Specialty Finishing Adding Two Rapida Large-Format KBA Presses

Pictured, left to right, after the contract signing on the show floor of GRAPH EXPO 2011 are consultant Don Coggswell; Doug Whitacre, KBA vice president; Mark Wright, Specialty Finishing president; Mark Hischar, KBA North America CEO and president; and Soren Larsen, KBA senior vice president of sheetfed sales.

OMAHA, NE—Oct. 10, 2011—KBA North America announces that Specialty Finishing, a full-service folding carton manufacturer, purchased two large-format Rapida sheetfed presses from KBA North America at GRAPH EXPO 2011. The new presses are six- and seven-color machines equipped with KBA’s unique automation and in-line quality control features and coaters. These are the first KBA presses purchased by Specialty Finishing.

“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.

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