KBA Excels at GRAPH EXPO 2011, Books Two Large-Format Press Sales

While non-disclosure agreements between KBA and RR Donnelley limited details about the new press, which is to have its debut at Drupa 2012, Schneider and Bolza-Schünemann did elaborate that the press will be based on RR Donnelley’s next generation piezoelectric digital inkjet press technology. Future developments will include incorporating other RR Donnelley proprietary variable inkjet technologies including the “Apollo” technology disclosed by RR Donnelley in 2009 into a variety of KBA press platforms.

“After evaluating all of the press manufacturers, we chose to collaborate with KBA because their goals and strategy align so closely with our company,” says Schneider of RR Donnelley. “We felt that our research and development teams could easily collaborate on a new digital press product that would be beneficial for both firms.”

KBA also received its latest 2011 Printing Industries of America InterTech™ Technology Award for its unique FlyingJob Change technology. The 2011 InterTech Technology Award was presented to KBA at the 2011 Premier Print Awards and InterTech Technology Awards Gala on Sunday, September 11th, 2011 at the Marriott Chicago Downtown during Graph Expo.

The Flying JobChange makes the pressroom faster and more efficient. Plates for each new job can be changed on-the-fly at an impressive speed of 10,000 sheets per hour; then the press can be accelerated back to its production speed of 18,000 sheets per hour (depending on the configuration). This means there is no make-ready downtime and the production can be completed without interruptions.

The Flying JobChange

  • Drastically reduces production times and machine downtime thus enabling the printer to prepare the press for the next make ready while the press is running.
  • Offers practically zero make ready time
  • Is perfect for ultra short runs
  • Allows multiple processes to take place at the same time without stopping press production; the press is continually running during the process.

About KBA North America
KBA North America is located in Dallas and a member of the KBA Group. Established 194 years ago in Wuerzburg, Germany, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) is the oldest and second largest press manufacturer worldwide. KBA’s banner, ‘People & Print’, reflects its dual focus as a leading innovator for print entrepreneurs. The group’s product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes commercial and newspaper web presses, sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, special presses for books, inserts, banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, smart cards; CDs and DVDs plus inkjet and other coding systems.

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