Boxing with Success
Xpresspack Inc. is an Atlanta, GA-based corrugated printer producing wide-format inkjet packaging for some of the world’s most recognized brands. Owner Misael Saucedo founded Xpresspack in 2005 as a fulfillment company, later adding automated production, litho-label, and diecutting equipment to serve his clients more extensively.
A year into the pandemic, Saucedo and his team began researching manufacturers who could help drive process efficiencies to gain incremental business in the corrugated market.
They chose Agfa’s (Booth C8130) Jeti Tauro H3300 LED, which outperformed the competition in near photographic quality and speed, producing litho caliber output on corrugated substrates.
“Corrugated board is a challenging substrate to print because it’s uneven, rough, and many times it is warped,” explains Saucedo. “The Tauro handles these sheets easily, holding them tightly and delivering high-impact graphics.”
The dual-section vacuum system guarantees precise dot positioning and accurate media transport. The vacuum is adjusted automatically, depending on the media. These hybrid engines are suited for a wide variety of rigid and flexible substrates up to 3.3m wide, with printing speeds up to 600 sqm/hr.
Xpresspack opted for the six-color Tauro H3300 LED to hit challenging brand colors. “One of the leading DIY tool manufacturers has a particular yellow-green branding that is difficult to reproduce, but the Tauro executed it perfectly, and we didn’t have to fix anything,” notes Saucedo.
Agfa’s GREENGUARD Gold certified Anuvia UV LED inks offer a wide color gamut and high color vibrancy, resulting in output resembling offset printing. The Jeti Tauro’s patented “Thin Ink Layer” technology provides highly pigmented inks with exceptional color strength while delivering the lowest ink consumption.
“Importantly, the Tauro ink accepts glue,” states Saucedo. “We apply tape to the Tauro prints, and it adheres, which is crucial for us. Glue doesn’t stick to the ink from other machines. It’s a big problem if we can’t make a box.”
The Jeti Tauro H3300 LED engines are driven by Asanti workflow software. Xpresspack prepress operator Ian Lambert likes Asanti’s flexibility and time-saving aspects, which controls the entire printing process. Asanti simplifies, optimizes, and automates multiple steps increasing productivity.