The Koenig & Bauer Group meanwhile makes almost 70 % of its sales of 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 (Stand No. C36).

KBA-Metronic: Intelligent marking solutions

Digital communication between man, machine and product is a central issue for the marking specialists at KBA-Metronic. In the age of the smart factory, the camera-readable coding of products is a precondition for automated processes – from detection in packaging lines to traceability in logistics and trade. Increasing individualisation and mandatory product information require powerful and flexible marking solutions.

Metronic marking systems with the code-M software module allow, among other things, the centralised 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.

KBA-Sheetfed: Folding box printing, conventional and digital

KBA-Sheetfed, the market leader in sheet-fed offset presses for cardboard printing, is also present on the joint stand. In virtual presentations, KBA-Sheetfed will show the digital sheet-fed 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

For its new-generation CI flexo presses for flexible packaging materials, KBA-Flexotecnica focuses on migration-free printing with water-based inks, e.g. 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.