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Award-Winning Genius 52UV press takes the stage at Graphics of the Americas

Press release from the issuing company

KBA Metronic AG, a leading provider of printing and marking solutions, will be displaying its unique and award-winning Genius 52UV 20-inch waterless sheetfed offset press at Graphics of the Americas/Xplor 2007, Miami Beach, FL, Convention Center in Hall C at Booth 1070.from March 2-4, 2007. The Genius 52 UV press recently received the prestigious 2006 InterTech Technology Award from Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) Open up new business segments with the Genius 52UV The Genius 52UV sheetfed offset press is a four- or five-unit waterless press that uses KBA’s unique Gravuflow inking unit and an integrated drying unit for the quick drying of UV inks. This technology enables the press to print individual telephone-, lottery, prepaid-, gift-, and membership cards and CD/DVDs on a wide variety of plastic materials such as PVC, ABS, PS, PE, PET, PC, etc. as well as cardboard and paper in thicknesses ranging from 0.004 to 0.03’’. The machine prints up to 8,000 sheets/hr in the conventional 14.2 x 20.47’’ format. The easy-to-run, compact machine can produce different products for a variety of markets, ranging from security printing such as check and credit cards, and includes long-wearing mouse pads, price labels and weather-resistant plant stickers, adhesive labels, lenticular lenses (3-D images) or advertising posters. Many of those markets have been served by classic screen printers to date. Using UV inks means that the printed sheets can immediately be further processed and the job throughput time is significantly shortened. Operator-friendly for newcomers as well as for seasoned print professionals. The UV technology on the Genius 52UV press produces an extremely high quality product;; it is economical and ensures process reliability in inline processes. Newcomers to credit cards, screen printers or personalization firms, in particular, who have often been frightened off by the complicated nature of offset technology are increasingly overcoming their initial reservations and are finding their way into the printing field with the Genius 52UV. The concept of the KBA Metronic Genius 52UV is tailor-made to suit the requirements of companies in which the majority of printing jobs involve small and medium-sized runs, even for well-established offset printers. The Genius 52UV offset sheet-fed printer can be equipped with an optional varnishing unit which displays high gloss ratings. The waterless UV short inking unit ensures consistent, reproducible print quality and the lowest possible amount of run-up waste. Only ten sheets are needed to make the machine ready. The Genius 52UV press has all of the features to produce jobs that require short delivery times, smaller print runs and reduced production costs. Aspects of high efficiency and ease-of-use The Genius 52UV is designed for high efficiency and ease-of-use. Its auto-plate changing feature with a new type of pneumatic lock-up and registration system guarantees register-true mounting. New plates are guided into the changing shafts while the guards are still in place, and then automatically mounted. At the end of the run, the used plates are ejected into a disposal shaft, then removed manually. A complete plate change on a 4-color press takes around five minutes; changeover on a 5-color press takes six minutes. Printers can use either new analogue or computer-to-plate plates. For beginners there is the possibility of starting out with analogue positive or negative waterless printing plates. Printers who already have CTP can image waterless printing plates with the majority of thermal plate maker. Furthermore, the customer can choose from a variety of plate systems. Keyless inking with the anilox roller Gravuflow inking system and short, temperature-controlled ink trains (just two jumbo rollers) are factors that both simplify operation (no roller adjustment) and minimize ghosting. The ink form roller, which is the same size as the blanket cylinder, is also outfitted with a blanket. The short inking unit of the Genius 52UV also provides significant advantages in terms of time when changing inks. KBA-Metronic AG also has other technology to discuss with show-goers at Graphics of the Americas/Xplor. A unique printing system known as the OC 200 developed by KBA-Metronic produces high-precision results in rich colors throughout the entire print run with low start-up waste. The firm’s Universys, a modular all-in-one personalization system for plastic and paper cards personalizes individual cards printing pin numbers, barcodes, serial numbers, scratch-off fields, as well as, personal data. The system is perfectly suited for the individualization of tags, membership-, prepaid- chip- cards, magnetic stripe cards etc. KBA-Metronic AG, a world-wide leading supplier of printing and coding systems also offers laser, inkjet, hot stamper and thermal transfer technology. Marking systems technology is our contribution to Koenig & Bauer’s overall product portfolio.