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Epic gets creative with top of the range KAMA die-cutter

Epic Print’s NEW top of the range KAMA ProCut 76 FOIL die-cutter with SBU – for short run packaging with multiple versions


Epic Print, based in Dorset have added KAMA’s top of the range ProCut 76 FOIL die-cutter with SBU automatic and toolless stripping and blanking unit from Friedheim International.

The print, packaging and communications, company purchased the KAMA ProCut for the short run production of their swing tags for a specific and high-profile client. The corner stone of the production process was quality at short run work – but with minimum set up times. The KAMA ProCut 76 satisfies in all these criteria and more.

With run lengths of 25 to 5000 per artwork in general, their main clientele reside in the cosmetics and beauty industry, food, creative agencies and professional services. The majority of work Epic undertakes is for short run packaging with multiple versions making up 70% of their orders. The KAMA ProCut 76 has on average a 10-15 minute changeover time for repeat work which is much shorter than most die-cutters. With a substrate range of 100-800gsm, the ProCut 76 provides all the applications needed to turn Epic’s digital and litho printed sheets into the precisely die-cut and 100% separated pieces. The foil module is also a game changer as it allows hot foil and hologram finishing to the printed or naked pieces bringing extra life to the design work.

When asked why the KAMA was chosen Mark Downey, Managing Director said, “We wanted to develop our post press services. To strengthen our range of enhancements and to further improve quality of product and service to our client base and solidify Epic’s position in the packaging market place. KAMA’s engineering is well respected and the build quality suggests long term productivity and return on investment. The investment will significantly increase the effectiveness of our post press department.”

“This particular KAMA ProCut 76 with the Foil module and the SBU affords an acceptably small footprint, combined with the high-quality output of the die-cut and the hot foil plus the embossing and debossing. The Camera registration for both Digital and Litho sheets is essential to support 100% recycled materials that accounts for over 50% of all production. Off press make-readies (via the CPX console) for complex foil-dies provides easy change over from Foil to die cut and back again. The stripping and blanking unit supports and reduces pressure on our hand assembly teams and guillotining areas.”

Epic print is based in Doreset, with a 12,000 square foot building on 1.5 acres of land. They have 23 members of staff and have a £2.4M turnover

The 27 year old company has brought a number of projects in-house as a result of the investment. Along with other recent investments such as Scodix Epic is finding it much easier to open new business channels.  Mark concludes, “Working with Friedheim has improved the quality of our die-cutting. With no (or far fewer and smaller) nicks in the process due to the flat bed nature of the KAMA, it’s really improved the labour-intensive side of the process too. Friedheim have been supportive and the collaboration between us, and KAMA has become a joint venture, with Friedheim developing their engineering to see Scodix and KAMA as core to their future.”

John Harrison, Sales Manager for Friedheim’s Converting Division said, “There is no doubting that this was a challenging project, with short run, multi up blanks and the high-quality expectations for the finished products.  It also pushed the Kama SBU toolless stripping system to the limit, but the end result was well worth the effort.  The challenges inspired some new and innovative solutions and Mark along with his team were supportive throughout the journey.”

The KAMA ProCut 76 SBU joins a packed 12,000 square foot site siting on 1.5 acres of land that includes full pre-press suite, Graphtec Plotter, Indigo 5600, Imark digital kiss cutter, Duplo Isaddle, Duplo DC746, Mitsubishi Diamond 6 colour B2 with coater and LED option. Horizon Folders, 2 Guillotines and an Autobind laminator with digital foil, Kluge clam shell for Die cut and embossing, and finally their Scodix 75. Their products ranges from bespoke books, brochures, catalogues and full range of printed packaging that includes, wraps, tags, bands, boxes and bags.

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