Jersey City, New Jersey based Diversified Gloal Graphics Group a global business communications and marketing services provider, announced its investment in a new high speed ultra-modern Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 41-inch LED UV press — its first from the German manufacturer.
“When we looked at our customer requirements, it showed that we needed to replace and upgrade an older eight-color press with a new 41-inch model giving us higher speeds, more efficiency, and productivity,” says Steven Babat, DG3’s CEO.
“We’ve had Koenig & Bauer on our radar for a long while because it differentiated itself from other manufacturers due to its high quality, strong build, automation, and excellent features. We know that the Rapida 105 would allow us to answer our customer’s demands and keep our quality and productivity at the highest levels.”
DG3’s pressroom has been inundated with LED UV coating jobs, which further drove the decision for additional press capacity. As the firm added more short run coating jobs, its need for efficiency and productivity became ever more apparent. With their customer’s need for quality analytics, the press is equipped with a quality management reporting system.
Flexibility was another key differentiator in DG3’s decision. While DG3 plans to use the press primarily for commercial work, the new Rapida 105 is equipped with a raised lift kit to accommodate thicker board for packaging. This space, says Babat, has been growing so that currently commercial work versus packaging is made up of an 80/20 split. While most of DG3’s work for packaging is produced on light substrate, the Rapida is capable of running thicker substrates that DG3 will be able to produce in-house with its reputation for superior quality.
“This year is an exciting one for DG3. The service components of our business continue to grow, but print remains the core,” says Babat.