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Chinese packaging company invests in Bobst for ‘smart’ factory

Zhejiang Dashengda invests in three Bobst machines to serve multinational clients with high-end packaging.

One of China’s biggest manufacturers of corrugated and paperboard packaging, Zhejiang Dashengda Packaging Co Ltd, has added the Bobst FFG 8.20 DISCOVERY Flexo Folder Gluer along with the two e-Line Die-Cutters.

The investment comes as Dashengda is moving towards a fully digitalised ‘Smart’ factory. The company already has a range of BOBST hot stamping and die-cutting machines.

The FFG 8.20 DISCOVERY is a user-friendly, high-productivity box-making solution, which can process up to 18,000 corrugated boxes each hour. The flexo folder gluer is a robust machine combining automation, accuracy and quality is one package to offer low total cost of ownership (TCO).

Processing single and double-walled corrugated board of 1.2 to 8 mm in thickness, the DISCOVERY prints and converts sheets in sizes up to 830 x 2,180 mm. It also boasts ultra-quick setting up times, or order changeover during the run, of just two minutes with Rapid-Set, while the Posilock system allows for fast mounting of die-cutting tools.

With the BOBST Maintenance Management & Productivity Control (MMPC) system, the DISCOVERY gives Dashengda full control over the process and access to vital production data. The packaging manufacturer sees data-driven innovation as core to its ‘Smart’ manufacturing system, which has been developed to remain competitive in the global corrugated packaging market, where growth of more than 4% annually is forecast.

“We offer a leading manufacturing service guarantee and are constantly striving to optimize and improve our offering through investment in advanced technology, process capability and technical strength,” said Sun Jun-Jun, vice president of Dashengda. “Our lean management system gives us a competitive advantage and we only invest in machines that we know can match or exceed our very high expectations.”

The two new die-cutters were manufactured and supplied to Dashengda by the Bobst Group company Eterna (Shanghai Eternal Machinery Co., Ltd). Designed to improve efficiency and eliminate manual handling of the sheets, the e-LINE model is a fully automated solution that offers all functions from loading to palletizing in one integrated production line.

“With BOBST automation in our factory, boxes and cartons can be produced and delivered to our intelligent warehouse literally without ‘touching the ground’,” explained Sun. “In addition, we have found that the unique design of scoring profiles for different types of flutes offered by BOBST is not available from other manufacturers. This is an important feature as it avoids issues with corrugated sheets bursting. Moreover, BOBST’s folding method is the best in the industry and it really solves the biggest pain point!”

Dashengda’s customer base includes big multinationals such as Panasonic, Samsung, China Tobacco, Huarun Beer, Wahaha Group, Supor, SF Express, and Zhejiang Haikang Group, amongst many others.

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