The world's first folder-gluer for short runs and digitally printed packaging

Cost-effective production of digitally printed folded cartons and small SKUs: this is the booming market for which we have developed the FF 52i. The first folder-gluer for short runs is fully automatically adjustable and delivers order changeovers in a record time of just a few minutes. This means that the FF 52i can handle far more than a hundred orders per day – whether straight-line boxes, cushioned packaging or lock bottom boxes.

The KAMA FF 52i is tailor-made for print shops and packaging manufacturers who want to offer the following services to large brand manufacturers, but also to regional brands and local suppliers:

  • Digitally printed folded cartons in changing designs with seasonal, regional or event-specific image designs (e.g. food or fashion)
  • Personalised and individualised packaging (e.g. cosmetics and pharmaceuticals)
  • Cartons in different languages (e.g. pharmaceuticals and healthcare)
  • Partial orders – saving costs and keeping things up to date at all times
  • Folded cartons with shorter time-to-market

The innovative FF 52i machine received the EDP Award 2017 for the “Best folded carton solution” (European Digital Print Association).


  • Folding
  • Gluing
  • Inspection
  • Plasma Treatment


Job changes in record time

Switching to the next order at the push of a button.

The FF 52i folder-gluer automatically adjusts itself up for the box dimensions of the next order. The feeder, prefolder, gluing disc and the entire folding and gluing section are motorised and move automatically to the correct positions (KAMA patent). This makes job changes possible in less than 5 minutes.
Another USP: The FF 52i is the only folder gluer capable of directly moving to the positions for the next job. Reference runs as on other machines are not necessary, which additionally accelerates job changes.

Fast familiarisation

Machine quickly under control.

Thanks to the high level of automation of the KAMA FF 52i, new operators can quickly be trained. After a short, steep learning curve, even non-specialists have the fully automatic machine quickly under control.

100 % inspection

Quality check according to the desired criteria.

100% inspections are a critical requirement for folded cartons e.g. for the pharmaceuticals sector. For the FF 52i, KAMA offers different inspection levels with ejection of rejected parts:

  • inspection of the glued seam,
  • inspection of barcode and gluing tab code
  • all the way up to complete inspection of the print image, colour, text and any contamination/soiling.
    Defective blanks are automatically separated out.

Sliding control panel

Wherever the operator needs it.

The control panel of the FF 52i can be easily moved along the machine – to wherever the operator needs it, saving time and money.

For Print 4.0

Network-capable for fast data flows.

Short throughput times are a major plus for digital printing – and the workflow needs to follow suit. To ensure that data is exchanged efficiently even with large numbers of orders, the FF 52i can be networked with your MIS via the Job Manager.

Electronic order archive

Manufactured once, available to recall at any time.

Orders that are saved in the electronic job archive of the FF 52i can be loaded directly as repeat orders.

Plasma treatment

For smooth surfaces and UV coatings.

With plasma treatment, the FF 52i can also permanently glue sealed and smooth surfaces – such as metallized cardboard and UV coated boxes. The process is ideal for lock bottom boxes with multiple adhesive surfaces, which are popular as packaging for cosmetics.

Solid and compact design

Small space requirements and a long service life.

The design and construction of the machine and all the materials used in it are selected for a long service life of the folder-gluer.

Packing system

Stack and convert comfortably.

Would you like a packaging system for the FF 52i? The Tünkers system takes over the shingled stream of cartons directly from the FF 52i delivery belt and erects them. The operator only has to transfer the stacks into the shipping carton.

Specifications – KAMA FF 52i

Processable materials & output

Paperboard 180 – 600 gsm
Micro-corrugated board 0,4 – 0,9 mm
Output* 250 m/min

Straight-line boxes

B min. 10 mm
A + B 40 - 250 mm
H 50 - 300 mm

Auto-lock bottom devices

B min. 35 mm
A + B 70 - 250 mm
H 50 - 300 mm
* Depending on the material, application and size.
Technical data and figures are subject to change.


Equipment options and systems for the FF 52i

  • Inline inspection systems i1, i2, i3
  • Upper gluing nozzles
  • Plasma treatment
  • Network integration via the KAMA Cockpit and the Job Manager software
  • Unit for inline Braille embossing

Applications for the KAMA FF 52i

Pillow box with hot foil stamping

Version-controlled lock bottom boxes

Pharmaceutical packaging with Braille embossing