Hederman Brothers Place Order for KBA Rapida 106
“Our goal is to continually serve our customers with the highest quality, most advanced technology and fastest throughput,” says Doug Hederman, president and CEO of Hederman Brothers and its fourth-generation leader. “We chose this specially-configured press with proven automation and technology from KBA because we believe it will surpass the high expectations and demands of our loyal customers and address the speed, quality, and innovative designs that we produce for them. This will be our first KBA press. After thoroughly vetting the other press manufacturers, we felt that KBA and AMS delivered the most innovative press technology to carry our business into the next generation.”
The uniquely-configured press with its high energy efficiency, heat-less solid state UV LED curing provides stunning results and faster turnaround speed. Hederman will be receiving exceptional results for high end special effects and immediate post-production work such as cutting and scoring and will no longer need to worry about powder-filled pressrooms, expensive IR/Hot Air dryers, marking problems or waiting for sheets to dry.
Hederman will also join a select group of fellow KBA customers in North America that are operating Rapida sheetfed presses with the highest run speed of any manufacturer — an outstanding 20,000 sph. About a dozen presses are in full production among some of the best known and highly respected printers in the country where this lightning-fast speed is being met on a daily basis. Hederman is looking forward to being one of the showcase facilities where its high-speed press produces more jobs with quicker production.
Wisconsin Governor visits Quad/Graphics Pewaukee Facility
As the facility’s centerpiece, the HP T410 press can print on both sides of a 42˝ web — the entire web width is variable and every page can be personalized to an individual recipient. In a unique inline configuration, one or two pre-printed rolls can be merged into the 42˝ wide, fully personalized roll on the T410.
“The focus of the super-center is to create highly personalized direct marketing materials in sophisticated formats that deliver results for our clients,” said Tom Frankowski, Quad/Graphics’ COO, as he and the governor stood next to the recently installed T410. “This press will be a first-of-its-kind in the direct marketing industry because of its inline custom finishing capabilities, which go live in September. When complete, we will be able to perform diecutting and scratch-offs, and apply special coatings, among other capabilities, right inline. We will also be able to create one-to-one personalized mail pieces cost effectively on a mass scale, something never before possible.”
According to Frankowski, Quad/Graphics invested almost $20 million in the super-center and its new T410. “The investment shows we are committed to our clients and the direct marketing industry, providing the latest and greatest capabilities to deliver the right message to the right person at the right time.”
Gov. Walker and Pewaukee Press Operator Steve Lentz started up a short press run on the HP T410 to print a special cover of VIEWS, a publication traditionally earmarked for Quad/Graphics’ clients but mocked up for this occasion to celebrate the governor’s visit.
Packaging Innovations & Luxury Packaging London
The Dieline, based in LA, is a design and packaging industry brand expert and event organiser, and has never had its conference anywhere else in the world.
Packaging Innovations executive director Gerry Sherwood said: “The Dieline Conference in the US gets about 4000 delegates so we are expecting a lot more designers.
“We’ve been talking to The Dieline for about 18 months to get them to do something with us as we recognised we needed the best kind of content at the show. They don’t have a footprint in Europe, so they are working with us to build that footprint.”
Sherwood said its US design conference in Los Angeles is the most visited design conference in the world. The Dieline also hosts an annual design competition.
This year’s Packaging Innovations & Luxury Packaging takes place for the second year running at Olympia London, from 14 to 15 September.
There will also be a first hosting of the Starpack Awards, recognising innovation in the packaging design industry. Hosted in the keynote theatre, it has a broad range of categories covering both the B2B and B2C side of packaging.
Sherwood, who has been working with a team of six over the year to organise the show, sees lots of potential for innovation.
“We will be working with our exhibitors to showcase all the innovation they can find. We get people to submit their innovative work and then get a judging panel to select the top 10 most innovative things that will then be promoted. We will be directing visitors to the things that we think are most innovative,” added Sherwood.
This year will also see paper merchant James Cropper showing its first food contact-approved stock range of paper, available in 12 colours.
There will also be an added VIP package and Packaging Innovations’ Drinks Symposium, with speakers and networking.
Sherwood added: “From a print point of view, we are seeing much more of an increase in companies providing packaging printing solutions. Packaging is very important for the print community because that’s what really mainly is growing.
“People are planning to do things at the show that we can’t talk about yet. I would urge people to keep an eye out on our website and just come along because it’s going to be a great show.”
For more information and to register, visit the show’s website.