First medium-format press with LED drying in Bavaria
Holzer Druck und Medien in Weiler/Allgäu is a longstanding KBA user and invests regularly in the latest sheetfed offset technologies. Leaving aside a single small-format press and the digital machines, this is an exclusive domain of medium-format KBA presses.
The current line-up unites a five-colour Rapida 105u coater press, a Rapida 105 with six printing units and inline coating, and an eight-colour Rapida 106 for 4/4 perfecting.
Holzer Druck und Medien has been using Rapida sheetfed offset presses since 1990. A six-colour Rapida 106 with LED drying will be joining the line-up in November (1)
In November, the company will be expanding its capacities further with a Rapida 106 of the latest generation – this time a six-colour model with coating and triple-length extended delivery. As a high-speed press with additional accessories for the handling of both board and plastic substrates, it is engineered for production at speeds up to 20,000 sheets/hour. The press has also been configured for the alternating use of conventional and UV inks and coatings, and thus promises enormous production flexibility. The sidelay-free infeed (DriveTronic SIS), simultaneous plate changing (DriveTronic SPC), washing systems designed to permit parallel washing processes (CleanTronic Synchro) and many other configuration details are geared to ultimate automation and fast job changeovers.
Harald Wolfbauer, managing director of Holzer Druck und Medien, and sales manager Jochen Hole (left) present a calendar sheet printed on silver mirrorboard with opaque white and 4-colour LED-UV at KBA in Radebeul. With the new press, Holzer will soon possess its own facility to handle such production (2)
One feature which is still far from commonplace in this format class is the energy-saving LED-UV drying, which Holzer chose not least due to the possibilities for fast further processing of the printed products. Depending on the job in hand, the LED dryer can be positioned after the sixth printing unit or in the extended delivery. Interdeck drying after the first unit is similarly possible, e.g. for jobs requiring opaque white. Quality and colour control to PSO specifications is handled by the inline control system QualiTronic ColorControl.
With the new Rapida 106, Holzer Druck und Medien has once again confirmed its reputation as a technology pioneer – and that with impact well beyond the local region. Where, in the past, it was frequently sophisticated and high-quality facsimile products which attracted the attention of a wider clientele, Holzer today offers its customers a comprehensive portfolio of services which go far beyond the bounds of classic offset print, for example three-dimensional products, translation management, web-to-print and content management.