Board Converting News, February 15, 2021

Fosber: ‘Quantum’ Leap (CONT’D FROM PAGE 1 )

The Quantum is available in 70- and 98-inch widths and runs 1000 feet per minute. “It’s all about quality, specialty

papers and the uniqueness of the fluting,” Pallini says. “Our sales team is going to be calling on people they haven’t called on before because we didn’t have an answer for this in the past.” He acknowledges that the Quan- tum is not a corrugator for the mass

roll stands, splicers, Compact dry end and Syncro corru- gated control system. The computer-based corrugator control system is Fosber’s signature product that is now standard on all Quantum corrugators. Syncro uses intuitive touch screens and machine signals to display production information. It can provide control, monitoring, information display, data entry, diagnostics and centralized operation for a complete corrugator or individually on the dry end or wet end. “The key to the Quantum is the singlefacer, glue ma- chine and twinfacer,” Pallini explains. “Those wet end components are Quantum technology and that has not changed. The difference between Fosber corrugators and the Quantum is the section that forms the flutes. What will give customers a competitive advantage is that Quantum section.”

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market. “We sell five, six, seven complete corrugators in the U.S. a year. We might sell two or three Quantums.” Existing customers in Europe are producing corrugated board for high quality flexo post print, and pre-printed top liners to achieve near litho quality and several plants are producing sheets for single pass digital print. “For plants that focus on the production of microflute sheets, direct offset printing on corrugated board or specialize in the use

of light papers, the Quantum is the perfect machine,” Alberto Brivio, Managing Director of Quantum Corrugated, says. “In digital printing, we know that the qual- ity of board being run on the printer is para- mount,” he continues. “To this end, the Quan- tum ensures not only the finest flutes can be run at speed, but also some of the flattest sheets available in the market. Flat board cre- ates an optimal printing surface and thanks to our process, there is no direct contact with the sheet during formation, meaning no slip or pressure marks on the outer liner.” Growth Markets Fosber’s research to determine the need for a machine like the Quantum in North America revealed a niche in the high graph- ics, microflute and narrow web markets. “There’s not a lot of good narrow web ma- chines out there right now and there’s plenty of narrow paper, and there are also a lot of people testing microflutes in order to get into other markets,” Pallini says. “Our market anal- ysis brought several things to the surface and one of them was that the ability to produce microflutes efficiently to compete with other types of substrates is limited.” He says the Quantum’s low and consis- tent heat requirement at the singlefacer and twinfacer are key to producing high quality microflute, lights weights and coated board. The additional enhancements with Fosber technology opens up even more market op- portunities. Brivio agrees. “This latest version of the Quantum sets a high bench mark. We have reduced the amount of energy it needs to run by over 30 percent and at the same time, we



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