CPI Orders a KBA Rapida 105 UV Press to Epand Its Card Capacity
DALLAS—March 9, 2012—KBA North America announces that CPI Card Group, a global leader in financial, commercial and identification card production and related services, is preparing for a successful 2012 by installing a new 41″ KBA Rapida 105 seven-color, UV-equipped sheetfed press. The machine, which features a tower coater, eight-foot extended delivery, and plastics package, is scheduled to be delivered in mid-May to CPI’s facility in Roseville, MN.
“For the past year, management at CPI Card Group has seen a dramatic increase in our order intake and the need to fulfill press orders with additional capacity,” reports Paul Boge, its general manager of U.S. prepaid debit market. “We’re also seeking to bring more capabilities in-house, such as lenticular, to add to our services for our valued customers.
“After careful consideration, we decided that the new KBA Rapida 105 41″ seven-color sheetfed press would provide the necessary automation and flexibility to produce high-quality jobs that our customers demand and give us a vital edge in efficiency and quality. Its array of features will boost our capabilities and expand our customer base beyond the 60 eprcent we already have captured of our core business.”
CPI Card Group will be replacing an older, less-productive press from a different manufacturer with a new tailor-made KBA Rapida 105 press purposely built for plastics printing. Plastics printing is a KBA expertise and the technology incorporated in this press will provide CPI Card Group with a competitive edge for many years to come.
This unique press has been developed over many years and provides a technological edge for high-volume plastics printing. A full arsenal of KBA automation modules will be included, such as the LogoTronic CTP prepress interface, fully-automatic plate changing, tower coater including eight-foot delivery extension, DensiTronic Professional closed loop densitometry and spectrophotometry, and AutoRegister via CCD video camera. The new press is also equipped with the KBA VariDry system with four interdeck UV lamps moveable throughout all seven printing units providing maximum flexibility and at the end of the press are three UV lamps and IR thermal air all tailor-made to provide for instantaneous curing of plastics at high speeds.
“One of the driving forces behind our partnership with KBA was the plastics package,” explains Boge “Our new KBA Rapida 105 will be equipped with numerous press components geared to the reliable transport of plastics and multi-layer substrates. These features include antistatic systems for plastics at both the feeder and delivery, sheet travel sensors in each printing unit, board sheet guides, and double sheet detectors. By having these important features, we’ll be able to continue our high quality production of cards and specialty packaging on a variety of substrates including foil, plastics, and 30 mil PVC.”
The CPI Card Group has experienced tremendous growth in its customer base because it has answered the demands set by trends in the industry. For example, its plastic card customers require color consistency run-to-run on all jobs, says Boge.