By TED CARTER
Ridgeland’s Hederman Brothers Printing is awaiting delivery of what manufacturer KBA of Dallas calls one of the world’s finest printing presses.
The Rapida 106 41-inch six-color press plus coater can print 20,000 sheets an hour, said Eric Frank, KBA spokesman.
“It has the most automated processes to reproduce very high quality color at the fastest of speeds,” Frank said. “It’s somewhat like the Formula One of printing.”
Despite that dizzying speed, the Rapida is designed as “green” energy-efficient machinery, Frank said.
A key feature of the six-color press is the LEV curing system by which two high power XP-11 LED lamps dry the ink on the paper. This means using less heat and less energy, Frank said.
As the 20,000 sheets an hour run through the press, cameras monitor registration and color consistency, he added.
Hederman Brothers, a 128-year-old Mississippi printing company, is moving from Ridgeland to Gluckstadt early in the new year. Delivery of the Rapida will make the company the first in North America with “this unique configuration,” Frank said.
KBA’s Rapida will replace two older sheet-fed presses.
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