Emphasizing its custom quality production, International PaperBox looks forward to its new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 seven-color UV press

(Left to right) Kay and Wade Holbrook, owners of International PaperBox, visited Koenig & Bauer’s German plant to see the construction of their new seven-color Rapida 106 press.

This Utah-based packaging printer has had tremendous success catering to a variety of businesses, each with their own unique container requirements.

  • The new Rapida 106 press will more than double the company’s current capacity and utilize its new digital quality control features
  • Exceptional quality is what sets International PaperBox apart from its competitors
  • The professionalism, integrity and education of Koenig & Bauer have made the difference against competing press manufacturers

At International PaperBox, the focus is firmly on quality and personalization. Serving a variety of businesses around Utah and the Mountain West, this nearly 20-year-old folding carton packaging printer has earned a committed clientele that seeks unique and challenging jobs incorporating printing, folding and gluing. To continue to provide high level service and quality, the company has decided to increase production and capacity with a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 seven color UV press.

“We’re stepping up our game,” says International PaperBox CEO Wade Holbrook, who owns the 50-employee company with his wife Kay. “There is no comparison between our 15-year-old 40-inch press and our new Rapida 106 press in terms of speed and automation. Our customers and our business will benefit from its efficiency, giving us at least 50% more capacity, if not more. Its digital quality control features will be new to our press team, allowing better focus on production excellence.

Working with its Koenig & Bauer sales rep, Holbrook specifically chose features that would enhance its company’s reputation for quality and personalization. A key new feature is Koenig & Bauer’s QualiTronic PDFCheck, which allows International PaperBox to inspect the sheet and compare the printed sheet with a PDF. Its operators will be alerted to the differences from the PDF, and then once approved, it will move on to inspection to inspect every sheet along the length of the run. Due to its variety of packaging jobs, the company added the card deck to improve substrate versatility and card thicknesses with a range of substrates up to 48 pt. The Rapida 106 is specified as an elevated press to handle larger loads to keep up with higher speeds and multiple pile changes.

The new Rapida 106 brings state-of-the-art automation and functionality that didn’t exist more than a decade ago. International PaperBox press teams will be able to measure and control ink density using Rapida’s QualiTronic ColorControl. Its camera system takes automatic measurements of each sheet via the optical density on the sheet’s color bar, which serves as the basis for online control of ink key parameters. Armed with a custom Koenig & Bauer VariDRY UV system, Rapida press operators will see jobs print and dry quickly as they move through post-press finishing. Holbrook is delighted that his 21-year-old head pressman is eager to get his hands on the new Rapida with all its high-tech automation and will be heading to Germany for further training.

In making this critical decision after comparing Koenig & Bauer to three other press manufacturers, Holbrook cited a number of reasons for their decision. “The Rapida is the best-built press in the industry that will guarantee the best print quality for many years to come,” he says. “But it was the professionalism and integrity that the Koenig & Bauer representatives showed us that made the difference. Throughout the sales process, they took the time to understand our business and asked me questions. They educated me on all the different features of the press and went through all the options available to me. This is a big step for us and shows how we will be treated when we have questions or need service. I’m sure I have the entire Koenig & Bauer team by my side.

Once the press is delivered and operational in the 70,000 square foot facility outside of Salt Lake City, it will become the company’s flagship product, Holbrook said. “We spent a lot of time looking at all the manufacturers and models available to us and ultimately determined that the Rapida was the best press on the market,” he adds.


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