KBA vs. Komori

Discussion in 'KBA Printing Presses' started by maxmonroe, Nov 19, 2021.

  1. maxmonroe

    maxmonroe New Member

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    Hi all,

    2007 KBA RA105-6+L CX Hybrid UV. VS.
    2010 Komori LS540 with UV and coater

    I’m new here and new to the 40 inch press world. I am hoping to get some advice to help make a fast approaching decision a little easier. The 2 presses above are what I’ve narrowed my selections down to based on availability and budget. We are getting into some packaging however the stocks we currently use both of these machines are capable of running. Are these machines comparable in quality and durability? Is one easier to operate over the other? Any information you could share would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. alibryan

    alibryan Senior Member

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    What are the impression counts on both machines?
    Is the LS540 a converted HUV press?
    What stock(s) are you planning on running?

    Usually the more information you can provide, the easier it is to offer advice.
     
  3. maxmonroe

    maxmonroe New Member

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    Thank you for your reply

    Impression count is 90 million on the Komori and 120 million on the KBA

    We run a ton of 80# gloss text stock and also a ton of 18 pt Kraft packaging stock.

    Yes I’m assuming The LS540 is a converted HUV. The machine currently does not have UV but the purchase price includes a new UV system and rollers.
     
  4. alibryan

    alibryan Senior Member

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    I can offer my advice but it doesn’t mean you should necessarily take it. To you I’m just a stranger on the internet with personal preferences that are formed from my past experiences and (hopefully) with a good amount of common sense thrown in, as well.

    With that said, I would almost always choose a Komori over any other similar press. There are plenty of reasons why and without going into each of them here, it’s easier for me to just say that I’ve never had an issue with a properly maintained Komori that has prevented me from producing what I like to call ‘as good as it gets’ printing. Providing of course (just like any other press), that you’re not trying to do something beyond the machine’s capability, or something it was never designed to do.

    I’m sure there are plenty of other operators who would probably offer different advice, and theirs is equally valid. Or at least to them, it is ...
     

  5. georgbob

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    hybrid is better, you can keep costs down if you don't need uv ink.
     
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