Kennesaw, Ga. – Stanpac, with three North American locations, has experienced explosive growth in the ice cream and food service packaging business since early 2020. Running 24/7 and maxing out its press capacity, the company recently installed a Speedmaster XL 106 from HEIDELBERG at its Smithville, ON location to continue to keep up with the growing demands of its customers.
Record Sales Year
When COVID-19 hit in early 2020, Stanpac’s business “suddenly changed overnight,” said Murray Bain, Vice President of Sales & Marketing. The company, who primarily produces cartons and other packaging for the ice cream and food service industries at its locations in Ontario, New Jersey, and Texas, saw a rapid influx in business when consumers were unexpectedly isolated at home. Thanks to dedicated staff and loyal suppliers, the company was able to navigate the increasing requests from its customers, but after three years of 24/7 shifts and sold-out press capacity, Bain said, “Our labor was maxed out, sales were becoming capped, and lead times were getting longer.” With the September 2022 installation of the XL 106, Stanpac is better equipped to operate more efficiently, optimize its production schedule, and alleviate the stress on its production crew. The press has doubled the plant’s offset printing capacity and has contributed to the company’s best sales year ever.
Also equipped with a 2013 XL 106, Stanpac’s new press, which runs at 18,000 sheets per hour, is an upgrade in speed and technology due to Heidelberg’s new intelligent User Experience and patented Intellistart 3 system that provide support for operators during the press run and automatically determine the makeready processes required for jobs to be produced. Stanpac’s newest XL 106 also includes Prinect Inpress Control 3, the industry’s leading inline spectrophotometer that measures and controls color and registers on the fly, and Inspection Control 3, which automatically scans the printed sheet for any defects. The built-in technologies are helping Stanpac shorten press runs and lessen waste sheets, which is essential for today’s supply chain shortages. Additionally, Bain said, “We’re better able to predict how much material it will actually take to run a job now that everything gets set up quickly and any errors are fixed swiftly.”
The Proof is in the Numbers
The short makereadies allow Stanpac to easily changeover between short runs for specialty, seasonal ice cream flavors and very long runs for brands’ “staple” flavors. “Our customers want top-quality, high-end print and many of them want smaller order sizes,” said Bain. “Some have as many as 70 flavors, so we run quite a large number of products. This press allows us to do that.” Stanpac also relies on Prinect Production Manager for the flexibility to send files to either of its Heidelberg presses, which run using a similar set of Saphira Consumables, depending on the schedule. According to Bain, “The workflow and consumables allow us to choose where we want to run a job, and we know, regardless of press, it will turn out exactly the same.” Stanpac also utilizes Prinect for its metric reports to evaluate its efficiency and throughput to identify areas for improvement.
Thanks to its newly increased capacity, Stanpac has had time to upgrade some features of its older XL 106, which has led to further improvements of the plant’s overall productivity. Additional efforts to keep up with the demands from both current and new customers include adding new finishing equipment and a brand new 40,000 square foot facility to be built in Smithville. As the company continues to grow and prosper, Stanpac turns to Heidelberg for fast, high quality, and reliable printing. Additionally, it credits the people of Heidelberg who “provide excellent support and thorough training,” said Bain. “The proof is in our numbers and the throughput that we’re seeing every day.”
For 70 years, Stanpac has been manufacturing dairy and beverage packaging for companies located throughout the United States, Canada and many locations worldwide. Back in 1949, Stanpac provided closures for glass milk bottles. Since then, the company has continually expanded its product lines with new products and innovations for the ice cream, fluid milk, wine and spirits, and most recently, food service packaging markets. The evolution of a great company continues with the introduction of new products, sizes and configurations for an ever-changing market. With 7 patents in more than 20 countries, Stanpac is recognized by its customers as innovative and customer focused.
Image includes: Stanpac’s press team in Smithville, ON
Director, Marketing & Sales Excellence