Heidelberg Delivers First Dymatrix to Curtis Packaging
KENNESAW, Ga.—Heidelberg announced that Curtis Packaging, Sandy Hook, Conn., has installed the first Dymatrix 142 CSB die cutter in the Western Hemisphere. The massive, 60-ton die cutter was shipped from Heidelberg Postpress production in Mönchengladbach, Germany. From there, the die cutter was dismantled and packed in seaworthy crates, then shipped via freighter to the U.S. Upon its arrival in New York Harbor, the Dymatrix 142 was sent to Curtis Packaging, becoming the first piece of Heidelberg equipment the company has ever owned.
When the high-end sheetfed packaging and folding carton manufacturer went shopping for a large-format, high-speed die cutter to replace a 30-year-old machine, it did not expect a revelation on the order of the Dymatrix 142.
Senior Vice President of Manufacturing John Giusto—who flew to Mönchengladbach for a closer look at the die cutter prior to purchase—admits that he deliberately took a ‘show-me’ approach to the demo. “I’ve bought a lot of die cutters over the years,” he says. “I thought I’d seen it all.” While he was initially impressed by the sheer bulk of the machine and how solidly it was built, it was the performance that sold him. “When I saw the Dymatrix in action, it wasn’t just another concept anymore,” Giusto says. “This was a serious contender. The Dymatrix did everything I asked it to do and then some.”
Now in full production mode at Curtis, the Dymatrix 142 CSB (cutting, stripping and blanking model) with automatic pallet feeder continues to amaze. “So far, it has met or exceeded all our expectations,” Giusto says. For example, “The Dymatrix cuts from the top down, bringing the die to the sheet rather than bringing the sheet up to the die,” he explains, referring to the exclusive moving upper platen that enables the Dymatrix to maintain level sheet travel from feeder to delivery, resulting in a better die cut and smaller nicks. The Dymatrix also runs quietly and vibration-free, even at speeds to 7,000 sph and beyond. “The scrap evacuation system makes more noise than the Dymatrix,” Giusto marvels.