Graph Expo: Sheetfed/Web Offset Printing -- Still Making Impressions
Much of the attention at KBA’s press conference, however, centered around its previous announcement that it will combine its corporate headquarters in Williston (Burlington), VT, with its web press operations located in Dallas. The relocation will join the KBA sheetfed and web divisions under one roof, along with the sales, service and parts departments, as well as a new corporate demonstration center.
Holger Garbrecht, president and CEO, said the decision to relocate to Dallas was made for the benefit of KBA’s customer base. Expected to be completed by next August, he added that the move to a more central location will allow KBA to be closer to much of its clientele, as well as to be able to ship parts from Dallas to clients all over the country in hours. Garbrecht revealed that all of the key KBA executives and about half of the current employees in Vermont will relocate to Dallas.
KBA activities in Canada have also been expanded. John Raithel, senior vice president of sales, has assumed the additional role as president of KBA Canada. The briefing was attended by Warren Werbitt, CEO of Pazazz Printing in Montreal, who installed a six-color, 56? Rapida hybrid UV press in July.
Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses also featured one sheetfed press in its booth: a six-color, 41? Diamond V3000LX with tower coater and extended delivery. The press was equipped with Mitsubishi’s SimulChanger fully automated plate changing system and Diamond Color Navigator, a newly developed color adjustment interface that also made its North American debut.
In comparison with manual adjustments, Diamond Color Navigator can cut color adjustment time in half and increase reproduction accuracy by nearly one-third. It consists of upper and lower touch monitors. The upper monitor displays the print image as it appears on the press sheet. The print image is created from job and color data transmitted from prepress via the Mitsubishi Prepress CIP4 Control server. Operators simply run a finger across the image to highlight ink key zones needing adjustment.