Imagine! Print Solutions Adds Ninth KBA Press
Imagine! Print Solutions, an independent commercial and package printing company, has just completed its installation of a new seven-color, 41˝ KBA Rapida 105 press with fully automated inline quality control and inspection systems. The press, which was installed at Imagine!'s Shakopee, Minnesota, location, became Imagine!'s ninth KBA.
"Imagine! continues to post explosive growth because of our laser focus on clients and the markets we serve," Bob Lothenbach, president of Imagine!, said. "We truly partner with our clients by listening to what they need and anticipating market demand. Due to this phenomenal double-digit growth, we decided to invest in a new press with smarter technology and more automation. We looked to KBA and found that one new KBA Rapida 105 press can replace two of our existing presses from a different manufacturer and add 50 percent more productivity and better quality, for less money, and faster speeds. Installing this new KBA press is a solution for our customers and that’s what we do. At Imagine! we are 100 percent customer-driven. We meet deadlines and exceed expectations.”
The new KBA Rapida 105 press, designed to produce packaging, point of purchase, and commercial printing work at Imagine!, is configured with a raft of unique KBA technology that drives more sheets through the KBA press than its competitors with more consistent quality at lower operating and maintenance costs. The press is configured with seven colors plus coater, the KBA VariDry UV system and a KBA inline color control system.
The press joins an 81˝ Rapida 205, two 64˝ Rapida 162s and four 41˝ Rapida presses in Shakopee. A new 41˝ Rapida 105 press has also been installed at Imagine! Express Minneapolis. All presses are fully equipped with KBA’s advanced technology from quality control to fully automated processes including a host of drying solutions.
“KBA has been our press partner for 10 years,” says Lothenbach. “In 2005, we purchased the first six-color Rapida 205 81” press in North America. Since then we have added several additional KBA presses to maintain the quality level and provide us with the best possible performance from our litho department. Its commitment to our market and sheet size requirements is what sets KBA apart from its competition.”
Steve Korn, KBA's director of national and key accounts, adds, "This new KBA Rapida 105 press investment made by Imagine! signals that the largest independent printing company in North America is once again making investments for its clients to drive further improvement in the production of branded materials and retail offerings across the country. We at KBA appreciate the genuine partnership that we’ve created over many years with Imagine!. We congratulate Bob and his entire Imagine! team on what they’ve accomplished, their extraordinary growth in both sales and physical facilities, but most importantly their continued relentless customer-focused solutions approach. We are certain that this new KBA press will help to efficiently move more projects through production, fuel future growth, and continue Imagine's flawless execution of high quality printing and on-time service for many years to come."