of a Bobst CL 850D multi-technology laminator in the fall of 2014, the German converting company, allflex-Folienveredelung, based in Aachen, has broadened its activities in the production of aluminium laminates for the food packaging industry and the confectionery market segment. Apart from the good laminating quality that the new machine delivers, its productivity has allowed allflex to reduce the number of shifts in a day from three to two. The new installation provides allflex with the increased capacity that is necessary to support the company’s continuous growth.L-R: Michael Becker, machine operator, and Frank Heling, managing director at allflex Folienveredelung, in front of the Bobst CL 850D laminator in the company’s production plant“The innovative technology of the Bobst CL 850D makes the machine suitable for all types of lamination. Therefore, we are confident that we are now well equipped to satisfy the current and future requirements of our customers. All possibilities are now open to us,” commented Frank Heling, managing director of allflex, explaining the main criteria behind the company’s decision to invest in the 1,350 mm web width Bobst multi-technology laminator. In addition, the CL 850D operates at a high level of efficiency to deliver flawless laminated structures. All parts of the laminator are easily accessible, which speeds up both makeready and changeover operations, as well as machine cleaning and maintenance.
The CL 850D installed in the allflex production plant is equipped with three different coating systems facilitated by interchangeable trolleys. In addition to the rotogravure trolley, the allflex laminator comes with a dedicated trolley for solvent-less lamination and a flexo trolley, which is particularly suited for coating solvent-based adhesives directly onto thin aluminum foil. Moreover, a Registron module offers the possibility of printing with an in-setter on a pre-printed substrate. All these features combine to allow the machine to handle the widest range of applications.
The Bobst CL 850D is a productive and reliable machine. This, combined with high flexibility, output quality, efficiency and ease-of-use, enables it to cover even the most demanding requirements of the market with practically no limit to the creative design of the packaging. Due to its accurate web tension control, the CL 850D can operate at high production speeds of up to 450 metres a minute using a wide spectrum of flexible substrates, with different physical properties and different thicknesses, to produce high quality laminates with minimal waste. Its innovative, extra long dryer combines two different nozzle technologies for very high drying efficiency.