Drupa 2012: KBA integrates Atlantic Zeiser’s DELTA 105i into new Rapida 105 for digital high-speed sheet coding

Sprinting ahead!

Hybrid solutions combining offset and digital printing on one line ensure maximum versatility with variable print jobs for sheet, label and packaging printing. The new Rapida 105 from KBA is an excellent example of this. For coding sheets and flat packaging, the DELTA 105i digital printer and the VERICAM verification system from Atlantic Zeiser can be optionally integrated. This combination ensures maximum print quality and speeds between 7,500 and 14,000 sheets/hour.

The Atlantic Zeiser Group, a leading developer and supplier of modules and end-to-end system solutions for industrial digital and security printing, is to deliver the DELTA 105i high-speed digital printer to Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) for inline integration into the new generation sheetfed offset Rapida 105. The agreement enables printers to realise a wider range of special applications and open up new business sectors with cost-efficient sheet printing. The Rapida 105 with the integrated DELTA printers will be on show at drupa at the KBA stand in Hall 16, Stand C47.

Ideal for coding and serialising, the innovative DELTA industrial digital printing technology from Atlantic Zeiser will be integrated into the Rapida 105. It is designed for high offset speeds of up to 240 m/min at a resolution of up to 600 dpi.

Comprehensive market analyses have demonstrated that hybrid solutions, the combination of offset and digital printing technology, are the future of printing. Until now, the high quality levels and speeds permitted by offset printing had been sorely lacking from standard digital printing technologies.

The innovative printing systems developed in-house by Atlantic Zeiser fulfil these challenging demands. They are ideal for this type of inline integration and high-performance addition to modern offset systems such as the KBA Rapida 105. Added to this is the need for versatility in printing variable data onto different materials without extended setup times making industrial digital printing systems such as the DELTA a highly effective, cost-efficient solution.

Ultimately, the latest developments in product printing must be adopted. Legal requirements and the rapidly growing number of product forgeries make high quality, individual coding and serialising a necessity for product tracking and forgery protection on individual packs, for example. The 2-D Datamatrix barcodes required to do this can be optimally printed by digital printing systems from Atlantic Zeiser and checked directly and inline via integrated verification solutions such as VERICAM. This also facilitates transparent quality management and sustainable quality assurance.

Carl-Michael Heüveldop, Chief Marketing Officer, Atlantic Zeiser, comments: “We anticipated the market’s need for individual coding and serialising of products with variable data early on. Developments within the EU to implement binding national regulations for standardised product and coding and serialising for product traceability of pharmaceutical goods by 2013 underline the market opportunities; and this is just one defined market sector. We are very proud that KBA, following in-depth inspection procedures and comprehensive testing, chose our DELTA digital printing solution and the optional VERICAM verification system as an integrated package for for individual coding and serialising on its new Rapida 105.”

Jürgen Veil, Head of Marketing Sheetfed Offset, Koenig & Bauer AG: “We have designed the latest Rapida medium format generation to offer our customers the maximum range of applications increasingly being demanded by the sheet offset printer market in recent years. A key point here is the integrated option to code and serialise sheet, label and packaging printing variably inline. As a result, we have been looking for powerful, compact and flexible digital printing systems, and we found just what we were looking for in the DELTA from Atlantic Zeiser. The European debut of this hybrid solution in large format will be on our drupa stand under the slogan of ‘Sprinting ahead’. This concept has already found considerable success in Asia and we have seen 20 orders for the new Rapida 105.”

Atlantic Zeiser will be exhibiting industrial digital print solutions at drupa in Hall 11, Stand C56 under the slogan ‘Beyond Printing’.

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