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Growth in Large-Format Work Led Allpak/Trojan to Add a KBA Rapida 142

August 1, 2011
DALLAS—August 1, 2011—KBA North America announces that Allpak/Trojan, an award-winning printing and packaging company located in Seattle, installed a 56˝ KBA Rapida 142 six-color plus coater sheetfed press in early 2011. This new KBA press complements an existing KBA Rapida 142 56˝ eight-color sheetfed press with coater and hybrid UV capabilities operating with the KBA Qualitronic II inline sheet inspection system installed in July 2005.
“Growth from our existing large-format work had developed to the point where a second press was required,” said Wayne Millage, president of Allpak/Trojan. “After reviewing our product mix, we decided that a six-color plus coater would be the right configuration to support this growth.

“Based on our experience with KBA’s service and support, combined with the quality and productivity improvements that we have experienced, it was clear to us that our initial view of KBA as a leader with a proven track record in the large format market was an accurate assessment. In order to be a leader and an innovator you must be partnered with and supported by the best suppliers, which we consider KBA to be.”
Significant increase in production capacity
In order to ensure enough room for the new large-format press, Allpak/Trojan needed to remove two existing 40˝ presses in its pressroom.

“We’ve found that our KBA presses are so productive that down-stream equipment needed to be added to handle this new capacity,” said Millage. “Although we removed two presses and replaced it with one press, we have significantly increased capacity while keeping manning at existing levels or even slightly less than before. Our customers will benefit in the increased production capacity now available from us.”
In addition to increasing capacity, Allpak/Trojan is gaining greater savings and quality and providing benefits to its environmental commitment.

“The savings in paper from a 56-inch sheet compared to a 40˝ sheet surprised even us,” commented Millage. “Technically the 56˝ sheet is twice as big as a 40˝ sheet but we typically get 125 percent more product on the larger sheet size. Quality is quite important too and what we get from our KBA presses is rock-solid predictable and consistent quality from sheet number one to one million,” says Millage. “The new KBA press allows us to continue the high level quality our customers have come to expect from us. And we can rest assured the quality level will match what they’ve come to expect form our existing eight-color KBA.”

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