The Heilbronn-based cutting-die manufacturer Marbach launched its digital zone levelling technology at the drupa 2016 in Duesseldorf.
Marbach has in the meantime equipped over 150 (and counting) die-cutting machines with it. At the beginning, digital zone levelling was only available in 102-106 format. Due to its huge success, Marbach can now offer it in the formats 76, 102-106 and 142-145. The formats 130 and 162 are still in progress.
Order-related zone levelling no longer applies A die-cutting machine is subject to wear and tear during the production process. That’s why it used to be necessary to fill up worn-out areas with make-ready paper when setting-up every single order. With digital zone levelling this process has become significantly more efficient. Zone make-ready has only to be implemented once and then will last several months.
Functionality of digital zone levelling The operator makes an impression of the machine using a standardized procedure. Marbach then produces a new, modified cover plate for the make-ready sheet. Individually for every machine. This levels out height deviations of the cutting platen. And so the area make-ready for every single tool no longer applies. In this way the performance of the packaging production increases.
Time-savings from 30-50% Marbach developer Sascha Wormser: ‘‘We are very happy with the success of digital zone levelling. More than 150 customers have ordered it since drupa. The feedback has been positive throughout. According to our customers, the make-ready time savings through digital zone levelling lies around 30-50%. With this saved time, customers can produce other jobs. A significant increase in productivity.’’
Some Marbach customers have already equipped all of their machines with digital zone levelling due to the high productivity gains. And thus they profit on every single machine due to its increased efficiency.
Make-ready free die-cutting is around the corner Sascha Wormser continues: ‘‘When the customers use digital zone levelling and when supplemented with our mpower|+ technology the time-savings are even higher. Make-ready free die-cutting is now very close to possible.’’