Lacasse Printing installs Kongsberg digital finishing system
July 21, 2022 By PrintAction Staff
With a growing customer base, increasing demand for faster turnaround time and a desire to diversify its offering, Ontario’s Lacasse Printing has invested in the latest digital finishing technology from Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems (PCS).
The signage, display and PoP specialist has completed the installation of a new Kongsberg X24 cutting table, complete with automated conveyor and roll-off unit, 3KW router and a selection of innovative tools including the Kongsberg CorruSpeed, for its in-house finishing department.
“In the summer of 2021, we were struggling with labour shortages and the knock-on effect this had on the time it was taking to complete some jobs,” said Jeff Lappan, owner and president of Tecumseh-based Lacasse Printing. “Our order book was still growing and increasingly customers were demanding shorter and shorter turnaround times. With this combination of increasing workload and the demand for speed, it made sense for us to look at automating our finishing processes. We needed to do more, faster, and for us the only choice was the Kongsberg system.”
“It was important for us that our investment not only met our key requirements of delivering quality products with increased speed, but was also easy to operate and, crucially, enabled us to enter new markets,” said Lappan. “That’s precisely what we’ve now done with the Kongsberg X. The automation and ease of use has ensured our productivity can now easily keep pace with the customer requirements – even on longer production runs – and by expanding our product range to include packaging we’ve attracted new customers and increased sales.”
Following the installation of the new Kongsberg system, Lappan said the business had successfully introduced new packaging offerings and expanded its services to customers, enabling the business to grow.
“The automation of the process has helped reduce labour costs, making production more profitable, and the amazing capability has given us renewed confidence to accept any size production run and grow our business,” he said. “The Kongsberg X is without doubt the most gratifying purchase I have ever made!”
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