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KAMA presents first A3 flat-bed die cutter to the world

Press release from the issuing company

Dresden/Düsseldorf, 30 May 2008 – A large drupa debut for a little machine:  KAMA GmbH will premiere the world's first automatic flat-bed die cutter for the 400 x 530 mm format at drupa 2008.

Announcing the ProCut 53 –
120 tonnes of cutting force and an hourly output of 6,000 sheets are packed into the ProCut 53's four square metres. This compact powerhouse is extremely versatile. Its applications range from cutting, creasing, perforating and kiss-cutting through to finishing with cold embossing and Braille. A hot foil stamping module and a device for hot stamping plastic, both retrofittable, are in the development stage.

"With the versatile ProCut 53 KAMA wishes to provide commercial printers, bookbinders and trade finishing companies with a machine which enables them to process and finish A3 sheets in a flexible, profitable way" says Marcus Tralau KAMA Managing Director.  "We are committed to developing the highest quality machines for this sector. The ProCut 53 is uniquely positioned to support digital as well as litho printers and is the latest in our range of die-cutters." 

As is the case with all KAMA machines, a flexible concept, short set-up times and a wide range of applications characterise the ProCut 53. The innovative stand-alone solution also provides new possibilities for general digital printing and digital packaging printing.  Quick change-over means that short runs can be efficiently finished, incorporating new value-added creation into the operation.

The compact ProCut 53 with its right-angle positioned feeder, suction belt feed board and tried-and-tested KAMA gripper, processes paper weights from 90 g/m² up to 800 g/m². The successful KAMA ProCut principle of a moving upper table which gently conducts the sheets along a level surface, offers a result where no, or very few, nicks are needed. The sheet alignment with front and side marks guarantees precision of register of under one tenth of a millimetre.
The design and build of the ProCut 53 has taken less than a year to develop.  This flexible all round machine with it's neat footprint will be available from the last quarter of 2008.  The machine will be marketed by agencies of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and by KAMA's distributors and sales agencies in France and Great Britain.
"Hybrid die cutter" with new options
Totally in line with the brand's new "finishing and beyond" claim, KAMA is introducing extremely sophisticated refinements to its ProCut 74 automatic die cutter.  Demonstrations will take place on the KAMA stand D31 in Hall 3. Multi-layered reliefs, holograms and hot foil stampings with metallic colour and transparent foils lend glamour to print products and increase anti-forging security. "The KAMA ProCut die-cutters are machine solutions that are able to handle the basic applications for further print processing and also execute finishing tasks with great versatility", is how managing director Steffen Pieper explains the hybrid concept. "Thus our machines represent the future-oriented strategy known as 'print finishing'".

For the multi-functional "hybrid die cutter", KAMA has developed a motorized pressure setting system. With the retrofittable option for the ProCut models, the cutting force can be provided fully automatically and accurately as well as enabling reproduction.  This solves a problem in the case of frequent switching on and off, especially in foil stamping where the supply tolerance is less than one micrometre. The operator inputs the supply movement to the swivel touchscreen in tenths of a millimetre. A three-kilowatt servomotor drives the worm gear and instantly turns off the head if there is sheet misfeed. That prevents stamping on the base and protects the blocks.

As a second option, KAMA is demonstrating the new quick-change system for the hot foil module on the ProCut 74. While a hot foil stamping process is still running on the machine, the blocks for the next job can already be pre-fitted on a separate aluminium holding plate. The latter is then positioned with dowel screws on the heating plate. For frequent repeat orders, the blocks may remain on the removable holding plate.

Patented folding and gluing on the ProFold 74
The new ProFold 74 folder-gluer also displays versatility for further processing. From cut and scored blanks, this comprehensive machine with its extensive pool of tools makes standardised and refined print products such as CD pockets, presentation folders with capacity folds and glued pockets, credit card covers, cross folders, ticket pockets and envelopes.

On the "patent applied for" grid-type mounting system, the tools can be positioned quickly and easily in the desired order. Alignment can be reproduced in the case of repeat orders. The KAMA machine's MPC control is generously dimensioned with eight channels for blowing air and for gluing the system's glue jets. Also user-friendly is the operator console with graphic user interface, adjustable at the side. Further advantage include a specified machine length of 5.5 m, a cleverly-conceived tool storage rack and the ProFold 74 requires relatively little space.