TCPL votes for KBA Rapida automation and productivity

Dietmar Heyduck

At drupa 2016, TCPL Packaging, one of the largest packaging printing companies in India and one of the few that is listed on the stock exchange, ordered three Rapida 106 presses from KBA-Sheetfed. The first of these was installed at the TCPL Silvassa plant in the autumn of 2016. The second, a special press with six inking units, a coating tower, two intermediate drying units, each with a further inking unit and coating tower, and a three-fold delivery extension with a UV function, pile logistics started production in the Guwahati plant in East India at the end of August 2017. The delivery of this high configuration 10-unit press has been raised 450 mm higher for board packaging production.

Complex configurations
The new Rapida 106 in Guwahati is already TCPL’s second with a very special configuration. In its Haridwar plant in North India, a long Rapida 106 with eight inking units, coating tower and extended delivery, as well as a cold foil module, has been in production for two years. It has additional packages for printing cardboard and foils, is equipped for UV and conventional inks and is automated with pile logistics, a non-stop automatic function and FAPC plate changing.

The six Rapida 106 presses, two each at at TCPL’s plants in Haridwar, Silvassa and Guwahati have a total of 50 printing and finishing units, including seven coating towers for conventional and UV production, a corona unit and many further details for high-quality inline finishing. They were all installed between 2012 and 2017. With this very modern and automated pool of presses, TCPL produces economically and offers top quality. A seventh KBA Rapida and thus the third from the drupa package is expected to arrive shortly.

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The long Rapida 106 with six inking units, coating tower, two intermediate drying towers, a further inking and coating unit as well as a delivery extension at the official commissioning with Saket Kanoria, managing director of TCPL (left) and Dietmar Heyduck, sales director KBA-Sheetfed. Photo: K&B

Automation and productivity
The most recent highly configured Rapida installations at TCPL show that the company’s management is very satisfied with the automation and productivity of the Rapida presses. For medium-format sheetfed offset presses, TCPL invested exclusively in Rapida technology in the last few years which is as much a reflection on the service provided by KBA’s sales and service partner in India, Indo Polygraph Machinery.

TCPL was was established in 1990, and today employs a workforce of 1,200 employees. It has all of the standard certifications for quality management and the production of food packaging. In addition, TCPL produces a whole range of carton and flexible packaging to consumer product and premium segments. The company has won several international awards.

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