In-mold label specialist Inkworks Printing installs new Karlville COMBI thermal & solventless laminator 

Karlville, a manufacturer of the Pack Ready Laminator for HP Indigo, installs a new COMBI Thermal + Solventless Laminator at Inkworks Printing LLC in Plymouth, WI. The system combines both thermal and solvent-free adhesive-lamination technology as an innovative tool for in-mold labels as well as flexible-packaging converting operations.

HP Indigo Pack Ready Lamination has proven to be an excellent choice for label converters entering the flexible packaging space as a simple, low waste, zero cure time and high lamination bond strength solution. Solventless-lamination technology is the mainstay of the flexible-packaging converting industry. While it is more complex than thermal lamination in terms of know-how, start-up, and supply chain management, it offers superior economics in longer runs and the ability of thermal laminating converters to design and manufacture pre-laminates. The combination of technologies gives digital converters flexibility and product diversity.

“At Inkworks we attribute our success to our ability combine best-in-class technologies to engineer unique and industry leading solutions for our customers, the COMBI Laminator embodies this philosophy.  The Karlville technology will allow us to use one machine to create innovative products that utilize the best technology for our customer’s application.  We believe it will allow Inkworks and our customers to stay on the cutting edge of innovation for years to come," says Bob Travis, president of Inkworks Printing.

“We are excited about the Inkworks Printing investment as it will showcase the value of the COMBI Laminator to empower an HP Indigo digital printer to grow exponentially with both solventless and thermal technology. The combination of lamination technologies for both in-mold as well as flexible packaging along with the fact that the machine can process webs from 300-800 mm width, gives Inkworks Printing a path forward for expansion," adds Raul Matos, vp-Sales & Marketing for Karlville. 

The machine installed near Milwaukee will serve as a showroom, beta site for the thermal-combination process and developmental center for new applications.

About Karlville
Providing flexible packaging converting machinery solutions, Karlville supplies lamination, coating, slitting & inspection, shrink sleeves and pouchmaking 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, Karlville markets and serves in all key HP markets: NA, EMEA, LATAM and APJ.

More info: www.karlville.com

About Inkworks Printing, LLC
Inkworks Printing specializes in the development and launch of label programs for in-mold and conventional labeling applications. Our expertise in materials and adhesives combined with our partnerships with major printing companies with capabilities that include Rotogravure, Wide Format Flexo and Narrow-Web Flexo (as well as our own Digital printing technology) allow Inkworks specify, prototype, and provide the best solutions solution for a label application without bias to a particular printing technology. Inkworks excels at mimicking the "best" identified printing technology with our digital printing, so then when volumes require a switch from prototypes, pre-production and mid-size production to high volume production, the exchange is seamless.

More info: www.inkworksllc.com