ICO Industria Cartone Ondulato, a corrugated board converter based in the south of Italy, has become the first company to acquire BOBST’s new Large Format Digital Inspection Table (DIT).
When BOBST first unveiled its original DIT in 2018, its digital innovation helped to revolutionize quality control, virtually removing print production errors. It incorporates digital projection for the proofing of printed sheets and die-cut blanks, whilst providing real-time visual representations to match product with digital proofs.
Now, the Large Format DIT allows inspection of largest printable sheet formats in a mixed reality quality environment; ensuring consistent, reliable, and intelligent results. It is optimized for corrugated board, allowing 2800 x 1600mm sheets to be examined from both sides of the table. It has new and enhanced technical features, such as 4K projectors, which can also be used to great effect with flexible material.
The Large Format DIT was launched just before European countries began locking down due to COVID-19, making in-person customer demonstrations very difficult. But it didn’t deter ICO, which had heard about the new innovation from BOBST and believed it was exactly what they needed. After several virtual demonstrations and meetings, ICO decided to invest.
“We are aiming to differentiate ourselves by achieving the shortest lead times, fast response times and efficient logistics – giving superb service to our customers,” says Mr. Stefano Di Mattia, ICO General Manager. “To reach these objectives we are investing in digital innovation and processes such as digital printing, and with the BOBST Digital Inspection Table, we can further strengthen the offering to our customers. Our strategy is based on the principles of technical performance, digital innovation, raw material optimization and attention to environmental impact, and the Digital Inspection Table is supporting this strategy.”
The Large Format DIT moves quality control into the digital age and new features and design of the table make quality control simple, providing customers with a premium quality control solution and a significant reduction of the control time for every job.
This state-of-the-art machine will enable printers and converters to reduce waste, speed up job set-up times and will empower operators to make fast and accurate decisions first time. With quality tracking and Industry 4.0 digital quality reporting, this impressive machine drives enhanced productivity, continuous improvement, and customer confidence.
“The Large Format DIT is supporting the BOBST vision of ‘Shaping the future of the packaging world’, where we strive to provide digital innovation and end-to-end solutions for the packaging value chain,” says Raphael Indermühle, Head of Sales and Marketing for Services at BOBST. “We are very happy that ICO was the first company to invest in this digital innovation and we know that they are at the forefront of embracing digital transformation with a clear strategy for how to respond to their customers’ needs.”