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KBA to Challenge GTO at IPEX, Also to Show Off DI Range

Monday, February 11, 2002

Press release from the issuing company

February 11, 2002 - KBA's 1,400m (15,000ft) stand (no. 12-140 in hall 12) at Ipex 2002 will boast a raft of new advances in both conventional and digital sheetfed offset, complete with the related workflows. In a change of policy from Ipex 1998 the world's no. 3 press manufacturer will not be showing any web presses. KBA Genius 52 to Challenge GTO KBA's entry into the popular B3 market last November with the 46 Karat will be followed at Ipex by the world premiere of the Genius 52, whose 36 x 52cm (14'' x 20½'') format competes head on with the Printmaster GTO-52. Amazingly compact in comparison to other presses of this ilk - the five-colour version has a footprint of just 9m, including the switch and cooling cabinets - the Genius 52 will be offered as a four- or five-colour version. It will target graphic enterprises that either still work with analogue plates or already use ctp and are looking for an easy-to-use press capable of printing short-run colour quickly, cheaply and in a good quality, yet with minimum run-up waste. The Genius 52 - like the 74 Karat and 46 Karat a waterless offset press - will be available initially as a four- or five-colour version, with a four-plus-coater version for water-based coatings in the pipeline. The printing units are positioned in V-shaped assemblies around a central impression cylinder (see 3D schematic). Each sheet is printed register-true in a single gripper bite, with no sheet transfer. In common with the 74 Karat the Genius 52 features high-performance keyless inking units with anilox rollers and doctor blades. The anilox roller, forme roller, plate cylinder and blanket cylinder all have the same diameter to guarantee a ghosting-free image. There is no need to adjust the inking rollers. Weighing in at just 4t, the Genius 52 is a multi-talent press capable of handling a broad range of substrates from paper to carton and (in conjunction with a UV package) plastic and film up to 0.8mm (32pt) thick. The press can run with Presstek, KPG or Toray waterless ctp plates, or Toray's proven waterless analogue plates. The automatic plate-mounting sequence, circumferential register and substrate thickness can all be controlled from the console. This, plus an automatic blanket-washing system, reduces job changes on a four-colour press to just 5 minutes or so. The Technotrans cooling system keeps the inking units and plate cylinders at a constant temperature, irrespective of run length. One of the top priorities in the development of the Genius 52 was that it should support fast, problem-free one-man operation. The control console and pedestal can be slid from one end of the press to the other, and its convenient touch-screen rotated in either direction for easier reading. This makes the Genius 52 a remarkably simple press to operate even for less experienced personnel.   The Genius 52 is manufactured under an OEM agreement by M'tronic, a stone's throw away from KBA's Würzburg headquarters. Metronic, which employs more than 400 people, is a rapidly expanding business specialising in printing systems for plastic cards and CDs, and inkjet systems for product identification. Its prestigious customer base includes Gemplus, Schlumberger, Giesecke & Devrient, Pioneer and Orga, to name but a few. In recent years Metronic has shipped more than one thousand printing couples with keyless inking systems for cards and CDs. Collaboration on the new press will intensify KBA's long-standing association with Metronic. Alongside a global network of sales and service outlets for the paper and board sectors, KBA will bring to the table its formidable expertise and technological superiority in keyless inking, in which it is the global market leader. Metronic will handle all marketing and sales activities for the Genius 52 in its specialist markets, plastic and card printing, for which the press will include a UV package. More about this natty new press will be revealed at Ipex. 46 Karat Broadens KBA's DI Range The Genius 52 on the KBA stand at Ipex will be joined by a DI offset press - the 46 Karat - that KBA launched last November as part of a strategic alliance with US-based Presstek Inc. Having booked orders in the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland and other European countries, KBA is confident that it will soon acquire the sales rights for the UK as well. 74 Karat Debuts with Coater Ipex will see the unveiling of the first 74 Karat B3 digital offset press with inline aqueous coater. Available as an option, the coater expands the 74 Karat's range of applications and dramatically reduces throughput times for work and turn jobs by enabling the sheets to be run through the press again as soon as the plates have been re-imaged, or immediately if the same image is to be printed on the reverse side. One of the big advantages of the 74 Karat is that the sheets are printed on the underside, so the pile only has to be rotated 180° for a second pass, and not turned over. KBA will be demonstrating this at Ipex. Ten-Colour Rapida 105 the Start of the Show in Conventional Sheetfed Offset At Drupa 2000 and Print 01 KBA spearheaded new inline coating applications combining different types of ink - hybrid and con-entional - and green printing t-chnology (KBA is the only press manufacturer to achieve environmental accreditation for its entire fleet of sheetfed offset presses). At Ipex KBA will focus on high-volume commercial print production on conventional Rapida presses. Its flagship in the 3B format will be a highly automated Rapida 105 ten-unit perfector press which has been snapped up by Buxton Press in Derbyshire, where it will join a Rapida 105 eight-colour perfector. In the past few months KBA has hit the headlines with a string of multi-unit press installations, among them the world's longest B1 press - a 32m, 13-unit Rapida 105 for 5/5 plus perfect inline coating - at Ultra Litho in Johannesburg. Rapida 74 with Perfector The Rapida 74 B2 press type launched at Drupa 2000 will also feature in Birmingham, this time as a six-colour version with a new, automatically reversible three-drum perfector to support 6/0 and 2/4. This new option will substantially increase the possible applications for this highly versatile press, whose talents range from paper and board to plastic. Alongside computer to press with the Karat machines, workflow demonstrations will feature a Creo Lotem 800V ctp system and Presstek's 50 x 70cm (19¾'' x 27½'') Dimension 400 platesetter for the conventional medium-format press. KBA will also spotlight printshop networking with its Logotronic production management system and, in collaboration with Httprint, the Printanet e-commerce system for the 74 Karat.




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