Bolger Vision Beyond Print Installs Next-Generation Long Perfector
“This is our first KBA press,” says Bolger. “What attracted me to the company is that it seems to be more innovative than other press manufacturers. KBA has a ‘can-do’ attitude and it is able to build unique configurations for its customers. KBA is the best press manufacturer that can print five colors, coat and perfect and then do five colors and coat all with UV (in this configuration).”
Bolger is also impressed with KBA’s friendly, direct management style. “From the very top executive in Germany, Albrecht Bolza-Schuenemann, to the chief executive officer and president here in the US, Ralf Sammeck, we’ve had visits from everyone to make sure our press is up to our standards. I’m very impressed with the organization and how they care about their customers.”
The new press has replaced two of the company’s four existing 40-inch, multicolor presses. Bolger says the new Rapida 105 long perfector is perfectly suited for the short- to mid-range multi-form market of run lengths of 1,000 to 60,000.
In mid-November 2006, Bolger Vision Beyond Print invited 300 customers to an open house where the key event was the print production of the new Rapida 105 ten-color perfector. Customers, says Bolger, like the fact that they can cut makeready in half by coming in for one press check on the Rapida 10-color perfector to check both sides of the sheet at once rather than two press checks if they had to run the sheet through another press twice.
Founded in 1934 by John and Genevieve Bolger, Bolger Vision Beyond Print (www.bolgerinc.com) is a 220-employee, $30 million printer in Minneapolis. The family-run company, with owners dik Bolger overseeing sales and marketing, and Charles Bolger, overseeing manufacturing, has expanded beyond its offset printing base to offer a full range of services from design through fulfillment, including 180 Creative, the company’s branding strategy agency.