ON the road
* The new Rapida 74 and 74G, rated at 18,000 sph or 15,000 sph with perfecting, has an automatic plate changer with three change cycles. The 74G has the Gravuflow inking system and is a B2 waterless offset press featuring the same keyless inking system as the 74 Karat. A five-color Rapida 74 with coater and delivery extension will be on display at Drupa.
* Touted as the fastest medium-format press in the world, the Rapida 105 (18,000 sph/15,000 sph perfecting mode) offers a shorter makeready time with a fully automatic plate changer, optimized and upgraded washing system, and faster, more comprehensive access possibilities for the operator from the control console and the press. The six-color press with coater and plinth for printing packaging will be showcased at Drupa.
KBA will take prospective buyers to see a production run on the world's first 14-unit Rapida 105 press line for five-color perfecting and coating at Meinke Druck in Neuss, not far from Düsseldorf.
* The 240-ton Rapida 205 press is the monster of large-format printing. KBA demonstrated printing an 81˝ sheet on paper stock, then printed on poster board after a nine-minute changeover. The 803⁄4˝ behemoth and its smaller sibling, the Rapida 185, have a maximum output of 9,000 and 11,000 sph, respectively. Drupa visitors can also attend an offsite demo of a four-unit 205 with perforator and automatic plate changer.
* The Genius 52 will be shown at the Metronic stand in Hall 11 at Drupa, printing smart cards on 24-pt. PVC film and other plastic products.
* The 74 Karat, which currently has worldwide installs in excess of 100 units, is a cornerstone direct imaging waterless sheetfed press with coater. Many onlookers were impressed at its lenticular applications, but the machine also handles paper, board, plastics and foil stocks.