KBA North America, a global press manufacturer based in Dallas, Texas, announces that Netpak Packaging Inc., a leading Canadian packaging and commercial printer, is enhancing its speed, turnaround, and quality control with a new KBA Rapida 106 41-inch six-color sheetfed press. Netpak took delivery of the press this spring. The Rapida 106 was sold in cooperation with KBR Graphics Ltd., the central and eastern Canadian distributor for KBA North America.
“Netpak’s deliberate intention is to serve both packaging and commercial customers that require small- to medium-size run lengths with the capacity to do larger runs,” says Daniel Filion, marketing director for Netpak. “We pride ourselves on offering a very short lead time and delivering a high-quality product. Most packaging printers require eight to 14 weeks of lead time but because we offer the latest technology and automation, we offer a much shorter turnaround time. All of our equipment is only five to six years old thus enabling us to reduce our makeready, minimize our waste, and produce high-quality work.”
The firm, based in Anjou, Quebec, serves a mix of 60% packaging work and 40% commercial work, to customers in eastern Canada, as well as the U.S., Europe, and Israel. It serves the food and beverage, health and beauty, nutraceutical, confectionary, toys and games, and tobacco markets providing folding cartons, labels, setup boxes, posters and brochures, POP displays and prints, annual reports and corporate literature, and instruction manuals.
But Netpak owes its annual success to continually listening to its customers’ needs and responding to them. “All of our customers, but especially the food and over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical market, require very tight quality control,” explains Filion. “We were seeking a new press to respond to that requirement as well as to print on a thicker stock, such as flute and F-flute. And our company believes that environmental problems and issues are, first and foremost, matters of social responsibility. As printers, we counsel our clients on how to print responsibly using eco-friendly packaging and commercial printing solutions, from design and engineering to finishing, thus leaving behind the minimum carbon trace.”
When Netpak management decided to replace an older 40-inch press from a different manufacturer, its research concluded that a new KBA Rapida 106 41-inch six-color sheetfed press would provide all of its customer requirements. Since being launched at Drupa 2008, KBA’s high-tech Rapida 106 continues to be the world champion in makeready and the most productive press in its class with a speed of 18,000 sph. A key unique feature of Netpak’s press includes the KBA QualiTronic color-control system, which measures densities in line on each sheet at maximum production speed; this system eliminates time-consuming manual comparisons and reduces start-up waste. QualiTronic is a camera-based inline sheet-inspection system that scans each sheet and compares it with a reference sheet.
Differentiation from competitors
“One of the key features on our new KBA Rapida 106 is its automated quality control system,” says Filion. “We are now able to compare each sheet with the customer’s PDF approved version and identify the smallest difference it can find such as a missing dot. This is a marked improvement, especially for our food and over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical customers that require tight quality control on their products. All of our customers are very excited about this particular feature. It will be a major benefit for them to verify their approved version with the printed sheet. We’re very eager to begin production and display this new feature. It differentiates us from our competition.”