In the half-format segment, the 15,000sph, 530x750mm (20.86x29.53 inch) Rapida 75E unveiled at Ipex 2010 has been upgraded in terms of sheet travel, feeder, delivery, and many other technical details. It is now offered with the new ErgoTronic console, QualiTronic inline color measurement and control system, and a UV accessory package. It is also now available in a four-back-four perfector version.
The compact, energy-saving B2-format press has regained its original name of Rapida 75 and will be joined at drupa 2012 by a sister press boasting higher speed and an enhanced level of automation: the high-end Rapida 76.
The new Rapida 76 is a five-color coater press. With its maximum speed of 18,000 sph in straight printing, it is an interesting proposition for both commercial and packaging printers and incorporates many of the automation options of its medium-format sister Rapida 106. These include DriveTronic SIS sidelay-free infeed, fast automatic plate changers, DriveTronic SPC dedicated drives for the plate cylinders, fast, simultaneous washing with CleanTronic Synchro and ErgoTronic online color measurement and control at the new console, or inline color measurement, and control with QualiTronic. With the Rapida 76, KBA has transferred cutting-edge solutions from its large- and medium-format presses into the half-format class.