Irwin Hodson Teams with KBA and ClimatePartner on Eco-friendly PrintingMay 2009
Rapida 105 integral to the sustainability strategy
One key element of the sustainability strategy is the new press installed just a few months ago: A 35-metre-long, 14-unit KBA Rapida 105 (predecessor series of today's Rapida 106) with UV facilities. It is the first sheetfed offset press from KBA at Irwin Hodson Press, and the undisputed showpiece in the print room, which it shares with further medium-format presses from other manufacturers. Unusual for a 10-colour perfector is the configuration with five printing units and an inline coater between two dryer towers before the perfecting unit, and then another five printing units and a further coater before the dryers in the press delivery.
Unique features such as the sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS and the high level of automation, with fully automatic plate changers, washing systems, KBA Densitronic Professional colour measurement and control, and the KBA Logotronic production management system, reduce makeready times and start-up waste to an absolute minimum. A reel-to-sheet feeder permits the use of more favourably priced reel stocks and further enhances the productivity of longer runs. With the two coater towers before and after the perfecting unit, it is possible to coat both sides of the sheet in a single pass, alongside additional finishing effects guaranteed to catch the imagination of agency customers.
“With the new press, we have the perfect means to differentiate ourselves from the rest of the market,” says president and CEO T.J. McDonald. “It underlines our role as innovation-oriented pioneers. And we can also offer our customers whole new possibilities for their product design and refinement. There is probably no-one else on the West Coast who can match our new KBA Rapida.”