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RAPIDA ‘20% More Energy Efficient than XL’

Preliminary power consumption trials have shown the KBA RAPIDA 105 to be 20% more efficient than the equivalent Heidelberg XL 105. The tests were undertaken on customer sites by KBA UK who claim that the resultant savings in energy costs alone could easily exceed £100,000 in the lifetime of a long-perfector press.

KBA UK Managing Director Christian Knapp believes the trials will make an important contribution to a high profile topic that is rife with unsubstantiated claims:

"There is a lot of confusion and some misleading information in the public debate at present; this exercise was based on B1 long perfector presses installed in the UK running comparable work profiles and has been an interesting first step in building a bank of reliable data. The results indicate that, over the lifetime of a press, the RAPIDA offers considerable cost benefits and makes a major contribution to carbon footprint reduction."

KBA believes that in order to have an accurate fact-based evaluation of the operating costs of any printing system it is necessary to take into account all the energy consuming components, including air compressors, wash-up systems, control desks, driers (where appropriate) and air supply systems throughout the press.

Mr Knapp continues: "From recent experience, we have seen some manufacturers choosing to ignore the air supply for the whole press and include it only for sheet delivery. This is misleading since the press operation requires air supply throughout. The same has been reported on drying technology. We believe our drying equipment is the most energy efficient on the market irrespective of whether it is UV or IR.

"KBA welcomes an open and transparent discussion on this subject which is why we intend to make our findings public and appeal to other manufacturers to do the same."

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