KBA Sells 9th Cortina Waterless Press

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By: E&P Staff

In a “fiercely competitive” market for free papers and semicommercial work, Danish newspaper and contract printer ELBO Avistryk, in Fredericia, will install a highly automated KBA Cortina watereless offset press next fall in a new plant.

Director Gunnar Christiansen said in a statement that the Cortina “delivers a superb print quality with 50% less dot gain,” can handle a 150-line or FM screen, minimizes waste, needs fewer operators “and can be made ready for the next job in no time.”

Already waterless in sheetfed offset for some years, ELBO is “familiar with the basic technology,” Christiansen said.

The floor-mounted Cortina will have a 22-inch cutoff and maximum web width of 62.25 inches. Capable of delivering 32 broadsheet or 64 tabloid pages in full color at 40,000 copies per hour, the press will comprise two eight-couple towers with central ink pumping, automatic blanket washing, KBA PlateTronic automatic plate changing, KBA RollerTronic automatic roller adjustment and KBA’s new, remote-controlled NipTronic bearing units for fine impression adjustment.

The configuration includes two KBA Pastomat RC reelstands for an enlarged reel diameter of 59inches, KBA Patras A reel logistics, two turner bars, a folder superstructure with two formers, cutoff register controls and a 2:5:5 KBA KF5 jaw folder. The press also will be equipped with a ribbon stitcher, perforator and quarterfold capability.

Because most ELBO products are tabloids, KBA’s ribbon-splitter will ease production and shorten makeready by allowing webs to be guided unturned over the formers, and the slit ribbons to be assigned more flexibly to individual stitchers.

The press is controlled from a console sporting KBA technology and a service PC for remote online maintenance. ELBO plans to install an overhead heatset dryer, second folder and inline finishing (skip slitter, gluer and ribbon stitcher) at a later date.

The order brings the number of Cortinas sold to nine, with seven already running, in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.

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