Carlson Print Group (Eden Prairie, MN) is adding a Koenig & Bauer
Rapida 105 PRO 41-inch six-color press to its 74,000-square-foot facility.
“We’ve developed a well-earned reputation in the industry to design and produce some of the coolest and most inventive work for our wide variety of nationwide clientele in the Fortune 100 to 500 list of businesses who want to stand out and are willing to invest in award-winning attention-grabbing projects,” said Darren Carlson, CEO of Carlson Print Group. “Gaining the new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 PRO 41-inch six-color press this fall with all of its bells and whistles will provide our clients with bold, unique products and help us to increase our capacity as we continue to expand our business.”
Carlson Print Group offers specialized print techniques to some of the most exclusive brands in the country. Its goal is to deliver added value to a client’s brand and products with unique mediums in print that differentiate them in their market and above their competition. Carlson uses a wide array of specialty print and coatings techniques in this endeavor, such as its Cast n’ Cure, lenticular, texture/soft-touch, motion coat, pearlescent, color foil, reticulating varnish, and Chrome FX.
Lately, its clients have been increasingly requesting the ability to involve the senses through eyesight and touch, which might involve special raised coatings.
Carlson chose the popular medium-sized Rapida 105 PRO – with a larger standard sheet format of 29 x 41 in and reaching speeds of 17,000 sph – to give it the ability to run these jobs faster through the plant.
With the ability to print on a variety of substrates, Carlson specified that the new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 PRO be equipped with LED-UV lamps.
“Our firm prides itself on being technically relevant with the latest trends, all in an effort to meet the demands of our customers," said Earl Guinter, Carlson’s sales manager. "Having the press equipped with LED-UV lamps enables us to continue to use different substrates, such as plastics, that will provide amazing results and won’t be prone to drying or distortion.”
Carlson recently won two Gold Ink awards for its Marvel Universe Live Program and its annual calendar, which Carlson uses to showcase its specialized printing and finishing techniques.