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The Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 will be installed in the Connecticut facility

This spring U.S. based Curtis Packaging will be taking possession of a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 41-inch 10-color double coater press. The press will join two current Koenig & Bauer Rapida 130 51-inch large format presses while a third Rapida 130 will be removed for the new press installation. Management’s intentions are to leverage the innovations and advanced technologies found on this fully automated 41-inch model to address its significant growth rate with additional specialty coating capabilities.

The new press will include the inline QualiTronic Color Control capability and System Brunner Instrument Flight print quality measuring system. The QualiTronic Instrument Flight emphasizes color balance and gray balance, taking into account more than 30 process variables. It has been expanded to include new balance control apps and new global standards. The unique five-star appraisal system will notify a Curtis press operator of the print quality achieved under the selected standard and can ensure compliance with different standard specifications every day.

The performance data of the new Rapida 106 will be automatically captured for analysis via Koenig & Bauer’s LogoTronic Professional, which will provide detailed reports on every activity taking place on the press. The system has also been extended to include Logotronic Cockpit, which provides detailed reports on the OEE performance of the new press.   

Left to right: Don Droppo, president of Curtis Packaging Corporation; and Kerry C. Brown, vice president of operations