Koenig and Bauer show new direct-to-shape inkjet

Koenig and Bauer will show off a new industrial inkjet printer, the K15 Q-SE, at this week’s K show in Dusseldorf, Germany. The machine is designed for decorating cylindrical and conical containers made of glass, plastic and metal.

Koenig and Bauer’s K15 Q-SE inkjet industrial printer is for decorating cylindrical and conical containers.

This is the latest in the K15 series of industrial inkjet printers. These are all servo-driven devices for direct to shape printing, with different machines in the series designed to handle different shapes. There are a number of options available for all of these, and different models in the series can be combined, so that customers can configure a solution to suit their particular needs depending on the shape and size of the objects they are trying to decorate. 

The new K15 Q-SE is a semi-automatic machine that can be configured with a screen printing or inkjet unit. It can take round, oval and square objects, with or without a handle. There’s a choice of three holders, taking objects of lengths up to  280 mm, 350 mm and 450 mm.

Customers can choose between a standard unit, or a parallel unit to print colour images and applications with ‘digital printed relief’ in one processing station, as well as a tandem inkjet printing unit for faster production when decorating cylindrical containers. There’s a range of further options, including UV curing, screen heating for thermoplastic inks and an air supply to handle hollow plastic articles. 

The Kammann team will also use the K show to demonstrate the K29 S mobile hot stamping station. This is a new mobile hot stamping system for foil transfers to cylindrical and conical containers.

In addition, the Flexotecnica subsidiary will show its Evo XC, XD and XG wide web CI flexo presses, and talk about solutions developed to promote sustainable packaging, such as water-based and LED-UV inks, or hybrid solutions in which a CI press is combined with a subsequent flexo or gravure unit for varnishes and coatings. 

You can find further details on the K15 series from kammann.de and on the rest of the company’s portfolio from koenig-bauer.com.

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