We had the pleasure of contributing to the March 2019 issue of FLEXO Magazine, on helping open the communication for printers when specifying dies for a folding carton project. The variability of modern converting technologies has significantly increased the flexibility of today’s packaging diversity and greatly increased the number of features that can be included in any packaging design. This technological advancement has added to the value offering of packaging to most products. In the case of rotary converting tooling for folding cartons, it is important to understand the requirements of your end product, and the variables and experience that are offered in the market from the rotary die manufacturer to enhance the implementation of your next folding carton project.

Below is a short excerpt on what to expect in the article:

During any design or concept phase within the folding carton industry, it is imperative to understand what capabilities and limitations exist within your OEM’s physical equipment and plant setup. Today’s OEM supplier capabilities vary widely. Some OEMs will have broad ranges of capabilities spanning many customizable processes incorporating one-, two- or three-station converting modules. Others may have limited processes that will be static in their ability to expand. Your OEM’s capabilities should be a key factor in deciding what will be possible.

Your rotary die supplier will be most interested in the capabilities of your production equipment (web width, printing press repeat, OEM manufacturer) along with the technical features of your carton’s production needs. Supplying a comprehensive dimensional diagram or drawing of your desired product will help define your expectations, illustrate key aspects of your product and guarantee successful implementation. A key feature to focus on are the overall dimensions of the finished carton. This will give your rotary die maker an adequate idea of the requirements to accommodate your product.

 

To read the full article in the digital edition of this publication, check out the March 2019 issue of FLEXO Magazine.