KBA Offers ‘Complete’ Package
• The new 18,000 sph Rapida 106 sheetfed press was demonstrated, boasting a fast makeready and greater productivity. During the live demonstration, operators churned out three 500-count jobs, including makereadies, in roughly 16 minutes.
• Other innovations discussed were the Rapida 142 and Rapida 162 sheetfeds. The 142 offers increased four-over-four productivity in a large format.
• The print length of the perfector version of the Rapida 162a sheetfed has been extended to 46˝. The packaging press also has a lower pile delivery.
• KBA underscored its commitment to greener production methods by demonstrating four keyless, waterless presses at Drupa: a Genius 52 UV, a Rapida 74 Gravuflow and a 74 Karat DI, with a Cortina on the web press side.
• KBA won’t be highlighting web presses at Drupa, but will focus on providing information regarding the waterless Cortina 6/2 and the conventional Commander CT.
• KBA Complete provides JDF workflows with technologies for prepress, press and finishing applications, MIS, print process management, process standardization and climate-neutral print production.
At Drupa, KBA Complete specialists will be manning the Solutions Center on the KBA stand, providing advice for the range of software for all forms of print shop networking, organization and e-business, from Web-to-print and RFID to storage optimization and paper management.
Given President Bush’s economic stimulus package, Garbrecht has noticed a spike in activity from printers wishing to have units placed in service during 2008. One of the provisions of the package is that equipment must be placed in service during this calendar year in order to take advantage of the so-called bonus depreciation.
“I’d say we’ve seen a 10 percent to 15 percent increase (because of the tax incentives),” he says. “We see this as a good business opportunity.”