Falconer Print & Packaging claims Heidelberg braille first

Falconer Print & Packaging is to boost its offering to the pharmaceutical sector when it becomes the first company in the UK to install a Diana X folder gluer with a braille unit.

Falconer Print & Packaging's Richard Martin, production director, and Hadyn Bradbury

The investment will allow the Elland-based firm to better respond to the legal requirement from the pharmaceutical sector to include braille on its packaging.

Managing director Hadyn Bradbury said: “Pharmaceuticals represent over 30% of our turnover and the volume is growing.

“Braille is a prerequisite, and to date we have produced it in the die-cutting section of our production facility in Elland. The tooling costs, to produce braille this way, are very expensive.

“We are confident that, running braille on the Diana X will be considerably more cost effective, for all our customers, particularly on runs of small/medium volume”.

Falconer’s braille unit is situated immediately after the alignment station, which ensures positioning is exact.

According to Heidelberg, the machine uses a male-female method with an etched plate punched to create the braille emboss.

The system is able to emboss on any panel and on any size of carton with multiple lines of information and can run at speeds of over 100,000 cartons an hour.

The machine will be delivered in March and will run on a double-day shift under the auspices of production director Richard Martin and finishing manager Ryan Egglestone, who chose the set-up.