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22 Aug 2022

Modular automation concept

Intelligent interaction of material, machine and automation

Increasingly shorter product life cycles, a shortage of skilled workers and the trend towards individualization require flexible automation solutions tailored to customer requirements. The answer to this is the new Kiefel Speed Automation (KSA), which is based on a modular system. In addition to customer-specific automation solutions, with the KSA the company offers completely modular and therefore flexible standard automation for the KMD series, especially for the SPEEDFORMER KMD 78.2 Speed. We are presenting the solutions this year at K 2022 in Hall 3, Stand E90.

The KSA is optimally matched to the KMD series and can be integrated into existing systems as well as into new machines. This allows the production of packaging with various modules to be automated and modernized. A KSA module forms stacks from partial stacks, e.g. of food trays. Another module is the carton erecting and closing unit. It removes cartons from a box magazine, erects them, and, if necessary, inserts a protective bag for hygienic packaging of the products. The stacked packaging is automatically inserted into these. As soon as the carton is full, the bag and carton can also be automatically closed and transported onwards as required. The KSA range also includes an automatic labeling unit.

The palletizing unit consists of two palletizing stations. This makes it possible to palletize in one station while the other is being emptied. If the products are not to be packed in cartons, the sleeving module can be used. Here, one or more stacks are packed and shrink-wrapped.

Easy integration of the KSA in the KMD series

This means that intelligent, modular automation solutions are available for the most common applications, which contain fewer product-specific format parts and can still be optimally adapted to customer requirements. This offers high product design flexibility. The tool layout has little or no impact on automation and the footprint of the KSA is minimal. The smooth integration of the KSA modules into the KMD machines means that the additional costs that usually arise with retrofitting are avoided. The standard KSA solution from Kiefel is designed for the fast cycle times of the KMD machines. Another bonus: The KSA makes it possible for just one person to operate the machine. Some of the automation modules can also be integrated into the SPEEDFORMER KTR series tilting machines.

Sustainable packaging with the KMD 78.2 Speed

At the K 2022 in Düsseldorf, in Hall 3, Stand E90  Kiefel's packaging specialists will be demonstrating a SPEEDFORMER KMD 78.2 Speed producing a tray made from an rPET film with a thickness of 0.35 mm - light, stable and sustainable. The steel rule machine is just as at home in large series production as it is with smaller quantities. The machine's highlights include high productivity and process control, as well as intuitive user guidance.

The interaction of servo motor drives, the optimized symmetrical toggle lever system and particularly robust cast steel tables ensure high efficiency along the entire service life. The KISS-CUT system guarantees maximum machine uptime and precision with its high punching quality and reliability.

The separately driven plug assist provide material savings, high levels of process control and outstanding product quality. During machine development, the focus was on energy efficiency, for example of the heating elements or the drives, which all have an energy recovery system.

The new KMD generation not only saves energy, but film too. The film feed table with rollers prevents scratches and und particle contamination and ensures reliable and safe film transport. The forming surface of the machines makes optimum use of the film width. The servo motor-driven components, the high forming air speed and the cutting force ensure speed and accuracy. Ergonomic tool changing systems make tool changes quick and easy.

Machine operation made easy

Operation of the machines can be grasped quickly - thanks to the machine visualization, the human-machine interface (HMI). The production process is clearly visualized on a dashboard on a screen attached to the machine - machine operators can thus monitor the machine status and forming process at a glance. Settings, adjustments and test runs are carried out intuitively via the HMI. Supported by clear diagrams and animations as well as step-by-step instructions, machine training time and adjustment processes are reduced to a minimum. Kiefel received the Red Dot Award in the Brands & Communication Design category in 2020 for this.

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09 Jun 2022

Sustainable and digital - Kiefel at K 2022

We will be presenting machine, tool and automation solutions for processing recyclable materials at this year's K trade fair from October 19 - 26 with live demonstrations. The company is also showcasing new digital services, solutions for the medical and pharmaceutical industries and research activities on the topic of sustainability in Hall 3, Stand E 90. In addition, Kiefel is offering insights into processes for closing the cycle at "The Machine" in the VDMA Dome.

"At Kiefel, we keep our eyes on the megatrends of digitization and sustainability," explains Cornelia Frank, Head of Sustainability at Kiefel. "That's why we are particularly pleased to be presenting solutions at this K trade fair that ideally match this year's focal topics of circular economy, digitization and climate protection."

Sustainable packaging solutions from a single source
As well as classic, bio-based and recycled plastics, Kiefel steel rule and tilting machines can also process paper. In live demonstrations of the KMD 78.2 Speed steel rule machine, the company will illustrate how high-quality, sustainable packaging products are made from recycled film - thus making a contribution to tray-to-tray recycling. This is made possible by in-house, unique tool technology and smart automation concepts. Kiefel is unveiling the new Kiefel Speed Automation (KSA) at the K. Beside customer-specific automation solutions, the company thereby offers completely modular standard automations based on a building block principle for the most common applications.

In addition, visitors can discover more about the latest packaging technology from Kiefel, fiber thermoforming of natural fibers, which is in high demand worldwide. Large numbers of the NATUREFORMER KFT 90 machine, which deploys this technology, are already operational worldwide. At the K 2022, the KFT Lab laboratory machine will be used to illustrate the production process and suitable food and non-food applications for the technology. With its own material and technology centers, Kiefel offers extensive capabilities for proofs-of-concept, which will also be featured.

Research activities for a better circular economy
Kiefel is committed to increased sustainability in many ways, and has anchored this in its corporate strategy, is EcoVadis-certified and is involved in various research initiatives for a better circular economy. At the booth, visitors will gain an insight into new research activities and results from initiatives such as HolyGrail 2.0, PrintCYC and NextLoop.

Service: Machine status and maintenance at a glance - 24/7
In Kiefel's After Sales division, the range of digital services has been expanded. The Kiefel Portal is the central online platform that allows customers to keep an eye on their machine status around the clock using the "Maintenance Dashboard" and plan upcoming maintenance. Furthermore, users are also informed about suitable machine upgrades. The Kiefel portal can also be used to identify and request machine spare parts, 3D machine documentation and new interactive online training courses on all aspects of machine operation.

Medical & Pharma: Production of Bioprocess Bags   
Simultaneously, Kiefel is presenting innovations for the medical and pharmaceutical industry. At the K trade fair, the company is exhibiting its expanded portfolio of bioprocess bags with the requisite machine technology. The 3D and 2D bags can be made from PVC-free materials such as PE or PP, or from PVC or EVA, depending on the customer's requirements. Depending on the customer's requirements, a wide range of options can be implemented, e.g. semi-automatic or fully automatic machines, disposable bags for the storage of stem cells, cell cultures, mixing or separation, in 2D or 3D designs or hose/port connection components.

 

Visit Kiefel in Hall 3, Stand E 90.

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