Packaging print shop invests in Heidelberg postpress

Karl Rädisch’s Marcus Schiffermüller, machine operator; Anika Feuerlein and her father Thomas Feuerlein, Managing Director, as well as Markus Dietzel, Operations and Technical Manager (from left to right)
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“We turn your packaging ideas into reality” – this is the slogan that Karl Rädisch GmbH & Co KG Offsetdruck from Emskirchen uses to advertise its services. The print shop, founded in Nuremberg in 1928, has progressed from paper and label printing to packaging printing.

The more than 20 employees produce folding cartons, displays and blister cards for their discerning customers from the stationery, toy, automotive, textiles and cosmetics industries. As part of its process optimization activities, the company invested in a Promatrix 106 CS from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) last fall; it is the world’s first machine in this class that features the optical MasterSet register system.

Trend towards process optimization

The Promatrix 106 CS die cutter is designed for short to medium production runs and boasts an extensive range of standard equipment, a high degree of user-friendliness and an attractive price-performance ratio. At some customers, it is used as the only production machine and then also completes long print runs reliably and continuously.

The die cutter impressed Karl Rädisch due to its short makeready times, the high productivity and its cost-effectiveness. The range of materials is very extensive – from 90 to 2,000 grams per square meter. Corrugated cardboard up to a thickness of two millimeters can also be processed. Karl Rädisch uses materials up to 700 g/m2.

The optical MasterSet register system dynamically adjusts the sheet position, ensuring perfect alignment of the print image and the die-cutting tool. Together with the accurate registration of the die-cutting and stripping stations, ensures the Promatrix 106 CS delivers precisely die-cut blanks, thus reducing paper waste significantly. An increase in productivity due to the reduction of infeed stops due to misaligned sheets is another benefit of the system.

Successful cooperation with partner MK Masterwork

The partnership between Heidelberg and MK Masterwork, which involves them working together to develop and distribute postpress machines for packaging customers, has now been up and running for a good three years.

The long-term success of the partnership is founded on the perfect fit between the two companies’ core strengths. MK Masterwork is the largest manufacturer of die cutters, embossing machines and hot foil machines in the Asian region.

As a key player in the Chinese market and the leading supplier to the demanding tobacco industry, MK Masterwork has invested heavily in the manufacturing and R&D capacity needed to meet the demands of customers in the packaging market as well as, with respect to the development of new products, of Heidelberg’s high standards for operator safety, user friendly operation and production reliability.

Heidelberg’s global sales and service infrastructure is the largest in the industry and therefore provides a perfect distribution channel for MK Masterwork. Heidelberg also has decades of experience in the development of print and postpress machines.

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