DeWitt Packaging Corporation, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, recently installed their second KOLBUS AutoBox machine to increase throughput and expand their product offering.

DeWitt originally purchased their first AutoBox machine, equipped with the DL300 digital ink jet printing module, in 2018. DeWitt realized great success with their first AutoBox machine, which eventually led to the purchased of their second AutoBox machine in November of 2021 - the ultra-compact AutoBox Boxer.

“Adding the Boxer just made sense. It fits our niche well, as we run a lot of low volume assembled kits which include trays, covers, HSCs, five panel folders. The Boxer handles it all with ease and is already being used at nearly full capacity. It’s an extremely versatile machine and we like that it can do OPFs (one panel folders) in a single pass,” said Jim Baker, Owner of DeWitt Packaging Corporation.

The purchased was made with the goal of moving jobs to the Boxer from their existing converting equipment and maintaining short lead times, due to their customers’ growing demand for bespoke, short run packaging solutions. Their AutoBox Boxer was installed in January 2022 and is equipped with optional upgrades including the DL200 digital print module and TF200 Table Feed for auto-feeding and a stacking unit.

The AutoBox Boxer requires no previous boxmaking experience and has the capability to produce up to 400 pieces per minute, while handling a variety of board sizes and thicknesses. The Boxer is equipped with with ¼ inch slotting blades for high quality boxes that will rival those that are made on a die cutter. A fan fold option is now available for both the AB 300 and BX 200 machine.

“Interest in the AutoBox product line has grown tremendously in the corrugated industry as sheet plants and converters are faced with the challenge of finding skilled machine operators. The one minute set-up, simple controls, and the built in safety features are attracting more people to add these machines to their plants,” said Art Crawley, Sales Manager, KOLBUS America.