Lithocraft Targeting New Markets with KBA Rapida 106 UV Press

Awaiting the May installation of the company’s new KBA Rapida 106 41˝ eight-color UV press are (left to right) Robert Navarro, Lithocraft’s vice president of operations; Brad Thurman, Lithocraft’s president; John Cosgrove, a Lithocraft partner; and Marcus Schoen, KBA sales manager.

“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.

World Makeready Champion

Since being launched at Drupa 2008, KBA’s high-tech Rapida 106 continues to be the world champion in makeready and the most productive press in its class. A key unique feature of Lithocraft’s press includes the DriveTronic SIS (Sensoric Infeed System), a totally makeready-free system that knows no setting or sidelay errors, nor does it mark sensitive substrates.

Its mode of operation is ingeniously simple: a sensor determines the lateral position of the sheet on the feeder board, and as the sheet approaches the transfer point to the first printing unit the gripper on the transfer drum aligns the sheet with the side position specified at the console. Various automation modules, such as fully automatic plate changers, ErgoTronic ACR video register, DensiTronic Professional ink density control and the LogoTronic management system with CipLink software, ensure maximum productivity.

To market the new press, Lithocraft will be holding an open house and producing marketing materials to explain the capabilities of the new equipment. “Our material will help explain the added benefits of an eight-color UV press and how it can help expand and enhance the products our clients are presently producing,” says Navarro.

As the firm readies for the Rapida 106 installation, it has made changes to its facility to accommodate the eight-color press. This includes foundation modifications and the necessary upgrades for the UV system electrical requirements.

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