KBA News Feed http://www.kba.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:35:13 +0200 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:35:13 +0200 news-713 Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:34:00 +0200 Bolger Vision Beyond Print Adds Innovative KBA Rapida 105 UV Press https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/bolger-vision-beyond-print-adds-innovative-kba-rapida-105-uv-press/
  • One new KBA Rapida 105 replaces two-and-a-half presses
  • Becomes key workhorse
  • Adds more UV capabilities
  • The Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul have long held a rich tradition of being the home to many well-known names in the printing industry. But among the leading printers in this crowded market space, one has decided to set seismic goals amid the competitive field in an effort to reap benefits for both its prized customers and its own 200 employee internal team. Bolger Vision Beyond Print, a commercial printer and customized technology solutions company led by CEO dik Bolger, has long needed a sister press to accompany its KBA Rapida 105 10-color long perfector press to provide its sales force with additional capacity for its growing sales volume. Later this summer, the pressroom will be accommodating that need with the installation of a new KBA Rapida 105 six-color press with UV and full automation.

    “The new KBA Rapida 105 six-color press will become our key workhorse,” says Bolger. “Our clients love our existing KBA 10-color perfector but we’re selling out of hours on the press. Not only will the new press give us extra capacity but it will also help us expand our luxury and education markets, as well as custom packaging. Now that we’re moving into our busy season in late summer, we’re depending on the new Rapida 105 six-color with all of its automation to cut our makeready times in half and double our run speed, which will have a multi-million dollar impact to our top line sales.” 

    Bolger CEO dik Bolger is all smiles in front of his new KBA Rapida 105 six-color press with UV and full automation.

    Bolger has been deftly overseeing the firm’s diverse portfolio, purchasing new growth business, adopting new workflow techniques, and continuing to be a pioneer for the environment. Of the many markets it serves, Bolger drilled down on its health care clients, which make up 30% of its business, and the demand by its luxury market for a high level of service and quality.

    “Our goal is to go above and beyond our clients’ expectations and provide them with the highest level of service and quality,” says Bolger. “For example, our healthcare market continues to grow and our clients expect a high level of security. To that end, we have numerous audits during the year to inspect our security systems. Like our health care customers, our luxury market clients have very high quality expectations. Our combination of services---litho, digital, large format, assembly, and mailing---are perfectly in tune to produce the highest level of luxury products for our clients.”

    Bolger says that his press operators are clearly anticipating the arrival of the new KBA press with its comprehensive kit of fully automated technology. In an effort to maximize sheet drying and boost throughput, Bolger had the new Rapida 105 equipped with the popular KBA VariDry system assuring drying at maximum press speeds. The firm included the KBA CleanTronic system, which allows its UV interdeck dryers to remain in standby mode during blanket washing and helps regain valuable production time. To add extra automated systems to advance its quality and color management control, Bolger added the KBA ErgoTronic ColorDrive automatic color measuring system and automatic camera register ACR measuring system onto the new Rapida 105. Bolger also selected to add UV to boost this capability for its clients, especially for its uncoated paper work. Unlike its competitors, Bolger employs inhouse application developers whose sole purpose is to make it easier for Bolger pressman to complete some of the industry’s most complex specialty coating jobs as recognized by the numerous Printing Industry of Minnesota awards recently received. The firm will now have two presses with UV capabilities. 

    Adding the new press is one piece of Bolger’s successful puzzle. But the firm can also include its recent acquisitions and its environmental friendly posture to its continued momentum. The acquisition of Western Graphics in 2016 bolstered Bolger’s reputation and culture even further. The St. Paul, Minnesota-based provider of commercial and digital print, wide-format graphics, variable data management, and literature and inventory fulfillment services had a lean manufacturing philosophy that Bolger admired and adopted. This process of instituting a cost-effective streamlined mindset allowed Bolger to begin competing with smaller shops. “We’ve gained more clients in the manufacturing segment preparing instruction manuals and booklets all with a significant reduction of operator touches in prepress and press,” says Bolger. “We believe the automation on our new upcoming Rapida 105 will continue to provide us with the most cost-efficient sheetfed printing process.”

    Earlier this year, Bolger continued its environmental friendly goal by being named a certified printing facility by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading authority in sustainable printing certifications. “We are proud to be SGP certified,” says Bolger. “It has and will change the way we produce our work. We’ve also learned that having our environmental sustainability certification makes an impact on potential clients. We’ve asked them after we’ve made our request for proposal (RFP), why did you choose Bolger? Their answer is our passion for our work and our environmental stance. It’s a winning combination for everyone involved.”

    “We just completed our ten year plan for the company,” says Bolger. “We want to continue to be a sustainable, independent leader posting $100 million in sales. The new KBA Rapida 105 press will be a key player in reaching that milestone. There’s lots of excitement among our customers and our employees relating to the installation of the new press. It’s a clear message that we’re investing in the future of our customers as well as our own business.”

    Steve Korn, KBA’s Director of National and Key Accounts, adds, “This new KBA Rapida 105 press investment made by Bolger Vision Beyond Print signals that one of the top printers in the Twin Cities has elected to again invest with KBA to provide access to higher technology for its existing and increasing roster of clients. We at KBA are truly honored to be part of Bolger Vision Beyond Print’s strategic investment plan. This capital investment initiative will propel manufacturing efficiencies and the resulting impact will be an important increase in both top line volume and bottom line profitability.”

    He continues, “We at KBA appreciate the strong partnership that we have enjoyed Bolger Vision Beyond Print. We applaud dik Bolger and his entire team on what they’ve achieved, their extraordinary growth in sales both organically as well as by acquisitions.  We are positive that this new KBA Rapida 105 press will cost-effectively drive more volume through Bolger Vision Beyond Print’s manufacturing platform, provide continuing growth, and continue Bolger Vision Beyond Print’s high quality and on-time service for many years to come.”

    For over 80 years, Bolger Vision Beyond Print, a family-owned business has been delivering results for its Minneapolis-St. Paul clients, as well as national customers. Bolger was a pioneer in integrating customized communication services into a seamless, integrated process and continues to work closely with customers to provide imaginative solutions for their communication needs, using the latest technology available in print. Bolger has implemented sophisticated tools to protect sensitive data for particularly the healthcare and financial industries, leading the industry in creating a secure environment and establishing secure practices for managing sensitive customer data.



    news-703 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:10:29 +0200 KBA Rapida 145 Press With UV Launches J.W. Moore Printing Into New Era https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/kba-rapida-145-press-with-uv-launches-jw-moore-printing-into-new-era/
  • Will become workhorse press producing 50% of its packaging
  • Improving efficiency and turnaround for its loyal customers
  • Sees growth in plastics and synthetic printing
  • Like many Sun Belt cities, Memphis has spread beyond its core downtown to promote outward expansion and increase its population growth. In similar fashion to this birthplace of rock and roll, J.W. Moore Printing has continued to spread beyond its core services to increase its solid growth. What was established as a reputable customer-centric commercial printing business has blossomed in the past two decades to serve the burgeoning packaging industry. Now the third-generation family firm is poised to pivot again, this time to increase its footprint into a new growing realm of plastics and synthetic printing. 

    Adapting to a new landscape in the commercial and packaging printing industry, J.W. Moore is eagerly looking ahead to the installation of a new KBA Rapida 145 six-color sheetfed press plus coater at its facility located in south Memphis near the international airport in an industrial park. Not far away, crowds gather to visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland, but J.W. Moore continues to draw hard working, dedicated craftsmen to produce expert packaging for the corrugated and medical markets. 

    Left to right: The management team at J.W. Moore: Matt Moore, Gary Moore, and Michael Moore, eagerly await their new KBA Rapida 145 six-color sheetfed press plus coater. 

    “Our client base consists of local, national and international companies, many of whom have been with us since our beginning,” says Matt Moore, J.W. Moore’s president. “90% of our clients are packaging related; the other 10% is a mix of commercial, specialty, and fulfillment. We’re proud of our heritage and our future. J. W. Moore is a third generation family owned business opened by Jack Moore in 1958.  With 59 years of experience, we have what it takes to handle our client’s specific printing needs.  We constantly monitor the multiple complexities inherent in every print job so that, from their perspective, the process is as simple as possible. Not only do we have one of the largest presses in the Mid-South, but we also utilize several presses of varying sizes and capabilities to fit the job.”

    But the upcoming installation of the new KBA Rapida 145 will provide the firm with great opportunity, especially as it grows into the plastic/synthetic markets. While other printers have stumbled, J.W. Moore has continued to grow, necessitating more equipment to deliver additional capacity. Moore’s management team wants its customers to know that it is investing in the latest innovative technology that will transform its pressroom. For faster drying and output, the KBA VariDry UV system will give the firm new capabilities while the patented KBA Sensoric Infeed System (SIS) will provide precise positioning of the sheet at maximum press speed without operator intervention.  

    New to its workflow is the KBA QualiTronic ColorControl, which will be complemented by the KBA ErgoTronic ColorControl; both will provide the ability to control and monitor color on every single sheet the press produces while improving efficiency and reducing makeready. Featured on the new press is the KBA LogoTronic Professional, which will have the ability to capture press performance for analysis and connect to the firm’s existing KBA Rapida 162a press while providing detailed reports on every activity taking place on the press. Being able to share data between the two KBA presses lends continuity to the pressroom. Once installed, the new KBA Rapida 145 will be the firm’s workhorse, producing over 50% of its deliverables. 

    J.W. Moore owes much of its success to its willingness to be a hands-on ownership group that gets very involved in day-to-day operations and is accessible to its customers.  

    “Our customers really appreciate our availability because they know they can contact us directly at any time,” says Moore. “As an ownership group, we aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty. Plus our employees care deeply about the jobs they produce. We’ve got a talented mix on our pressroom floor---long tenured employees along with new graduates from our trainee programs. We’re all working together to be fast, focused, and flexible.” 

    J.W. Moore is a full service communications and printing company that has been in operation since 1958.  Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest, most reputable commercial offset printers in the Mid-South. Its client base consists of local, national, and international companies; many have been with the firm since it began more then five decades ago. Not only does J.W. Moore operate one of the largest presses in the Mid-South, but it also utilizes several presses of varying sizes and capabilities to fit the job. This gives the firm the unique ability to produce every component of a customer’s job at the same time.


    news-680 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:04:10 +0200 New Rapida 106 LED UV Press Ushers In Double Productivity at Cedar Graphics https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/new-rapida-106-led-uv-press-ushers-in-double-productivity-at-cedar-graphics/
  • First LED-UV press installed at Cedar Graphics
  • KBA press will deliver double productivity
  • New eight color Rapida 106 provides perfecting and high speeds of up to 18,000 sph
  • Strengthens its environmental status
  • Cedar Graphics has built a stellar reputation for delivering high quality work and complicated projects, always pushing the envelope in terms of quality and creativity, and finding solutions for its nationwide customers that demand a variety of eye-grabbing coatings and special effects. To continue this mandate, the Iowa-based commercial and packaging printer is adding another dimension to its pressroom: a new fully-automated eight-color KBA Rapida 106 straight and perfecting LED-UV press—it’s first with this configuration delivering a speedy 18,000 sph and strengthening its environmentally friendly status. 

    “The driving force in our decision to purchase the KBA Rapida 106 press was its productivity and its LED-UV capabilities,” says Hassan Igram, CEO of Cedar Graphics. “We’re anticipating a plethora of benefits for our company and our customers after installation including two times more productivity, improving and streamlining our workflow, delivering the highest quality day after day, servicing our existing diverse group of customers from colleges and universities to DVD packagers to defense contractors with new specialty work, and supporting our own business growth.” 

    Left to right: The team at Cedar Graphics: Justin McDonald, Marketing Solutions Manager; Hassan Igram, Owner and CEO; Scott Burnett, Production Manager; and Humza Igram, President.

    With its glittering Gold Ink awards lining its hallways indicative of its well-deserved name recognition, Cedar Graphics has earned the nickname “first impression printer” for imprinting a superior mental image of the innovative and creative work that it produces. It’s a world class, full-service printing and communications giant boasting a global clientele that includes Fortune 500 companies, publishers, ad agencies, storefronts, and entrepreneurs. The job mix at Cedar skews 65% offset and 30% digital with its newest offering, the wide format production of posters and signage, at 5%. The coherent thread that runs through all of Cedar’s customers is its demand for color consistency. The new KBA Rapida press will anchor the pressroom at Cedar Graphics. 

    “We felt that KBA offered us unique print features that no one else can offer, such as KBA SIS (Sensoric Infeed System) making super-fast press speeds possible, KBA Plate Ident recognizes and registers plates and automatically presets job information preventing errors while saving time and money,” says Humza Igram, president of Cedar Graphics, “as well as the strong investment and support that KBA has put forth in its LED-UV technology. We are on the forefront of UV curing technology and we anticipate that LED-UV will become the next big trend, so we want to stay ahead of our competition.” 

    KBA believes that Cedar Graphics will realize faster lead times with LED-UV technology, increased use of plastic substrates, more finishing options, and less wear-and-tear on equipment, as well as ecological aspects such as high energy savings, lower ozone and CO2 emissions when drying, and elimination of spray powders---all extremely important to this large printing company. 

    Pushing the envelope 

    “We are known for printing amazing products for innovative brands and creatives, as a result our customers are always looking for new substrates and pushing the envelope with eye-catching or tactile coatings and varnish combinations like soft touch, UV grit, or strike-throughs” says Justin McDonald, marketing solutions manager at Cedar Graphics. “We love partnering with these customers to experiment with these specialty substrates and unique coatings. Our new KBA press will give us the flexibility to easily move LED-UV lamps on press depending on these printing demands.  This will help us to utilize all stock types including not only all common paper and board stocks, but also non porous synthetic papers, foil laminated sheets and plastics. Having the ability to achieve faster makeready and less waste will reduce customer costs for these premium substrates and print effects.” 

    When the management team at Cedar Graphics headed by Scott Burnett, Cedar’s production manager, evaluated the KBA Rapida versus other manufacturers, what impressed them the most were a number of highly-automated features such as simultaneous makeready, inline color measuring, fully-automatic format setting and change-over between straight printing and perfecting, a video system for monitoring the sheet travel underneath the perfecting drum and in the swanneck of the delivery, and the strong backing of its Service Select technicians to monitor the performance of the press and its maintenance. What made headlines for them, however, was the KBA SIS, a popular ground breaking side lay free system developed by KBA to reduce make ready times, increase productivity and provide consistent register at high printing speeds. 

    As spring turns to summer in the Hawkeye State, Cedar Graphics, one of the largest printing companies in the U.S. and among the largest sheetfed printers in the Midwest, awaits the delivery of its KBA Rapida press later this year. This family-owned business, which prides itself on being voted numerous times as best commercial printer and providing a robust printing platform with enhanced access to a multitude of marketing solutions, will switch out its older KBA 10-color perfector press for its new KBA Rapida 106 at its 98,000 sq ft facility in Hiawatha.   

    Cedar Graphics is a family owned commercial printer located just north of Cedar Rapids in Hiawatha, Iowa specializing in UV offset, digital, and wide format printing. Since 1986, their unique combination of passionate print people, industry leading equipment, and a single source approach has propelled them into an industry leader and printer of choice for innovative brands, creative agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. To learn more about Cedar Graphics capabilities or to access their collection to printing tips and tutorials visit www.cedargraphicsinc.com.



    news-659 Mon, 15 May 2017 22:08:55 +0200 KBA and New Rapida 106 12-Color Press Solidify Strong Partnership With Canadian Bank Note https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/kba-and-new-rapida-106-12-color-press-solidify-strong-partnership-with-canadian-bank-note/ When you’re tasked with the utmost demanding job of producing high quality secure passports, drivers’ licenses and identity documents on a variety of substrates for customers in Canada and throughout the world, you seek the finest, high tech equipment in the industry. That was the goal of Canadian Bank Note, a well-respected 120-year-old privately-owned firm based in Ottawa. In December 2016, CBN turned to KBA to deliver a uniquely built multimillion-dollar Rapida 106 41-inch 12-color press for its main manufacturing facility to produce secure identity documents.  

    “Ever since we purchased our first KBA Rapida 12-color press in 2003, we have felt that KBA presses are innovative and well-designed,” says Sean Pentland, Senior Director of Pre Press and Print Development, of Canadian Bank Note. “We extensively reviewed and tested all of the lead press manufacturers and KBA came out ahead of them all. KBA understands our unique needs including our high level of security and quality and supports our mandates. We continue to choose KBA due to its deep level of knowledge and reputation in these areas.” 

    KBA has supplied CBN with KBA Rapida presses to its manufacturing facilities in Ottawa. These capital expenditure investments, says CBN, were based on the positive productivity generated by the KBA fleet of presses and the strong partnership forged by the two firms over more than a decade. 

    Lauded for its print production 

    CBN has remained one of the leading producers of secure identity products. With demands from governments looking to create secure documents from counterfeiting, terrorist threats, and theft, it uses its KBA equipment to provide the intricate secure solutions for its customers. 

    But in June 2016, CBN lost the use of one of its KBA Rapida presses due to a devastating blaze at its main print facility. The fire damaged the firm’s 10-year-old KBA press that produced passports and other identity documents. A second brand-new KBA printing press had just been put into production but the older damaged press had to be replaced as soon as possible. 

    KBA jumped into action to help its partner. KBA provided a used press immediately and a new Rapida 106 12-colour press was delivered in record time.   

    Unwavering support 

    “I can’t emphasize enough about the high level of support we received from the entire global KBA group after the fire,” says Pentland. “Whether it was parts, service, sales, technical assistance or accelerating the build of our new machine by many months, (during a very busy time for KBA), KBA’s provided unwavering support seven days a week as our operations were recovering after the fire. To that end, KBA did absolutely everything they could to ensure that we were back in production as soon as possible after the fire.”

    news-643 Tue, 09 May 2017 07:23:00 +0200 Good start to 2017 with strong new business https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/guter-jahresstart-2017-mit-starkem-neugeschaeft/
  • 21% higher order intake
  • Revenue at the previous year’s level
  • Rise in order backlog to €620m
  • Increase in EBIT from €2.1m to €5m
  • Innovative new products for metal decorating presented
  • Guidance for 2017: revenue of up to €1.25bn and an EBIT margin of around 6%  
  • The Koenig & Bauer group commenced on a high note in 2017, the year in which it celebrates its 200th anniversary, with a 20.7% increase in order intake to €321.5m. At €259.1m, group revenue remained at the previous year’s level, while order backlog widened by 6.4% to €619.9m. EBIT came to €5m, substantially exceeding the previous year’s figure of €2.1m. The group net profit of €4.7m (2016: €1.6m) is equivalent to earnings per share of €0.30 (2016: €0.11).  

    “The clear focus on the growth markets of packaging, industrial and digital printing as well as the group-wide service initiative launched at the beginning of 2016 are increasingly paying off. We were able to widen the share of service business in group revenue from 24% in the previous year to 26% in the first quarter of 2017,” explained CFO Dr Mathias Dähn. “We also made good headway in the packaging markets. Our youngest subsidiary KBA-Iberica Die Cutters, which specialises in flatbed die-cutters, posted growth in order intake, revenue and EBIT,” said CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann. “At the beginning of May, we presented two product innovations in our packaging printing business with a high-performance printing solution for two-part beverage cans, a market which had previously not been addressed, and the world’s first digital printing press for migration-free metal decorating.”  

    Driven by bespoke solutions including the networked printing factory (KBA 4.0), the proportion of service business in group revenue widened to 26% in the first quarter of 2017 (1)

    Double-digit percentage growth in order intake in all three segments

    In the Sheetfed segment, more service business and a substantial increase in orders for medium-format presses caused order intake to rise by 12% to €152m. At €150m, revenue fell 3% short of the previous year’s figure of €154.6m. In spite of better margins, EBIT of €4.6m was slightly below the previous year’s figure of €5.7m due to the lower revenue as well as development expenses for new products.  

    The expanding flexo packaging activities have been assigned to the Digital & Web segment since the beginning of the year. The systems for flexible packaging, which is a market of the future, are also web printing presses. With order intake up 18.5% to €57.7m and revenue declining slightly to €30.4m, the order backlog rose from €95.5m to €103.5m. The optimisation of KBA-Flexotecnica (–€1.8m), high R&D expenses and the revenue shortfall left traces on the segment earnings of –€2.3m (2016: –€2.6m).  

    More orders in security printing and glass decorating caused new business in the Special segment to rise by 25.3% to €125.7m. Ahead of the METPACK trade exhibition at the beginning of May, metal decorating orders fell short of the good previous year as expected. Revenue rose by 2.6% to €87.8m (2016: €85.6m). Segment profit increased to €4.6m, up from €1m in the first quarter of 2016.  

    The newly developed metal decorating press CS MetalCan is targeted at the previously non-addressed market of two-part beverage cans, which is growing globally at 3% p.a. (2)

    Solid balance sheet and financial profile

    Higher inventories for the planned revenue growth over the next few quarters as well as increased receivables resulting from an accumulation of deliveries shortly before the end of the quarter exerted pressure on the cash flow from operating activities of –€14.9m. The free cash flow of –€44.4m was additionally burdened by the first payment instalment of €21.3m for the external funding of part of the pension provisions. With its funds of €159.5m, securities of €21.5m that can be liquidated at short notice as well as the high cash and guarantee facilities, Koenig & Bauer has a stable funding base. The equity ratio rose slightly relative to the increased balance sheet total to 31.3% (end of 2016: 31.1%).  

    The group workforce increased by 111 over the previous year to 5,327 employees as of 31 March. In addition to specific recruiting in the expanding service segment and for new applications for the packaging and digital printing markets, 67 employees joined the group with the acquisition of KBA-Iberica Die Cutters.  

    Guidance for 2017

    The management board expects group revenue to grow more dynamically over the further course of the year, leaving a positive effect on earnings. In the absence of any material deterioration in the underlying economic and political conditions impacting international business, group management expects to achieve organic growth to up to €1.25bn in group revenue and an EBIT margin of around 6% in 2017.

    news-642 Thu, 04 May 2017 07:32:03 +0200 Sandusky Packaging Creates New Market Opportunities With KBA Rapida 106, Fastest Press In Its Category https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/sandusky-packaging-creates-new-market-opportunities-with-kba-rapida-106-fastest-press-in-its-category/
  • New UV capability provides additional opportunities
  • Maximum productivity and, at 20,000 sph, fastest press in its category
  • Uniquely configured with System Brunner Instrument Flight technology
  • When you’re responding to the unrelenting demands of your pharmaceutical, food, and automobile packaging customers, speed, precision, and service are required to maintain a positive customer experience. That’s the reasoning behind the recent decision by Sandusky Packaging to choose a new KBA Rapida 106 41-inch seven-color press uniquely configured with System Brunner Instrument Flight---one of the first few presses in the country with this technology---as well as new UV capabilities and a cornucopia of automation. The new press will begin operation in late summer at the firm’s 50,000 sq ft facility set on its six acres of property in northeast Ohio near the shores of Lake Erie.

    (Left to right): Greg Schiefelbein, KBA Regional Sales Manager; Randall Johnson, Sandusky Vice President; and James Longer, Sandusky President, review the upcoming delivery for the new KBA Rapida 106 41-inch seven-color press uniquely configured with System Brunner Instrument Flight---one of the first few presses in the country with this technology---as well as new UV capabilities and a cornucopia of automation.

    “We’re dedicated to responding to fast-moving trends in our industry that will propel us ahead of our competition,” says Jim Longer, president of Sandusky Packaging. “These trends---speed, precision, and service---dictate the need to make internal changes to our facility, which include faster set-ups, spot-on color, faster press speeds, more intuitive software to work in tandem with our press operators, and a wide variety of substrates. After careful and extensive research, we concluded that the KBA Rapida 106 was the best choice for our customers and our future success.”

    Over the years Sandusky management has deftly guided the firm through the mountains of ever-changing requirements enacted upon its pharmaceutical and food-packaging customers, which evenly make up 50% of its current customer base. With an eye toward raising its print quality and color consistency to even higher levels, the firm specified that the new Rapida be equipped with the System Brunner’s Instrument Flight print quality measuring systems with KBA inline QualiTronic Color Control capability. The unique five-star appraisal system notifies the press operator of the print quality achieved under the selected standard and can ensure compliance with different standard specifications every day, which is especially important to the pharmaceutical and food packaging industries that demand high-quality color fidelity.

    Plans to move into the highly competitive and highly demanding cosmetic packaging market will become fruitful with the new Rapida press. Its UV capability will provide faster drying and a variety of new high-end coating techniques and applications. The press also provides a new ability to print on foil board for the cosmetic market. “It’s a great selling point for us,” says Longer.

    What sealed the deal to partner with KBA was the German press manufacturer’s enduring focus on the packaging market, its team of technological experts to work together and provide maximum efficiency for the printer’s new color systems and UV, and its overall business approach.

    “Our success is derived from our continued drive for innovation and enhanced productivity for our customers,” says Randy Johnson, vice president of operations at Sandusky, “as well as our initiation of lean manufacturing and a 5s workplace organization program. As a regional player with national reach, our key is efficient, quick set-ups using 10 to 34 pt substrates and now higher with ever-changing jobs. We’re projecting a 50% gain in productivity due to the speed and automation of the new press and that our turnaround will drop from weeks to days. Our reputation is built on service, quality, on-time delivery, and fair price; we’re proud to say that we have many long-term customers. This press---our new key workhorse---will be a game-changer for our firm and our customers.”

    Sandusky Packaging Corporation (SPC) was founded in 1965 on the shores of Lake Erie between Cleveland and Toledo. Its four owners chose a well-situated six acres of property to build its corporate offices as well as a 50,000 sq ft manufacturing facility. Today, more than five decades later, its second and third generation management team and employees are manufacturing custom folding cartons for a variety of industries including: automotive after-market, pharmaceutical, hardware, food industry, as well as household products, etc.

    KBA North America is located in Dallas, Texas and a member of the KBA Group. Established 200 years ago this year in Würzburg, Germany, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) is the oldest and second largest press manufacturer worldwide. KBA's banner, 'People & Print', reflects its dual focus as a leading innovator for print entrepreneurs. The group's product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, post press die-cutters, inkjet presses and systems, flexographic presses, commercial and newspaper web presses, corrugated presses, special presses for banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, smart cards, glass and plastic decorating. For more information visit the company's web site at www.kba.com.


    news-627 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:21:12 +0200 Royle Printing’s New KBA Rapida 105 Press Serves Up Throughput, Uptime, and Makeready https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/royle-printings-new-kba-rapida-105-press-serves-up-throughput-uptime-and-makeready/
  • Named Best Workplace in the Americas by PIA
  • Nearly doubling throughput, stunning uptime, and shorter makeready
  • On-going commitment to provide customers with modern and feature-rich operating platform
  • For nearly 70 years, Royle Printing has established a pattern of selecting the best craftsman from its Wisconsin vicinity steeped in printing culture to produce the highest quality web printing of catalogs, magazines, and corporate collateral. It has sought out “associates”---its term for employees---to enrich its workplace and foster impeccable communication between all 250 employees at its modern facility in Sun Prairie, WI. With an emphasis on service and responsiveness that is rooted in its culture, Royle Printing recently made the decision to purchase a new KBA Rapida 105 five-color press. The new press will significantly increase uptime, reduce makeready, decrease waste, and provide modern and feature-rich sheetfed capacity to Royle’s existing platform.

    Two press operators at Royle Printing eagerly anticipate the new KBA Rapida 105 five-color press being installed at the firm’s Sun Prairie, WI facility.


    “Our sharp growth is indicative of the great care we take in serving our customers, their work, and our associates,” says Chris Carpenter, Royle’s President. “Our success rests on one word—culture---and how we deliver value and service to our clients. Further, it’s critical we treat our employees as important resources with very rewarding careers.”

    Maintaining a vibrant working environment for its employees, Royle continues to invest in new technology and a larger campus. They’re currently constructing a 60,000 sq ft warehouse facility for storage, alleviating the space constraints in their existing location. The new KBA Rapida 105 sheetfed press comes in the wake of the firm’s purchase of its third high-speed web press and a new perfect binder. Carpenter acknowledges that the firm wanted to update its sheetfed capabilities and add capacity due to growth, noting that it’s a good problem to have. The new KBA Rapida press, he says, will play an important role in the firm’s production, producing covers both aqueous and UV coated with LED-UV curing.

    “Our customers continue to believe in print,” says Carpenter. “Whether you are a publisher or a cataloguer, print plays an essential role in our customers marketing and communication mix.”

    As Carpenter and his team look forward to serving their customers; while adjusting to the many changes and challenges impacting the printing industry, one thing will not change…the firm’s commitment to its associates and strong corporate culture. It’s no wonder that the firm has consistently been named to the elite ranking of Best Workplace in the Americas by Printing Industries of America. Our customers, he says, recognize our extraordinary work environment and see value in doing business with a company that invests in its people and its technology. They appreciate our craftsmen and our commitment to attracting and retaining the most skilled talent.

    Steve Korn, KBA’s Director of National and Key Accounts, adds, “This new KBA Rapida 105 press investment made by Royle Printing signals that one of the “Best Workplaces in America” has chosen to invest with KBA to provide access to higher technology for its existing and growing roster of clients. We are truly honored to be part of Royle’s capital investment strategy. This investment will drive further manufacturing efficiencies, and provide greater capacity with the latest industry leading sheetfed press technology. We at KBA appreciate the new partnership that we’ve forged with Royle Printing. We congratulate Chris Carpenter and his entire team on what they’ve accomplished, their remarkable growth in both sales and physical facilities, and even more important, on their extremely talented associates who relentlessly focus on customer satisfaction each and every day. We are certain that this new KBA Rapida 105 press will efficiently drive more volume through Royle’s production facilities, fuel ongoing growth, and continue Royle’s high quality and on-time service for many years to come.”

    Royle Printing is an independently owned and managed printing company specializing in high quality graphic and distribution services. Royle Printing has proudly served the needs of publishers, catalogers and corporate partners for more than 65 years.

    KBA North America is located in Dallas, Texas and a member of the KBA Group. Established 200 years ago this year in Würzburg, Germany, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) is the oldest and second largest press manufacturer worldwide. KBA's banner, 'People & Print', reflects its dual focus as a leading innovator for print entrepreneurs. The group's product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, post press die-cutters, inkjet presses and systems, flexographic presses, commercial and newspaper web presses, corrugated presses, special presses for banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, glass and plastic decorating. For more information visit the company's web site at www.kba.com.


    news-620 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:23:17 +0200 Marrs Printing & Packaging Optimizes Pressroom With New KBA Rapida 106 https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/marrs-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. 

    news-574 Tue, 31 Jan 2017 03:44:16 +0100 Imagine! Print Solutions Continues Growth with New KBA Rapida 164 64” UV Press https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/imagine-print-solutions-continues-growth-with-new-kba-rapida-164-64-uv-press/ With a laser-focus on its clients and the markets it serves, Imagine! Print Solutions, North America's foremost independent commercial and packaging printing company, has installed its tenth KBA press---a Rapida 164 64-inch seven-color full UV press at its Shakopee, MN facility in late 2016. The press became fully operational in early 2017. 

    “Imagine! is an industry leader and has an impressive track record of double-digit growth since its founding in 1988,” says John Hans, CEO of Imagine! “We continue to add new technology, such as our new KBA Rapida 164 press, to enable us to address our clients’ needs and future demands as well as the current production of branded materials and retail offerings across the country. This new press supports our growth and initiatives providing us with faster and more efficient production. It will produce the short-run workload of three of our older large format presses with lightning-fast makereadies with absolute minimum waste, less labor, and less energy. As our market continues to change and evolve, this new KBA press brings us innovation and new value to the firm.” 

    Caption: Left to right : John Hans, CEO of Imagine! and Robert Lothenbach, founder of Imagine!, proudly stand on the deck of its tenth KBA press---a Rapida 164 64-inch seven-color full UV press at its Shakopee, MN facility.

    The new Rapida 164 64-inch press being delivered to Imagine! is specified to run board, has UV capabilities, and a host of unique quality control features. Its new QualiTronic ColorControl inline color control system offers the highest quality standards. The system reads and monitors every sheet that goes through the press. 

    Steve Korn, KBA’s Director of National and Key Accounts, adds, “This new KBA Rapida 164 press purchase made by Imagine! signals once again that the largest independent printing company in North America continues to invest in new technology for its clients to drive further improvement in the production of branded materials and retail offerings across the country. We applaud the entire Imagine! team on what they’ve accomplished, its extraordinary growth both in sales and physical facilities, but most importantly its relentless customer-focused solutions approach. We are confident that this new KBA large format press will provide increased capacity, fuel future growth, and continue Imagine’s flawless execution of high quality printing and on-time service with its existing and future clients for many years to come.” 

    The newly-purchased KBA Rapida 164 joins nine more KBA Rapida presses operated by Imagine!: a KBA Rapida 105 41-inch press, a giant Rapida 205 81-inch, two Rapida 162 64-inch presses, and four Rapida 41-inch presses, as well as a new Rapida 105 41-inch press at Imagine! Express Minneapolis. All presses are fully equipped with KBA’s advanced technology from quality control to fully automated processes including a host of drying solutions. 

    “KBA has been Imagine’s press partner for 11 years,” says Bob Lothenbach, founder of Imagine!. “In 2005 we purchased the first six-color Rapida 205 81” press in North America. Since then we have added several additional KBA presses to maintain our quality level and provide us with the best possible performance from our litho department. Its commitment to our market and sheet size requirements is what sets KBA apart from its competition.” 

    Imagine! is North America’s leading provider of visual marketing products for retailers, quick serve and fast casual restaurants, CPG companies and more. The company’s retail and brand-based marketing services breadth is unparalleled, enabling Imagine! to execute recurring, large scale point-of-purchase/point-of-sale displays and in-store signage campaigns. Imagine!’s single-source capabilities include design, campaign production, kitting and fulfillment. Proprietary, technology-based services enable Imagine! to streamline customers’ traditional, complicated supply chains to enhance quality, improve speed-to-market and lower total costs. Fortune 500 companies, Fortune 1000 retailers, quick-serve restaurants, convenience stores and branded consumer goods companies depend on Imagine!’s customer-integrated store profiling, kitting, merchandising, inventory management and on demand e-commerce services to execute mission critical in-store campaigns. Imagine! was founded in 1988 and is based in Minneapolis. 

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    news-568 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:24:00 +0100 El Paso Paper Box Makes Strategic Investment in KBA Rapida 106 41-inch Seven-Color https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/el-paso-paper-box-makes-strategic-investment-in-kba-rapida-106-41-inch-seven-color/ With the flick of a switch, El Paso Paper Box put into operation its newest strategic investment---a new KBA Rapida 106 41-inch seven-color full inline UV coating sheetfed perfector press---part of a $7 million capital expenditure at its 105,000 sq ft facility in the far southwestern region of Texas. The new KBA Rapida 106 press was delivered in late summer and became fully operational in early October 2016. 

    “This new KBA Rapida 106 seven-color perfector press will be our firm’s workhorse,” says Paul Malooly, El Paso Paper Box President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are switching all of our high-end packaging work from a variety of well-known consumer product customers across North America and the Caribbean to this new press because it brings so many clear advantages in terms of quality, efficiency, and productivity.” 

    The El Paso Paper Box management team is proud of its choice after investigating three sheetfed press manufacturers including KBA. The team selected the new KBA Rapida press for the unique capabilities that it brings to their customers and its pressroom. These include a full inline UV system, KBA’s unique QualiTronic color control system, a fully automatic plate changing system, higher press speeds, and perfecting. 

    “Technology has become an even greater focus on today’s modern printing presses to maximize potential productivity and we’re relying a lot more on our presses for higher quality, faster turnaround, and less waste,” says Manny Corral, El Paso’s printing supervisor.  

    Noting that the full inline UV system is “a substantial improvement over our old off-line system,” the new capability will provide EPPB with the ability to support its customers with faster turnaround, shorter-run packaging allowing for seasonal changes and provide additional high-end coating applications that it previously could not offer. 

    To provide the utmost highest quality, which EPPB characterizes as paramount to its customers, the new KBA Rapida offers a host of proven quality control systems. The KBA QualiTronic ColorControl inline color measuring system uses an inter-deck camera system integrated directly into the press. The control strips can be positioned either at the front or in the center of the sheet. This type of unique color quality control ensures that EPPB’s package printing maintains color integrity on its customer’s logo and product. 

    “The fully-automatic plate changing system on the new KBA Rapida 106 press provides lightning fast plate changes,” says Corral, as opposed to 15 to 30 minute makereadies on the current non-KBA presses. “We’re seeing huge productivity gains with the new KBA,” he adds. 

    Since KBA has long history of making high quality perfecting presses, EPPB will be able to offer a variety of solutions such as six-over-one positions to its customers. For example, its food customers require packaging in which a tempting coupon can be printed inside the box all in one run on the press. With the new KBA Rapida press, EPPB can provide that capability at a nominal cost in one day, whereas in the past that capability cost more and required two makereadies and two days to complete a perfecting job. 

    No other press manufacturer can match the high speeds attained on the KBA Rapida 106. With the newly-acquired speed and technology, EPPB expects a significant increase in productivity with its KBA Rapida 106. 

    “This KBA press purchase is a strategic investment for our company because it differentiates us from our competitors by having the newest, and greatest, sheetfed press in the Southwest with a host of prime features that benefits both our customers and ourselves,” says John R. Dowd, Executive Vice President of El Paso Paper Box. 

    In its gleaming new 105,000 sq ft plant surrounded by 6.5 acres of land for additional growth, El Paso Paper Box installed its new KBA Rapida 106 alongside a newly-purchased gluer with upcoming plans to invest in a new sheeter and diecutter to support the new KBA.  

    “We believe that this KBA press investment indicates to our customers and our employees that we’re solidly focusing on fast-moving events in consumer trends, helping our customers better market their products, as well as our determined dedication to the printing and packaging industry,” says Dowd.  

    El Paso Paper Box (EPPB) has been a designer and manufacturer of custom paperboard folding cartons for decades. It serves the electronic/electrical, automotive, consumer goods, beauty, food/confectionary, medical/healthcare, bakery/supermarkets, building trades, and paper goods/office supply markets. With a focus on the end-user’s shopping and buying experience, the firm brings a deeper level of service to its customers’ folding carton packaging needs. The retail package is extremely important in the process of getting the product to the consumer safely and appealing to the customer at their point of decision-making. EPPB has a deep understanding in areas from package usability to shelf appeal, and this new press will help provision them for continued success in the future.