Bellwyck Packaging (Toronto, Owen Sound and Boucherville, Quebec) has installed a Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102-8+LY-1+L Offset Press with revolutionary Push to Stop technology at its Toronto headquarters – its second CX 102 in the past 18 months! Both presses are powered by Heidelberg’s Prinect workflow and are part of Bellwyck’s vision of transitioning into a packaging ‘Smart Factory.’ In addition to the new CX 102, Bellwyck recently installed a new Diana Easy Folder-Gluer at its Owen Sound location. Bellwyck serves a variety of markets including premium cosmetics, confectionery, personal care, high-end spirits and pharmaceutical/healthcare. Customers range from the largest cosmetics and pharmaceutical companies in the world to start-ups. The company consistently helps each customer differentiate itself from its competitors through innovative, high-end packaging.
“With our new Speedmaster CX 102, we are continuing to make significant investments to help our clients drive their efficiencies as well as stand out on the shelf,” said President John McVeigh. This client differentiation is also why Bellwyck decided upon a custom configuration for its newest Speedmaster CX 102 – which has nine printing units, two coating stations and UV capabilities, and is the longest press of its kind in Canada.
The press is the result of collaboration between Bellwyck, its customers and Heidelberg. “We talked to Heidelberg about the kind of work we are currently running, and the types of jobs our customers want to achieve,” said Jerry Malfara, Director of Technical Services and Innovation at Bellwyck. “Together, we designed this truly unique press that prints 9 colours and two coatings in one pass, and still runs at 16,500 sheets per hour.” Intrigued by Heidelberg’s ‘Smart Print Shop’ philosophy, Bellwyck decided to partner with Heidelberg in early 2019 to begin its own ‘Smart Factory’ transformation.
“We embarked on the transformational journey to a ‘Smart Factory’ with significant capital investment in our technologies and systems – it’s a complete game-changer,” said April Burke, Vice Presdient of Operations “It’s not just about a machine; it’s about changing our methodologies of how we properly utilize people, tools and software to create efficiencies and increase our uptime.” Only a month into production, Bellwyck is confident it will achieve the ROI it expects from the new press. Another benefit from its Prinect-Speedmaster integration is the amount of production data available. Using 37 different data points collected from the press, the company uses business intelligence to evaluate each job’s performance. “We can then extrapolate that data to help us better manage our environment – from day-to-day tasks to where we have opportunities for improvement in the future,” Burke added.