KBA Launches Rapida – The Longest Large Format Press

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Press supplier Koenig & Bauer Group (KBA) has revealed it is in the final stages of development for its record-setting 43 metres long KBA Rapida 145 57-inch press, a machine it says is the longest large format press in the market.

The press is slated for installation at Italian packaging giant IPI, delivered directly from the shop floor in KBA’s German factory.

According to KBA, the 138ft press is engineered with 14 printing and finishing units with the capacity to produce a maximum output of 15,000 sheets per hour. The machine sits on a raised foundation, and is equipped with both UV and conventional drying.

A number of automation features also furnish the Rapida press, including simultaneous plate changing, pile handling logistics, EasyClean, simultaneous roller washer and UV, PSO Match and Quality Pass.

KBA says the Rapida 145 series is primarily targeted towards the packaging printing market, specifically food and a focus on fast-food packaging. The press is configured with a printing unit and coater specifically for fast-food packaging printing.