K-1 packaging group’s new Landa S10 press arrives in America
Landa Digital Printing announces that K-1 Packaging Group, a provider of custom packaging solutions for consumer products, has taken delivery of a new Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Press. The Landa S10 is currently being installed at the company’s California headquarters in City of Industry, outside of Los Angeles. The S10 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.
It was the Landa press’ speed producing back-to-back, short to medium run jobs that made comparison to conventional equipment production times – including makeready – the most important factor in K-1 President Mike Tsai’s assessment of the press. With a Landa S10 running at its rated speed of 6,500 large format (B1 / 41 in.) sheets per hour, Landa showed Tsai and his team what would be eight makereadies on a conventional press, but achieved in only an hour and ten minutes on the Landa S10. This makes the Nanographic Printing Press three times faster than any digital solution, and six times faster than a digital press closest to the 41 inch format.
“The 40 inch press is Landa’s domain,” Tsai says. “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 gives us confidence that we will meet customer demands well into the future.”
The Landa press’ ease in supporting increasingly sophisticated jobs, Tsai says, 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,” Tsai says.
“We are elated that K-1, one of world’s most progressive companies, has made Nanography® central to its production strategy,” says Nachum Korman, Vice President and General Manager for Landa Digital Printing in the Americas. “K-1’s production team is well known for their 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.”