KBA Garners InterTech Award

KBA representatives discussed its new award-winning Flying Job Change technology at a Monday press conference. The award was presented Sunday at the 2011 Premier Print Awards and InterTech Technology Awards Gala.
“KBA’s Flying JobChange makes a significant technological impact in the market; it allows offset’s quality, offset’s wide substrates range, and offset’s speed, all within digital press technology changeover times. It is a technological breakthrough,” said Mark Hischar, president and CEO of KBA North America.
With the Flying JobChange, plates for each new job can be changed on-the-fly at an impressive speed of 10,000 sheets per hour; then the press can be accelerated back to its production speed of 18,000 sheets per hour (depending on the configuration). This means there is no make ready downtime and the production can be completed without interruptions, according to KBA.
Also discussed was the agreement with RR Donnelley to develop, manufacture, and sell next generation piezoelectric digital inkjet printing solutions to the packaging, securities, commercial, and newspaper segments. RR Donnelley will license its Apollo and other digital imaging technologies to KBA, which will incorporate them into its press offerings. Hischar said KBA’s new digital press will be introduced in May 2012 at the drupa international print show in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Mary Lee Schneider, President of Digital Solutions and Chief Technology Officer for RR Donnelley, said KBA was chosen as a partner because of its R&D efforts, as well as its scope of offerings in so many segments of the printing industry including commercial printing, large format, newspaper, and packaging. “We look forward to having the combined R&D resources of nearly 1,000 engineers and imaging scientists bring forward the next generation of digital imaging technologies,” she said.