It was deemed by the judges as meeting the award criteria of being truly innovative and expected to have a major impact on the graphic communications industry.
“The Rapida LiveApp shows the power of apps to add value in the pressroom,” said Jim Workman, VP of PIA’s Center for Technology and Research. “The judges found the entire app innovative, especially noting its ability to track and communicate maintenance issues and provide easy access to training resources.”
The Rapida LiveApp offers dual functionality. Press operators can start or stop their Rapida sheetfed offset press from a mobile location, adjust settings and perform operational tasks as well as obtain information on press status and print jobs. The maintenance manager displays a list of pending maintenance tasks and simplifies these tasks by providing relevant instructions and videos. Successful maintenance can be confirmed and commented upon interactively.
On the other hand, the app includes a powerful tool for warehouse management and control, including batch recording and tracking. Inks, coatings and printing aids used can also be clearly assigned to the respective print jobs. Ordering processes are automatically triggered when minimum quantities are not met.
“With the Rapida LiveApp we are the first in the graphic arts industry to offer our users a completely new experience when it comes to the operation of sheetfed offset presses,” said Thomas Göcke, head of marketing and CRM at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed.