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KBA partners with Techkon to offer unique value-added solution for upgrading older Rapida presses

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KBA partners with Techkon to offer unique value-added solution for upgrading older Rapida presses

February 11, 2021 - 01:04
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DALLAS, TX, Feb. 10, 2021 (Press Release) -Koenig & Bauer US/CA, in partnership with Techkon USA, an industry leader in print measurement technology, is offering a unique value-added solution for upgrading older Koenig & Bauer Rapida presses.

Key benefits include;

  • Automation
  • Waste reduction
  • Metrics capture
  • ISO & G7 compliance
  • Integration with third party reporting software

This upgrade package provides workflow automation;

  • Before the press run begins, an ink pre-setting module analyzes the digital image and automatically presets the ink keys on the press.
  • During the press run, a sheet is pulled and the spectro-densitometer scans a color bar spanning all ink zone locations in a single scan. Ink keys are automatically adjusted and the results are displayed on a press-side touch screen monitor for easy interpretation by the press operator.
  • The color control software verifies that the press is “printing by the numbers” correctly (density,TVI, Graybalance, G7,CIELab, etc.) and enables reporting on key metrics

One of the first to receive this new upgrade on its Rapida is a packaging printer in the Southeast. Since the installation on its press, the benefits have been a dramatic improvement in makeready, consistent color throughout the run, better color management, and reduced waste. The upgrade switch, says the customer, takes less than a day to perform and a week of training. They were pleased that Koenig & Bauer provided them with a personalized ROI, which demonstrated that the ROI is less than a year.

“This new partnership will provide our valued Rapida customers with a way to easily update older equipment to today’s process control standards and meet the demands of plant and brand-owners color communication needs, extending the life of their machines even further. ” says Michael Eichler, Koenig & Bauer’s sales director of Service Select.

“Our team is excited to expand the relationship with Koenig & Bauer to include this closed loop SpectroDrive system,” says Jim Lange, executive vice president at Techkon USA. “It builds upon the existing partnership in place for in-line measurement components and technical support services, adding new workflow automation for older Rapida presses.”

About Koenig & Bauer

Koenig & Bauer (US) is located in Dallas, Texas and a member of the Koenig & Bauer Group, which was established over 200 years ago in Würzburg, Germany. Koenig & Bauer’s claim, “We’re on it.” gets to the heart of Koenig & Bauer’s values and competencies for all target groups. The group's product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, post press die cutting, folder gluers, inkjet presses and systems, flexographic presses, commercial and newspaper web presses, corrugated presses, special presses for banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, glass and plastic decorating.

About Techkon

Techkon is the innovation leader in densitometers, spectrophotometers and color software solutions for the global print community. With a track record of 30 + years of continued technological excellence, Techkon products are chosen for their high degree of measurement accuracy, repeatability, reliability and ease of operation in all sectors of the printing industry. Techkon’s innovative color measurement solutions have led to highly successful implementations by leading OEM press manufacturers and large commercial printers, yielding dramatic gains in quality, productivity and cost savings.