US-based printing and packaging company OlymPak Printing and Packaging has bought a Komori Lithrone GX40 (GLX640) press to increase its folding carton production capacity.

The six-colour, 40-inch press is claimed to add speed and flexibility and provide better production than the combined capacity of the two presses it replaces.

The machine’s automation technology gives the broader flexibility needed for OlymPak to expand its packaging business.

OlymPak acquired the GLX640 in response to increasing demand for packaging from high-end retailers.

The flagship machine has the capacity to print 18,000 sheets an hour, with a fully automated makeready that includes automatic plate load and all washup functions.

The press is also equipped with Komori’s artificial intelligence (AI) software package, which enables it to study effective settings and implement them on the next job.

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OlymPak Printing and Packaging president Mark Miner said: “We initially thought a digital press would be the best solution to handle our short-run work, but as we analysed our return on the investment, we immediately saw the Komori GLX640 as the clear choice.

“The press can manage both short and long runs and offers amazingly fast changeovers. The speed and efficiencies built into this press will pay for itself in just the time savings alone.”

OlymPak serves the retail packaging, nutraceutical, food and food service, beauty and personal care industries in addition to several major retailers, including Walmart, Target and CVS.

The company is a division of MinMor Industries and operates packaging facilities in Mora and Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

With the GLX640, OlymPak aims to meet growing consumer demand for safe, functional food and health-related packaging amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Miner said: “Even though we did our due diligence before purchasing this new press, Komori always captured the lead position.

“Our entire team is excited about this press. Its capabilities are amazing and it’s simply going to be a game-changer for our business.”