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Kenmore Envelope sets world record on its Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 Press


May 10, 2022
By PrintAction Staff
Top row, left to right: Bryce Little, plant manager; Mike Mahoney, pressman, Dylan Williamson, second pressman, and Gary Hahn, second pressman. Middle row, left to right: Kristin Ogo, COO, and Scott Evans, president/CEO. Front row, left to right: Chris Crider, assistant pressroom manager, David Beales, pressroom manager, Greg Turnmire, pressman, and Tai Huynh, second pressman.

Koenig & Bauer officially confirms that Kenmore Envelope, a high-end direct mail solutions provider, has set a world record on its Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 LED-UV six-colour press. In one 24-hour span, Kenmore produced 444,444 gross sheets with only one per cent run waste at its Richmond, V.A., facility.

“We are so proud of our extraordinary team and their effort to achieve this amazing world record,” said Scott Evans, Kenmore’s president & CEO. “This is an unheard-of production performance and displays the phenomenal success of the skillset of our employees, our company’s culture, and the superior technology employed on the Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 press. We salute Bryce Little, Mike Mahoney, Dylan Williamson, Gary Hahn, Chris Crider, David Beales, Greg Turnmire, Tai Huynh, Panh Lee, and Gary Goff. We applaud their incredible talent and dedication producing the highest quality all while breaking production records from all around the world.”

“This is an amazing accomplishment,” says Kilian Renschler, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer (US/CA). “The team at Kenmore Envelope is world class and demonstrates the full capabilities of their Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106—they are an outstanding partner and we are proud of their achievement.”

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Kenmore’s team creates elaborate envelopes of all sizes from a variety of paper substrates decorated with specialty coatings, windows, and other unique design elements. To address the need for speed and quick turnaround, Kenmore equipped its Rapida 106 with DriveTronic SRW (simultaneous roller wash), which washes up PMS colours while the press is in operation. This allows Kenmore’s press operators to run a new job while they are washing up the previous job at the exact same time. Its RS106 reel sheeter from Mabeg allows the firm to be more competitive on paper and feed the press from rolls or sheets. The colour control system reads every sheet and controls colour every 10th sheet. This allows Kenmore to secure consistent colour for its clients from the first sheet to the last during production.