Adding another “arrow in its quiver” to increase quality, efficiency, and productivityMarrs Printing & Packaging Optimizes Pressroom With New KBA Rapida 106

Marrs Printing & Packaging made a decisive move to add more firepower to its City of Industry, CA pressroom with the summer addition of a new fully-automated KBA Rapida 106 six-color press with coater and board package. This medium-size format press, known as the world makeready champion, will quickly and consistently deliver high-end packaging products to the firm’s West Coast retail customers mainly in the cosmetic and healthcare industries. 

“We’re adding another ‘arrow in our quiver’ to our pressroom,” says Scott Marrs, vice president at Marrs Printing & Packaging. “We’re making this multi-million dollar investment to maintain the high responsiveness that our customers expect. Our goal is to always provide the highest quality service for our customers. Quality is not negotiable.” 

Its decision to align with KBA was due to its desire to drive maximum performance and yield significant results with new internal on-press tools not in its arsenal previously. The California firm will gain significant speed of 18,000 sph due to the Rapida’s fully automatic plate changing system and will advance its consistency, efficiency, and product control using KBA’s unique slate of inline and online systems: KBA QualiTronic ColorControl and KBA ErgoTronic ColorControl. Press operators will be able to measure print quality via both systems and execute automatic color correction with QualiTronic ColorControl inline measuring equipment or with the press of a button with ErgoTronic ColorControl online measuring equipment thus reducing makeready and waste and complying with the selected standard throughout the entire job run. These systems also help to reduce manual intervention during production and increase higher press speeds.  

“The folding carton production market continues to change with clients asking us for shorter run lengths, increased speed-to-market, and consistent color and production week-to-week, month-to-month,” says Marrs. “Consumers are making split-second decisions to purchase products on a store shelf each and every day. Our job is to offer the highest quality printing to ensure brand integrity along with flexible and fluid scheduling to keep our clients satisfied. The investment in our new KBA Rapida 106 is testament that we’re committed to that ideal.” 

Situated in an industrial park east of Los Angeles set in the Walnut Valley along the San Jose mountain range in a 45,000 sq ft facility with 85 employees, this family owned and operated firm is a one-stop shop for its high-end packaging customers. Finishing, coating, die-cutting, foiling, structure, and design are all part of the extensive services offered by Marrs. The new KBA press will join three other presses at this location along with digital spot UV and hot-foiling technology. Employees give high marks to the firm’s culture and its location as a suburban city was ranked by Money magazine as one of the best places to live. 

Since its founding in 1972, Marrs Printing and Packaging has evolved into one of the most complete printing and packaging providers in Southern California. Marrs provides customers with high-quality printing services and custom packaging solutions. From the foundation of traditional print media, to the latest advanced packaging technologies, Marrs handles it all. And its wide-ranging capabilities enable them to service the needs of its customers in today’s rapidly changing marketplace. Incorporating technologically advanced printing capabilities, Marrs is renowned for flexibility and responsiveness, integrity and reliability, and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction and to craftsman-like excellence. These are the guidelines that have driven the firm’s near half-century of benchmarked success.

Photo 1 : Scott Marrs, vice president at Marrs Printing & Packaging, is awaiting the delivery of the new fully-automated KBA Rapida 106 six-color press with coater and board package to their City of Industry, CA pressroom this summer. 

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