BOBST unveils its first connected label press
The BOBST M1 IOT is the first narrow-web label machine from the company to incorporate Internet of Things (IOT) technology.
The drive to incorporate the Internet of Things (IOT) technology is high in the industry. The capability to access, in real time from remote devices, a constant stream of data relating to the manufacturing process and workflow, brings countless advantages to operational profitability and the quality of the output.
“Remote monitoring and IoT are set to become industry standard. However, although increasingly widespread, connectivity is often still only considered in the realm of higher class of equipment,” said Matteo Cardinotti, managing director of Bobst Firenze.
“We are changing this: the new M1 IoT is the first mechanical shaft connected label press suitable for a large part of the market, bringing the possibility to tap into the benefits offered by IoT to the widest number of converters.”
Connectivity of the M1 IoT is through the BOBST PrintTutor camera fitted on every unit, which delivers Artificial Intelligence capabilities to eliminate the fallacies of human intervention in setting up the press, bringing it automatically in register colour after colour, and keeping the register during all phases of the production cycle.
All the M1 IoT press production data can be accessed from remote devices, such as smart phones, iPads or tablets or PC. The data can be stored and shared on a company intranet and can be digitally analysed to enable active troubleshooting or streamline efficiency.
The BOBST M1 IOT was first demonstrated at Labelexpo Southeast Asia.
“The response of the visitors has been very enthusiastic and will be keeping us very busy with the follow up of inquiries and negotiations already started at the show,” said Maurizio Trecate, sales director, Bobst Firenze.
An area of the stand dedicated to BOBST innovative services demonstrated the advantages of a range of web apps available for BOBST machines.
A new Remote Monitoring App makes it possible to analyse information received in real time from a press and monitor production performance. A Downtime Tracking App reports machine stops, analyses their cause, measures the efficiency of the intervention with a view to understand the root of the problem, correct it and improve productivity. An Open Interface App connects with the production workshop, enabling a faster input of clients’ orders to act upon those without delay.