Success with two KBA Rapida 105 workhorses
Image Printers, one of Singapore's top 10 commercial printers, has been running a new Rapida 105 at high speed since the beginning of 2013. The new medium-format, four-colour press with a board-handling capabilities is their second KBA press.
The first one was bought in 2006 and has delivered an exceptionally high quality and performance ever since. The KBA LogoTronic Professional production planning- and control software, which facilitates the company-wide digital exchange of shop floor data, has been installed on both KBA machines. Hence, managing director M.H. Yew can keep a close eye on their performance at all times. One year after the installation he is still pleased with the results.
After more than 34 years in business, Image Printers enjoys a strong reputation for high-quality products and services among their customers. Established in 1979, they offer a broad variety of products ranging from annual reports, leaflets, brochures, calendars right up to books and high-end marketing collaterals. Along with local customers, like the popular Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, and Singapore Airlines, they also deliver their products to customers in Australia, Mauritius, the UK and USA.
Image Printers has used technology from several other manufacturers for many years. Yet, Mr Yew reveals that his experiences have not always been positive - until they opted for their first KBA press, a five-colour Rapida 105U (universal), 6 years ago: "We were looking for a heavy duty press that offered minimum downtime. The Rapida is a workhorse that we can run 24 hours a day. It's highly productive which is the main reason we bought a second one," the managing director explains. "The KBA Rapida is the best press I have operated so far," he adds quoting one of his most experienced printers.
Image Printers' two KBA workhorses achieve a high level of performance 24/7. Especially together with LogoTronic they are able to reduce makeready and increase efficiency further. "Another reason for our decision was the possibility to connect the new press with the existing LogoTronic kit," Mr Yew points out. LogoTronic Professional is KBA's answer to process automation and workflow management. The production planning- and control software facilitates automatic shop floor data collection as well as the company-wide digital exchange of data, plus it can be tailored to the needs of the individual customer.
"Image Printers' two KBA presses play a major role in continuing the company's success that is built upon many years of experience. We appreciate their trust in KBA and look forward to a long partnership as well as future investments," concludes Charles Ang, sales director of KBA Asia Pacific in Singapore.