Philipp Lithographing Adding a Third KBA Rapida Large-Format Sheetfed Press

Peter Buening, president and CEO of Philipp Litho, along with his daughter, Stacy Buening, vice president and general counsel, visit the KBA factory in Germany to see where their new Rapida 145 six-color press was built.

To accomplish these shorter and shorter turnaround times, the shop leans heavily on its press automation, its experienced craftsmen, and its extremely knowledgeable customer service reps. Philipp’s current KBA presses are being used for packaging and POP. The printer also has a full arsenal of presses capable of handling sizes as small as 19x 23˝ all the way up to 59.5x 80.5˝.

“The advantage to having multiple presses is that we can easily accommodate our customers’ varying needs,” says Buening. “We can print our customers’ multiple press forms at one time across all of our equipment, saving them time (due to simultaneous press approvals) and the hassle of having to source parts of a project to multiple printers.”

He cites KBA as one of the reasons his company has had so much success. “KBA is the reason we are in business today. KBA is a very professional organization and continues to be the leader in large-format technology. It has provided the means for us to upgrade from the old technology on our old Harris presses to the most technologically-advanced large format, sheet-fed presses today,” Buening stated.

“Our first KBA press, a Rapida 162A (64˝), was installed in our plant in July of 2002 and our Rapida 205 (81˝) was installed in December of 2005. After the addition of each of these presses, we saw dramatic efficiencies take place as well as an increase in sales. We can’t wait for the installation of our new Rapida 145 in September to see the same.”

Formally introduced at drupa 2012, the 57˝ KBA Rapida 145 is available with a host of options, such as a maximum production speed of 17,000 sph in straight printing and unique automation, including the sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS and DriveTronic SPC direct drives for fast, simultaneous plate changing; the CleanTronic Synchro system (two washing beams) for simultaneous washing of ink rollers, blankets, and impression cylinders parallel to plate changing.

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