Arden Dies is starting to supply Solidplate dies to UK customers following the success of trials at Essentra Packaging in Bradford.
The Solidplate die is created by Marbach as an entry level product and follows success that Arden has had with Performance Duramar dies and engraved plates from Marbach. Arden has been a partner to German supplier Marbach for more than 40 years.
The new product is pitched as the ‘Accurate one” due to dimensional stability which enables precise registration between the counter plate and the die. Essentra has been impressed.
“Arden suggested Solidplate Dies as an alternative tooling package for us and it’s certainly delivered in terms of press performance and the potential commercial benefits and savings. We’d be keen to use more of this type of tool in the future for our multiple-up layout ranges, particularly if similar run speeds can be achieved,” says site manager Ben Nappey.
“This is a great product and we are very impressed with the results, we’ve never had performance anywhere near this before.”
The company ran a die for a 30-up pharmaceutical box layout on a Bobst Expertcut 106 PER achieving 8,970sph. Now Arden is starting to run trials with the UK and Irish converters. And, according to operations and sales director Simon Lynch, “If they continue to be as successful as we’ve seen so far, then we will be investing further in the manufacture of Solidplates at our purpose built factory in Manchester enabling us to deliver such tooling in the shortened times scales demanded by the market.”
The Solidplate die is positioned as an entry level product but suited to multiple use on high end flatbed die cutting platens.
By Gareth Ward