Bringing automation to print finishing

08.06.2021 More automation, simple operation and fast changeover: KAMA (Dresden, Germany) introduces a whole range of developments for print converting, embellishment and short-run folding carton production.

Efficient short-run finishing: KAMA’s versatile and networkable solution with tool-free stripping/blanking.
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Efficient short-run finishing: KAMA’s versatile and networkable solution with tool-free stripping/blanking.

"We want to support job printers and packaging manufacturers to process the “critical” short runs more easily and profitably and to benefit from the megatrend towards versioning and small delivery units with our efficient solutions and streamlined processes,” says KAMA general manager Bernd Sauter.

“Big Bite” gripper

With 10 applications from die cutting to top-class embellishment KAMA’s ProCut 76 Foil is considered the most versatile finishing solution for the B2 format. Now comes “Big Bite”: The new KAMA gripper is able to transport substrates from 100 gsm paper to 3-millimetre-thick hardcover cardboard. The Big Bite gripper opens extremely wide, both, upwards and downwards, so that voluminous substrates, heat-treated, wavy, laminated and corrugated sheets are guided safely through the machine. Even hardcover book cases of 3mm thickness can be finished with hot foil or debossing on the ProCut 76, opening up new fields of application.

AutoRegister AR³ for high demands

The new AutoRegister AR³ for the KAMA die cutters achieves maximum register accuracy in finishing - even for sheets cut after printing or with multiple finishing operations. Servo motors align in x- and y-direction plus “skew adjust”. A useful and quality-securing feature for the demanding packaging market, labels and tags for luxury brands and refined folding cartons e. g. for chocolates, gifts or cosmetics. Also, it can reduce costs by printing in B1 format and finishing at high precision in B2.

Fast lane for short-run folding cartons

Efficient workflow for short-run folding cartons is the goal: Die cutting, creasing and automated stripping & blanking without tools inline on the KAMA DC 76 die cutter with the redesigned SBU stripping & blanking unit and 30% more performance. Setting up the machine with the programmable SBU is even more operator-friendly and quickly done with the latest release of the JobManager software.

Automatic FlexFold 52i

The final production step takes place on the FlexFold 52i, the most automated folder gluer on the market, providing full auto-setup and fast changeovers in just five minutes. With the new inline AutoBraille (option), this efficient folder gluer becomes a unique solution for short-runs in secondary pharmaceutical packaging. Both solutions, the versatile ProCut 76 die cutter and the automatic folder gluer FlexFold 52i, can be connected to the printer's MIS/ERP system for an integrated workflow.

Since the pandemic, KAMA offers individual live Web-Demos which can be booked in various languages on request.