Second KBA Rapida 145 57" Large Format Press Installed at Specialty Finishing

Specialty Finishing, a full service high graphic folding carton and litho-laminated packaging manufacturer for a wide range of national brands located in Omaha, NE, has been reaping the benefits from its two new KBA (Booth 2321) Rapida 145 57" presses with double-digit sales increases, higher quality print with consistent color, and reduction in start-up waste. Specialty Finishing’s two new presses are a six-color and a seven-color equipped with KBA’s automation and inline quality control features and coaters.

“We chose to purchase two large-format presses from KBA because they could offer the highest level of automation and productivity as well as a custom-configured press for our particular needs,” says Mark Wright, Specialty Finishing President. “These presses are allowing our company to continue its rapid growth and offer our customers the highest level of productivity and quality that they expect. We needed the added capacity because we’ve been experiencing 25% growth year-over-year for the past several years. The newly installed KBA presses are critical to our future success.”

Due to its new capacity Specialty Finishing has seen an 18% increase in business, according to Brian Thalken, Vice President of Sales for Specialty Finishing. “We will continue to grow our business at double digit rates by working with our customers on waste reductions and lean manufacturing,” he adds.

The purchase of these presses increases Specialty Finishing’s capacity and flexibility. “This investment in improved technology and increased capacity facilitates reduced lead-times and reduced inventory levels,” says Thalken, In addition, Specialty Finishing has seen the advantage of complex print forms that no longer require additional waste sheets.

The two presses help Specialty Finishing in other departments. “The acquisition of these presses allow for better flexibility in scheduling and the quick-turn lead times that our customers have come to expect,” says Jeffrey Oles, the firm’s Scheduling Manager. “These presses allow us to remain competitive in a demanding market, plus they provide the needed edge to continue to grow and expand our sales base.”

KBA’s automated features are key components for Specialty Finishing. “Producing quality cartons at the lowest cost in the market stands as one of our primary goals,” states Thalken. “Waste reduction is critical and we believe the new systems on the KBA presses will be key components.”

Another important component is the KBA Densitronic Pro, a combined density and color measuring system for quality control both during and after printing. This feature allows reporting on print quality during the production run. “The measurement system allows us to stay at or below industry tolerances for ink making, prepress, and printing and report this information as needed,” says Thalken.

Established in 1927 as a small family-owned print shop, Specialty Finishing has grown to a multimillion dollar operation employing more than 160 people in its 400,000-square-foot facility with cutting-edge, in-house capabilities.

This strong growth is due to its successful customer relationships, its leading edge technology, and its commitment to customer goals.