Rapida 106X

The new performance benchmark in industrial printing

The mission for the new Rapida generation in medium format was simple: to develop the most efficient and sophisticated 740 x 1060 mm sheetfed offset press ever built by Koenig & Bauer.

The result is the new performance benchmark in industrial printing: the Rapida 106 X. It fulfils the highest demands on automation and productivity and is a pioneer in the industry when it comes to digitalisation.

Packaging, commercial or label printing - no matter which segment you are specialised in - the Rapida 106 X offers you significant advantages in terms of economy and efficiency, as well as innovative solutions for your very specific requirements. The new generation of presses is pioneering the industrial printing of the future and includes features to make it:

  • Faster in production thanks to shorter makeready times
  • Faster in production thanks to higher output
  • Convenient operation thanks to intelligent processes
  • Longer in production thanks to lower maintenance requirements
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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 

  With printing speeds up to 20,000 sheets/h (18,000 sheets / h in perfecting), the Rapida 106 is a highly productive sheetfed offset press in 3b medium format. And not only that. The range of substrates is just as diverse. It ranges from thin paper printing to thick cardboard, from film to corrugated cardboard. So much flexibility is second to none.

It is also unique because of its almost unlimited variety of equipment with up to 19 printing and finishing units. Single and multiple varnishing, intermediate drying, numbering, perforating, cold foil finishing in different automation levels, printing units after varnishing - the possibilities are almost endless. Even when it comes to finishing: energy-saving ones VariDryBlue dryer, HR UV or pioneering LED UV-Technology have long been in use, right up to 4 over 4 production.

Fast-reacting measurement and control technology ensures consistent print quality with little waste. Highlights are inline quality control with QualiTronic PrintCheck, inline PDF Control with QualiTronic PDFCheck/QualiTronic PDF HighRes and the ability to measure gray balance with QualiTronic Instrument Flight.

Parallel setup processes

You can significantly reduce costly downtimes with the Rapida 106. The DriveTronic single drive technology in its entirety is a unique selling point of Koenig & Bauer. From the shaftless DriveTronic feeder to the sidelay-free DriveTronic SIS system to the printing units, this drive technology offers additional functions in addition to short makeready times

With DriveTronic SPC change all printing plates in the machine simultaneously. Since the change takes place in parallel with other setup processes, it does not actually take any time. Flying JobChange is the highest level of automation with almost no machine downtime. It is recommended, for example, for small editions with frequently changing language versions. DriveTronic Plate Ident recognizes the printing plates directly in the machine and sets the register.
DriveTronic SFC changes the coating plates parallel to other makeready processes. The AniloxLoader exchanges the anilox rollers from a magazine above the coating unit fully automatically. This process also takes place in parallel and is integrated into the job change program.

Top technology throughout

The Rapida 106 is the benchmark in medium format. Regardless of whether your company operates in commercial, packaging or a special segment - the Rapida 106 will inspire you.

Gentle sheet travel with air assistance, automatically reversible perfecting with special sheet guidance for the freshly printed reverse side, preset capability - everything has been thought of. Inking units that can be disengaged reduce roller wear, the "clean printing" function allows residual ink to run off in a targeted manner and the ErgoTronic console with wallscreen leaves nothing to be desired by the operator.

Working in parallel CleanTronic-Combination washing devices for blanket, impression cylinders and rollers provide additional time savings. CleanTronic Multi is ideal for changing colors. CleanTronic UV avoids waiting times before and after cylinder washing in the UV-Print.

The production management system LogoTronic Professional integrates the Rapida 106 into the printer 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


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