KBA North America, a leading press manufacturer based in Williston, Vt., is announcing that Parlor City Paper Box, a Binghamton, NY-based paperboard packaging company, is expanding its customer base and dramatically reducing its makeready times after the smooth installation of its second KBA press: a Rapida 105 41-inch seven-color prepared for hybrid UV. The new press was delivered in December 2006 and running at full production by the second week of January 2007.
Enhanced automation, additional color capabilities, new features equal increased volume
“This is our second KBA sheetfed press,” says David L. Culver, president of Parlor City Paper Box. “Our first Rapida 105 41-inch sheetfed press was a four-color model. We’ve installed a second press to help us increase our volume and give us additional color capabilities, since a majority of our work is six to seven colors. We’ve also had the press prepared for hybrid UV capabilities since we may need that capability in the future. The new press is also equipped with a lot of automation that we didn’t have before, such as Logotronic management system and the Densitronic S combined density and color measuring system for quality control both during and after printing.”
Since the installation of the press in mid-December 2006, the firm is already reporting dramatically-reduced makeready times, faster running speeds, and the ability to turn its five- to seven-color jobs in shorter turnaround times. With a vast amount of its jobs being specified at 5,000 to 10,000 sheets, the automation on the new press helps to turn the short-run jobs faster.
Best press on the market
“We’re loyal KBA customers because they produce the best board press on the market,” says Bruce Culver, one of David Culver’s sons who also run the business. “The level of quality built into the press allows us to produce the highest-quality job in the fastest amount of time. Even with all of the automation on the new press, our pressmen have quickly transitioned to the new press.”
Established in 1902, Parlor City Paper Box Co. is a privately-held, family-owned firm with 44 employees. Catering to a wide variety of customers, mostly in the Northeast, the firm produces high-end premium-style packaging. David Culver is joined in the business by his sons: Bruce, Brian, and Jeffrey. The firm recently completed a 22,000 sq ft addition to its 136,000 sq ft facility. Further information can be obtained by e-mailing [email protected]