Unveiled at Drupa 2012, the Rapida 145 provides utmost automation at speeds of 17,000 sph
KBA North America is pleased to announce that Malnove, the largest independent folding carton manufacturer in North America, has chosen to equip its Omaha, Nebraska facility with a new KBA Rapida 145 57-inch seven-color sheetfed press equipped with a host of impressive automation features including the KBA SIS Sensoric sidelay-free Infeed, board version, DensiTronic Professional Closed Loop Spectrophotometry, Auto Register, LogoTronic Professional, CleanTronic Synchro, and a high-speed package for a maximum speed of 17,000 sph. The 57-inch press also features a new tower coater concept, extended delivery, and overall preparation for UV applications.
"KBA continues to introduce new technology and innovations that allow our company to thrive and prosper,” says president Paul Malnove. “Our strategy is to embrace new high-speed presses to answer the demands of our customers. We have formed an important alliance with KBA and installed our first large-format KBA Rapida 142 in the U.S. in our Omaha plant in 1997. For more than 15 years, our common press platforms across all of our facilities have provided our customers with the benefit of being able to produce any carton, for any customer, in any plant with the same quality and pictorial results.”
Malnove’s new KBA Rapida 145 features new automation seen for the first time at Drupa. These include the KBA SIS Sensoric sidelay-free Infeed,the CleanTronic Synchro system (two washing beams) for simultaneous washing of ink rollers, blankets and impression cylinders parallel to plate changing, and additional parallel makeready processes that contribute to significantly higher net production output compared to the predecessor series and presses from other manufacturers. Convenient operation is guaranteed at the new ErgoTronic console with wall screen, picture-in-picture function.
“As the established market leader in large format presses, KBA chose Drupa 2012 as a fitting occasion to redefine and elevate the benchmarks for offset printing in large format,” says Mark Hischar, president and CEO of KBA North America. “We’re proud that our Rapida 145 was the largest sheetfed offset press on display at Drupa. Its unique features make the Rapida 145 more efficient and enhance productivity for commercial and packaging printers worldwide. We are proud of our partnership with Malnove and being able to supply them with the most technologically-advanced presses in the market.”
Founded in 1948, Malnove designs and converts high-quality folding carton packaging at its three plants located in Omaha, Nebraska; Jacksonville, Florida; and Clearfield, Utah. Malnove is committed to delivering sustainable value through its commitment to its three tenets – intelligent packaging design, continuous process improvement, and speed-to-market.