MET Fine Printers of Vancouver, long regarded as one of Canada’s leading high-end printing operations, has added a new 5-colour KBA Genius 52UV press to its production floor, fitting its focus on ultraviolet production.
Installed back in November 2013, the unique waterless KBA Genius 52UV press has the capability to print on non-absorbing materials like plastics up to 0.8-mm thick, while also providing product differentiation on more traditional paper substrates.
Designed for running by a single operator, the press features short inking units without the need to adjust ink zones, damping units and roller inking units, which can result in startup with as few as a dozen waste sheets. KBA states the Genius 52UV can complete a plate change within five minutes and reach a run speed of up to 8,000 printed sheets (360 x 520 mm) per hour.
Nikos Kallas, President of MET Fine Printers, explains the new press allows the company to better compete on smaller-run UV projects that would typically have gone on MET's larger manroland sheetfed presses, also equipped for UV production. MET Fine Printers runs two 41-inch, 8-colour Manroland 700 presses, which also feature Eagle Eye inspection technology.
In addition to its Vancouver plant, MET also has a presence in the Calgary, Victoria, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Honolulu markets. Founded in 1977, MET today is one of Canada’s only carbon-neutral printing companies, as well as one of North America's most internationally awarded operations.