KBA Sells Second Triplewide Commander CT in Germany

By: E&P Staff

Karlsruhe-based Badische Neueste Nachrichten is the second German newspaper to order a compact triplewide KBA Commander CT press. It will replace a KBA Commander satellite press installed in 1995 and another manufacturer’s press installed in 2001.

Koenig & Bauer AG said the 96-page press line will feature four reelstands, four printing towers and two folders. Installation begins next summer next year, with production to commence by the end of 2011.

“In the future, we will be able to print up to 45,000 newspapers per hour with up to 96 full-color pages,” BNN Technical Manager Georg Siepmann said in a statement.

“The significantly faster makeready and the high production output will enable us to shorten the production schedules for our newspaper titles appreciably,” BNN Publisher Hans Wilhelm Baur said when the order was announced. “At the same time, we will achieve an even better print quality and further improved working conditions for our press crews.”

Founded in 1946 BNN circulates approximately 150,000 copies in nine local editions.

BNN’s triplewide Commander CT will be engineered for the Rhine format, using a 20-inch cut-off and 87.2-inch maximum web width. It will be configured for web widths that enable spadias and other advertising options.

A KBA Patras A automated reel-handling system with stripping station will load the substructure’s Pastomat reelstands. The slide-open printing towers will be equipped with KBA’s PlateTronic automatic plate changers, its RollerTronic automatic roller locks, KBA NipTronic cylinder bearings, KBA FanoTronic fan-out compensation, automatic color register control, and KBA CleanTronic blanket washing, ink-unit wash-up systems and central ink supplies.

The press will feature four double turner decks, two triple-former superstructures, two KBA KF 5 jaw folders, cut-off register control, Zip’n’Buy variable perforator for tear-out ads, and facilities for gluing and super-panorama production.

Three ErgoTronic consoles will incorporate KBA modules for automatic press start-up and run-down. The press is to be integrated into an upgrade to the existing EAE Print production scheduling and presetting solution, with the addition of a proofing system.

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