New water-based orange and violet inks have been launched to ensure food safety compliance for primary packaging and extend the colour gamut. This will positively impact upon brand management for brand owners, particularly in producing colour saturations on packaging samples and spot colours. With around 50% of corrugated packaging in food and beverage, the ink set also ensures that converters can invest knowing they will be ahead of the increasingly complex regulatory change curve.
Koenig & Bauer Durst has also announced new automation features for the Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic that will ensure high productivity and can be integrated into existing customer workflows. Enhanced image quality and special effects, as well as cost reduction, are among the benefits from a new digital primer. New effects that are possible include print embellishment on corrugated board with uncoated media.
The Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic combines a well-engineered mechanical design with easily accessible sub-assemblies and selected components to guarantee durable quality, high performance and reliability. It can manage small formats from 500x600-mm through to very large formats with maximum dimensions of 1,300x2,800-mm and print a maximum thickness of 12-mm with water-based, food safe inks. The Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic machine includes non-stop feeder, four-colour single-pass printing, drying and cooling section and non-stop stacker.
The Delta SPC 130 is part of the Koenig & Bauer Durst portfolio of solutions for corrugated converters. Another is the CorruJet 170 that post-prints sheets of corrugated up to 1.7-m wide at up to 135-m/min. The B1 6,000sph VariJet 106 completes the line-up and targets the folding carton market.
Robert Stabler, managing director, Koenig & Bauer Durst, said, “All these innovations for our Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic are designed to exceed market needs. Food safety and packaging is a constant topic of conversation. These new water-based inks will ensure food safety compliance for primary packaging and extend the colour gamut, which, in turn, will impact positively on brand management for brand owners. Brand owners are demanding that new production methods are reliable, compliant and cost effective while converters need to have the capabilities and competencies to mass customise without any compromise on quality.”