Bobst rewards inventor employee for embossing detection technology

Matthieu Richard recognized for the development of a pioneering innovation

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Matthieu Richard receiving the prestigious Bobst Inventor Award
Matthieu Richard receiving the prestigious Bobst Inventor Award Jean-Pascal Bobst remet le prix Bobst Inventor Award 2020 à Matthieu Richard. Photo : SmartCuts Creative / Philippe Krauer

A Bobst employee has been recognized for developing a pioneering innovation that has positively impacted the company and its customers.

Matthieu Richard, leading engineer of optoelectronics systems development and optical expert at the company, in Mex, Switzerland, received the prestigious Bobst Inventor Award for his embossing detection technology, which is integrated into the Bobst Accucheck inline inspection system

Sigrid Wagner, Group IP Director and Chairman of the Bobst Inventor Award Committee, said: “The Inventor Award program has been established to encourage employees to be a crucial part of the company technological innovation and strengthen our Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio. The development of intellectual property is essential in positioning Bobst at the forefront of quality innovation for our customers and supporting the implementation of our vision for the future of the print and packaging industry.

“Matthieu is much deserving of this year’s award. The embossing detection solution was an industry first and demonstrates true innovation which offers a displacer level measurement  accuracy that is unparalleled supporting our customers achieve zero-fault packaging every time.”

The annual award scheme was launched in 2020, making Matthieu the second person to have received the Bobst Inventor Award. Judges from the Group senior management team assess patented inventions based on their commercial value for the company and its customers, technological advances in creating market differentiation, and ability to be marketed as an outstanding innovation.

Bobst embossing detection technology to deliver zero-fault packaging

The embossing detection technology is an image capturing solution that controls an embossed structure and determines its precise position. Interestingly, this precise measurement can be done on a wide variety of different substrates such as matt, varnished, bright or dark, lacquered, or metalized surfaces. Thus, this technology opens the way to push the measurement accuracy on different Bobst machine types further than ever before. In addition, incorporating stronger quality control during production contributes to ensuring the best production quality, allowing our customers to deliver Zero-fault packaging.

Quality is one of the biggest differentiators in the packaging industry. Other factors matter too, of course – cost-efficiency, sustainability, and lead times to name just a few – but ultimately, if packaging fails the quality test, it can jeopardize a whole run and the customer relationship with it. Moreover, in some sectors – pharmaceuticals, for example – packaging faults can have even more significant commercial consequences.  

Matthieu said: “I am thrilled to receive this award and for my work to be recognized in this way. It is a testament to the creative team of people that I work alongside, who have been involved in the development of the embossing detection technology and have helped to make it a success for our customers and for Bobst.

Matthieu Richard, Chief Engineer in charge of optoelectronic systems development and an optical expert at Bobst
Matthieu Richard, Chief Engineer in charge of optoelectronic systems development and an optical expert at Bobst

Bobst is a company that places high value on innovation and creativity. It has a clear focus on developing new technologies that empower our customers to be best-in-class and which offer distinct benefits to meet the needs of packaging manufacturers around the world, today, and into the future. The Innovator Award program allows employees to become engaged with the Bobst vision for a more connected, digitalized, automated, and sustainable industry while valuating their contribution to support innovation,” he added.

 

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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