The new Varius 80 is a modular, variable-format web offset press. It implements the same waterless technology as the Genius 52, with short-train inking units and UV drying. This combination achieves excellent print quality on flexible, non-absorbent substrates with very low start-up waste.
The offset plates, moreover, are significantly less expensive than the sleeves required for a flexo process. The keyless and waterless Varius 80 is already in full-color after 100 meters – a waste saving of around 80 percent compared to other presses. As runs become ever shorter and job changes more frequent, that is an advantage which can make all the difference. And the higher quality of offset compared to flexo, no doubt, answers the wishes of many print customers.
The environment also benefits, because the Varius 80 uses no water, no solvent, and no powder. Engineered for a maximum web width of 800mm (31.5 inches) and a production speed of 400 meters per minute (1,312 fpm), the Varius 80 from KBA-MePrint handles substrate thicknesses from 30 to 800µm. The printing length is variable between 21 and 34 inches. Changes in format length are accomplished in a matter of minutes with an automated plate and blanket cylinder change function (no sleeves).