Bobst rewards inventor employee for embossing detection technology

Matthieu Richard recognized for the development of a pioneering innovation

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Matthieu Richard receiving the prestigious Bobst Inventor Award
Matthieu Richard receiving the prestigious Bobst Inventor Award

A Bobst employee has been recognized for developing a pioneering innovation that has positively impacted the company and its customers.

Matthieu Richard, leading engineer of optoelectronics systems development and optical expert at the company, in Mex, Switzerland, received the prestigious Bobst Inventor Award for his embossing detection technology, which is integrated into the Bobst Accucheck inline inspection system

Sigrid Wagner, Group IP Director and Chairman of the Bobst Inventor Award Committee, said: “The Inventor Award program has been established to encourage employees to be a crucial part of the company technological innovation and strengthen our Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio. The development of intellectual property is essential in positioning Bobst at the forefront of quality innovation for our customers and supporting the implementation of our vision for the future of the print and packaging industry.

“Matthieu is much deserving of this year’s award. The embossing detection solution was an industry first and demonstrates true innovation which offers a level of measurement accuracy that is unparalleled supporting our customers achieve zero-fault packaging every time.”

The annual award scheme was launched in 2020, making Matthieu the second person to have received the Bobst Inventor Award. Judges from the Group senior management team assess patented inventions based on their commercial value for the company and its customers, technological advances in creating market differentiation, and ability to be marketed as an outstanding innovation.

Bobst embossing detection technology to deliver zero-fault packaging

The embossing detection technology is an image capturing solution that controls an embossed structure and determines its precise position. Interestingly, this precise measurement can be done on a wide variety of different substrates such as matt, varnished, bright or dark, lacquered, or metalized surfaces. Thus, this technology opens the way to push the measurement accuracy on different Bobst machine types further than ever before. In addition, incorporating stronger quality control during production contributes to ensuring the best production quality, allowing our customers to deliver Zero-fault packaging.

Quality is one of the biggest differentiators in the packaging industry. Other factors matter too, of course – cost-efficiency, sustainability, and lead times to name just a few – but ultimately, if packaging fails the quality test, it can jeopardize a whole run and the customer relationship with it. Moreover, in some sectors – pharmaceuticals, for example – packaging faults can have even more significant commercial consequences.  

Matthieu said: “I am thrilled to receive this award and for my work to be recognized in this way. It is a testament to the creative team of people that I work alongside, who have been involved in the development of the embossing detection technology and have helped to make it a success for our customers and for Bobst.

Matthieu Richard, Chief Engineer in charge of optoelectronic systems development and an optical expert at Bobst
Matthieu Richard, Chief Engineer in charge of optoelectronic systems development and an optical expert at Bobst

Bobst is a company that places high value on innovation and creativity. It has a clear focus on developing new technologies that empower our customers to be best-in-class and which offer distinct benefits to meet the needs of packaging manufacturers around the world, today, and into the future. The Innovator Award program allows employees to become engaged with the Bobst vision for a more connected, digitalized, automated, and sustainable industry while valuating their contribution to support innovation,” he added.

 

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