Taylor Box Company is one of the premier package design and custom box manufacturers in the United States. A third generation family business in operation for 130 years, the award-winning Rhode Island firm has an illustrious history behind it. They also don’t mind using equipment that has some experience tied to it, choosing recently to add a reconditioned 52” Lawson paper cutter from Colter & Peterson to its fleet of bindery department hardware.
Paul Atkins, Production Manager for Taylor Box, said the Lawson is producing far better than an old Seybold unit it replaced in March. “It’s much bigger, more user friendly and more versatile. It’s also easier to turn loads of paper and cuts larger sheets faster, plus it’s programmable which makes it an infinite time saver.”
Selecting a reconditioned paper cutter instead of buying a new machine was Atkins choice. He knew that C&P had a reputation for rebuilding quality paper cutters, updating the back gauge, electronics and safety systems while providing like-new tolerances and supported with a full warranty. Atkins also was replacing what he described was an antiquated machine.
“Our old Seybold was from the 1930s and everything had to be done by hand. We can be much more precise with the Lawson instead of turning a hand wheel, and we don’t need to make a back cut for really precise cutting,” informed Atkins, a long time industry veteran who joined Taylor Box in 2012. “Bruce Peterson recommended the Lawson for all the board cutting work we do. It may be an older machine but it was reasonably priced and is mechanically sound.”
Taylor Box is located minutes from downtown Providence in Warren, Rhode Island. A custom rigid paper box, slipcase and specialty printer in business since 1885, they’ve accumulated an impressive roster of clientele primarily in the U.S. but do some work for Canadian-based companies. Their most visible work is for marketing departments in the Food & Beverage, Consumer Goods, Hotels, Publishing, Confections and Jewelry categories, but they also handle Interior Design, Education, Real Estate, Automobile and Personal Care products.
“We do a lot of die cutting for our boxes and trim many of the sheets on the Lawson. Our average sheet size is 41” x 29-1/2”, and the boxes when finished range from as large as 27” in height, 16” wide and 13” deep, to as small as 2” x 1.5” x .375”,” said Atkins. He uses the cutter for one shift every day, cutting various calipers and grades of cardboard from .012 SBS all the way up to .120 pasted chip, and also employs a 54” Polar to exclusively cut papers.
The Lawson cutter includes a Microcut® computer guided back gauge system. Microcut not only memorizes cut sequences and guides the back gauge into positon for each action, but the automated program also offers safety features that are second to none in the marketplace.
“We had some initial tweaks with Microcut but everything has worked well,” remarked Atkins.
“I’m very impressed with the safety features on this cutter. It brings us more in line with compliance issues that our company follows and is a very user-friendly device to work with.”