Foster Printing Inks Contract for World’s Largest KBA Rapida 205 PressAugust 21, 2012
“Over the last four years, we have seen tremendous growth in our business,” says Kris Blackburn, vice president of sales at Foster Printing. “Sales over the past year and a half have been especially good to us. Due to this growth, we have been considering the purchase of a third KBA press for over three years, but really started to focus on it over the last 12 months.
“We constantly had customers asking if we could print anything larger than our 64˝ capabilities. Those customers, along with solid research into new potential customers, pushed us to finally decide on making this important purchase,” Blackburn notes.
Providing the highest-quality service to its client base was one of the main reasons that Foster inked the contract for the new Rapida 205.
“This press installation gives us capabilities that our competitors do not have,” explains Blackburn. “It gives us the ability to print on the largest sheet size offered on any offset press in the world. We will now be able to service all of our customers offset printing needs.
“We plan to capitalize on the ability to print multiple forms for customers—some that may fit our 64˝ KBA presses and others that fit our 81˝ press. This will enable one project with many different forms to be printed under one roof. It will also give us an advantage in productivity by being able to go multiple up on the Rapida 205 81˝ press where we would only be able to go one-up on the 64˝ press. This will help with faster turnarounds on larger quantity orders. It will also help us run multiple forms on one sheet, eliminating the need for additional set-ups and make readies.”
When the new press arrives in the fall, it will take its place beside both KBA 64˝ large-format presses that now sit side-by-side in the state-of-the-art facility. The new Rapida 205 81˝ will join the current two Rapida 64˝ presses with it’s own color management console as well as the KBA Densitronic Professional closed-loop color control system that provides the best quality and repeatability available, says Blackburn. All of the presses will communicate to the KBA Logotronic management system to provide up-to-the-minute data on jobs, workflow, throughput, and quality.