KBA marking and print solutions for the most diverse forms of packaging

Hall 12 Stand C36

The NEO XD LR CI rotary press by KBA-Flexotecnica produces outstanding quality with migrationfree water-based inks

The Koenig & Bauer Group sells almost 70% of its new presses with printing, marking, finishing and further processing technologies in the growing packaging market. Four companies from the KBA Group will be presenting a selection from their wide range of solutions at this year’s interpack in Düsseldorf, on a joint stand in Hall 12.

KBA-Metronic – Intelligent marking solutions

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The modular concept of the code-M software by KBA-Metronic improves production through flexible integration

Digital communication between man, machine and product is a central issue in the age of the smart factory. Camera-readable coding of products is a precondition for automated processes—from detection in packaging lines to traceability in logistics and trade—while increasing individualization and mandatory product information require powerful and flexible marking solutions.

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The KBA VariJET 106 powered by Xerox is a digital sheetfed press for folding box printing

Metronic marking systems with the code-M software module allow, among other things, the centralized administration of print jobs, the monitoring of entire marking lines and the integration of camera control systems. With the code-M data module, data from databases can be inserted into printed texts. Printing systems and fields are detected automatically, and the form of the imprints is user-definable. With the code-M data and code-M editor modules, many users can create sophisticated text layouts themselves. The job preparation department can carry out layout adjustments, and the marketing department can quickly implement advertising campaigns with action codes. For the first time, KBA-Metronic will also be presenting the tried-and-tested DOD inkjet and  highly versatile betaJET xenio. KBA-Metronic regards the marking of products and packaging as an integrated process, and cooperates closely with users and mechanical engineers on new developments. The product portfolio with thermal, inkjet, laser and combined printer units covers current market requirements.

KBA-Sheetfed – Folding box printing, conventional and digital

KBA-Sheetfed, the market leader in sheetfed offset presses for board printing, is also present on the joint stand. In virtual presentations, KBA-Sheetfed will show the digital sheetfed press KBA VariJET 106 – powered by Xerox for folding box printing. The KBA VariJET combines conventional printing and finishing technologies with digital inkjet printing. This hybrid press supports regional and campaign-specific versions of packages, value-added and infotainment packages as well as database-aided sales campaigns. KBA will also be providing information about its flatbed and rotary stamping units.

KBA-Flexotecnica – Migration-free printing on flexible packaging

interpackFor its new-generation CI flexo presses for flexible packaging materials, KBA Flexotecnica focuses on migration-free printing with water-based inks, for food packaging. The new laminating machine EVOLAM, which allows the use of solvent-free adhesives, will also be presented.

KBA-Kammann – Direct digital printing on glass bodies is coming in

Digital inkjet printing is also gaining ground in the direct decoration of premium hollow bodies made of glass, plastic and metal. KBA-Kammann, the international market leader in screen, hot embossing and digital printing systems for decorating hollow glass bodies, will be showing this at the interpack. The flexible Kammann systems allow the optimum configuration of applications to meet the diverse requirements of the various target markets and customers.

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