Koenig & Bauer ‘Sprinting Ahead’ at Drupa with Offset and Digital Print Innovations
The new Rapida 76 on the stand in Düsseldorf is a five-color coater press. With its maximum speed of 18,000 sph in straight printing, it is an interesting proposition for both commercial and packaging printers and incorporates many of the automation options of its medium-format sister Rapida 106. These include DriveTronic SIS sidelay-free infeed, fast automatic plate changers, DriveTronic SPC dedicated drives for the plate cylinders, fast, simultaneous washing with CleanTronic Synchro and ErgoTronic online color measurement and control at the new console, or inline color measurement and control with QualiTronic. With the Rapida 76, KBA has transferred cutting-edge solutions from its large and medium-format presses into the half-format class.
Innovation in web offset, too: C16 and Commander CL
In commercial and newspaper web offset, too, KBA is able to present a raft of new developments addressing the latest market demands. The Commander CL, the newspaper press with module-based automation launched at IFRA Expo in Vienna in October 2011, for example, is to be shown for the first time with a compact printing unit featuring semi- and fully automatic plate changing and further innovations, alongside the very latest ErgoTronic console technology.
In addition, a printing unit of the 16-page commercial press KBA C16 will be spotlighting the further optimization for fast job changes with short and medium runs, together with its new low-maintenance quarterfold module and user-oriented console.
KBA-MePrint: variable-format Varius for flexible packaging
Subsidiary KBA-MePrint has prepared two presses of the small-format Genius 52UV series with a number of new features which are to be available in the future (envelope feeder; rainbow printing). Another highlight is an interesting new development for the growth market of flexible packaging.
The new Varius 80 is a modular, variable-format web offset press. It implements the same waterless technology as the Genius, with short-train inking units and UV drying. This combination achieves excellent print quality on flexible, non-absorbent substrates with very low start-up waste. The offset plates, moreover, are significantly less expensive than the sleeves required for a flexo process.