With its keyless inking units, the Genius 52UV already offers 40 per cent shorter makeready times than traditional offset presses. Now, thanks to the QuickChange (QC) ink chamber, the time needed for changing inks can be slashed by roughly another 50 per cent, delivering a significant boost to productivity.
Genius is manufactured by KBA-Metronics and distributed in Australia by Jet Technologies.
In contrast to standard offset units with their various distributor rollers, a keyless inking unit in the Genius 52UV consists of only four cylinders. This already reduces the ink change and cleaning times to a minimum, and the QC ink chamber now enhances this advantage even further.
Normally when an ink change is about to take place, the used inks are taken out of the machine - a timeconsuming process - and the inking units then have to be washed. Similarly, the ink chambers must be cleaned, exchanged, reinstalled and refilled. There is such limited scope for economising here that optimal productivity is out of the question.
Not so with the Genius 52UV which offers considerable time benefits over conventional ink chambers. The QC ink chamber can be taken out of the printing unit at any time, regardless of how full it is and without the need to remove any ink, because it can be fully sealed. No ink residues are left on the anilox roller as the movable sealing blade removes virtually all the ink.
The use of UV-hardening inks means that these can be left in the QC ink chambers. They do not dry out and can be reused later. This makes both economic and ecological sense. While the Genius 52UV is printing, other QC ink chambers can be filled for the next job at the same time, ensuring they are ready to use straight away.
The new QC ink chambers are available as of now and can also be retrofitted in existing presses.