Bell & Bain will install new Rapida 75 this month.
GLASGOW BOOK AND JOURNAL PRINTER steps closer to being an all KBA litho company this month with the installation of a B2 Rapida 75. This replaces a Speedmaster 74 and joins an eight unit perfecting Rapida 142 (one of the last to be made before KBA adjusted the format to 145). There is a Speedmaster 52 Anicolor, a format that KBA does not offer. Apart from that. only its digital production, based on a Muller Martini Sigmaline and Xeikon print engine is not from KBA. But at the time of that investment the German press manufacturer could not offer digital printing as it now can with the RotaJet 76.
And while there is only one Heidelberg in the pressroom, the company’s most recent folder investment is a Stahl TD112 which joined a Polar guillotine in 2011. But for the independent business, following a management buyout three years ago, KBA has been dominant in the pressroom since the first Rapida was installed in 2005.
IAN WALKER HAS RECENTLY STEPPED up to become chairman and chief executive of the business with Stephen Doherty to be managing director. The latest press will be used for covers and with a print speed of 16,000sph offers a significant step forward in productivity over the old press it replaces. Doherty says: “We liked the idea of maintaining consistency of the quality systems and automated settings across all our presses and, with the high speed package option giving us 16,000 sph production, it will also take some of the time pressure out of that part of our schedule.”
The company’s usp however, is that it prints double the number of pages than its competitors that have stuck with the B1 format can manage. He continues: “The larger format allows us to gain a tempo in the production process, just as long as we can maintain our makeready performance and hit saleable sheets consistently with minimal waste.”
A FULL MAKEREADY IS 20 MINUTES and start up waste just 60 sheets, crucial in the short run journalas market. Publishers are also shifting standard substrates to lighter papers to keep costs down. It has also started to change the nature of the business, bringing in work in the fine art sector as well as making the business competitive on longer run work thanks to the speed of the long and large perfector.