Continent 2/1

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    Maximum output 75,000 top-quality copies per hour

  • KBA DriveTronic shaftless drives and distributed electronics 

  • Tower configuration to support high colour content (complete or partial H units) 

  • Proven, sophisticated folding technology and inline finishing options 

  • Advanced console technology for enhanced productivity and reduced waste 

  • Safe and easily accessible

  • Heavy-duty reelstands with simple splice preparation 

  • Heatset package with modified folder for printing semi-commercials (optional) 

  • KBA Patras reel-handling system in choice of automation levels (optional)

Reel Logistics

The Continent, like all our web presses, can be embedded in a Patras reel-handling system. It is routinely configured with a Pastoline reelstand.

KBA Patras

  • KBA Patras supports a high level of flexibility in configuring your reel logistics system 

  • It can be custom-configured to suit production requirements and plant architecture

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KBA Pastoline reelstand

Our user-friendly Pastoline automatic reelstand features AC drives, an electric braking system and divided arms. It is engineered for a maximum web speed of 13mps (2,560fpm). The arms on the standard version can be adjusted electrically in increments of one millimetre (0.039in). They can accept reels up to 1,270mm (50in) wide and weighing 1.3t (2,866lbs). To facilitate handling, the controls for the Pastoline are fully embedded in the console system.  

Special features such as pre-splice edge alignment between the new and the expiring web make the Pastoline suitable for semi-commercial production as well.

Printing Units

The off-bearer H-type units on the Continent deliver a superb print quality, are freely accessible, easy to operate and need very little maintenance.

H units

  • Blanket-to-blanket 

  • Four-high tower configuration for 4/4 with one web or 2/2 with two, additional web leads available as options

  • Compact, user-friendly design 

  • Remote register adjustment from the console

  • Quick and easy plate changing 

  • Minigaps on blanket cylinders 

  • Rigorous safety standards






Inking unit

  • Film inking units with undershot ink blades

  • Bleed-free ink knives, one segment per ink key 

  • Ergonomic handling 

  • Easy-to-use toolkit for fast ink changes 

  • Superior, stable print quality 

  • Remote ink-key adjustment from the console 

  • Roller washing option


Dampening unit

  • Triple-roller spray dampening unit 

  • Two nozzles per broadsheet page  

  • Individual, sensitive metering from the console 

  • Fount solution filter, preparation and cooling system
  • Quick response to minimise start-up waste  

  • Constant dampening conditions  

  • Space-saving design, easy access and minimal maintenance  


The compact yet sturdy superstructure on the Continent is freely accessible for makeready tasks and is easy to operate. A wide array of optional features affords exceptional flexibility.

  • Remote-controlled, electrically driven draw rollers

  • Motorised cut-off register adjustment

  • Turning facilities with or without bay-window rollers, insertion deck, etc



Web infeed, web tension

  • Fast webbing up with running belt

  • Electrically driven infeed unit 

  • Standard web tension can be set at reelstand and console 

  • KBA Basko helps operator set, control and monitor web tension 

  • Photoelectric web-break sensors 

  • Contact-free bustle wheels compensate for fan-out


The Continent can be configured with one of two cutting-edge folders with a 2:3:3 cylinder ratio: the basic model, the KF 3B or our high-automation KF 3. Both folders, which have the same dimensions and interfaces, can handle broadsheet copies with up to 64 pages or tabloid copies with a maximum of 128 pages.

Folder superstructure

  • Chrome-plated, air-blown 71° former for a perfect length fold

  • Electrically driven RTF, draw rollers are thrown on and off pneumatically  



  • Two or three formers in balloon configuration 

  • Length gluing unit 

  • KBA ribbon stitcher 

  • Length and/or cross perforation


KF 3B jaw folder  

  • Robust technology with intelligent automation 

  • Stable cast-iron substructure for smooth operation 


KF 3 jaw folder 

  • Extensive automation for rapid conversion of relevant functions  

  • Diameter of pin cylinder infinitely adjustable 

  • Remote adjustment of over- and underfold 


Folder features

  • Dedicated AC drive, can also be used for maintenance and makeready

  • Long service life, exceptional reliability

  • High-precision folding and delivery 

  • Easy handling and maintenance, high safety standards 

  • Choice of chopper fold as quarterfold (option)

  • Second parallel cross fold (option) 

  • Section stitcher (option) 

  • Gluing and/or softening units (option)


Cutting-edge console technology, distributed controls at subassembly level and a host of optional automation modules allow the Continent to be custom-configured to suit individual specifications.

Subassembly level with distributed control system

  • Reelstands, printing units and folders are controlled via remote processors located directly in the relevant units 

  • The processors are linked to each other and to the control console via a powerful data bus system


Press level with control and data system

Copy-based operation (standard):
the production preparation and control module allows individual pages to be selected directly, with the system automatically assigning the specified page to the relevant printing couple.

Press-based operation (optional):
the subassembly to be adjusted is selected directly via the graphical user interface.






Process level with production management system (option)

Integration in a production management system with optional modules for production planning, press presetting and control.  

  • RIP interface enables digital pre-press data to be downloaded for presetting ink keys 

  • Direct data exchange with administration and other company departments  


Remote maintenance and diagnostics

An optional remote diagnostics PC with VPN router furnishes a direct link to the KBA service department.


Technical Data

Maximum web width 

870 / 1,000 mm



Cylinder circumference 

533 - 700 mm (others on request)



Maximum output
(depending on format and equipment) 

75,000 cph



Printing units 

H-type with 2 - 4 printing couples


Stacked H-type with up to 8 printing couples


Film inking units with undershot ink blades


3-roller spray dampening units (4 rollers optional)



Shaftless drives 

DriveTronic, with dedicated AC drives




Semi-commercial package with thermal dryer



KF 3B / KF 3 folder 


Cylinder ratio


Maximum capacity

64 broadsheet pages or 128 tabloid pages



Maximum reel diameter

1,270 mm

Maximum splicing speed

13 mps



KBA Patras reel logistics 

Choice of automation levels