Mittera’s New Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 PRO Excels with Efficiency Gains, Productivity, and High Quality For Its Customers
Calling it a “game-changer,” the new eight-color, 41" Koenig & Bauer (Booth N2443) Rapida 105 PRO press at the New York facility of the Mittera Group, a North American leader in print and integrated marketing services, is serving up double-digit efficiency and productivity for its valued clients. Officially launched at its Ronkonkoma, NY, facility, this customized press is only one of two in the world, and the only one here in North America.
“We’re experiencing robust growth,” says Mittera CEO Jon Troen. “Our specially-configured Rapida press is helping us to print more work with less effort, setting a new standard for high quality printing ranging from unique marketing and packaging pieces, to specialty security printing. It was a very strategic purchase on our part, and it has positively influenced our current production, our future growth, and, most importantly, the high expectations of our customers.”
“Mittera has gained a solid reputation for the breadth of its abilities,” says Michael Clark, the Ronkonkoma facility’s president, with much of its production focused on the packaging and display markets, along with commercial and high security work. The new Rapida press has allowed Mittera to be approximately 40% more efficient and easily move between different segments as business cycles demand.
The firm specified its new Koenig & Bauer press with the unique configuration of a Corona Tower and two coaters, which is leading the firm to expand further into specialty packaging and plastic printing. It handles sheets up to 29x41", prints eight colors UV, and the two coaters are used for either aqueous, UV coating or flexographic inks. It runs from 3-pt. to 48-pt. stock. The press regularly runs at its top speed of 17,000 sph.
Mittera is capitalizing in two specific markets that the Rapida serves. One, printing on plastic is one of its fastest growing segments. The Rapida’s Corona Tower allows Mittera to print on almost any surface. To print on plastic correctly, you need to have an increased surface energy, or you won’t have good adhesion, explains Clark. Using the Rapida’s Corona Tower, Mittera is able to dial in levels well above the desired 40 dynes, which, he says, is very impressive. Plastic can be problematic with its tight window for water and adhesion issues, says Clark, but the new Rapida has given Mittera the tools to produce outstanding results. It is delivering quality and efficiencies not available at most other printing companies, he explains. “Since we’ve installed the Koenig & Bauer Rapida press, we’ve reduced waste across the spectrum of expensive substrates we print on,” says Clark. “This is especially important when you’re printing on plastic because of its high cost.”
Second, growth in luxe packaging has exploded and continues to accelerate. To deliver optimum critical color for its high-end clientele, says Clark, Mittera utilizes its in-line Koenig & Bauer QualiTronic system. The system’s camera inspects every sheet going through the press to ensure consistent color. “This is a very big deal for our packaging customers because they don’t want consumers to see a difference in color from box to box on a store shelf,” says Clark. “Our luxe customers expect below a 2 Delta e or better! Because the QualiTronic system is capable of holding color below a 1.0 Δe, I believe it is one of the best features on this press,” according to Clark.
“When we purchased this press from Koenig & Bauer, we didn’t just buy a Rapida, we bought an entire company,” says Clark. “The way everyone from Koenig & Bauer treats us is incredible, just fantastic. We’re very impressed with the professionalism and dedication that everyone displays. Our very high expectations have been and continue to be met in full. Koenig & Bauer has really delivered a high level of satisfaction. We are very pleased with the excellent results!”