Specialty Finishing Installs Second KBA Rapida 145 Large-Format Press
“These presses allow us to remain competitive in a demanding market, plus they provide the needed edge to continue to grow and expand our sales base,” continues Oles.
KBA’s unique automated features are key components for Specialty Finishing. “Producing quality cartons at the lowest cost in the market stands as one of our primary goals,” states Thalken. “Waste reduction is critical and we believe the new systems on the KBA presses will be key components.”
Both Oles and Steve Pellman, Specialty Finishing’s pressroom manager, agree that the KBA Qualitronic Pro inline sheet inspection system on both Rapida 145 presses is beneficial because of the significant reduction in start-up waste, higher quality print with consistent color and greatly reduced chances for printing defects.
Another important component on both Rapida 145 presses is the KBA Densitronic Pro, a combined density and color measuring system for quality control both during and after printing. This feature allows reporting on print quality during the production run.
“The measurement system allows us to stay at or below industry tolerances for ink making, pre-press, and printing and report this information as needed,” says Thalken. “We have run tighter color tolerances and have reduced issues regarding color variation due to the Densitronic Pro.”
Site preparation for the two new presses was approximately 12 weeks and the press installation took six weeks. To capture the exciting installation, Specialty Finishing produced a time lapse video of the Rapida 145 press installation. The video is comprised of about 5,000 shots over a two month period.
Established in 1927 as a small family-owned print shop, Specialty Finishing has grown to a multimillion dollar operation employing more than 160 people in its 400,000 sq ft facility with cutting-edge, in-house capabilities. This strong growth is due to its successful customer relationships, its leading-edge technology, and its commitment to customer goals. Its dedication to customer needs has enabled the firm to expand and maintain successful relationships over the years. The firm strives to be a first-choice carton supplier and work to achieve this through continual investments in people and technology. Its mandate is to provide real solutions to the opportunities created by today's high-speed, competitive markets. Its diligence and determination drives the company to greater efficiency, competitiveness, and most importantly, responsiveness to customer needs.