Duo of high-speed large-format six-color presses exceed customer expectations Two Koenig & Bauer Rapida Presses Deliver Highest Quality at NEPA Carton & Carrier

  • Northeastern Pennsylvania package printer delivers products to the beverage, food, cosmetic, and tray marketplace
  • Unique products are produced for NEPA’s customers on its two Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 57-inch presses
  • One of the first printers in North America to have the unique Instrument Flight system from System Brunner utilized on both of its Rapida presses for expert color consistency

When its well-known high end brands for the packaging market continued to grow, they called upon NEPA Carton & Carrier to meet those needs. Koenig & Bauer then provided the engine to satisfy those production requirements. Its pressroom, located at its facility in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is anchored with two Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 57-inch presses. Both of these state-of-the-art models are equipped with inline QualiTronic Instrument Flight systems—one of the first printers in North America to choose this important advanced color control technology.

The pressroom at NEPA Carton & Carrier is anchored with two Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 57-inch presses, which are both equipped with inline QualiTronic Instrument Flight systems—one of the first printers in North America to choose this important advanced color control technology

“Our leading nationwide clients demand superior customer service, high quality, and fast turnaround,” says Mike Collins Sr, president of NEPA. “It’s crucial for us to invest in equipment that will represent their brands on the store shelf. These presses give us the ability to produce millions of boxes and carriers or produce smaller custom packaging from as little as a few thousand on up.”

For nearly five years, NEPA has fully utilized its inline QualiTronic Instrument Flight system on both of its Rapida 145 large format presses. Having this important feature, says Collins, allows NEPA to control the grey balance on press with the QCC option from Koenig & Bauer. It also allows NEPA to run and control its printed product to G7 standards. This is the only system on the market that allows a printer to manage and control the grey balance throughout the run. 

Catering to a wide range of firms that require high quality custom folding carton solutions such as can wraps, cosmetic boxes, food packaging, multi-packs, frozen food boxes, and window packaging, one of NEPA’s fastest growing niches continues to be the craft beer industry and its demand for colorful and strong beverage carriers. Having two Koenig & Bauer sheetfed presses equipped with a host of automated modules specific to Koenig & Bauer such as QualiTronic Color Control, QualiTronic PrintCheck, and QualiTronic Instrument Flight to help NEPA meet the needs of its individual customer production. These advanced systems, along with a top press running speed of 17,000 sph, gives NEPA ultimate print quality control and the automation helps to require no operator intervention.

“We’re very pleased with our Koenig & Bauer Rapida presses,” says Collins. “The unique technology allows us to deliver the highest quality products with the shortest turnaround times that are sturdy as well as fun, artistic, and colorfully creative. Our products tell the story of each brand, emphasizing special seasonal occasions or limited editions.”

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