Specialty Finishing Adding Two Rapida Large-Format KBA PressesOctober 10, 2011
“We chose to purchase two large-format presses from KBA because they could offer the highest level of automation and productivity, as well as a custom-configured press for our particular needs,” says Mark Wright, Specialty Finishing president. “These presses will allow our company to continue its rapid growth and offer our customers the highest level of productivity and quality that they expect. We needed the added capacity because we’ve been experiencing 25 percent growth year-over-year for the past several years.”
The two new KBA Rapida presses will join two additional six-color 40" presses from a different press manufacturer. An existing 56˝ sheetfed press is being replaced.
Both presses will be equipped with the KBA Logotronic management system, Densitronic Pro density and color measuring system, as well as the KBA Qualitronic Pro in-line sheet inspection system. Additionally, they will be equipped with automatic plate changing, which changes all the plates on the press simultaneously, offer a top running speed of 15,000 sph and include CIP 3/4 systems that will greatly reduce makeready.
“The full sheet inspection system was a key feature on the press,” says Wright. “Sixty percent of waste is due to defective sheet production. The KBA Qualitronic inline sheet inspection system will allow us to greatly reduce our waste and therefore help our customers with faster production and improve our bottom line.”
Another important component is the KBA Densitronic Pro, a combined density and color measuring system for quality control both during and after printing. Unlike other systems, Densitronic Pro also permits direct measurements within the image. Deviations from defined target densities, color values and other quality parameters (dot gain, trapping, etc.) are recognized and displayed not only reliably, but also very quickly in comparison to hand-held measuring devices. With integration for online control, the density and spectral deviations are converted into corrective adjustments for the individual ink keys. The Densitronic Pro controls the density and spectral parameters of each sheet by measuring along control strips or directly on the image.
Versatility, flexibility, and automation
“During our four month intensive investigative process, we looked at all of the press manufacturers with large-format models,” says Don Coggswell, an independent consultant who was hired by Specialty Finishing to assist in the purchase and accompany them during their press evaluations. “KBA invited us to visit its factory in Dresden, Germany, to see how their presses are built and took us on tours of other KBA printers who had similar presses.
“The decision to purchase a KBA press was a combination of KBA’s versatility to build a press with the exact specifications for Specialty Finishing suitable for their customer base and high-quality, highly-automated presses that could maximize their profits.”
Once the new presses have been delivered, Specialty Finishing will be collaborating with KBA on employee press training. A group of its press operators will be flown to Germany for factory training and on-site training will take place in Nebraska. This training will maximize the full benefits of the two presses, says Coggswell.
“We are pleased that Specialty Finishing chose KBA and our Rapida large-format models over other press manufacturers,” says Mark Hischar, president and CEO of KBA North America. “We believe that our dedication to new highly-automated technology, our flexibility in building a custom press, and our service and knowledge will build a strong partnership between KBA and Specialty Finishing for many years to come.”
About Specialty Finishing
Specialty Finishing began as a small family-owned print shop in 1927. Its dedication to customer needs has enabled the firm to expand and maintain successful relationships over the years. Commitment to customer goals and leading-edge technology has driven Specialty Finishing's growth to a multimillion dollar operation employing more than 140 people.
In 2007, the firm opened a second facility with 400,000 square feet of cutting-edge, in-house capabilities. The firm strives to be a first-choice carton supplier and work to achieve this through continual investments in people and technology. Its mandate is to provide real solutions to the opportunities created by today's high-speed, competitive markets. Its diligence and determination drives the company to greater efficiency, competitiveness, and most importantly, responsiveness to customer needs.
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.