19 March 2017 Print Companies

Offset Printing and Packaging upgrades with KBA Rapida 106

The independent Kent print business is switching an older B1 and B2 press for the latest six-colour KBA Rapida 106.

Offset Printing and Packaging will take delivery a KBA Rapida 106, continuing a run of success for the German press manufacturer with UK carton printers.

The Aylesford printer is buying a six-colour press with coater to run in tandem with a Rapida 142 installed in 2009. It will replace a Rapida 105 and a B2 Speedmaster XL75 as the company moves away from the smaller format.

Simultaneous plate change technology, which lifts and replaces all plates and runs washing cycles inside a minute, will enable the company to compete on runs that would previously been handled by a B2 format machine.

Joint managing director in charge of production Vince Brearey says: “With the equipment we have specified on the new press we will be able to make ready extremely quickly, with minimal waste and comfortably match the performance of the outgoing presses. We researched the potential of adding a highly specified machine to allow us to take out two existing presses, a five-colour B2 and the seven-colour Rapida 105.

“We looked at other manufacturers but our operators are very comfortable with KBA technology and the build of the machines is first class.”

The technology selected includes the SIS infeed and CX package to allow thicker materials to be fed through the press. It can be switched between conventional and UV inks and coatings.

Offset Printing and Packaging has a strong environmental ethos, using its ISO 12647-2 compliance certification to help minimise waste sheets at makeready and deliver consistent print to clients wanting evidence of this during a print run.

The KBA QualiTronic colour monitoring system will provide this, feeding back into the LogoTronic Professional press management system and then to an MIS.

“To have a tool like QualiTronic colour control alongside Quality Pass for ISO 12647-2 and ColourView will provide our clients with even greater reassurance of our ability too match and maintain colour to vey tight tolerances throughout a print run,” says Brearey.

The company was the first carton printer to receive the BPIF’s 12647 Technical Compliance Certificate.

Gareth Ward

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Vince Brearey

Vince Brearey

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