KAMA of Germany has launched the digital positioning system, CPX 106, for accelerated set-up of clichés in blind embossing and hot foil finishing.
The software-supported system replaces the time-consuming positioning of clichés including fine adjustment in the embossing machine and can be used for all common flat-bed finishing machines for sheet format B1, regardless of the manufacturer. Makeready times can be reduced by up to 90%, says the company.
The CPX software calculates the target position (rotated, mirrored) and takes into account the thermal expansion of the embossing plate and clichés. The ‘rolling out’ of the print sheet is also included in the reference data, so that the clichés can be mounted directly on the target position on the plate by camera-based alignment on the screen. No measuring, no cutting out, no subsequent corrections on the hot plate and virtually no waste. Operators quickly have the positioning system under control with the intuitive user guidance.
Customised adapters make the smart solution compatible for embossing plates from different manufacturers of B1 machines, for example Bobst, Gietz or Heidelberg/MK. All embossing plates up to a size of 860 x 1,300 mm can be clamped in the CPX with repeat accuracy. Since the set-up work is performed on the CPX 106, this increases the availability of the embossing machine, which can still produce another job during the setup time.
“After the successful introduction of our positioning system for half format and 70 installations worldwide, we received several requests from customers for a solution for larger formats. This gave us the impetus to make the CPX 106 ready for series production”, explains Bernd Sauter, Managing Director. “Wherever register-precise embossing and hot foil finishing is required, printing companies can benefit from the CPX; in the finishing of greeting cards, labels, vouchers and tickets as well as in the packaging market for high quality folding cartons for brand manufacturers from food to technology or cosmetics.”
The company says benefits of KAMA CPX 106 include:
- Set-up time reduced by up to 90%;
- More uptime for the embossing machine;
- Easy operation;
- Minimal waste;
- Pays for itself quickly.