But where Karlville is likely to make the most impact in the coming years is through its line of adhesive and thermal lamination systems. That effort got an extra boost on May 5 from the announcement that Karlville will be the first certified provider of the HP Indigo Pack Ready Lamination System. The set of postprint operations lets converters print and laminate with zero-cure-time an HP Indigo digitally printed substrate and Pack Ready resin and laminate film. Immediate pouchmaking then also cuts time-to-market. Orders as small as 500 units can be printed and converted economically, Karlville says, via an HP Indigo 6800 narrow-web press, thus bringing new flexible-packaging business opportunities to label makers (see infographic at left).
Karlville is also making inroads with its Web Control Combi adhesive laminator and cold-seal coating in-register on digitally printed, flexible-packaging webs turned out by HP 20000 presses.
Plenty of change is happening at Karlville, explains Raul Matos, vp-sales & marketing. “We’ve been remaking ourselves; it’s been a year of change as we build a new platform for growth; to become more flexible to meet customer needs.” Along with plenty of new hires, the company opened an expansive Technology & Service Center for customer support and equipment demos (see photos below). It also looks to revolutionize the purchase of machinery…online. “We’re looking at making machinery ordering and purchasing online a friction-free process,” Matos says.
Three other developments:
- An adhesive coatweight-measurement system for solventless lamination uses infrared detection to calibrate only for the adhesive layer, taking into account line speed, mix ratios and adhesive strength. No recalibration is necessary when changing adhesive providers, and coatweight-range alarms can be set for specific recipes.
- Ultrasonic pouchmaking via its Widman PM-Series units allow narrower, 3-mm-wide seals, saving 5% on materials compared to traditional heat-seals. Along with 70% faster production and 80% less changeover time, Karlville is aiming the ultrasonic process at high-volume output for food and baby-food retort pouches in the US and Latin American markets.
- A future contract-packaging operation for brand-owners is being established in Miami as well. The line will use Karlville pouchmakers, spout-inserters and filling machinery to serve CPCs primarily in the HBA and personal-care markets.
Want to get your own tour of Karlville’s tech center? An open house is set for June 13-14 prior to the Global Pouch Forum at the Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown Miami. More info