The Slimbox only allows cardboard sheets. Both corrugated cardboard (e.g. transport boxes) and folding carton (e.g. cereal boxes). Rigid cardboard (e.g. shoeboxes) won’t work.
Sheets can be 1 m / 40 in wide and have no limit in length. But it is advised to not go over 2.5 m / 100 in just for practical reasons.
Walls and faces
The wall in a sheet of corrugated cardboard is the wave-shaped paper, which is also called its flute. When it has a top and a bottom layer, it becomes rigid. It exists in single, double or even triple wall. With only one flat side, it can be rolled and is called single face. However possible, this type is not strong and therefore not great for making boxes.
Thickness and flutes
The thickness can be between 1 mm and 5 mm (0.04 in and 0.2 in).
This means A, B, C, E, F-flute in single face and single wall board. As well as EF and EB double wall board.
The Slimbox can be operated with an app on a smartphone or tablet. But also through a webbrowser, a 3D scanner or by connecting it to the ERP system using the API.
Integration is important. It removes the speed limits. This can be achieved by simply working on two parcels simultaneously. But it can also become as complex as automatically cutting the boxes JIT through a connection with the ERP. You decide, we help implement.
On average the Slimbox produces 1 box per minute. This depends on material thickness and the size and complexity of the box. Nested boxes go faster as it requires less handling.
Slimbox uses a laser to cut and crease. Lasercutting creates smoke and odor. To reduce this, 3 filters are used.
Once a filter is saturated, it needs to be replaced.
3. Active carbon
What is left is the odor. To reduce it, an active carbon filter is used. This filter is replaced by a technician, during the maintenance of the Slimbox.
Also called the pre-filter. It is used to eliminate all the ‘big chunks’ of dust. This lightweight model needs to be replaced most often.
The second one filters 99.95% of all the left-over particles, making the air cleaner than it was. Every 4-5 dust filter replacements, the HEPA filter is changed too.
During maintenance, all three filters are replaced, the quality of cutting and creasing is checked, the Slimbox is cleaned and all technical elements (e.g. motors, sensors, pumps, fans, cooling, moving parts) are examined according to an extensive checklist.
All hardware needs maintenance. With a regular and normal use of around hundred boxes per day, count on one annual maintenance service.
During the development of the Slimbox, a lot of attention was put into the reduction of friction and moving parts. Because these are the parts that make maintenance necessary.