Featuring comprehensive automation to shorten make-ready times, versatile configurations and finishing options, application-orientated measuring and control systems, and access to a wide range of digital services, is the new-generation Rapida 76 Sheetfed Offset Press from Koenig & Bauer. The B2 press has an extremely high level of automation and print speeds up to 18,000 sheets per hour. Key features include DriveTronic dedicated drive components for simple handling and parallel processes during job changeovers and make-readies. In addition to its ErgoTronic console with wallscreen, the Rapida 76 adds other decentralized touchscreens for easier operation. Up to 11 printing and finishing units can be combined to configure the Rapida 76 to individual and specific production needs. Further variants incorporate raised foundations for higher piles with board substrates, or various delivery extensions for coating applications. Ink duct dividers can also be chosen to enable rainbow printing. Because of its comprehensive range of measuring systems and optional facilities for inline sheet inspection, the Rapida 76 is ideal for a vast diversity of special applications – including security printing.
As on all Rapida presses, inking units not required for a job can be disengaged from the press drive. This reduces roller wear and make-ready times. When production is resumed, the units can be re-engaged with the press of a button. On the Rapida 76, unbent plates can be mounted, regardless of whether an automated or simultaneous plate-changing system is in use. With its EasyClean duct-plate coating, extremely fast ink changes are possible. With simultaneous plate changing, plates can be changed in only 45 seconds! In combination with CleanTronic Synchro, the blankets and impression cylinders (or optional ink rollers) can be washed parallel to plate changing. In short, application-orientated measuring and control systems contribute to faster make-readies, reduced waste and consistently high, stable and repeatable print quality. A range of digital services is also available – from PressCall to connect with remote maintenance engineers, to VisualPressSupport that uses photos to better illustrate the reason for a remote maintenance call.