Marbach has been manufacturing rotary tools for the corrugated board industry for 50 years. Founded in 1923, the company started producing rotary cutting-dies for corrugated board in 1968. The production process developed at Marbach became the standard in the packaging industry in the following years.
The foundation stone for the Marbach company was laid in 1923. Karl Marbach Senior founded the Marbach company together with two partners. Initially, cutting knives were manufactured for the local shoe industry. In 1926, the production of steel rules and cutting-dies, began. In the decades which followed, these flat dies were produced both for the advertising material industry and for the packaging industry.
As rotary die-cutting of corrugated board became more and more popular in the 1960s, Marbach increasingly focused on this topic. In the first rotary machines, steel was still die-cut on steel. So the counter-cutting cylinder was made of steel. But in the mid-1960s, the first rotary machines were imported from the USA to Europe and were die-cut on a soft counter part. With the machines from the USA, the 66 inch format became established for tool diameters of 487 mm. Today there are more than 50 different diameters. Managing Director Peter Marbach: "The demand for large-format outer packaging has made rotary die-cutting of corrugated board increasingly popular. That is why in 1967 and 1968 we dealt intensively with the topic of rotary die-cutting. We even moved this new production department to a separate building. This is where our innovation forge for rotary tools (a development and production center) was built. The newly developed, special production process was still very complex at that time. Involving a lot of manual work. Unlike today."
Rotary die-cutting not only permits large formats, but also high production speeds. Mr. Marbach continues: "Then as now we wanted to offer our customers the right solutions for their requirements."
In the years that followed, this process was constantly further developed. And rotary cutting-dies still continue to be an important product in the company’s extensive portfolio. Marbach offers a very special rotary cutting-die under the name marbaspeed|r. This premium tool is always equipped with the latest materials and is produced using the most modern production techniques. For example, the rubbering in the Marbach high-performance rubber flexpower ensures maximum productivity in the rotary die-cutting process. Peter Marbach: "Our rotary tools – above all the marbaspeed|r tools – stand for high productivity, zero waste and long tool life. We are very pleased that this year we can already look back on 50 years of rotary cutting-die production."
This example illustrates once again the pioneering role of the Marbach Group in die-cutting technology in recent decades.
Marbach has a new technology in its portfolio. The universal sheet delivery is a tool with which sheet delivery in the die-cutting machine can be extended so that the delivery of the paperboard sheets can be quickly and easily adapted to each individual job.
Marbach Werkzeugbau is currently working intensively on the topics of digitization and industry 4.0. The main focus here is on digital solutions for tools, processes and services. Within the scope of this project, Marbach has analyzed the future requirements of its customers. The results of this are the two components CONNECT|M and CONNECT|AR (Augmented Reality). CONNECT|M is a technology that intelligently connects the thermoforming tool, Marbach and the customer. CONNECT|AR is about virtual customer support via remote maintenance.
Marbach offers an extensive portfolio of dieboards. The suitable dieboard can be selected according to the requirements of the customer or the particular order. The dieboard forms the basis of a cutting-die. The contours of the packaging are first inserted into the dieboard, then the cutting and creasing rules are positioned and finally the appropriate rubber coating is applied.
Through its Die Supplies & Automation (MDS&A) division Marbach sells machines to die-makers. In addition to laser systems and water jet systems, Marbach has milling machines in its portfolio. The mgrav|2 is its most successful milling machine.