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Pacific Southwest Container adds Ink Dispenser from GFI

Press release from the issuing company

Gurnee, IL – October 15, 2008 - Perhaps it is no coincidence that Pacific Southwest Container Corp. (PSC) is enjoying the kind of success it is experiencing since adding a GFI Innovations Mx6 Ink Formulation Dispenser two years ago.  Obviously PSC is doing many of the right things well, and the Mx6 is playing a vital role for the California package printing company, which is expecting a record year for 2008 with projected sales revenue in excess of $140 million.

The Mx6 Ink Formulation Dispenser makes things simpler for printers wanting a better way to produce spot-color quicker and more accurately.  It certainly fits the profile Pacific Southwest Container has developed over the years.  Founded in 1973, PSC serves a host of national, regional and local clients in a number of industries, producing work at two facilities in Modesto and Visalia for Del Monte Foods and Sony, as well as for Benefit Cosmetics and Clif Bar, a popular nutritional bar.  With their commitment to "greener" solutions in a new era of resource-efficient techniques, the Ink Formulation Dispenser is producing a high value to these customers.

Darin Jones, the Executive Vice President of Operations at PSC, agrees the Mx6 is as good as advertised.  "We had difficulty managing our ink inventory before we bought the Mx6.  Our batch sizes were usually too large," Jones said.  "Separately, the formulas were being produced outside the company.  So it was a combination of the two that we could not get our arms around it at the time."

The patented dispense process of the Mx6, along with the ink control system, quick-change AccureX Precision Dispense Cylinders, and innovative EvolvePro software, combine to save prep time for any printer.  It also improves color consistency, eliminates ink mixing clean-up time, reduces lost press time waiting for ink, improves scheduling fidelity and helps reduce substrate waste.  All of these features have won over Jones.

"Being able to make precise and smaller batch sizes has made a huge difference for us.  There is no leftover ink to deal with, no waste or inventory to be concerned about.  This way we get more fresh ink on the press, and we've been able to increase our press efficiencies," Jones said.

With the ability to work off unused ink and reduce inventory, any printer will realize savings that directly impacts the bottom line.  "After we purchased the Mx6, we were able to work off $150,000 of inventory in the first 12 months," Jones said. 

PSC has its own ink lab facilities and a team of nine people that keeps busy 24/5 and employs environmentally-friendly practices with a commitment to quality, sustainable packaging.  The unique operation consists of five sheetfed and five lithographic presses, including a pair of 84-inch presses and a new KBA Rapida 40-inch, 9-color press.  It uses paste inks for folding carton work and fluid inks for special lamination on half-carton, half-corrugated jobs, employing INX International and a few other ink manufacturers.

"The Mx6 is easy to operate and easy to train people on," Jones said.  "We haven't had a single issue with it.  It has helped our operation be more efficient.  We now work on jobs while making ink at the same time."