Koenig & Bauer has announced made its first regional Rapida 106 X sale.
Australia’s Platypus Print Packaging, based in Queensland, has purchased the new press, its third Koenig & Bauer machine.
Platypus provides print and packaging for the retail and consumer industry, Fast Moving Consumable Goods (FMCG), and food and beverage industries.
The company offers packaging innovation, embellishing, window face cartons, eco-friendly sustainable solutions, sales display units, publications, CAD designed sample carton trials, brand colourisation, and offset or digital print, amongst other solutions.
Tom Lusch, director at Platypus, says the new Rapida 106 X will replace its Rapida 106 single coater press. He says, “We’ve done plenty of research. We have found that Koenig & Bauer presses have a lot of technological advancements. They’re the strongest company to align with into the future.
“We purchased the Rapida 106 X as we are familiar with the Koenig & Bauer presses. In many ways, the new machine will match the technology and materials used on our existing machines. We own several die cutters and folder gluing equipment in the same size. So, the Rapida 106 X will work seamlessly across them all.
“The decision to purchase the press is one that would help us future-proof our business. It is a refinement of the older machine. It has automation smarts and is more highly-specked. It’s all about keeping ahead of technology and using it to expand our print and packaging business into the market. For that, we need the best of equipment around us.”
Automation at its core
Koenig & Bauer says the Rapida 106 X has automation at its core. This medium-sized press performs complex print jobs in short make ready times. In addition, it has applications in packaging and commercial print. The company launched it in July 2020 during a week of livestreams on the Koenig & Bauer website.
Features include high levels of finishing effects including cold foil applications and coating and higher production speeds. Also, it offers simultaneous plate changing and less maintenance in a newly designed unit. Further, its patented SIS side lay-less infeed system delivers better registration and reduced makeready time, while running at high speeds.
The company has also increased the automation within the printing unit of the press and added compensation for paper stretching technology. This includes a simultaneous plate changing system using full-time direct drive motors on the plate cylinder, which changes all plates in under a minute.
Koenig & Bauer’s QualiTronic ColorControl ink density measuring system uses a single high-speed camera. This measures and adjusts densities, including special colours, simultaneously from the first sheet. As a result it reduces waste sheets dramatically. Its ErgoTronic AutoRun technology enables offline preparation of print jobs and automatic makeready.
Meeting market needs
Dave Lewis, managing director for Koenig & Bauer Australia, says packaging is a major market for the company. He adds that Koenig & Bauer created the Rapida 106 X that market’s needs. He says, “Anybody who wants to be in packaging, or continue in packaging, needs to have the latest technologies for it. I don’t think they could do it with anyone better than us. A lot of our presses are installed at packaging and speciality printer businesses. All of them are custom-built for the needs of our customers.
“The Rapida 106 X does packaging and commercial printing. In addition, it has the latest technologies that suits all the needs of a business like Platypus Print Packaging.”
Lewis points out that its speed, the new plate logistics system, are among the most noteworthy aspects of the press. He says, “The release of the 20,000 an hour top speed for our perfecting presses; that is brand new. We already had 20,000 an hour top speed for straight printing presses, which is particularly useful for packaging. However, now we have 20,000 an hour top speeds for the perfecting press as well.
“Another option is new is our plate logistics system. It automatically makes the plates, brings them across on conveyors straight to the press.
“The Rapida 106 X also prints on a variety of substrates, from thin paper right through to 1.2mm board with no adjustments to the gripper settings on the press. There are plenty of advantages that it provides.”
The press will ship to Platypus Print Packaging in January 2022 after this first regional Rapida 106 X sale.
Lewis adds, “Platypus Print Packaging’s press loyalty to Koenig & Bauer is an achievement for us. It shows that they are happy with not only the presses that we’ve provided them with so far, but also the quality of our service. We look forward to more orders following the first install.”