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Lithocraft Targeting New Markets with KBA Rapida 106 UV Press

April 18, 2011
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ANAHEIM, CA—April 18, 2011—KBA North America, a global press manufacturer based in Dallas, announces that Lithocraft Co., a high-quality commercial sheetfed printer, is expanding into new markets with the installation of a new KBA Rapida 106 41" eight-color UV press. Delivery is expected to take place in May 2011.

“2011 will be a year of change for Lithocraft,” says Robert Navarro, vice president of operations at Lithocraft. “The addition of the Rapida 106 with UV will be the spring board for this transformation. The new press will allow us to better service our existing customers and it will provide new capabilities thus allowing us to move into the high-end quality packaging market. We will be living up to our customers’ expectations, which are: being responsive, reliable, proactive, adaptable and providing consistent value.”

Lithocraft devoted a great deal of time researching various press manufacturers. However, based on its future plans, “the Rapida 106 is the best piece of equipment to fit the needs of our company,” explained Navarro.

After extensive research, the company came to this conclusion for a variety of reasons. These included, says Navarro, the Rapida’s inherent speed and ease of makeready; reliability of KBA equipment; automated equipment service provided by KBA; and the solid reputation of both KBA and Air Motion UV system.

He also noted the KBA QualiTronic color-control system, which measures solid densities on each sheet at maximum production speed; this system eliminates time-consuming manual comparisons and reduces start-up waste. QualiTronic is a camera-based inline sheet-inspection system that scans each sheet as it enters the delivery or the perfecting unit, and compares it with a reference sheet.

Expanding into UV and high-end packaging market

Not only will this be the first press with this particular type of configuration, but it will be Lithocraft’s first press from KBA.

“Our customers expressed an interest in having us expand our capabilities into the UV market with added color capabilities and environmentally-friendly processes,” says Navarro. “The efficiencies that the Rapid 106 brings will allow us to eliminate most of our overtime and attract new customers. Having eight-color UV capabilities will give us the tools we need to compete in the high-end packaging market as well as providing added services for our existing clients.”

Lithocraft will be replacing a six-color conventional sheetfed press from a different manufacturer with the new KBA Rapida.


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