Tech Watch: B&R Moll’s digi-mollPAK System
by Lara Copeland, assistant editor
As an industry supplier of folder-gluers and specialized bindery finishing equipment for printing and packaging facilities, B&R Moll, Inc., Warminster, Pennsylvania, recently developed the digi-mollPAK System. Like all B&R Moll machines, this compact inline folder-gluer is made almost exclusively in the US. It provides digital and commercial printers with fast, flexible performance for complex packaging projects. Cartons, pillow packs, room key sleeves and presentation folders are just a few examples of the variety of applications the new unit can handle.
According to vice president of sales for B&R Moll, Inc., Kevin Moll, “The digi-mollPAK System incorporates many proven folding and feeding mechanisms developed by B&R Moll.” These mechanisms include an open format system that facilitates quick changeover between jobs and a dual-stream capacity to enable multiple feeds. Positive feed control is provided by a bottom friction feeder that not only offers continuous feed for regular stocks but also irregularly-shaped materials. The system’s workflow is maintained by a tipper plate with an air blast attachment, movable belts and pans, and anti-marking formers. Additionally, the system’s liftgate can be adjusted to allow for a quick job set-up.
“We developed the digi-mollPAK System specifically for digital printers who needed a fast, flexible inline folder-gluer that could deliver complex packaging jobs at an affordable price,” Moll explained. He elaborated by reporting that customers have been responding well to the new system. They are pleased with the drastic reduction in set-up and changeover times as compared to their big, inline folder-gluers. “It allows them to get more jobs in and out in a day. It also gives them more flexibility and allows for the acceptance of other work they would normally say ‘no’ to,” Moll revealed.
Customers also appreciate the footprint of the machine and the amount of flexibility it has. “It allows customers not only to just convert their packaging work, but their commercial print work as well, such as pocket folders, mailers and taping projects,” Moll stated. The system works well with other presses, and Moll considers it the perfect complement to a digital press, as well as a commercial press. The digi-mollPAK system’s efficiency for specific jobs is increased by accessories that include an inserting attachment, tape head/silicone head, vacuum belt system and a trombone feed assembly.
The compact B&R Moll digi-mollPAK System has a linear footprint of just 15' and handles material ranging from 70lb cover to 28pt. stocks (140-500g/m˛) in sizes ranging from 2x4" (50x102mm) up to 36x20" (914x508mm).
Maximum linear speed is 425'/min (130m/min). The system is available with either 220V 3-phase, 60A/60Hz or 400V 3-phase, 60A/50Hz power connections and a 90psi (0.7mPa) compressed air connection.