Koenig & Bauer has redesigned its Rapida 106 X press focusing on labels production. It offers up to 20,000 sheets per hour speeds and 50 percent productivity gains derived from the complete label workflow production.
According to the company, brand manufacturers increasingly demand all types of highly creative and informative offset printed labels and are turning to its equipment for the fastest press speeds, excellent print quality, and proven substrate packages to deliver eye-catching, brand-consistent labels for their customers.
‘With the growing demand for labels, we’re accelerating our leading role in this very important market,’ said Chris Travis, director of technology of Koenig & Bauer. ‘This market is one of our main pillars along with commercial and packaging and we’re deeply committed to developing the latest innovations specifically for each market segment. Overwhelmingly, the firm’s superior technology has convinced label printers to transition to Koenig & Bauer. Our presses are producing labels at 20,000 sheets per hour, unlike any other press on the market. We have label customers breaking production records all of the time on our presses.’
The newly redesigned Rapida 106 X offers popular Koenig & Bauer innovations, such as DriveTronic SIS, a side lay free system that allows for accurate registration of thin substrates at maximum speed, QualiTronic PDFCheck, an in-line image inspection system that compares every printed sheet with the PDF data from pre-press, and QualiTronic ColorControl, an in-line color control system measuring every sheet.
‘All of our label printers have their Rapida presses equipped with our superior quality and color control systems. Brands are very aware that their labels must look the same on the store shelf. Consistency is key, and our Rapida presses deliver. Koenig & Bauer equipment is significantly more productive due to the label’s path through the press and delivered to the rotary die-cutter. Its engineers have developed a more productive system to produce more labels due to this swift system. Unlike commercial or packaging printers, label manufacturers require specific substrates, and Koenig & Bauer has developed an array of substrate packages developed for sophisticated label production. These include lightweight, plastic, and paper, depending on the type of label to be produced,’ added Travis.
Koenig & Bauer has emphasized the importance of the label market by dedicating a separate area known as the Label Center in addition to its new Customer Experience Center in Germany. Visitors can experience the entire label production process on the new Rapida 106 X 7-color with coater through to the new CutPRO X rotary die-cutter. This new machine is equipped with the DriveTronic feeder, SIS (Sensoric Infeed System), label sheet guiding system, and AirTronic delivery.