Buening cites KBA as one of the reasons his company has had so much success. “KBA is the reason we are in business today,” he says. “KBA is a very professional organization and continues to be the leader in large format technology. They provided the means for us to upgrade from the old technology on our old Harris presses to the most technologically-advanced large format, sheet-fed presses today. Our first KBA press, a Rapida 162A (64”), was installed in our plant in July of 2002 and our Rapida 205 (81”) was installed in December of 2005. After the addition of each of each of these presses we saw dramatic efficiencies take place as well as an increase in sales. We can’t wait for the installation of our new Rapida 145 (57”) in September to see the same.”
Formally introduced at Drupa 2012, the large-format KBA Rapida 145 (57”) is available with a host of options such as a maximum production speed of 17,000 sph in straight printing and unique automation such as the sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS and DriveTronic SPC direct drives for fast, simultaneous plate changing; the CleanTronic Synchro system (two washing beams) for simultaneous washing of ink rollers, blankets, and impression cylinders parallel to plate changing. A new program for extremely fast inking unit washing (CleanTronic ReInk) and further parallel makeready processes contribute to significantly higher net production output. The new coater offers a simultaneous coating form changing (DriveTronic SFC) and a fast, one-man replacement of the exchangeable anilox roller sleeves (AniSleeve). Its new ErgoTronic console with wall screen, picture-in-picture function and integrated color measurement and control system (QualiTronic ColorControl) for quality monitoring are available. In addition, the new large-format Rapida presses feature inline register control (QualiTronic ICR), and with QualiTronic PDF it is possible to perform an inline comparison between the print result and the original PDF file.