Spearhead Pioneer, TPC Printing & Packaging Becomes First Printer to Install New Rapida 105 with Eagle Cold Foil System

In early 2020, Spearhead Pioneer, TPC Printing & Packaging will install a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 PRO 10-color 41-inch press, which will join an existing 2015 Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 eight-color press. TPC will become the first supplier in the world with an inline Eagle cold foil system (KBA), an offline hot foil system (BOBST BMA), and Scodix variable digital foil/polymer solution.

The new press will help TPC provide better in-line cold-foil options for its customers, accentuate brand packaging, and provide faster and more efficient cold foil-enhanced jobs.

Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 PRO

“TPC Packaging wants to continue to be recognized as the leader in innovative packaging in North America and the new K&B Rapida 105 PRO gives us that extra capacity to grow and continue to respond to the delivery demands of our customers,” said Joseph Schmissrauter III, President of TPC. “Our goal is to consistently serve our world-class consumer retailers and well-known brand names better, and we are confident that our latest K&B press will help us do just that.”

TPC places a high premium on delivering color consistency throughout the printing process to ensure brand identity compliance. An important feature on the new Rapida 105 PRO is the ErgoTronic ColorControl color measuring inspection system, which will provide the ability to control and monitor color on every single sheet the press produces while improving efficiency and reducing makeready.

“Our current Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 eight-color press continues to exceed our expectations,” says Schmissrauter. “Most of our jobs call for multi-passes through various packaging process presses. On average these complicated jobs can require nine machine passes. It’s not uncommon for us to have a project that calls for 14 machine passes. Now instead of those two to three passes through the printing press per job, we will only need to do one pass with our new Rapida 105. We will save millions of print impressions by running more jobs through in a single pass. And because our clients utilize high-end unique substrates, such as vat-dyed paper, foil laminated papers and holographic materials that can cost up to $2 or $3 per sheet, we’ll gain material savings as well. Plus, our customers are delighted with the press and its fully automated production, fast run speeds, efficiency, and short make-ready.”

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About TPC Printing & Packaging

Chattanooga, TN-based TPC Printing & Packaging is a highly-experienced, independent producer of high-quality custom folding cartons and promotional packaging for a number of markets, including the pharmaceutical, food, spirits, and cosmetics industries. Founded by the late J. A. Schmissrauter, Sr. in 1924 as Textile Printing Company, TPC is wholly owned and operated by the third generation of the Schmissrauter family. It is considered one of the top-10 suppliers of fragrance and cosmetic packaging in the U.S. and one of the top-five packagers for the spirits industry. The company has won the prestigious Paperboard Packaging Council Innovation Award numerous times.


About Spearhead

With more than 45 years of collective experience designing and delivering memorable Physical Brand Enhancements that make a lasting impact, we understand the importance of a customer’s connection to a particular brand.

Companies choose The Spearhead Group because they know we are invested in all aspects of the process. We bring a unique and personable approach to each and every brand we represent and work towards ensuring the most rewarding outcome on PBE activities.