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packag ing printers turn to KBA
AP looks at a trio of different Aussie printers
that are investing in new press technology from
KBA, which now claims to be the world’s second
biggest sheetfed press manufacturer
20 November 2013 - Australian Printer
PERTH print business Picton Press is assembling
what its managing director Dennis Hague says
‘will be the best printing solution in operation
in Australia’ with a multi-million dollar spend
that includes a new ten-colour KBA Rapida 106
perfector and EFI Pace MIS.
Hague says, “ We have been working over the
past 18 months with many companies in workflow
management, data integration and the latest
press technology; talking to and visiting leading
operations and solution providers.
“ We are investing in the new KBA Rapida
106 fully optioned with the latest technology
including sidelayless infeed and direct drive.”
Picton will integrate the press and MIS
to create a JDF workflow, which will set the
press with no operator input. The KBA Data
Matrix Select function scans a QR code on
the plate, goes to the KBA Logotronic server,
finds the job and sets the press up.
Hague says, “ We opted for the
KBA Rapida 106 because it has proven
integration with the MIS, and the quality and
productivity are first rate.” Picton was initially
looking at a six-colour press but plumped for
the ten-colour perfector which has enabled
it to replace its three existing presses.
Hague says, “After our extensive trips,
demonstrations and subsequent meetings
we chose KBA due to the press technology
and support to fully integrate the solutions
and reporting system that we require and
our major clients are demanding.”
Dave Lewis, general manager at KBA
Australia says, “There will not be a higher
specified press in Australia. It prints
at 18,000sph in perfecting mode, has
fully automated makeready, automatic
simultaneous plate loading, Plate Ident –
which scans the plates and pulls the job into
register before running any material, and it is
also connected to a central ink pumping system.”
The new Rapida 106 perfecting press will
come prepared for retro-fitting ready for HR-UV
inks. Dave Lewis says the advantage of HR-UV is
that the ink dries immediately, no spray powder.
Hague says, “The increase in firepower will
allow us to offer the highest quality product
supported with competitive pricing due to
reductions in raw materials, make readies, reduced
energy usage and full automation, resulting in
“ We believe in the next six months
Picton will have assembled the best printing
operation in Australia, enabling us to bring
additional benefits to our customers, provide
information with ISO colour management
and reporting, ease of operation and supported
by the best people all in one affordable easy-to-
use set of platforms.
“ We are investing heavily in everyone’s
future. The new press will also allow us entry
into markets we have been unable to service in
the past. We look forward to leading the pack.”
Picton is one of the longest established
printers in the country, trading since 1869. Hague
bought the business eight years ago and now has
50 staff, servicing customers in WA and interstate.
Picton Press invests in new ten-colour B1 KBA Rapida perfector
Ten-colour investment: the Picton Press team (l-r)
Gar y Kennedy, Brad Hall, Murray Scott and Dennis Hague
WITH speed of turnaround an increasing factor
in the race to win jobs KBA’s HR-UV drying
technology is poised to become a credible
alternative for the new breed of printing presses.
This is because HR-UV means instant drying.
As with any UV ink the drying is not through
evaporation or heat but polymerisation, which
As well as speed of drying the general
advantages of UV printing also apply to sheets
produced using HR-UV. In most cases the use of
spray powder is not necessary. Furthermore, the
cured sheets can be immediately passed on to
finishing, which saves time and storage space.
The use of HR-UV offers commercial printers
additional advantages, such as the working reality
that print-free passages no longer need to be
considered. In addition smearing and scratches to
the printed image are no longer an issue.
Further advantages include a lower energy
usage than for conventional drying systems, so
lowering costs. And as the HR-UV is not a heat
drying system the range of stocks that can be
printed on without affecting the dimensional
stability of the stock greatly increases.
UV ink is more expensive than conventional
ink, and there is less choice, although a
bunch of ink
are starting to
ink for offset
proponents say that the high cost of ink is offset
by the lower energy costs.
HR-UV cures inks to a better degree when
using the same amount of energy, and when
using less energy the curing results are the same
compared to conventional UV dryers.
Only one UV module is used when curing with
HR-UV for each side of a printed sheet, curing four
colours each. On a perfecting press just two UV
modules are needed.
KBA HR-UV for instant drying
Just two UV modules are needed on a multi-unit per fecting press
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