Bolger Vision Beyond Print — New Ways to Add Value
What the Bolgers wanted was a UV press that would print, coat and cure both sides of the sheet in one pass, with high gloss levels, while running at high speeds. Most importantly, says Charley Bolger, the output sheets are dry in the delivery, ready for postpress processing.
“KBA touts the press as being able to print with the same level of quality on both sides of the sheet, which for sheetfed perfecting has historically been a bit of an issue,” notes Mike McLaughlin, vice president of production at Bolger Vision Beyond Print. “We find that to be true, because it’s a hybrid machine.
“The key is to dry that first side. You’ve got to set the ink enough so that when you flip the sheet over and run it through the second side, you’re not distorting that dot on the downside of the sheet.”
The new Rapida and iGen3 join a Kodak suite of workflow systems as the triad of major equipment acquisitions in the past year for Bolger Vision Beyond Print. The printer also bolstered its back-end operations with some MBO folders and Palamides banders.
Now the plan is to add two more mailing lines to increase capacity. Over the long term, saddlestitching will also be addressed.
“The more efficient a pressroom becomes, the more it tends to create a bottleneck in the finishing side because the work moves into those departments a little bit faster than it had previously,” McLaughlin says. “So we’re also looking at enhanced diecutting and cutting capabilities.”
Another area Bolger Vision Beyond Print is focusing on is the ISO (9000) quality certification process, which Charley Bolger estimates will be completed by September of 2008.
Beyond print, no pun intended, there is the critical role dik and Charley Bolger’s parents played in influencing not only their sons’ principles, but the code of ethics behind the company. Genevieve Bolger, who passed away in 2006, introduced a feminist presence to an industry that had precious few women in the upper ranks. Shortly before her death, she attended a company function while in a wheelchair and on oxygen to present a 45-year service award to an employee.