Comexi Group unveils Nexus L20000

Water-based laminating machine

Comexi Group introduced its new Comexi Nexus L20000 at Comexi Group’s headquarters in Girona, Catalonia, Spain

New KBA Rapida 105 Pro with improved features and more automation unveiled17,000 sheets an hour at 740 x 1,050 mmWith the Rapida 105 Pro announced at Print China which ran from 7 to 12
April in Guangdong, a new sheetfed offset press in medium format has
come in to fill in the gap between the proven Rapida 105 and the
high-end Rapida 106. Compared to the Rapida 105, which is still
available, at 17,000 sheets an hour, the new press delivers a slightly
higher level of performance in terms of production, a larger standard
sheet format of 740 x 1,050mm, shorter makeready times thanks to more
automation and a new, intuitive operating concept. Additionally, it
offers more equipment flexibility and greater scope for customisation.
KBA has named the new Rapida 105 Pro which is based on the Rapida 106
(up to 20,000 sheets an hour) as the best in its class and sees
excellent opportunities in the global market for this new press given
its attractive price-performance ratio.
The delivery features fewer operating controls and more preset capabilities. A touchscreen ensures intuitive and secure operation. Photo: KBADemands placed on printing companies in terms of technology have changed
in recent years. Labour costs have risen around the world. The market
for printed products is becoming smaller and competition tougher.
Standard features which were satisfactory in the past are often no
longer sufficient. This is why KBA has redefined the usual industry
standards in medium format with the new Rapida 105 Pro.

Fast and automated job change
of the Rapida 105 Pro’s key features is its full preset capabilities
from the feeder, through the printing units to the delivery, something
not to be taken for granted in this press class. Changing jobs thus
becomes faster and easier. All of the settings at the feeder and
delivery can be stored according to job type. When it comes to repeat
jobs or orders printed on the same substrate the settings can be used
for presetting the Rapida 105 Pro, saving time and waste.

The new
press’s high level of automation can also be seen in other places –
automated systems for plate changing are available, such as
semi-automatic plate change (change in every printing unit at the touch
of a button) and automatic plate change (fully automatic change in all
units in 2.8 minutes). The Rapida 105 Pro scores points when washing
with the CleanTronic washing system for blankets, impression cylinders
and rollers. Optional features include DriveTronic SRW (simultaneous
roller wash), CleanTronic Multi (ink changes) and CleanTronic UV. ‘Fast
Clean’ enables the high-speed washing of rollers and cuts washing times
from four to two minutes.

The EasyClean ink duct’s non-stick
coating greatly shortens cleaning times when changing inks. In addition,
the ink ducts also do not have any expendable parts which need to be
replaced frequently. As it is not equipped with a film liner, deviations
when setting to zero are prevented and ensures that the ink zone
settings can be reproduced precisely. The new press is equipped with
Rapida inking units known for their fast response times and minimal
start-up waste. This is in addition to the ability to uncouple inking
units which are not currently being used, a feature greatly valued by
many Rapida users. The Rapida 105 Pro also only runs those units needed,
saving energy, washing times and washing agents as well as extending
the service life of inking rollers.

More equipment flexibility
Rapida 105 Pro is available with up to 10 printing units, perfecting as
well as single and multiple coating applications and it can be
configured for individual production requirements. Notwithstanding the
benefits for commercial printing, it is equipped with a raft of
interesting features suited to packaging printing. Along with possible
kit for nearly all of the conventional types of coating available today,
further features include an outstanding coating unit function valued by
packaging printers when changing coating plates, setting the register
at the console and the coater and when automatically cleaning the
coating circuit or the hydro-pneumatic adjustable doctor-blade chamber.
This is in addition to the option of non-stop systems in the feeder and
delivery up to the integration in fully automated pile logistics.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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