Marbach is known in the market for providing individual solutions. So far, manual top knives have not been part of Marbach's portfolio. However, as customer requirements for high-precision manual top knives have become more and more demanding, Marbach has intensively dealt with this topic. The result is tools manufactured in a new production process which optimally meets customer requirements for more precision.
Manual top knives are special tools as they are used on hydraulic swing arm cutting machines, which are the most widely used die-cutting machines in Europe. They are used to die-cut materials such as foils, leather materials, felt, fleece or even foam materials. Target groups can be found in all areas ranging from the automotive, shoe, foam and textile industries to the plastics processing industry.
The conventional manual top knives available on the market are manufactured using a template. A steel rule is bent directly around a template. The results are often imprecise. Market demand for greater precision in such manual top knives has increased steadily in recent years.
Michael Kiesel: "More and more customers have come to us seeking precise manual top knives. For this reason we have dealt intensively with this topic. The result is that we are incorporating an intermediate step in the production process: the manual top knife is not manufactured directly, but a CAD program is created first. Based on this, the manual top knife is then manufactured using our new production process. For our customers, this means tools with high precision, consistent quality and easy reproducibility for repeat runs.
Another advantage is that a manual top knife is often just the preliminary stage to producing a tool for mass production. At Marbach a manual top knife for small series and test die-cutting is manufactured on the basis of the CAD data created. Only when this has been intensively tested, optimized and approved, are investments made in a multi-use production tool. This provides customers with efficient production tools optimized in advance as well as cost reductions."
First customers supplied with the new manual top knives have been impressed by the significantly higher precision of the tools. And the results: more precise and beautifully designed die-cutting material.
Marbach has added a new blanking tool to its product range. The alublanker is, as its name suggests, made of aluminum and completely CNC-milled. One of the first customers to use the alublanker is Marbach's long-standing partner MPS in Obersulm - a company of the Consumer Packaging Business of the WestRock Group. The Obersulm site produces high-quality folding cartons for the international perfume and cosmetics industry.
Marbach has published a new whitepaper for tobacco applications on its knowledge platform, the Experience Hub.
Marbach provides solutions to ensure top performance for its customers. In order to make packaging more attractive and to visually highlight individual elements of packing, the embellishment process of embossing is often used. As an eye-catcher, it increases the impact of a package at the point of sale. This then has a sales-promoting effect for the packaged product. If the embossing process is not integrated into the die-cutting process but is carried out separately, this is known as embossing and die-cutting in two passes. This is more time-consuming than an embossing process integrated into the die-cutting process. But here, too, set-up times can be minimized.
The portfolio of Marbach Die Supplies (MDS) includes machines, equipment and materials for diemaking. In particular, MDS has expanded its range of manual devices in recent months. Among the most popular of these is the mcut|multi multifunctional cutting tool. It cuts rule materials quickly and without deformation. Plastika Mostar in Slovenia is already using mcut|multi and is very impressed.