26 October 2014 Analogue Print

Long KBA stretches the limits of new generation UV print

A German customer has specified a 14-unit press while UK interest in the technology continues to grow.

KBA has sold a 14-unit Rapida 106, which thanks to HR-UV drying will be the longest new generation UV press in Europe when installed in April next year.

Unlike other extra long presses sold by KBA to Amcor in Switzerland and by Heidelberg to Chesapeake in Scotland, this machine is intended for commercial rather than packaging print. It has four printing units, a drying unit, the perfecting drum, six further printing units, each with drying, a perforating unit, coating units and a triple length delivery.

The customer is Appl which already has ten KBA sheetfed presses. The new machine will be used for printing covers for magazines, books and catalogues. The machine also bristles with automated set up, plate changing and cleaning systems.

Its length will make this the longest new generation UV press in Europe if not the world. Komori has sold long perfecting presses, as has Ryobi, but these are eight-unit machines and lack the additional print units and coaters that this press will have.

The machine includes doped UV lamps, a similar approach to Komori’s H-UV and Heidelberg’s LE-UV system. Heidelberg will be running LE-UV alongside conventional press at an open house in Brentford next month to show how the technologies compare.

Meanwhile KBA UK is driving forwards on LED UV technology, having secured an order for a B1 press from an unnamed customer. It is embarking on a week long tour of UK customers with Carsten Barlebo, who heads LED technology partner AMS in Europe. This will be followed next year by an open house at the factory in Dresden.

Sakurai is staging an open house for its LED UV press at the UK showroom in Hounslow this week. The company has set up the five-colour coating LED UV machine that will be headed to Rotherham customer B&B Press after the event. Another machine will arrive shortly after for testing before it is shipped to a UK commercial print customer before the end of the year.

Sakurai is planning to have a six-colour perfecting machine shipped from Japan early next year as a permanent showroom machine able to demonstrate different combinations of printing, drying and coating and the range of effects that can be achieved.

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KBA Rapida with UV

KBA Rapida with UV

KBA is fitting HR-UV to the Appl press. Its length will make this the longest new generation UV press in Europe if not the world. Komori has sold long perfecting presses, as has Ryobi, but these are eight-unit machines and lack the additional print units and coaters that this press will have.

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