“This is an important once-a-year occasion to demonstrate our wide range of equipment, including digital and large format presses, and our many popular services, such as Service Select,” said Mark Hischar, president and CEO of KBA North America. “KBA is in a healthy, strong financial position, the undisputed leader in large format sheetfed and packaging presses, and continues to grow its market share.”
Since KBA continues to dominate the offset packaging market with new installations across the U.S., a large part of its booth at Graph Expo will be focused on this important and growing market. KBA has more than 250 large-format installations in North America. Over half of the large-format press installations in North America are KBA. It offers a wide-ranging portfolio of large-format press options – from 51-inches to 81-inches (the largest press in the world).
Being unveiled at Graph Expo will be KBA’s new Rapida 105 PRO, a new medium-format sheetfed offset press model that was just launched in June 2015. At 17,000 sph, the new press delivers a slightly higher level of performance in terms of production, a larger standard sheet format of 740 x 1,050 mm, shorter makeready times based on more automation and a new operating concept, plus it offers more equipment flexibility and greater scope for customization.
KBA will also be highlighting its new RotaJET 130 L and RotaJET 168 VL digital inkjet models, which serve applications for book, advertising and publications printing as well as additional industrial application fields, like decorative and packaging printing. The modular RotaJET L platform is available in five different web widths from 35.2 - 51.1 inches and can be upgraded to the maximum printing width and color content or configured to suit all fundamental application areas in the high-volume digital printing segment.
Along with the new 89-130 series based on the RotaJET L platform and the RotaJET 76 (max. printing width 30.7in) for book, commercial, magazine and newspaper printing, KBA has built the RotaJET VL inkjet range with a printing width of more than 5.2 feet or even more than 6.6 feet for industrial applications.
KBA will continue to demonstrate its growth into new markets with the success of its KBA-Flexotecnica subsidiary for flexible packaging.
KBA will also be introducing VariDry LED-UV, the industry’s fastest-growing low-energy drying technology. Designed for commercial and packaging printers from small to large format, the instant cure-to-print system offers very low energy costs to power LED-UV, flexibility to easily move LED-UV lamps interchangeably on press, as well as environmental and safety benefits. KBA is the only large-format press manufacturer that can offer LED hybrid presses using both traditional UV and LED-UV processes.
Attendees will learn about Service Select, a complete line of customized service products designed to maximize the productivity and profitability of a customer’s KBA press, how a printer can measure and improve upon their OEE (overall equipment effectiveness), how it helps KBA customers identify critical function areas that may be influencing productivity using press historical data.