Koenig & Bauer ‘Sprinting Ahead’ at Drupa with Offset and Digital Print Innovations
The keyless and waterless Varius 80 is already in full color after 100 meters—a waste saving of around 80% compared to other presses. As runs become ever shorter and job changes more frequent, that is an advantage which can make all the difference. And the higher quality of offset compared to flexo no doubt answers the wishes of many print customers.
The environment also benefits, because the Varius 80 uses no water, no solvent and no powder. Engineered for a maximum web width of 800mm (31.5in) and a production speed of 400 meters per minute (1,312fpm), the Varius 80 from KBA-MePrint handles substrate thicknesses from 30 to 800µm. The printing length is variable between 21-34˝. Changes in format length are accomplished in a matter of minutes with an automated plate and blanket cylinder change function (no sleeves).
KBA-Metronic: innovative marking with betaJET
As a specialist for digital and analogue marking and coding systems, KBA-Metronic will be showcasing yet another interesting solution for the packaging branch. The betaJET thermal inkjet unit integrated into the udaFORMAXX feeding system for sleeves, cartons and the like is freely programmable. As such it is suitable for a diversity of uses, for example in addressing applications, as an anti-counterfeiting module in the pharmaceuticals industry, for brand protection or in just-in-time manufacturing in the textiles and cosmetics branches.
Green printing, technology lounge, JDF workflow, MIS etc
As a declared pioneer of eco-friendly production, as already demonstrated at Drupa 2008, KBA will again be lending particular weight to the topic of “green printing”. Four web and sheetfed presses implement a waterless UV process. New offers for climate-neutral print and the possibilities for climate-neutral press manufacture are to be presented in cooperation with Climate Partner.
And in a dedicated technology lounge, KBA will be putting forward current and future solutions for UV-LED and HR-UV drying, energy management and heat recovery in the printshop. The CtP pre-press with a Magnus 800 MCU platesetter is from Kodak, as at previous dDrupas. The JDF workflow on the stand is networked via KBA LogoTronic Professional, and Italian KBA partner Logica Sistemi will be presenting branch-specific MIS software suitable also for smaller users.