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New KBA-Flexotecnica NEO XD LR “Hybrid” Press Debuts at Drupa

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Press release from the issuing company

First fully hybrid extremely innovative machine for all popular flexo technologies draws crowds

KBA-Flexotecnica, a member of the Koenig & Bauer Group (KBA), showcased its new CI flexo NEO XD LR HYBRID at Drupa 2016 on the KBA stand. It is engineered for printing with solvent and water-based inks as well as curing ink systems, such as UV-LED and EB. With up to twelve colors, a cut-off from 400 to 1,200mm, a maximum web width of 1,650mm and a maximum printing speed of up to 500m/min, in terms of automation and operation this extremely innovative press meets various production demands in flexible packaging.

This newest flexo evolution developed by KBA-Flexotecnica embodies the latest amazing features found on the new generation of the “X” EVO XD and EVO XG series from KBA-Flexotecnica. These include innovative solutions aimed at assuring added productivity even with the shortest of print runs, excellent print quality and the eco-friendliness of the converting process.

According to KBA-Flexotecnica the NEO XD LR is the first fully hybrid machine featuring the unique distinction of using different flexo printing technologies ranging from solvent or water-based inks, UV-LED or EB inks, either as single printing process, or as a multi-process combination; on the main central drum  as well as on inline downstream units. This is all accomplished on a wide range of substrates ranging from flexible film to paper and board offering flexo printers utmost flexibility.

Cutting-edge technical solutions have been applied to the NEO XD. These include a new ultra-stiff printing unit designed to minimize the effects of vibration and plate bounce in the most severe printing conditions ensuring an excellent print quality at maximum speed. During the NEO XD’s development phase, the focus was on safety which was addressed by new wrap-up safety covers with protective glass doors ensuring maximum operator health and safety. A new level of press ergonomics, which makes anilox and plate sleeves change faster and easier even in the case of large web widths and repeat sizes, guarantees efficient and economic production.

A newly-designed system for easy extraction of the inter-color dryers and a new access door on the top of the central drum printing group frame, together with the renowned “pipeless” doctor chamber design that removes all ink piping and related adjustment parts from the operating area, make maintenance easier and faster.

Considered as a model of efficiency among flexo presses, the NEO XD is equipped with a number of new integrated electronic solutions carefully selected to make the machine’s automation and control systems more effective and easier to use. Latest generation touchscreen panels serving as a user-machine interface for data and operation are an effective response to printers’ increasing demands for easier interaction with the machine’s control system.

A revised ESP (energy saving package) including next-generation electric and electronic components, the improved ventilation system with a redesigned air recirculation network and a new washing system with integrated cutting-edge viscosity control ensure maximum process performance with the lowest energy consumption delivering the highest level of environmental friendliness. Moreover, the NEO XD LR is equipped with an array of unique integrated solutions aimed at minimizing waste during start-up and production. 

Following a growth in sales of almost 20% last year, KBA-Flexotecnica aims to strengthen its prestigious position among the world’s leading manufacturers of high-tech and high-performance flexo presses in the mid to high-end market segments. It aims to do this with the proven productivity, efficiency and reputation of its high-quality presses as well as with the KBA Group’s global sales and service network.

With the new NEO XD LR HYBRID, KBA-Flexotecnica demonstrates its commitment to developing cutting-edge, ergonomic and flexible solutions for the market as well as meeting the growing pressures for efficient and cost effective production with the lowest environmental impact.


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