PaperWorks Adds a KBA Rapida 142 Large-Format Press

Jim Downey (left), PaperWorks general manager, and Ralph Clanton, plant manager, look forward to the new KBA Rapida 142 seven-color press due to start up at the Mt. Gilead, NC, facility in March.

DALLAS—Jan. 9, 2012—KBA North America announces that PaperWorks Industries, a leading North American integrated full-service packaging provider based in Philadelphia, will be adding a new 56˝Rapida 142 seven-color press with UV capabilities to its facility in Mt. Gilead, NC. The press is due to be delivered in the next few days with a mid-March start-up date after installation and press training.

“Our new KBA Rapida 142 will service our entire customer base of high-end packaging brands,” says Jim Downey, general manager of the facility. “It will provide us with the ability to offer even faster turnaround times and higher quality and allow us to be more responsive to our customers due to the unique features on press that we didn’t have before.”

These features, explains Downey, include UV capabilities as well as KBA’s unique QualiTronic Color Control closed loop in-line color density measurement and control system, the first of its kind in sheetfed offset.

Using a highly-sensitive color camera to measure the control bar on every sheet, the QualiTronic Color Control system compares the density values to reference densities and triggers automatic ink-key adjustments when a discrepancy is obtained. The QualiTronic Color Control system provides corrections to be made within 10 sheets of an error being detected, cuts waste by shortening press run-up to saleable color, and provides consistent inking throughout the entire print run while cutting waste and optimizing print quality.

“We at PaperWorks pride ourselves on bringing innovation and excellence to the marketplace,” says John R. Dowd, senior vice president of sales and marketing for PaperWorks. “The addition of this press will allow us to extend new offerings to our existing customers and prospects along with reduced lead times and improved color integrity. The seven-color capabilities of the KBA Rapida 142 press are ideally suited to ECG systems which are currently being implemented in several of our production facilities.”

After carefully considering three other major press manufacturers, PaperWorks chose to purchase a new KBA large-format press.

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