KBA Flexotecnica is to show off a new CI flexo press, the Neo XD LR Hybrid, at the forthcoming Drupa show. It has a maximum web width of 1,650mm and a maximum printing speed of up to 500mpm. It will print to a wide range of substrates ranging from flexible film to paper and board.
It’s a hybrid in the sense that it can handle different ink types including solvent and water-based inks as well as curing ink systems, such as UV-LED and EB. These can used separately or in combination, on the main central drum printing group as well as on inline downstream units. It takes up to 12 colours in total.
It boasts a number of new technologies such as an ultra-stiff printing unit designed to minimize the effects of vibration and plate bounce for the optimum print quality at maximum speed. There are also new wrap-up safety covers with protective glass doors, improved ventilation and a new washing system with integrated viscosity control for improved process performance and low energy consumption.
Naturally, KBA has improved the overall handling for faster anilox and plate sleeve changeovers even in the case of large web widths and repeat sizes. It also boasts new touchscreen panels serving as a user-machine interface for data and operation, as well as a number of new integrated electronic solutions carefully selected to make the machine’s automation and control systems more effective and easier to use.