Here in North America, KBA caters to the titans of the packaging printing market. Royal Paper Box, a world leader in the packaging field located in Montebello, CA, added a second new KBA 41-inch sheetfed press to its pressroom. The prestigious firm caters to a globally diverse customer base including high-end cosmetics and demanding bio-medical packaging. For Royal Paper Box, its second new KBA brings numerous advantages including a powerful ability to print at high speeds, top-flight automation bringing efficiency gains in makeready and running speeds, and an improved production schedule. “We felt the addition of a second KBA press would significantly enhance and complement our pressroom,” says Jim Hodges, president of Royal Paper Box.
Walter G. Anderson, Inc., a leading independent supplier of folding cartons, was the first printer in the U.S. to install the newly-launched high-speed Rapida 145 57-inch press with coater at its facility in Newton, Iowa. “The technological ingenuities on this press are amazing,” says Marc Anderson, president and CEO of Walter G. Anderson, Inc. “The run speed of 17,000 sph is the highest among large format presses in this class. Quality is absolutely a top factor for our customers. They visit our facility and see what we are able to accomplish on press and are very excited. The DensiTronic Professional for quality monitoring quickly scans each sheet and provides data to our press crew as well as a fingerprint of the job to our customers. For those quick turn, short makeready jobs, it allows us fast repeatability and press throughput.”
Specialty Finishing, a full service high graphic folding carton and litho-laminated packaging manufacturer for a wide range of national brands located in Omaha, Nebraska, has completed installation of its two new large-format KBA Rapida 145 57-inch presses. Since the installation, Specialty Finishing has begun reaping the benefits with double-digit sales increases, higher quality print with consistent color, and significant reduction in start-up waste. Specialty Finishing’s two new presses are a six-color and a seven-color equipped with KBA’s unique automation and inline quality control features and coaters. These are the first KBA presses purchased by Specialty Finishing.
McCowat-Mercer Packaging, a Jackson, TN producer of customized retail packaging for the automotive, pharmaceutical, medical, textile, and food markets, has installed its seventh KBA press: a completely new Rapida 105 41-inch six-color coater press with UV. “Our solid long-time relationship with KBA has been very important to the growth of our company,” says Tom Butler, president of McCowat-Mercer Packaging. “Since the mid-70s, we’ve been purchasing KBA presses for their quality and durability. We feel that KBA presses are a perfect match for printing our high quality paperboard products thus providing us with a clear technological edge. They’ve become workhorses for our business.”
Winston Packaging, a fourth-generation family-owned printed paperboard packaging company located in Winston-Salem, NC, is producing jobs on its new KBA Rapida 106 41-inch six-color press with unique automation such as LogoTronic, DensiTronic, and SIS. “We were seeking a press that would provide us with faster changeovers and faster run speeds along with advanced color management to provide our customers with the best performing folding carton possible,” says James Gordon, president and CEO of Winston Packaging. The Rapida’s larger sheet size, says Gordon, is more productive and efficient in terms of yields for the type of cartons that are used in its business segments. “The advanced feeder for the continuous running of board stock and the 20,000 iph press speed were significant differences over our current press manufacturer,” he says. “We were also impressed with the complete automation package from KBA such as its LogoTronic management system and DensiTronic color control system. This automation is much more advanced than our previous press.”