Practical knowledge transfer on cutting-edge UV sheetfed offset

A large international customer event took place at KBA-Sheetfed Solutions in Radebeul, near Dresden, with the LED-UV & Traditional UV Conference from June 24-26, 2015. The event was a resounding success with around 1,000 print experts from mo-re than 30 countries in attendance. This huge level of interest shows just how important the topic of UV printing in diverse variations has now become to the print industry and how important sharing the knowledge is. Nevertheless, the event did not just focus on this technical topic. The visiting print pundits were treated to two new product developments at once with practical live demonstrations of the Rapida 105 PRO unveiled at Print China in April and the inline Rapida RDC (rotary die cutter).

A series of press demos was dedicated to UV and finishing: cold-foil kit in connection with HR-UV technology on non-absorbent substrates was shown on a six-colour Rapida 106 with coater and ColdFoil Micro. When changing jobs the visitors saw a switch from self-adhesive labels to PP film. This was in addition to a demonstration of an automatic anilox roller change with AniloxLoader and automatic coating plate change with DriveTronic SFC. Various print jobs were shown for ‘work and turn’ on a new five-colour Rapida 75 with coater and LED dryer. One of the highlights of the demonstrations was the brilliant print quality on offset paper delivered by LED-UV.

KBA presented a job printed with in-mould film and low-migration LED-UV inks on a Rapida 145 (six colours with coater). This was followed by jobs demonstrating fast work and turn with three different types of paper (matt, gloss and offset).

The focus of the job changes was placed on automation modules for fast set-up, these include DriveTronic SRW (simultaneous roller washing) and DriveTronic SFC coater with AniSleeve sleeve changing.

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