KBA has announced a new addition to its Rapida line, a press it calls the big sister of the Rapida 145 launched at drupa: the Rapida 164, a format VIIIb (120.5 x 164 cm) press.
The new press incorporates the same DriveTronic components as the Rapida 106 and Rapida 135 presses. DriveTronic aims for maximum operational convenience and fast makeready and job changes. A new feature unique to the Rapida 164 press is the sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS, which aside from avoiding marking issues with sensitive substrates, is said to eliminate all need for operator intervention.
The press has a maximum production speed of 15,000 sheets per hour, aided by Venturi sheet guiding. The Rapida 164 can be equipped with two different coater tower options as well as semi-automatic and fully automatic plate change options (with change times of 110 seconds and three minutes, respectively, for all units). When equipped with DriveTronic SPC, blankets and impression cylinders can both be washed parallel to the plate changing.
The new Rapida 164 will be replacing the Rapida 162 and 162a presses, popular choices in the book printing and packaging markets for nearly 20 years.