Since 2004 Marbach has been using a special technology to apply braille dots in the appropriate height on packaging. Marbach customers in Europe have been using the marbabraille technology successfully for many years and it has been proven thousands of times. More and more countries outside Europe are currently dealing with the topic of braille on packaging.
Application of braille on packaging is not a simple issue. Because there are different requirements for braille embossing: for the optically best result, the embossing of braille dots should be weak so that the paperboard material does not tear open. The higher the level of embossing, the greater the risk of the paperboard cover tearing open. For blind people, on the other hand, a certain minimum height of the braille dots is necessary so that they can easily feel the text with their fingers. Consequently, the application of embossed dots on packaging always represents a balancing act between attractive visual results and good readability for blind people.
Bernhard Reisser, Sales Manager at Marbach: "During the last few months our subsidiaries outside of Europe have also received an increasing number of inquiries. In South America the topic of braille is currently the focus of attention. As in 2004, when an EU regulation was issued according to which most pharmaceutical packaging was required to be provided with braille. At that time we developed our special technology marbabraille-elasto with compressive elastic embossing. With this technology, braille can be designed in such a way that it can be easily felt by blind people and yet the embossing does not leave any visible damage on the top of the packaging. This is the optimal solution for applying braille to packaging.
With the emergence of braille in other countries, braille embossing is becoming very relevant once again. Marbach has prepared for the additional demand and will offer its special braille solutions worldwide to its customers.
For three years now, Marbach has been one of the few diemakers to operate a die-cutting machine at its site in Heilbronn. The Eterna machine (formerly Brausse) is used for customer and employee training, for tests of in-house developments and also for customer projects with well-known brand owners. In July this year, Marbach and Eterna can look back on 3 years of successful cooperation.
In 2019 the Marbach Group opened another subsidiary of Marbach America in Michigan City, Indiana. Today - 10 months later - the new Marbach family member is well on its way to becoming a strong pillar of the globally active company group.
Marbach is offering a special tool for the quick set-up of embossing plates on embossing dies under the name Embossing Register System IV. With this tool users save time when setting up an embossing die and so reduce machine downtimes.
For several months now Marbach has been offering a new technology in its portfolio under the name of: Universal Sheet Delivery. After the great success of the Universal Sheet Delivery in the 102-106 format, Marbach now also offers this tool for large die-cutting machines in 142-145 format.