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Warrenpoint firm in world record box seat

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Warrenpoint firm in world record box seat thumbnailJONATHON Burns (Conversion Manager), Paul Toombs, Ian Lappage, Roger Morgan, James Keenan, Steve Norris (Bobst Trainer), Christopher Mackrell (Team Leader), Damien Flanagan and Joseph McCready.

SAICA Pack in Warrenpoint have been recognised as record breakers!

Workers at the factory took the record for the Bobst 820 Expertline after producing 180,692 boxes in an 8 hour shift beating the previous record held by a Canadian box-maker of 169,000 boxes.

The team ran four orders with an average change-over time of 2 minutes 30 seconds to beat the previous record. The average speed recorded on the day was 22,590 boxes per hour.

The Bobst 820, a €300,000 investment by Saica Pack was installed and commissioned in May and June 2016 to replace two ageing machines in the company. A team from the plant investigated all the options to replace the existing equipment and following a visit to a plant in Timbar Florida they decided upon the Bobst 820 which itself is only on the market less than 3 years.

With leading edge technology the machine installed is designed to print and die-cut up to five colour boxes at speeds of 24000 per hour. The very rapid change over time ensures the plants capability to maximise production whilst coping with very small order quantities.

The machine has world class quality control processes built into the manufacturing line and will reject any defect cases.

Commenting on the remarkable achievement, plant manager Malcolm Reid was full of praise for the team, "who have fully embraced a top speed, non-stop philosophy and to beat a world record in such a short period after installation is a phenomenal achievement.

"We are extremely proud of the team and very grateful for the excellent training and equipment supplied by Bobst.

"The investment is also a clear statement of Saica's commitment to the future development of the Warrenpoint plant which has been successfully operating since 1948."

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