Board Converting News, August 8, 2022

El Paso Paper Box Installs Koenig & Bauer Rapida Press


In the past 36 months, El Paso Paper Box (EPPB) has expe- rienced explosive growth and unprecedented sales since it was established in 1995. To maintain its position as one of the dominant players in the folding carton marketplace, the Texas-based firm expanded its capital investment plan by adding a host of new innovative technology. “We followed a very deliberate strategy to invest in our employees and our equipment along with a lot of hard work,” says John Dowd, Executive Vice President at El Paso Paper Box. “Some of the growth was organic, but a significant portion was due to new customers as a direct result of our approach.” With the company and its 184 employees operating at an all-time high level, it was time to look more closely at its stable of presses. El Paso is successfully operating a Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 41-inch seven-color full inline UV perfector press along with two older models. But as the folding carton market continues to grow and legisla- tion limiting single use plastic broadens the demand for paper-based packaging, there were a lot of positive rea- sons to add a large format machine, most notably newer technology, a larger print area to improve efficiency and capacity, and faster speeds. Plus, it would give the firm entry into the growing corrugated box market. With those reasons in mind, El Paso’s management chose to add a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 seven-color press and re- tire its two older models. “The Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 is a new format for us,” says Paul Malooly, EPPB President and CEO. “We spent a considerable amount of time looking at the market, and we always came back to Koenig & Bauer. Due to being equipped with the latest technology, we expect our qual- ity levels to increase as well. As important, this machine will also be able to produce direct printing on single wall E-flute corrugated substrate, which opens a lot of club- store packaging opportunities for us.” The management team conducted a very thorough au- dit and comparison of its current presses and investing in the newest press. “The new Rapida 145 will run at double the speed compared to our older press from a different manufacturer,” says Carlos Espinoza, EPPB Vice President and General Manager. “The wider format will create addi- tional throughput when compared to previous machines. Factoring a 2X speed increase plus gain on area, this machine will make 35 percent more than the two other machines combined with just one crew running the equip- ment.” After the new Rapida 145’s installation, EPPB foresees plant capacity to be balanced between the two formats: the 106 41-inch and the 145 57-inch. Management antici- pates both machines will run about the same number of hours leaving extra capacity. Product will be scheduled for the machine, thus providing maximum efficiency.


Corrugated Replacements, Inc. is a production powerhouse that manufactures high quality machine parts and replace- ment parts for the corrugated and paperboard converting industries. CRI can redesign, engineer, and manufacture any part while providing a rapid turn-around rate, keeping machines running at their peak performance and limiting down time.

C.U.E., INC.

Makers of single and dual-width Timesaver® Anvil Covers, the premier urethane anvil cover for corrugated die cutting. Timesaver® covers feature construction of solid steel back- ing and solid steel locking components to ensure a precise fit every time. C.U.E., Inc. also offers Dura-Latch and Cor- Lock anvil covers, and urethane Lead Edge Feed Wheels.


The EMBA group supports a complete line of corrugated converting machinery for the worldwide market. EMBA’s Quick Set technology enables the highest productivity across a broad range of converting equipment, from mini to super jumbo. EMBA also includes the McKinley jumbo line of flexo folder gluers and rotary die cutters as well as ser- vice, rebuilds and upgrades for both EMBA and McKinley.


Eaglewood Technologies provides the award winning Sitex- co Laser Systems, Sanilox™ Systems and Sani-Blast™ Mobile Service. All systems are safe for the environment and pro- vide proven tested results. Sitexco Laser Systems are the latest technology in anilox roll cleaning and are perfect for packaging and label printers.


ArtiosCAD and Kongsberg are the most trusted names in CAD/CAM solutions. Esko’s ArtiosCAD is the most widely used CAD software in the world. Esko’s Kongsberg series of tables brings you reliable, outstanding quality for sample- making and short run production.


Domino is a leading manufacturer and distributor of digital printing and product identification solutions. Celebrating its 44th year, Domino is headquartered in the UK and North America headquarters are Illinois. Domino has 25 subsid- iaries, representation in over 120 countries, and over 2,900 employees worldwide .

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