Solid trustworthy partnership with Koenig & Bauer sets tone for New Hampshire firm’s latest investment
- Leading manufacturer of secure cash bags constructed of printed polyethylene seeks to diversify
- New Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica will provide faster speeds, more automation, and additional capacity; changeover reduced from hours to minutes
- Goal is to create more sophisticated brand images in process color
Pak Solutions LLC, continues its investment in new emerging technology to support its rapid growth in the flourishing and dynamic flexible packaging market. Pak, having recently substantially modernized its Lancaster NH based facility along with five new converting lines and with additional lines on order, is now excited to announce the upcoming arrival of a new Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica EVO XD eight-color press. Due to arrive this fall, its unrivaled performance will give PAK Solutions all of the tools and resources it needs to grow into new diverse markets. Its faster printing speeds, quicker changeovers, better quality control and process print capabilities will provide greater efficiency and productivity along with a higher competitive advantage.
“Our team is bringing world-class operating standards, the best in new technology, and a passion for making a difference to this flexo packaging manufacturer,” says Kevin Powers, President/CEO of Pak Solutions. “This business has built an iconic reputation within the security bag industry for 25 years. In the past two years, we’ve continued to make important investments that will make it even more competitive in the multi-billion dollar plastic packaging industry. We are continuing to diversify and expand our product line to other uses packaging solutions for food and medical applications. We’ll have an edge on larger competitors due to our willingness to fill custom orders, product innovation, and an ability to deliver products much faster than others.”
PAK’s press operators are eager to begin putting into production the new Flexotecnica EVO XD. “The new Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica is an amazing opportunity for our business,” says Ron Demers, Pak’s maintenance manager. “It will give us more color, especially process color ability, from a six-color model to our new eight-color model. The turnaround will be so fast that we’ll have extra capacity for more printed products. We’re predicting that we’ll go from our current two-hour changeover to under 10 minutes for a full eight-color job. It will allow us to expand and diversify. It is a more modern automated motorized press that will double the speed that we currently have. Its high level of automation includes optical error detection and 100% web inspection night and day, automated viscosity control, auto washup, auto impression setting, servo control, memory of all-important job settings, automatic splicing, and automatic tension control. It will be a huge advantage for our business.”
The firm’s current Flexotecnica press, which was installed in 1995, has been a bedrock of the business providing it with the constant manufacture of secure cash bags constructed of printed polyethylene. “We’ve developed an outstanding relationship with Koenig & Bauer,” says Demers. “We’ve formed a solid trustworthy partnership in which their personnel have responded quickly to our needs and become a key partner.”
Patrick Judge, senior operations manager, Pak Solutions, LLC, agrees: “We’ve had a great experience with our current Flexotecnica press. Its high quality, and reliability were the reasons why we chose to stay with Flexotecnica, and this was solidified when Koenig & Bauer purchased the company. Our support from Koenig & Bauer has been excellent and our relationship has grown even stronger.”
PAK Solution’s modern 55,000 sq ft complex in Lancaster, NH sits near the Canadian border in mountainous ski country, near historic Mt. Washington and along the Maine border. Known as the North Country, its workforce brings a particular brand of ingenuity and a hard work ethic. The firm prides itself on offering distinct solutions to its customer base, providing competitive pricing, storage space for client printed product, and quick production and shipping. The firm has an on-site graphic designer to help with customized artwork and employs a staff of workers who are proud to produce “Made in the USA” flexible packaging.
In the past year, PAK’s management team has made significant capital investments adding five new high-speed bag converting lines to its production set up which has diversified its product range, and increased output as well as significantly decreased its percentage of waste in production.
Last year, the firm was recognized as one of five New Hampshire companies and was named as a finalist in the 2018 New Hampshire Tech Alliance Product of the Year (POY) Award competition. Pak Solutions entered its custom full sensory e-Commerce Mailer, a package used to ship e-commerce products to the consumer. The bags contain a fragrance that is only released when the bag is opened and the amount of scent can be adjusted to the client’s specifications and goals.
“It has been a privilege to work with the PAK Solutions team in their press selection process,” says Chris Batchelder, Koenig & Bauer’s technical sales manager – flexo. “It was impressive to see their multipronged approach in this process, from a deeply technical review to a full return on investment including long-term growth. They strived to acquire an asset that would be well supported and that could meet their production needs and their investment strategies. We are very pleased to collaborate with such a fast-growing business with a very optimistic view of the future. It will be very exciting to continue supporting them throughout the installation and training process and for a long time to come.”
PAK Solutions is a leading provider of flexible packaging products in the United States. Today, PAK Solutions has over 50 full-time staff members, new high-speed converting lines, a refreshed facility and a commitment to growth and innovation unmatched in the marketplace. The firm prides itself on working closely with its customers to design, develop and manufacture a wide-range of products. PAK has extensive expertise in Tamper-Evident Security Bags as well as the full suite of Poly Bags, Film, and Packing Supplies. They also are experts in flexible packaging solutions for medical, pharmaceutical, forensic evidence and other specialty and custom markets. In addition to the standard forms of flexible packaging solutions, its PAK Innovation Center is consistently looking to provide new and innovative products such as anti-corrosive shipping and storage materials that keep a customer’s most valuable products in their intended condition. The firm’s in-house print shop gives customers the ability to see their design come to life in a matter of hours, not days, as well as ensuring that PAK Solutions has total control of customized orders from start to finish. With industry leading closures of all kinds and the capability to print advanced product coding PAK Solutions is a full-service packaging designer and manufacturer.
The PAK Solutions team has invested in a new Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica EVO XD eight-color press. Left to right: Kevin Powers, president (partner); Kirby Gonyer, press operator; Eric Boisselle, print and prepress supervisor; Ron Demers, maintenance manager; and Patrick Judge, senior operations manager.