Allied Printing to Support Growth with New KBA Rapida 106 Eight-Color Press
“In 2008, we bought three sheetfed presses from a different press manufacturer with offline color control,” continues the company president. “We’ve made the decision that having a press with the inline color control process is a big advantage. Also new on our KBA press is the ability to quickly change our anilox rollers. What was previously a very tedious process will now be automated on our KBA press. This will significantly reduce our material costs, labor, and time when changing rollers for textured reticulation projects.”
Allied Printing Services prides itself on its pro-environmental policies, which was a key driver in the Rapida decision. Sommers notes that the new KBA press will produce less waste than its current presses thus creating a positive environmental impact. The KBA Rapida 106 press will allow Allied to get up-to-color much faster thereby eliminating waste and pushing Allied toward a solid carbon neutral footprint.
“After evaluating several different scenarios for a new press, we felt that KBA far and away exceeded our expectations,” reports Sommers. “While other press manufacturers did not appear to be reinvesting in their research and development, we felt that KBA has made a commitment to the offset market. That was important to us. We believe that we are creating a strong long-term partnership with KBA. We were honored to have KBA president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann visit our facility.
“There are so many parallels between our company and KBA. Both firms believe strongly in providing unique solutions specific to each customer that are not out-of-the-box ; both firms work diligently to understand their customers’ business strategy both for today and in the future ; we were impressed with Claus’ engineering background and the ink-in-his-veins, and both firms are in strong healthy financial positions led by next-generation family-run owners. As we continue our partnership, there will certainly be more needs in the future to add sheetfed and web presses to our current fleet of presses.”