HP and Karlville Disrupt Pouch Production

Miami, Oct. 1, 2019 — At Labelexpo 2019, HP and Karlville introduced a complete solution for HP Indigo flexible packaging production. The new launch is set to break the production paradigm with a one-day pouch production process optimized for HP Indigo digital press printing.

In the first live demonstration at Labelexpo of the HP Indigo Digital Pouch Factory concept, HP Indigo and Karlville are showcasing stand-up and three-side-seal pouch making, using HP Indigo printing, Pack Ready laminating and slitting, and Karlville pouch-making. Compared to traditional methods, HP based production can be accomplished in a single shift, rather than weeks, enabling converters to profitably produce short run jobs.
“HP Indigo’s collaboration with Karlville is disrupting the production of flexible pouches, the fastest-growing packaging sector,” said Alon Bar-Shany, general manager, HP Indigo. “We have designed a Digital Pouch Factory model to facilitate simplified, consistent and affordable production, providing converters with high-value business opportunities to deliver faster turnaround and improved sustainability. With experienced business development and technical support teams, we are supporting customers in driving this disruption and helping them to quickly ramp up their digital pouch production.”

HP Indigo digital print with Karlville pouching

 

Optimized digital pouch production

At the HP Stand (5C200), driven by HP PrintOS and web-to-pack workflow automation software, print from both the mid-web HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press and narrow-web HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press will be used to produce pouches using the Karlville Pack Ready Laminator and new Karlville Swiss Stand-up Pouch making machines.
Pack Ready Laminator by Karlville

Pack Ready Laminator by Karlville

 

“Karlville has designed a flexible packaging finishing line specifically to work with HP Indigo digital presses to deliver immediate time to market and significantly help reduce the complexity and investment involved.  Thermal lamination is by far the most economic business approach for label companies to enter flexible packaging space. Pack Ready offers the opportunity to diversify and change mentality to laminate, slit and pouch in one day,” said John Price, Karlville president.
The Karlville Pack Ready thermal laminator, optimized for HP Indigo ElectroInks, creates a robust bond strength allowing for slitting and pouching immediately after lamination. The solution is suitable for a wide range of packaging applications and can comply with the most stringent global food safety regulations.1The HP Indigo Digital Pouch Factory solution allows converters to build a profitable flexible packaging enterprise with a pre-established supply chain of materials, enabling them to print, laminate and pack on-demand. The small footprint, reduced waste, minimal set up time with fewer required personnel, all contribute with helping to lower the total cost of ownership, making it a sustainable and economically attractive solution.  
Martin Peroutka, from the Czech Republic was the first label converting company to establish the HP Indigo Digital Pouch Factory in Europe, while Digital Dogma was the first in the USA. Both are leveraging the turn-key concept to diversify their label businesses and open new opportunities for growth and sustainability with flexible packaging offerings.

 

Karlville KS DSUP 400 for HP Indigo 20000

Karlville’s new line of pouching machines — the Karlville Swiss KS-DSUP-400 for the HP Indigo 20000 and Karlville Swiss KS-DSUP-400-GSW for the HP Indigo 6900 —  are fast change, short run, low waste, pouch-making machines designed specifically to meet the needs of the HP Indigo digital printing market.
At Labelexpo, a 450 x 300 mm three-side-seal pouch will be produced on the KS-DSUP-400-GSW from rolls printed on the HP Indigo 6900, demonstrating to label converters with narrow-web presses how to easily expand with HP from labels to flexible packaging. The machine can produce three-side-seal pouches from two independent webs and standup pouches from three independent webs.A 170  x 280 x 40mm  stand-up, zipper pouch will be produced at the event from one roll of HP Indigo 20000 digital print using holographic, soft touch and glossy finishing provided by Nobelus, a supplier of thermal laminate films. The standard KS-DSUP-400 machine is suitable to produce three-side-seal pouches and stand-up pouches from one web, the most efficient solution for customers with HP Indigo 20000 presses.

 

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About Karlville:

For over 23 years, Karlville has provided flexible packaging converting machinery solutions. Through a combination of Karlville-owned manufacturing facilities and strategic manufacturing partners, Karlville offers a wide range of innovative converting and packaging machinery. Specific to converting, Karlville supplies lamination, coating, slitting & inspection, shrink sleeves and pouch making machines. In terms of innovation, Karlville supplies the HP Indigo Pack Ready Laminator. This technology is a set of post-print converting solutions for HP Indigo digital presses that provides zero-cure-time lamination, enabling digital converters to print, laminate and pack on demand for immediate time-to-market. With Global Support facilities, in USA, France, Swiss & Taiwan; Karlville markets and services in all Key HP markets, NA, EMEA, LATAM and APJ.

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