The requirements of packaging manufacturers worldwide have increased. In addition to established plastics, machines for processing recycled or bio-based materials as well as natural fibers are also becoming increasingly important. Kiefel, a Germany-based, globally active market leader in high performance thermoforming machines and turnkey solutions, is presenting solutions for this demand. In addition to the proven steel rule cutting machine Speedformer KMD 78 Smart, which will be shown live there for the first time, the company will also demonstrate its extensive materials expertise for a wide range of applications for the circular economy.
Live demonstration of Speedformer KMD 78 Smart
The Speedformer KMD 78 Smart is used for the manufacture of food and non-food plastics packaging using various materials such as PET, PP，PS，PLA, PE or recycled plastics. It is claimed to offers maximum output and efficiency in mass production and is economical even for small quantities. The Speedformer KMD 78 Smart is a standard machine, made to increase profit and reduce production costs for example through accurate servo-driven tables, fast and easy tool change and proven HMI for operation and maintenance. The forming station with 3rd motion servo-plug-drive guarantees good material distribution. As stacking is the first step into automation, the platform also offers three different stacking solutions. The unique Kiefel “Kiss cut” technology ensures reliable stacking, extended knife service life and therefore minimised labour costs.
Material competence for a circular economy
The need for circular economy solutions for plastic packaging requires the industry to follow a holistic concept starting from design, following the entire life cycle. This is why Kiefel applies the Rethinking Approach, which involves helping to shape customer projects as a partner from the outset so that sustainable, innovative solutions are realised, based on the customer´s needs. Therefore the company not only develops, designs, manufactures and supplies machines, tools and automation for the processing of polymer-based materials, but also for bio-based and fibre-based material.