Rapida 106

High end in medium format

The KBA Rapida 106 has been the undisputed makeready world champion in medium format since 2008. But not only that. With production speeds up to 20,000 sheets/h, it is furthermore the fastest press in its format class. And sometimes also the longest. After all, there is no other press in the world which can match an installation with 19 printing and inline finishing units.

DriveTronic technology for ultrafast job changes

Thanks to a raft of unique automation solutions, such as the sidelay-free infeed, job changes and handling on the Rapida 106 are an absolute pleasure. Expensive waiting time is transformed into efficient production time.  Alongside consistent implementation of the revolutionary  DriveTronic  dedicated drive concept, it is quality management which here plays a decisive role. With inspection options which even include inline PDF comparisons, the Rapida 106 is yet again the technology leader in the field.

That makes the Rapida 106 so unique:

  • Sidelay-free infeed  DriveTronic SIS
  • Simultaneous plate changing with  DriveTronic SPC
  • Flying JobChange within just a few seconds
  • AniloxLoader with  DriveTronic SFC
Brochure Rapida 106
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Uncompromising productivity and running speed to maximise output

Fast job to job transition through parallel setup processes to maximise running time

Colour measurement of every sheet and adjustments every 10 sheets, plus the ability to measure dot gain (TVI) and gray balance, not just density

QualiTronic PDFCheck and QualiTronic PDF HighRes monitors the printed image against the master PDF, highlighting any deviations to ensure good sheets are onward processed

Digitalisation – Performance Reports and benchmarking

LiveApps for press control and company-wide stores management

Uncompromising productivity and economic efficiency

With printing speeds up to 20,000 sheets/h (18,000 sheets/h in perfecting mode), the Rapida 106 is the most productive sheetfed offset press for medium formats. And not only that. Its substrate flexibility is equally outstanding: From lightweight papers to heavy board, from plastic films to corrugated substrates, the performance capabilities are simply unrivalled. 

No less unique are the practically infinite configuration possibilities with up to 19 printing and finishing units. Single and multiple coatings, intermediate drying, numbering, perforating, cold foil application with various levels of automation, printing units after coating – the variations are sheer endless. Also with regard to finishing technologies: Energy-saving  VariDry Blue  dryers, HR-UV or future-oriented LED-UV technologies are already common features, also for 4-over-4 perfecting applications.

Fast-reacting measuring and control systems ensure constantly high print quality and a bare minimum of waste. Highlights are inline quality inspection with QualiTronic Professional, inline PDF comparisons with QualiTronic PDF and colour control based on grey balance with QualiTronic Instrument Flight.

Parallel makeready processe

Expensive waiting times are reduced significantly with the Rapida 106. The comprehensive DriveTronic dedicated drive concept is a feature unique to KBA presses. From the shaftless DriveTronic feeder, via the sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS to a whole range of drive functions in the printing units, this technology promises more than just fast makeready.

With DriveTronic SPC, you can change all the plates on the press simultaneously. And as the changes are performed parallel to other makeready processes, the contribution to makeready time is effectively zero. Flying JobChange is the ultimate level of automation and realises job changeovers practically without interruption. It is especially recommended where short runs prevail, for example for frequently changing language versions. DriveTronic PlateIdent detects and identifies the plates as they are mounted on the press and adjusts the register already before the first sheet is printed. 

DriveTronic SFC changes the coating formes parallel to other makeready processes, while the KBA AniloxLoader provides for fully automatic anilox roller replacement by way of a magazine above the coater. This is similarly a parallel process and is integrated into the job changeover program.

Cutting-edge technology throughout

The Rapida 106 represents the benchmark in medium format. Whether your business is commercial printing, packaging or one of various special applications, the Rapida 106 is sure to capture your Imagination.

Gentle, air-cushioned sheet transport, automatically convertible perfecting units with special sheet guiding provisions for the freshly printed reverse, preset capabilities – everything has been taken care of. The disengaging of unused inking units reduces roller wear, a “print clean” function strips the remaining ink from the plate and blanket at the end of a job, and the ErgoTronic console with wallscreen leaves no wish unanswered for the operator.

The parallel functions of the CleanTronic multi-purpose washing systems for blankets, impression cylinders and rollers make for additional time gains. CleanTronic Multi is ideal for mixed operation with alternating ink systems, and CleanTronic UV eliminates waiting times before and after cylinder washing in UV production. 

The production management system LogoTronic Professional integrates the Rapida 106 into a local print company Network.

Standard Optional
Max. sheet format 740 x 1.060 mm 750 x 1.060 mm, 780 x 1.060 mm
Max. production speed  1) 18.000 sheets/h 20.000 sheets/h
Substrate thickness 0,04 - 0,7 mm 0,04 - 1,2 mm, 0,2 - 1,4 mm
Printing units 2 - 10 10+
Sidelay-free infeed  DriveTronic SIS


Fully automatic plate change  FAPC


Perfecting -


Simultaneous plate change  DriveTronic SPC -


Simultaneous forme change  DriveTronic SFC -


Fully automatic anilox roller change AniloxLoader -


CleanTronic  washing systems


VariDry  dryer systems -


AirTronic  delivery with dynamic sheet brake


KBA logistics solutions -


ErgoTronic  console with TouchTronic interface


Quality measurement and control systems -


Remote maintenance module PressSupport 24 Sheetfed -


Workflow solutions for printshop networking -


1  Dependent on individual processing parameters, e.g. inks and substrates used