Revere Group, Seattle, Washington, has ordered a MASTER M6 machine from BOBST, which will complement the two BOBST MASTER M5 presses for film products and labels already in use at the company.
Family-owned and managed, Revere Group manufactures direct-contact food packaging, including film, bags and pouches, and labels, with most customers found in the confectionery, nutrition and gourmet food industries. Founded in 1938, the fourth-generation company is headed up by co-owners and co-presidents Mark and Sally Revere.
Over the past few years, Revere has established in-house pouch production by combining the capabilities of a BOBST MASTER M5 flexo press with an inline solventless laminator, and a Karlville pouch-making line. As the company scales up the flexible packaging side, the new top-of-the-range MASTER M6 will offer improved efficiencies, allowing Revere tomeet customers’ demands for faster delivery, reduced waste, and packaging produced with new eco-materials, according to the company.
The current trio of BOBST MASTER inline flexo presses at Revere are all running UV LED low migration inks for printing food contact packaging. One MASTER M5 is a 630mm wide machine for flexible packaging, while the other is a 370mm dedicated to label production, both purchased in 2015. The recent addition, the MASTER M6, is a multi-process, multi-substrate machine which is dedicated to film printing.
Revere’s ten-color MASTER M6 features turret unwinders and rewinders and runs with inline solventless lamination.
Revere is leveraging BOBST’s oneECG technology for seven-color expanded gamut printing with highly reliable color consistency to hit more than 93% of the Pantone colors, and DigiFlexo automation technology for pressure setting, registration control and adjustments while the press is running – on all three machines.
Stand-up pouches, including gusseted pouches, currently account for 6.7 percent of the flexible packaging market, with a predicted Compound Annual Growth Rate of 5.1 percent to 2025.
The sustainability aspect of pouch-making is important for Revere, whose customers are keen to pursue a greener agenda in response to concerns from consumers about the impact on the environment of plastic packaging. The company offers pouches that are printed on more eco-friendly films with higher recyclability either due to the composition of the material itself or the mono-material laminated structure.
With the combination of oneECG printing and DigiFlexo automation, Revere is also supporting sustainability goals by wasting less materials in production through ultra-fast setups and changeovers. Furthermore, the process uses only CMYK+OGV inks, which stay in the press between jobs, reportedly saving time and speeding up time to market for customers, because more jobs can be run in a shorter amount of time.