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KAMA goes with the 4.0 flow

Some technology manufacturers have a major hit, and then get lost trying to live of its fame long after it has ceased to be relevant. Others continue to innovate, day after day, month after month. And some manage that process for more than 122 years.

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KAMA welcomed 80 print and packaging houses from around the world to experience its latest hardware and software technology innovations

Print and packaging processing specialist KAMA GmbH is just such a company. The German based company built the first automatic die cutter in 1936. Today the company also offers innovative solutions for digital print finishing that have been sold to more than 70 countries around the world.

Recently the historic manufacturer held an Open House that welcomed more than 80 participants from eight countries ender the motto “Impress with post-press.”

The machine manufacturer showed for the first time the digital networking of their versatile solutions via a central cockpit with the new software ‘KAMA Job Manager’, which it says is its “realisation of Print 4.0.”

“We connect our solutions for post-press with the network of work preparation and printing press”, claims KAMA chief executive officer Marcus Tralau. He continues: “The goal is a networked workflow that manages especially in digital printing the increasing number of jobs safely and efficiently - including the applications in the further processing.”

The KAMA Cockpit communicates with the MIS and the machines for die cutting, embossing, stripping and folding and gluing, sends the job-related data and the appropriate setting values to the machines and gives the feedback from the production —such as duration of the set-up time, production time, speed, good sheets—in real time back to the network.

The goal is a networked workflow that manages especially in digital printing the increasing number of jobs safely and efficiently - including the applications in the further processing

The production was shown with finished folders with capacity, folded cards with a dispensed sample and different folding boxes from small to large, with straight-line or lock bottom.

The particular strengths of the KAMA workflows include inline stripping without tools, software-based setup with minimal waste and record-fast job changes on the Pro Cut 76 and DC 76 die cutters, as well as on the KAMA FF 52i short-run folder gluer for digitally printed folding cartons, partially in less than 5 minutes.

A few days before the demo days, the Fachverband Faltschachtel-Industrie (Professional Association of the Folding Box Industry) FFI visited KAMA and learned about the workflow ‘on demand’ in finishing.

What particularly impressed the participants of the FFI working group was the versatility of the die cutting and embossing machine Pro Cut 76 with tool-free stripping and blanking and the high quality of the layouts.

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