K 2016 to Highlight New Developments, Future Trends

K 2016 to Highlight New Developments, Future Trends

Plastics Decorating

K 2016, the largest international trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany, Oct. 19-26. The 170,000+ square meters of exhibition grounds are completely booked, and visitors to the trade fair can expect to see everything the sector has to offer. Leading raw material producers, semi-finished product suppliers and machinery manufacturers will not only offer a summary of the most recent technical developments, procedures and techniques, but also will discuss future trends. Science Campus, successfully debuting at K 2013, will once again provide a platform for scientific organizations to advance dialogue between industry and research. The K is an ideal stage to not only feature products, but also to connect with new business contacts. For more information, visit www.k-online.com.

The following K 2016 exhibitors may be of interest to Plastics Decorating ENews subscribers:

Apex Machine Company
Hall 4 / E22
Apex Machine Company, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, will unveil new printing technology including the S-10 Digital Ink Jet Printer and the C-30 Cylindrical Part Printer. The S-10 Digital Printer is Apex’s next generation of 3D print solutions that will broaden the range of customized printable applications. The system’s features include precise placement accuracy for higher resolution, clean lines and additional detailed definition; on-demand printing, short turnaround time and artwork changes on the fly; and high speed, multi-color, single pass, continuous motion printing. The C-30 Cylindrical Part Printer is a fully automatic mandrel based machine capable of printing 360° around full length printing. It offers up to 2-color printing capability, speeds exceeding 160 parts per minute and optional components such as feeders, pre-treaters and more.

Branson Ultrasonics
Hall 11 / E57
Branson Ultrasonics, a business of Emerson, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, will showcase the latest in plastic joining technologies, spotlighting Branson’s newest series of laser, ultrasonic and vibration welding machinery. Branson will offer companies the opportunity to discuss specific application challenges and future project needs with an international team of engineering experts from Europe, the Americas and Asia. Application examples and live weld demonstrations displaying a varied cross section of Branson plastic joining technologies will showcase the process neutral approach Branson is noted for. Being introduced to the market for the first time is the newest addition to Branson’s Laser Welding Series, the GLX-3 Laser Welder. It delivers clean, high-speed laser welding of large-format plastic parts consisting of more complex geometries, suitable for the automotive, appliance, medical and other markets that demand particulate-free welds with superior aesthetic quality. Show attendees will have the opportunity to experience the world of plastic welding and Branson’s products via the use of the Magic Lens technology. Magic Lens is a tablet application that employs “Augmented Reality.” Using 3D visualization Magic Lens will enable the viewer to observe an animated 3D-model of the internal process of the GVX Vibration Welder Series and experience the physical stimulated presence of a welder in operation, via virtual reality. Magic Lens permits the viewer to interact, visualize and observe the mechanical working components.

Enercon Industries Corporation
Hall 11 / A68
Enercon Industries Corporation, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, will demonstrate its newest blown ion plasma surface treater with robot integration. These systems are designed to clean, etch and functionalize surfaces to improve the adhesion of inks, adhesives and coatings. Visitors will be able to test the powerful touchscreen operator interface on the new blown arc plasma that unlocks a host of powerful features. Enercon’s flame surface treating systems featuring advanced combustion control and high-velocity burner designs will also be on display. Film extruders will get a firsthand look at corona treaters specifically designed for blown film lines with capabilities for fixed width, lane and pattern treatment. Printing, coating and laminating converters of film will see the latest electrode, ground roll and power supply designs for improving film and label stock surface adhesion. Enercon’s Super Seal™ Touch Cap Sealer will be in operation showcasing its powerful touch screen interface and reliable induction sealing capabilities.

Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik GmbH & Co. KG
+49 5161 6030371
Hall 11 / E26
The robust machine profile from Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Walsrode, Germany, solves applications for all major industries from automotive, medical, electronics to food and hygiene. Weld samples hands-on in the on-site ultrasonic lab and witness the weld process visualized with high-speed and infrared cameras and in a 3-D microscope. The newly launched powerful ultrasonic generator AMG for automation supports Industrie 4.0 requirements – fully packed with new features and interfaces to meet smart factory needs for quality supervision, data evaluation and tool management.

+49 5734 51400
Hall 4 / B11-B13
The Koenig & Bauer subsidiaries KBA-Flexotecnica S.p.A. from Italy and KBA-Kammann GmbH, Oeynhausen, Germany, will be showcasing portfolios of print and finishing solutions for flexible packaging and hollow containers. KBA-Kammann, a manufacturer of screen printing, hot stamping and digital press systems for the direct decoration of luxury hollow containers made from glass, plastic or metal, will unveil its new K20 family. Direct decoration based on screen printing is very cost-intensive and has faced increasing competition from other emerging decoration technologies such as flexo, offset or labelling in recent years. KBA-Kammann said it plans to expand its interests to digital technologies and hybrid applications. Given the possibilities of digital print with regard to individualization, personalization, ultra-short runs, etc., the company sees good prospects in markets that are currently dominated by other processes.

+49 911 71 41-0
Hall 5/ A19
Leonhard Kurz, Fuerth, Germany, has been broadening its range of coating technologies and will be exhibiting its latest decoration solutions for the automotive, consumer electronics and home appliances sectors. The new IPD-Skin (Individual Post Decoration) process will be demonstrated live on a thermoforming machine from Niebling. Using the IPD-Skin process, a thin decorative layer will be transferred and permanently bonded onto a finished part. A new technology developed by Kurz in cooperation with Bond Laminates is a combined hybrid molding and in-mold decoration process. This process involves coating a semi-finished fiber composite part with plastic and decorating it in a single work operation. Kurz will be exhibiting decorated thin-walled components from a variety of industries and with various surface designs. Further decorative innovations will be demonstrated in the area of light management. Kurz will be presenting a wide range of design solutions for exclusive ambient lighting with partial or full-surface translucency, depth effects, or a variety of transparency levels. Besides backlightable surface designs, Kurz will also be showcasing the integration of touch and gesture functions, and the implementation of dead front effects.

+49 7141 691-0
Hall 4 /C63-04
Marabu, Tamm, Germany, manufacturer of inks for screen, digital and pad printing, will be presenting its updated product portfolio. The company will be showcasing UV LED-curable and low-migration inks for screen printing of plastic packaging, for printing in the automotive industry and for touch user interfaces, as well as solutions for the safe printing on sensitive products. Highlights will also include new technologies, such as a combination of screen and digital printing. For digital applications, Marabu will be demonstrating the possibilities of liquid coatings and water-based inks for plastics.

Hall 3 /B73
GOEBEL IMS, Darmstadt, Germany, distributed in North America by Matik, will present a new primary slitter series for converting standard as well as specialty films, such as battery separator films or capacitor films. Also available are the MONOSLIT series and the XTRASLIT 2. Primary slitter of the MONOSLIT series is the ideal slitter rewinder for converting plastic films with thicknesses of 0.5 to 500μm. XTRASLIT 2 is the advanced and more compact slitter rewinder for converting plastic films with a material thickness between 2 and 400μm (BOPP, BOPA, BOPET, CPP, PE, PVC) as well as compounds used by the packaging industry. Even metallized films are rewound scratch-free, regardless of whether the metallized or the coated side is on the inside or outside.

Mimaki Europe B.V.
+31 20 4627640
Hall 4 / A36
Mimaki, Diemen, Netherlands, manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting machines for the sign and graphics, textile and apparel and industrial markets will unveil its new JV400LX latex printer, the new SWJ-320 series for the signage industry and the Mimaki JV34-260. The JV400LX series is cooler running and more energy efficient while also delivering prints with a wide color gamut and ecologically friendly inks. It is the world’s first latex printer to feature white ink. The SWJ-320 series, offering speed, quality and reliability at an affordable price for the signage industry, will also be on display. The Mimaki JV340260, designed to extend the scope of outdoor durable printers, enables print producers to increase product range, extend capabilities and develop new business opportunities with the machine’s combination of speed and high-definition print quality.

+39 0522 382696
Hall 4 / B44
OSMO, Reggio Emilia, Italy, will feature six machines from its collection of printers. SENBAR, for offset printing in up to eight colors on cylindrical tubes, features printing and UV curing operations on the mandrel. The DM 45 AT is an automatic machine for offset printing in up to six colors on the outside surface of plastic closures. The SERVOTUBE M24 and SERVOTUBE M4 is designed with a flexible print configuration, for the decoration of cylindrical tubes and/or objects by silkscreen and/or flexo technology. EVENT 400 is a new machine, designed with a flexible print configuration, for the decoration of cylindrical metal and plastic closures by using dry-offset technology, in up to six colors. And the SERVOCUP is for the decoration in up to seven colors on tapered plastic cups by flexo technology.

+49 9141 906-0
Hall 5 / C01
Pröell KG, Weissenburg, Germany, will feature live demonstrations of printing and processing machines. Some of Pröell’s featured products include Norilux® DC – Dual-Cure screen printing lacquer, NORIPHAN® XWR screen inks for IMD/FIM technology, NORIPHAN HTR N, NoriCure UV-L 3 and much more. The pad printing ink Sorte P will be processed on a Morlock MKM 80 four-color pad printing press for decorating measuring tapes. Trolley coins will be produced with a Boy XS injection molding machine and decorated by film insert molding (IMD technology). Screen printed and trimmed PC films in size of a 1 € coin will be inserted with a Geiger Handling unit into the mold and back molded with PC/ABS directly onto the ink. Pröell KG specializes in developing and producing customized chemical products for coating and printing plastics, glass, metals and many other materials. Its solvent and water-based as well as UV-curing screen and pad printing inks are used for industrial and graphic applications worldwide. Proell inks do not contain any pigments based on toxic heavy metals. The quality and environmental management system of Pröell KG is certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.