Kama adds braille option

Kama, which mainly develops cutting and finishing equipment for printing and packaging markets, has developed a solution for putting braille onto packaging, mainly for pharmaceutical applications where braille is mandatory in many markets, including the EU.

This Kama AutoBraille unit can be added inline to a folder gluer to add braille to pharmaceutical boxes.

This new unit, the AutoBraille, is an inline option for Kama’s FF52i automatic folder-gluer. It uses a pair of embossing wheels, which can operate across the full width of the carton blanks, to emboss the braille dots on the substrate. The embossing wheels automatically move to the calculated position for the embossing field, and can then be repositioned in milliseconds by a servo motor for the next carton.

The system can emboss up to five lines of standardised Braille. It’s also possible to add a second pair of embossing wheels if a box requires two Braille embossings. Kama claims that this system saves on tooling costs and makeready time. 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.

Steffen Pieper, Kama’s managing director, says: “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.” 

The FF52i folder gluer has been specifically designed for short runs for digitally-printed packaging. It’s highly automated for fast job changeovers and is said to be able to handle over a hundred different jobs a day. It takes blanks up to 520mm wide, with paperboard from 180 to 600gsm. Other options include inspection systems and network integration. 

Kama is based in Dresden, Germany. Its main claim to fame is building the world’s first automatic die cutter in 1936. You can find more details from kama.info.

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