Foster Printing Inks Contract for World’s Largest KBA Rapida 205 Press

Standing on one of Foster’s existing KBA presses are Kris Blackburn (from left), vice president of sales, Tim Blackburn, president , and Dennis Blackburn, CEO of Foster Printing, along with Marcus Schoen, KBA sales manager.

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.

Having moved to a new, larger facility last year, the firm has the space to facilitate the new press addition as well as peripheral equipment. This includes a new automated platesetter for the computer-to-plate department giving Foster the ability to produce both 64˝ and 81˝ plates and a new automated cutting system.

“All of these purchases feature automated systems that will help us turn jobs quickly from pre-production, to press, to post-production,” says Blackburn. “Key to allowing this type of growth was the move to our new facility. It has been wonderful and has allowed us to grow our business even more. We have the space to facilitate this addition and keep our work flow productive and efficient.”

Foster’s continued success depends on catering to its current market of finishing houses, brokers, agencies, and small format printers with fast turnaround and a clear understanding of its customers’ business. “We pride ourselves on our service and ability to meet their tight deadlines,” says Blackburn. “Having the five-color conventional press and the six-color UV press provides us with the flexibility to perform for our customers. We’ve seen a lot of growth in our UV business and we see that continuing with the addition of the 81˝ press.”

Blackburn feels that the new press will allow the firm to continue to add new customers as well as additional work from existing clientele. “We anticipate that the Rapida 205 will open up new doors of opportunity for us with new customers as well as allowing our current customers to bring all of their work to one shop,” he says.

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