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Yellowstone Plastics completes installation of PCMC’s Fusion C flexographic press

by Nicole Onesti | Apr 30, 2021
Innovative press features support growth in company’s product offerings for customers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — April 29, 2021 — Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of Barry-Wehmiller, has announced the installation of a new Fusion C printing press at flexible packaging supplier Yellowstone Plastics (affiliated with Volm Companies), located in South Idaho Falls, Idaho. The 42-inch, 10-color Fusion C began production in February.

“This is the best press install I have ever been a part of,” said Travis Aicher, Maintenance Manager, Yellowstone Plastics. “PCMC was first class in the whole installation process. Everything was calculated and organized. We installed it over the holiday season, and we had the best service we could ever ask for. When we ran into minor issues, PCMC responded within 24 hours. Time loss was measured in hours and not days.”

“We’re extremely excited to have the Fusion C installed and in production,” said Daniel Mueller, President, Volm Companies. “We have confidence that this press will serve us well for many years to come and help us continue to meet our customers’ needs.”

Since the installation, Yellowstone Plastics has increased the quality and quantity of its product offerings, thanks to innovative Fusion C features including Flextreme drying, 100 percent web inspection, the Intelliprint auto-impression setting and SteadyPrint. 

“We are very excited about the results we are getting out of this press,” said Lou Figueria, Director of Printing and Graphics Operations, Yellowstone Plastics. “We are running a mixture of short runs and long runs, at 1,000 to 1,200 feet per minute, and the press adjusts very nicely between the two. It is very easy to operate, and its features—such as SteadyPrint and the touchscreen HMI—have been beneficial to our printing and our operators.”

“We love receiving positive feedback from our customers regarding our products and service,” said Rich Stratz, Strategic Accounts and Western Region Sales Manager, PCMC. “We are honored to be a part of Yellowstone’s business moving forward for long-term success and growth.”

PCMC will host a Grow More make-ready reduction kaizen event with Yellowstone Plastics this summer. PCMC leaders will utilize their lean experience and people-centric leadership training to help improve the company’s efficiency, communication and employee engagement. In the past, customers have experienced a 50 percent reduction in time and waste after these events.