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Among the live demonstrations that took place at last month’s KAMA/HP Indigo Open House the highlight was the presentation by the two companies of a new and highly efficient end-2-end workflow solution for digitally printed folding cartons.  

Held at KAMA’s headquarters in Dresden in Germany, around 450 visitors from 34 countries, including the USA, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Mexico and Russia, as well as numerous European countries, were present to view the complete production process from digital file to a finished carton.   In the process itself, the folding cartons were printed and varnished in-line on an HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press.  HP Indigo presented the digital press for B2 format (sheet format up to 75 cm/29”) fully equipped with in-line primer and the TRESU iCoat 30000 in-line varnishing unit.

Continuing the process, the digital prints were die-cut on a KAMA DC 76 die-cutter (760 x 600 mm), a machine especially designed to handle short runs, both with and without hot foil stamping – but always with the new AutoRegister. Using a camera, printed register marks and correcting sheet alignment, AutoRegister ensures highest register accuracy for every single sheet. The incorporated KAMA SBU module carried out all stripping and blanking in-line with the die-cutter– there is no need for tools, which provides a significant cost saving.

To finish, KAMA’s new FlexFold 52 folded and glued the blanks into deliverable straight-line boxes or crash-lock boxes.  Due to the automated set-up, changeover from one folding carton format to the next job is performed almost at the press of a button.

The KAMA/HP Indigo workflow solution highlighted at the Open House has been optimised for short runs and the folding cartons were produced in different formats, including personalisation and finishing, so that at the end of the process, every visitor received a box personalised with his or her photograph.

The full range of KAMA die-cutters and folder-gluers is supplied in the UK & Ireland by Friedheim International.  For further details call 01442 206100, or visit the website: www.friedheim.co.uk.

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