KAMA launches AutoBraille unit

KAMA is launching an efficient inline solution for the application of Braille. The newly developed AutoBraille for the FF 52i fully automatic folder-gluer offers minimum makeready times, reproducibility and easy handling for the operator — ideal for the production of folding cartons for the pharmaceutical market, which must be marked with Braille in Europe.

The company’s AutoBraille automatically adjusts the pair of embossing wheels across the full width of the machine. This means that all embossing positions that are possible on carton blanks can be approached in a self-controlled manner — from the left to the right flap, without a second module or ‘reverse’. This simplifies the production process and calculation and saves valuable time. The unit embosses up to five lines of standardised Braille and uses the common Braille tools. For the rare case that a box should get two Braille embossings, the module offers a second pair of embossing wheels.

KAMA’s AutoBraille for inline Braille embossing scores with a high level of automation.

The main pair of embossing wheels moves fully automatically to the calculated position for the embossing field. The transport belts are also machine-controlled and guide the blanks with high transport safety on both sides of the Braille wheel.

Following a double sheet detector with ejector, the Braille dots are embossed and the Braille wheel is positioned for the next blank in milliseconds by a servo motor. Also, the tool change is genially solved; the patrix plate for the respective job is automatically drawn in at Braille Kit 1 — similar to plate changing in offset printing.

“Compared to the Braille embossing in the die cutter, the new inline solution brings considerable savings in tooling costs and makeready time,” says Steffen Pieper, Managing Director at Kama. “A further advantage is the higher process safety due to the Braille application on the individual blank at the end of the value-added chain.”

With the new embossing system, the Dresden-based company is extending its competitive advantage of ‘fastest job changeover’ for the FF 52i folder-gluer.

“We see the areas of application in the production of folding cartons for pharmaceutical, healthcare and cosmetics products, as well as on-demand packaging and for web2pack customers, where short delivery times and short to medium runs are essential,” adds Steffen Pieper. “Fully equipped with AutoBraille, we now offer a complete solution for the production of folding cartons in the pharmaceutical industry.”

The company says that its machine and AutoBraille are easy to operate and operators can be trained quickly.


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