Board Converting News, April 4, 2022

Akers Packaging (CONT’D FROM PAGE 32)

with demand, we also buy sheets on the outside market.” In addition to the corrugator, Akers’ Chicago plant runs two flexos, each with Alliance prefeeders; a two-year-old Apstar 3-color flexo folder gluer with die cut section; and a Post Folder Gluer. The corrugator, which is supported by a BW Papersystems downstacker installed last year, runs two shifts a day.

Langston, prior to going into rolls, metal “fingers” push the medium into the flutes.) Akey equates the old Langston 100 to a vintage 1960s Chevrolet with 400,000 miles on it. “There are not many original parts left on it but it still runs 550-feet a minute and

With the size of the today’s corrugators and length of modern high-speed flexos, Akey says the company is “maxxed out” in its Chicago location and would need a fa- cility of at least 400,000-square-feet to accommodate the A downstacker by BW Papersystems was installed in 2021.

maintenance costs are next to nothing because the things that need repair are not high-technology things. It’s a great old corrugator and it still serves us well but because our business has grown so much and because it can’t keep up Two flexos in Akers Packaging’s Chicago plant are equipped with Alliance prefeeders.


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April 4, 2022

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