Customers of Marbach rely more and more on the application of steel counter plates as a counter-die. This development comes as no surprise since demands on functionality and appearance of packaging blanks are continually increasing. The steel counter plate meets both criteria. The high quality of the creases that are created with it, leads to a very good functionality of folds. Moreover it eliminates the occurrence of marks on the blank.
The trend is towards steel counter plates
Head of Business Development, Jan Brunner: “During the last years we have recognized an increasing trend towards steel counter plates. Our share of sales has been significantly enhanced. The application is not complicated due to the fact that nowadays all die-cutting machines are designed for 1mm cutting plates. For most of our customers, using a steel counter plate is not only a must for high quantities, but also for repeat orders. Steel counter plates are also used more and more for small quantities with high demands on the creasing quality. For best creasing performance of packaging.”
A steel counter plate is a counter die made of steel with milled creasing channels. Compared with creasing matrix or rillma, it is characterized by simple handling and a very long lifespan. But the main reason for the huge success of the steel counter plate is the quality of the creases. Because this quality leads to best functionality and the most attractive packaging at the point of sale. Without marks. Also the integration of refinement techniques and braille embossing is very easy with the steel counter plate.
Additional option marbajump
The optimization option marbajump is a special lifter with which the steel counter plate can additionally be equipped. It prevents the sheet being trapped in the creasing channel, especially in challenging places, for example when used in combination with reverse cutting or embossing.
Steel counter plates are available in different degrees of hardness and versions, so the customers’ requirements can be perfectly taken into account.
Since Marbach has restructured its division „Materials for the production of cutting-dies“ and has recently been renamed Marbach Die Supplies, the positive market acceptance has been very well received at Marbach. The extended portfolio has generated a positive mood with Marbach customers. Because as one of the main material suppliers in Germany, Marbach is the only company that is able to test its products in advance in its own production units and on the in-house die-cutting machine.
There are many different possibilities to refine packaging and to upgrade them for the POS. De- and embossing in 2D or 3D, hotfoil, pure edge or reverse cutting. But there are also sophisticated creases, for example many creases close to each other, make something special out of packaging. We offer our customers the right solution for every requirement with our tools and technologies. For extraordinary packaging at the POS. That is not only a visual but also a haptic experience for the consumers.
The sixth technology forum of the European Diemakers Association (ESU) took place between the 15th and 16th of September in Luxembourg. Marbach was on-site as an exhibitor to present its newest innovations with its two divisions Automation & Service and Die Supplies.