Since 2004, we have been using special technology to apply Braille dots to packaging at optimum heights and shapes. The marbabraille technology has proven itself numerous times by our customers in Europe. More and more countries outside Europe are dealing with the issue of Braille on packaging and are increasingly using our special technology.
In 2004, an EU regulation was issued in Germany, according to which a large part of pharmaceutical packaging required Braille. This presented many packaging manufacturers with new challenges. This was because applying Braille to packaging is a complex issue. There are conflicting requirements for such embossing: For an optically optimum result, the embossing of Braille dots should be weak so that the cardboard material does not tear. The higher the embossing, the greater the risk that the cardboard surface will tear open. For blind people however, a minimum height of the Braille dots is necessary so that they can easily feel the lettering with their fingers.
Consequently, applying embossing dots to packaging has always represented a balancing act between attractive visual embossing results and good readability for blind people. In order to meet official requirements and to optimally support our customers, we at that time developed our special marbabraille-elasto technology with compressive elastic embossing. With this technology, Braille dots could be made in such a way that they could be easily felt by blind people, and yet the embossing did not leave any visible cracks on the packaging.
Bernhard Reisser, industry manager at Marbach: "The demand for packaging with Braille embossing outside Europe has massively increased in recent years. Due to the emergence of the Braille issue in other countries, Braille embossing has become very topical again in our globally operating company group. We are very pleased that with marbabraille we have in our portfolio a solution for optimally embossed Braille dots."
More information about Braille embossing can be found here: www.marbach.com/en/products/marbabraille
In 2023, we will be able to look back on 100 years of company history. After this special event, the next big event for us is already waiting to happen next year: In one year – exactly on May 28, 2024 – the leading trade show of the printing and packaging industry, drupa in Düsseldorf, will finally take place again.
We are at home in the packaging industry. Almost 100 years ago, we began in Heilbronn as a 3-man business with a small workshop measuring 36 m² (4 x 9 m). Today the company has 1,600 employees worldwide at many locations around the globe. In Heilbronn alone, the total area for production and administration is 24,352 m².
As a result of this expansion, space in the existing buildings has repeatedly become cramped over the years. As a consequence, new buildings and extensions have had to be built.
In addition to our comprehensive portfolio of cutting-dies, we also offer compatible storage systems. The Marbach Die Storage System (MDSS) has been designed for packaging manufacturers seeking optimally functioning in-house logistics.