Board Converting News, May 2, 2022

DeWitt Packaging Adds Second Kolbus Autobox

Grand Rapids, Michigan based DeWitt Packaging Corpora- tion recently installed its second Kolbus AutoBox machine to increase throughput and expand their product offering. DeWitt purchased its first AutoBox machine, equipped with the DL300 digital ink jet printing module, in 2018. DeWitt realized great success with their first AutoBox ma- chine, which eventually led to the purchase of their second AutoBox machine in November of 2021: the ultra-compact AutoBox Boxer. “Adding the Boxer just made sense,” said Jim Baker, Owner of DeWitt Packaging Corporation. It fits our niche well, as we run a lot of low volume assembled kits, which include trays, covers, HSCs, five panel folders. The Box- er handles it all with ease and is already being used at nearly full capacity. It’s an extremely versatile machine and we like that it can do OPFs (one panel folders) in a single pass.” The purchase was made with the goal of moving jobs to the Boxer from existing converting equipment and main- taining short lead times, due to customers’ growing de- mand for custom, short-run packaging solutions. The Auto- Box Boxer was installed in January 2022 and is equipped with optional upgrades including the DL200 digital print module and TF200 Table Feed for auto-feeding and a stacking unit. The AutoBox Boxer requires no previous boxmaking experience and has the capability to produce up to 400 pieces per minute, while handling a variety of board sizes and thicknesses. The Boxer is equipped with ¼ inch slot- ting blades for high quality boxes that will rival those that are made on a die cutter. A fan fold option is now available for both the AB 300 and BX 200 machine. “Interest in the AutoBox product line has grown tre- mendously in the corrugated industry as sheet plants and converters are faced with the challenge of finding skilled machine operators. The one-minute set-up, simple con- trols, and the built-in safety features are attracting more people to add these machines to their plants,” said Art Crawley, Sales Manager, Kolbus America.

NAM: Activity Strengthens In April, Despite Challenges

According to Chad Moutray, Ph.D. and Chief Economist at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the S&P Global Flash U.S. Manufacturing PMI rose to 59.7 in April, the best reading since September, with key mea- sures strengthening, proving that manufacturing activity remained resilient despite numerous challenges. Still, the index for future output eased to a six-month low, even as it continued to point to optimism about production growth. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6


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