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KBA Comet with dryer for cost-effective book production

Editorial Ultra in Mexico City upgrades press line-up

(PresseBox) (Würzburg, ) A few weeks ago Compañía Editorial Ultra fired up a KBA Comet at its production plant in Mexico City. The new press, which features a fourhigh tower for 4/4 and a heatset capability and is used to print books, follows a Compacta 215 delivered in 2004.

A longstanding customer of Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA), Editorial Ultra is a family enterprise which was established in 1983 and is headed today by three brothers. Over the years it has built up a reputation throughout Mexico and beyond for highquality books, periodicals, brochures and flyers. Since the 1980s these have been printed on KBA Compacta commercial web presses.

Mexico City is the political, economic and cultural capital of this densely populated country. The city proper has around 9 million, the metropolitan area has an estimated population of over 20 million. Alongside their fastgrowing domestic market Mexican printers have long since expanded into the highvolume US market. Mexico is one of the biggest printing hubs in Latin America, alongside Brazil. So flexible, costeffective press lines like the Comet, which is operation the world over, are in brisk demand among Mexican printers.

General manager Enrique Espinosa says: "The singlewidth heatset Comet, with its high output, reliable operation, fine print quality and production flexibility, was customconfigured to our specifications. Its performance has surpassed all our expectations. It has enabled us to produce books much more costeffectively and to drive growth in the market with much more competitive prices."

Rigorous quality standards right from the start

The Comet has a 578mm (22.75in) cutoff and a web width variable from 630 to 1,000mm (24.85 - 39.37in). For book production fullcircumference plates are used. The maximum rated output is 75,000 copies in straightrun production. The floormounted press with thermal dryer is fed with paper from a Pastoline reelstand embedded in a Patras M manually operated reelloading system. Special features include a chill roller stand, a folder superstructure with one former and a heatsetcompatible KF 3 SC jaw folder. Auxiliary features such as a second cross fold, a quarter fold, gluing and perforating devices support a wide choice of inline finishing options. The control system for colour and cutoff register incorporates mRC cameras supplied by QI. The press is controlled from two KBA consoles.

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