Ellis Paper Box adds Koenig & Bauer Duran’s first North American Omega Allpro 90 Folder Gluer
By PrintAction Staff
By PrintAction Staff
Canadian packaging specialist Ellis Paper Box, a member of the Ellis Group, installed a new Koenig & Bauer Duran Omega Allpro 90 folder gluer – the first in North America – in its postpress department at its 60,000-square-foot Mississauga, Ont., facility this spring.
“We’ve developed a successful reputation as one of the most valued manufacturers in the industry because we understand and respect the demanding standards required by the pharmaceutical market, which has assisted us in all other segments of the folding carton industry,” says Dave Ellis, President of the privately-held manufacturer of folding cartons. “Our customers are continually challenging us with unique value-added features. We listen carefully to our clients to understand what drives their business. We recognized that to be truly different from our competitors, we needed to provide these services under our own roof that not only meet but actually anticipate and solve these challenges.”
Ellis had been diligently researching the Omega Allpro line as an added benefit when Duran became part of the Koenig & Bauer family late last year.
“We had already developed a great relationship with Koenig and Bauer through our purchase of their Iberica brand of die cutters last year,” says Ellis. “When Koenig and Bauer purchased Duran and its Omega products, it seemed to be an ideal situation for both parties. I believe Koenig & Bauer will continue to be a very important partner to the Ellis Group for many years.”
Ellis was interested in the Omega Allpro because the folder gluers are designed to handle a range of substrates from cartonboard to corrugated, and are capable of producing various carton styles. Allpro folder gluers produce straight line, double wall, crash lock and optional four- and six- corner with single finger servo fold as well as inner partition, Z-fold, conical crash lock and CD boxes at a maximum belt speed of 400 m/min. All Omega gluers are equipped with touchscreen control panels, and modems for diagnostic purposes that boast strength and reliability. Omega Allpro gluers have motorized or motorized with memory versions as well.
“As we continue to grow our market share, we have added new business with new requirements,” says Ellis. “Our new folder gluer will have the ability to manufacture all styles of cartons including straight line, auto bottom, four- and six-corner, as well as some of our own uniquely-designed styles. The machine is very quick to make ready and produces extremely high quality results.”
Founded in 1946 in Ontario, The Ellis Group is comprised of over 250 employees at Ellis Packaging, Ellis Paper Box and Ellis Packaging West servicing and specializing in the food, confectionary, pharmaceutical, neutraceutical and beverage industries. The three facilities that make up the Ellis Group organization are centred amid the Toronto region. Ellis Packaging is headquartered in Pickering, along the shores of Lake Ontario while Ellis Packaging West is in Guelph, approximately one hour west of the city. The Ellis Paper Box facility is a two-storey glass building located in Mississauga near the airport.