K-1 Packaging Group installs Landa S10 nanographic printing press

The Landa S10 fulfills high-end packaging needs

K-1 President Mike Tsai in front of the Landa S10 nanographic printing press

Landa Digital Printing announces that K-1 Packaging Group, a provider of custom packaging solutions for consumer products, has taken delivery of a new Landa S10 nanographic printing press. The Landa S10 is currently being installed at the company’s California headquarters in City of Industry, outside of Los Angeles. According to the press release, the S10 will produce short to medium run static and variable jobs that consume too much time and material when running on conventional equipment. As a result, K-1 will be able to keep costs down, improve profitability, and give clients considerably greater flexibility.

Work to be printed on the Landa S10 consists primarily of 5,000 sheets-and-under jobs that make up much of K-1’s production schedule. The work includes folding cartons, countertop displays, labels, and litholam corrugated boxes.

Landa S10 nanographic printing press

It was the Landa press’s speed producing back-to-back, short- to medium-run jobs that made the comparison to conventional equipment production times – including make-ready – the most important factor in K-1 President Mike Tsai’s assessment of the press. With a Landa S10 running at its rated speed of 6,500 large formats (B1 / 41 in.) sheets in an hour, Landa showed Tsai and his team what would be eight make-readies on a conventional press achieved in only an hour and ten minutes on the Landa S10. This makes the nanographic printing press three times faster than any digital solution, and six times faster than a digital press closest to the 41-inch format.

“The 40-inch press is Landa’s domain,” Tsai says. “No one can run static or variable jobs as quickly. In a manufacturing environment, this means that we will be more productive and give our customers greater flexibility on run quantity and SKU count – an important competitive edge. What’s more, the S10’s scalability and upward compatibility give us confidence that we will meet customer demands well.”

The Landa press’ ease in supporting increasingly sophisticated jobs, Tsai says, will permit K-1 to bring its holistic, integrated approach to bear in being a full partner with its clients. One such K-1 job involves processing and printing a client’s 1-to-1 variable product codes supporting traceability and other supply chain requirements. “This is part of the future that Landa is helping K-1, and our client, to exist today,” Tsai says.

“We are elated that K-1, one of the world’s most progressive companies, has made Nanography central to its production strategy,” says Nachum Korman, vice president and general manager for Landa Digital Printing in the Americas. “K-1’s production team is well known for their work in optimizing every device, tool, and process they use; so, we will also be fascinated to see how they leverage the S10’s capabilities and explore its full potential.

“We look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship with K-1 – we will be with them every step of the way, supporting their every endeavor. We know it will be a thrilling journey.”

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  1. Well, it took a while but Landa seems to have done it again. The man and the company have come up with a pathbreaking product that was announced several drupa’s ago with much song and dance and did not really click in terms of quality at drupa 2016. But in the last couple of years it seems to have graduated from beta site to production sites and is the fastest sheetfed digital press in the B1 (41-inch format). At 6,500 sheets an hour this meets Landa’s claims of faster, cheaper and possibly as quality of monocartons. This press opens up the area of active and intelligent packaging also since it can have all kinds of variable printing including security marks and QR codes and many other innovations besides. Congratulations to the customer and to the Landa Digital company.


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