Beamglow invests in a KBA Rapida 106

Cambridgeshire, England based, high end carton producer Beamglow has opted for a high specification, multiple unit Rapida 106 from KBA. The new press which went into production at the end of October has 8 print units and a double coating facility which is providing existing and new customers with a greater range of substrates, higher levels of quality control and enhanced finishing capabilities.

The 150 employee company, which was established in 1966, has an enviable reputation in the high quality luxury folding cartons market. Over the last 50 years the success the business has enjoyed has been built upon their unswerving desire to assist their customers in producing stunning packaging solutions for their products. Their latest investment will allow this tradition to continue.

Beamglow Operations Manager James Griffin states, “We’ve built our business by working closely with our customers. We go to great lengths to come up with appropriate solutions for our clients who value our input and advice on projects. Our attention to client care and satisfaction has been fundamental to our success.’
The new press will provide the highest level of quality assurance available to clients as it is equipped with KBA’s inline colour and inspection system Qualitronic Professional. The system, which is described as ‘the printer that never sleeps’, compares every sheet produced by the press to a captured ‘ok’ sheet image and alerts the operators when defects in the print are detected.

More efficient production on a broad range of substrates is possible with the new press as it is equipped with both a ‘CX Package’ and a ‘Plastics package’. This will allow printing of a variety of materials of up to 1.2mm thick at speeds up to 18,000 SPH. The UV drying system is also state of the art, being equipped with UV sensors which will enable them to precisely monitor the UV output directly at the lamp. This will provide confidence that the level of UV curing is always at its optimum level. The press is also equipped with a semi-automatic double coating facility. This will allow rapid make readies and unprecedented levels of enhancement and effects to the whole range of products that Beamglow can produce.

According to James Griffin, KBA’s approach throughout the new press project has been ‘professional’, ‘honest’ and ‘open’. Discussions at KBA’s sheet-fed facility in Radebeul during testing provided an open forum with total transparency on what could be achieved with the Rapida 106. This gave the management team at Beamglow the confidence to progress their press project with KBA. This approach continued throughout the installation and training process and has already enabled them to produce some stunning work.

KBA (UK) Ltd Managing Director Andrew Pang added, “We are delighted to be chosen as a partner for Beamglow at this exciting new stage for their business. Our consultative approach and openness continues to provide our growing list of new customers with confidence to invest in KBA technology.”

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