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KP Corp. Invests in Unique Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 Press

February 8, 2013
KENNESAW, GA—February 8, 2013—KP Corp., headquartered in San Leandro, CA, will install a highly-automated Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 in its Salt Lake City facility as the centerpiece of an extensive equipment investment this spring. The five-color perfecting model with coating tower will be configured with CutStar sheeter, Prinect Axis Control, AutoPlate Advanced, and Prinect Inspection Control PDF. It will be the first Speedmaster XL 106 to be installed in Utah, the only press in North America to boast this unique configuration, and the first press of its kind purchased by a North American commercial printing company and dedicated primarily to the production of printed materials for customers in the medical device industry.
KP’s selection of the Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 supports the company’s bedrock value proposition: to provide its clients with the means to drive revenue by working smarter and more cost-effectively while meeting the highest-quality standards.
“KP already has significant long-term experience working with leaders in the medical device vertical,” said Brett Olszewski, chief sales and marketing officer. “Our choice to invest was an educated decision based on hands-on experience with leading companies, market research, and growth expectations in the target segment. Heidelberg’s unique printing configuration is at the core of several other synchronized technology investments we’ve made to optimize our manufacturing supply chain.”
The company, which offers 60 percent printing and 40 percent multi-channel services, provides a large selection of programs and specialty products for the life sciences and medical device industries. These include sub-assembly components, IT platforms, and marketing communications programs in critical procurement areas such as printing and packaging materials, mailing services, fulfillment, inventory management, and just-in-time distribution.
Supply Chain Management for Cost Efficiency
“As a company, we look at various links in the supply chain with an eye toward optimizing the entire chain,” said Dave Bates, vice president of operations for KP’s Central Region. “Here we saw an additional opportunity to help our clients design, re-engineer or otherwise modify production specifications to suit their needs, as well as have the capability to deliver the highest quality products efficiently and at lower cost. The leading-edge configuration of the new Heidelberg solution plays a critical role in that vision.”
The Speedmaster XL 106 will replace two existing presses, “with capacity to spare,” Bates said. Makereadies will get a boost from the Prinect Axis Control closed-loop measuring and control system, with an able assist from the Auto Plate Advanced plate-changing system. The XL 106 also will run twice as fast (15,000 sph) in straight and perfecting modes as KP’s existing presses. “All that and more goes into cost efficiency,” Bates added.

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