Over the past ten years, Macpac has replaced 90% of their machine park, upgrading to more efficient machinery. Now, Macpac has invested in purchasing the first Illig down stacking machine with a punch press in the UK. This new Illig RD74 machine gives Macpac the capability to produce thermoformed packaging with holes punched and removed within the forming itself, using its second cut station for the punching process that is required.
The addition of the down-stacking station means tooling can be produced more cost-effectively than any up-stacker-style machine without compromising the run speed and quality of the product.
M.D Graham Kershaw said, “The new machine gives Macpac a huge leap forward in terms of manufacturing capabilities. Having a machine that can punch and clear within a forming opens so many new avenues for Macpac in terms of customers’ demands. Where in the past we have had to turn away business due to the capabilities of our machines, we can now offer this service and guarantee the same quality of product and customer service we offer at Macpac.”