Large-format Printing — Size DOES Matter!
“We expected more spoilage with the larger format, but that didn’t happen. A big benefit of the 64˝ press is the lack of spoilage. We tracked it, and our spoilage is less than 1 percent.”
According to Engle, one of the biggest benefits of big printing is the big business it brings. Because the quality and consistency is now as good as a 40˝ press, and because large-format presses can run plastic and other substrates, Ambassador Press is hitting a profit vein. Packaging is a profitable new market for the company, as is XL carton wraps, using UV.
“It’s a whole different situation now that we’re a large-format printer,” Engle contends. “Customers are starting to look for us. Now, we’re giving estimates and bidding on big projects with large cosmetics and retail companies that we could never have gotten before. We soon hope to get into more packaging applications and other promotional products, like back-lit signs and such.”
ROI: Fast and Furious
The six-color Rapida 162 has only been up and running since last fall, but it’s already beating Engle’s anticipated estimate on ROI. “We figured it would take about two years to get it fully up and running with a strong cash flow,” he contends. “The press is paying for itself very quickly. The banks and accountants are predicting we’ll have it paid off a lot sooner, especially with all the printing opportunities that we haven’t even realized yet.”
Like Ambassador Press, Branch Smith is excited about the money-saving and money-making possibilities of its new eight-color, 51˝ KBA Rapida 130 perfector.
“Our crews are thrilled with the press,” Hanson exclaims. “Its automation, intelligence, engineering—everything about it—is designed to run extremely well. The print quality is exceptional. The large-format press holds ink and water balance better than any press we’ve ever owned.”