US-based K-1 Packaging Group has taken delivery of the new Landa S10 nanographic printing press, which will improve production profitability and enable the converter to offer greater flexibility to its high-end packaging clients.
The Landa S10 is currently being installed at the company’s California headquarters in City of Industry, outside of Los Angeles. It will produce short to medium run static and variable jobs that consume too much time and material when run on conventional equipment. As a result, K-1 will be able to keep costs down, improve profitability, and give considerably greater flexibility to clients.
Work to be printed on the Landa S10 consists primarily of 5,000 sheets-and-under jobs that make up much of K-1’s production schedule. The work includes folding cartons, countertop displays, labels, and litholam corrugated boxes.
One of the most important deciding factors behind the K-1 investment was the press’ speed producing back-to-back, short to medium run jobs that made comparison to conventional equipment production times.
The Landa S10 its rated for speed of 6,500 large format (B1 / 41in) sheets per hour. This makes the nanographic press three times faster than other digital technologies, and six times faster than a digital press closest to the 41in format.
‘The 40in press is Landa’s domain,’ said Mike Tsai, president of K-1. ‘No one is able to run static or variable jobs as quickly. In a manufacturing environment, this means that we will be more productive, and able to give our customers greater flexibility on run quantity and SKU count – an important competitive edge. What’s more, the S10’s scalability and upward compatibility give us confidence that we will meet customer demands well into the future.’
‘The Landa press’ ease in supporting increasingly sophisticated jobs, will permit K-1 to bring its holistic, integrated approach to bear in being a full partner with its clients. One such K-1 job involves processing and printing a client’s 1-to-1 variable product codes supporting traceability and other supply chain requirements. This is part of the future that Landa is helping K-1, and our client, to exist in today,’ added Tsai.
‘We are elated that K-1, one of world’s most progressive companies, has made nanography central to its production strategy,’ commented Nachum Korman, vice president and general manager for Landa Digital Printing in the Americas. ‘K-1’s production team is well known for its work in optimizing every device, tool and process they use; so we will also be fascinated to see how they leverage the S10’s capabilities and explore its full potential.
‘We look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship with K-1 – we will be with them every step of the way, supporting their every endeavor. We know it will be a thrilling journey.’