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Beyaert Sioen Printing moves up to superlarge format
KBA Rapida 205 earmarked for Belgium
Beyaert Printing evolved from three operations which have since been united under a single roof in Waregem. Its three five-colour 3B (41in) presses print packaging, while two Rapida 162a 7B (64in) coater presses with extended deliveries handle commercials as well as packaging. The most recent model was installed in summer 2007. In addition the company has a four-colour 3B press that mainly prints paper. Most of the presses have aqueous or aqueous/UV coaters. Two of Beyaert Printing's specialities are bronzing and blister packaging, but the finishing department can also die-cut, score, window-glue and convert folding cartons.
The new Rapida 205, which will print stock thicknesses of 0.1 to 0.8mm (4 - 32pt), will be fitted with heavy-duty pile boards in the feeder and delivery, and sheet-travel monitoring devices between the printing units. It will also have inking unit temperature control and DensiTronic networking with pre-press. Since sheets of this size are so unwieldy, automatic plate changing is a standard feature. Extensive preparations must be made prior to the Rapida's arrival because the press will be installed in what is at present the paper store. And since the maximum format the existing platesetting equipment can handle is 1200 x 1620mm (47.24 x 63.77in), Beyaert is also adding a new platesetter. Production start-up is scheduled for January next year following extensive training. "The decision in favour of KBA was influenced by the high level of support they provided. Having such a strong partner at my side naturally made the choice much easier. For me and my company, the Rapida 205 heralds a new era," declares Bernard Ramboux.
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