Texas firm adds KBA Rapida 106

El Paso Paper Box’s new KBA Rapida 106 41-inch seven-color full inline UV coating sheetfed perfector press is part of a $7 million capital expenditure at its 105,000 sq ft facility in Texas. The new Rapida 106 press was delivered in late summer and became fully operational in early October 2016.

“This new KBA Rapida 106 seven-color perfector press will be our firm’s workhorse,” says Paul Malooly, El Paso Paper Box President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are switching all of our high-end packaging work from a variety of well-known consumer product customers across North America and the Caribbean to this new press because it brings so many clear advantages in terms of quality, efficiency, and productivity.”

The management team selected the new press for the capabilities that it brings to their customers and its pressroom. These include a full inline UV system, KBA’s QualiTronic color control system, a fully automatic plate changing system, higher press speeds, and perfecting.

The full inline UV system will provide EPPB with the ability to support its customers with faster turnaround, shorter-run packaging allowing for seasonal changes and provide additional high-end coating applications that it previously could not offer.

With the newly-acquired speed and technology, EPPB expects a significant increase in productivity. The company installed its new KBA Rapida 106 alongside a newly-purchased gluer with upcoming plans to invest in a new sheeter and diecutter.  

Standing in front of their new KBA Rapida 106 press are (from left) Manny Corral, printing supervisor, Paul Malooly, President and Chief Executive Officer and Carlos Hernandez, pressman.

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