Meredith-Webb Chooses Specially-configured KBA Rapida 106 PressAugust 9, 2010
“When our father handed the company over to my brother Travers and me four years ago he instilled in us the importance of committing to the best technology available,” relates Kelly Webb, executive vice president at Meredith-Webb. “After Travers and I met with Kelly Ward, our production manager, and Wendell Robinson, our pressroom supervisor, we all agreed that the KBA Rapida 106 six-color ten-unit 41˝ sheetfed press was the best equipment for our needs. It is world-class printing equipment.”
The KBA Rapida 106 41˝ high-performance sheetfed press, dubbed the “makeready champion” for its 18,000 sph output and cutting-edge automation, is equipped with a bevy of new technology, including the popular KBA Logotronic Professional management system, the KBA Densitronic combined density and color measuring system for quality control, as well as the Drivetronic feeder, with its pre-setting capabilities that help to reduce waste and allow for rapid job changes.
Key components of the new KBA Rapida 106 being installed at Meredith-Webb are its lightweight stock and heavyweight board packages, its UV capability, and its double coating feature, which were specially-built for the company. Webb says that the company has been testing UV and aqueous coating applications as well as special drying applications. The double coater on the press, he says, will increase throughput speeds and allow jobs to be quickly coated and ready for finishing.
“Having a press specially configured this way allows us to crossover in all three markets that we serve: commercial, packaging, and direct mail,” says Webb. “Our KBA sales manager, Sam Creel, brought us ideas on how the press could be specially built and explained how the press could expand our customer base. He became a true partner in our business.”
While the new Rapida 106 41˝ press is Meredith-Webb’s first KBA machine, management had been following KBA developments for many years. “We would see KBA presses being operated at strong, successful printing companies,” recalls Kelly Webb. “You look to see what other printers are operating and talk to the owners. Over and over, we would hear about KBA’s exceptional service, reliability, and technology.”