Productivity boost

09 March 2017

Mosca technology is helping to boost production throughput at the Limerick site of corrugated manufacturer Rigid Containers as part of the company’s continuing upgrade of its Irish manufacturing facility following the acquisition of the site from ICS Europaks in 2015.

The Mosca machines installed include a KCK-131-26 palletiser and a MCB-2 strapping machine, along with a Genesis Futura stretch wrap system.  In addition, the new line features a three-colour Bobst FFG 924 NT flexo folder gluer, set up with a Bobst pre-feeder and a Dücker Corrpal palletising line.

The Rigid site at Wellington in Somerset is running a similar machinery set-up and the Limerick installation has been established to achieve comparative efficiency results. The site has already seen a 30 per cent increase in throughput due to the higher quality and higher production speed.

Rigid has a long history of using Mosca systems at its five sites because of the efficiency and robustness of the machines. Together with their performance in a demanding manufacturing environment, these were important deciding factors in these latest additions.

As Steve Whitby, the site manager who specified and oversaw the installation of the Mosca equipment, explains: “The team at Rigid was impressed with the enthusiasm and technical expertise the Mosca team had regarding advising on various machinery specifications and how the system could fit in with plans for the new Bobst machine.”

Combining high speed with economical operation, the KCK-131-26 palletiser features Mosca’s patented SoniXs sealing technology, which welds the strap ends using high-frequency ultrasonic vibration. This provides a faster and more environmentally-friendly solution than conventional friction welding methods.  The machine features easy set-up and operation via an 8” Siemens touch panel and it can be easily integrated into any processing line.

The state-of-the-art MCB-2 fully-automated strapping machine is the latest generation of corrugated bundle strappers with integrated squaring device.  It provides fast set-up and changeovers, with extremely high process reliability. Smooth bundle control is achieved by the latest brushless DC technology, giving a top speed of up to 27 bundles per minute.

The Mosca equipment was installed along with the new Bobst in an eight week time frame specified by Rigid.

“The whole installation process was what we expected from Mosca and the company’s technical experience helped greatly,” concludes Steve Whitby.

“As we have a long history with Mosca, we knew that the machinery would be installed on time; there is a great deal of thought and time given to ensuring that the new machines match the expectations of our company helping us to  meet the needs of our customers.”