Koenig & Bauer has been the established market and technology leader in large-format sheetfed offset printing for many years. Almost 50 years of experience in the building of large-format presses in unit design have flowed into the current Rapida 145 and Rapida 164 models. With up to 14 printing and inline finishing units, the most comprehensive large-format installations in the world carry the Koenig & Bauer badge. Packaging printing, in particular, has long since been the absolute domain of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed.

Top performance and perfect automation

Incorporating a whole host of trendsetting innovations, the Rapida 145/164 is unique in its format class. As typical run lengths are also decreasing in large formats, the automation and operating philosophy is geared to reducing makeready times to the levels which are already standard for modern medium-format presses. At the same time, the high production speeds of up to 18,000 sheets/h cater admirably for users with long runs. A diversity of inline measurement and control systems, right up to a full-scale inspection system for inline production monitoring, help to ensure constant and top-class print quality.

Innovative solutions on the Rapida 145/164:

  • Sidelay-free infeed  DriveTronic SIS
  • Simultaneous plate changing with  DriveTronic SPC
  • Pre-registration and plate identification
  • Simultaneous coating forme changes with  DriveTronic SFC
  • Fast anilox roller changing with AniSleeve