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Another Waterless Press from KBA

25 Jul 2012 3:14 PM | Deleted user
The KBA subsidiary KBA-MePrint already has the small-format Genius 52UV series with a number of new features which are to be available in the future (envelope feeder; rainbow printing).  Recognizing the growth market of flexible packaging KBA MePrint will show new Varius 80 modular, variable-format web offset press.  It implements the same waterless technology as the Genius, with short-train inking units and UV drying.  This combination achieves excellent print quality on flexible, non-absorbent substrates with very low start-up waste.  The Toray waterless offset plates, moreover, are significantly less expensive than the sleeves required for a flexo process machine.  The keyless and waterless Varius 80 comes up to full colour after 100 metres – a waste saving of around 80% compared to other presses.  As runs become ever shorter and job changes more frequent, that is an advantage which can make all the difference.  And the higher quality of offset compared to flexo no doubt answers the wishes of many print customers.  The environment also benefits, because the Varius 80 uses no water, no solvent and no powder. Engineered for a maximum web width of 800mm (31.5 in) and a production speed of 400 metres per minute (1,312fpm), the Varius 80 from KBA-MePrint handles substrate thicknesses from 30 to 800µm.  The printing length is variable between 21 and 34 inches. Changes in format length are accomplished in a matter of minutes with an automated plate and blanket cylinder change function (no sleeves).

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