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New KBA Rapida 105 builds upon 106 platform

KBA has begun production and shipping of a new generation of sheetfed offset presses for the medium format market. The new Rapida 105 (maximum sheet format 74 x 105cm) incorporates many innovative features of its sister press, the highly automated and high speed Rapida 106. And more configuration variants than before permit tailored adaptation to a wide range of applications, from label printing through to high quality packaging with inline finishing.

The new Rapida 105 has a maximum production speed of 16,500 sheets/hour. It has a DriveTronic feeder with four dedicated drives for the main and auxiliary pile lift, the feeder head and the feed table. The shaftless technology demands only a minimum of maintenance, is reliable in production, and runs with universal settings for most typical substrates.

All press programs can be started and the feeder and infeed settings can be modified at the touch panel on the first printing unit. Valuable preset functions reduce operator intervention to a minimum. All functions can naturally also be controlled through the ErgoTronic console.

Two systems with different levels of automation are available for plate changing. With SAPC (Semi Automatic Plate Change), the plate is lowered into the plate clamps by hand. All other process steps then run automatically. Changing takes approximately 1min per unit. With the fully automatic FAPC system, all plates are changed in just under 3min – including register zeroing – irrespective of the length of the press.

The new press can handle board up to 1.2mm and corrugated up to 1.6m.

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