Jones Healthcare Group, a market leader in advanced packaging and medication dispensing solutions, today announces a significant investment in a new, custom-built Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 eight-colour press—one of the most recognized high-performance machines on the market. The press will increase the company’s production capacity and drive speed to market with unmatched quality and waste reduction for its health and wellness folding carton clients.
“As we move through the global pandemic, we remain a resilient organization that continues to invest in our business despite the uncertain marketplace, as well as a strong North American partner for organizations looking for nearshore and onshore suppliers,” says Ron Harris, President & CEO at Jones. “Our new press is just the first of our planned equipment investments through 2021 totalling $20 million – all of which deepen Jones Healthcare Group’s focus and service to wellness markets in support of our aggressive growth strategy.”
The Rapida 106 increases the company’s production capacity, flexibility and efficiency through highly automated technology and best-in-class speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour, while also leveraging the high quality its clients expect. The company has equipped the press with a state-of-the-art QualiTronic PDFCheck system for automatic, 100% inline inspection against client-supplied PDFs at high resolution, as well as Koenig & Bauer’s unique Sheet Ident system for market-leading colour and quality control. Both features provide extensive reporting for clients and ensure their high-value packaging meets the rigorous standards of the health sector, while also maintaining important brand impact for consumers on store shelves.
“Koenig & Bauer has a long history of producing the most automated machines in the world and we’re proud to partner with the group on this custom solution. We’ve chosen certain unique features to enhance our operations and service, and meet our clients’ specific needs,” adds Harris. “Importantly, the Rapida 106’s sheet-fed offset technology is dubbed a global champion for makeready and production output, which reduces the environmental impact of makeready and waste, and increases our sustainability.”
The Rapida 106 is will arrive at the company’s London, Canada facility this summer and is anticipated to be operational in October.