Available immediately is a “powerful closed-loop colour-control solution” for older Rapida presses in Canada and the United States. OEM Koenig & Bauer, in partnership with Techkon USA, an industry leader in print-measurement technology, is offering a unique value-added solution for upgrading older Koenig & Bauer Rapida Presses. Important benefits include improved workflow automation, waste reduction, metrics capture, ISO & G7 compliance and smooth integration with third-party reporting software.
For example, before the press run begins, an ink pre-setting module analyzes the digital image and automatically presets the ink keys on the press. During the press run, a sheet is pulled and the spectro-densitometre scans a colour bar spanning all ink-zone locations, in a single scan. Ink keys are automatically adjusted, and the results are displayed on a press-side touchscreen monitor for easy interpretation by the press operator. The colour control software verifies that the press is “printing by the numbers” correctly (i.e. density, TVI, Graybalance, G7, CIELab, etc.) and enables reporting of key metrics.
One of the first to receive this new upgrade was a packaging printer located in the Southeast U.S. Since the installation on its press, the benefits have been “a dramatic improvement in makereadies, consistent colour throughout the run, better colour management and reduced waste.” The upgrade switch, said the customer, takes less than a day to perform and one week of training. The shop was also pleased that Koenig & Bauer provided them with a personalized Return On In vestment (ROI), which demonstrated that their ROI would be in less than one year. “This new partnership will provide our valued Rapida customers with a way to easily update older equipment to today’s process control standards, and meet the demands of plant and brand-owners colour communication needs, extending the life of their machines even further,” said Michael Eichler, Koenig & Bauer’s Sales Director of Service Select.
“Our team is excited to expand the relationship with Koenig & Bauer to include this closed-loop SpectroDrive system,” said Jim Lange, Executive Vice President at Techkon USA. “It builds upon the existing partnership in place for inline measurement components and technical support services, adding new workflow automation for older Rapida presses.”