This retrofit, specially designed for Frip, enables a foil length of 2,200m rather than the conventional 1,500m, reducing changeover downtime by 30% and saving around 40 minutes a day, said Frip group managing director Leslie Gibson.
“After experience working on the other two Bobst foilers, we suggested this improvement,” he added.
The £450,000 reconditioned install was made at Frip’s Stockport, Cheshire premises where it is being used primarily for large format carton and point of sale work.
The install was made as part of wider, long-term £1.5m-plus investment strategy, spurred by growth in larger format cartons.
The expansion has also included investment in a new £250,000 Sakurai spot UV line for the Redditch facility in October, and in a £500,000 Bobst 126BMA foiler, installed at the Hinckley site in April.
Frip said it will also soon make an announcement regarding diversification into a new product range with specialised laminating equipment.
The Leicestershire-based company now operates seven Bobst foilers across the group’s six sites.
Gibson said: “Bobst represent the industry standard in die-cutting and foiling. They’re well recognised for reliability and value fir money over time. Also, from our perspective we want to maintain consistency of training and product knowledge across our group.”