KBA News Feed http://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Wed, 24 Jan 2018 07:10:38 +0100 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 07:10:38 +0100 news-891 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:07:32 +0100 Koenig & Bauer offers inventory management and batch tracking via smartphone https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-offers-inventory-management-and-batch-tracking-via-smartphone/
  • Inventory management and batch tracking with the ProductionApp 
  • NFC tags for unambiguous article assignment
  • Prerequisites: LogoTronic Professional and a local wireless network  
  • Storage location with NFC tag (1)
    The Rapida LiveApp with its info panel and maintenance manager functionalities has been on the market for around a year. Moving ahead, it is now to be expanded with the so-called ProductionApp as an indispensable assistant in the production environment.  

    The following situation arises at some point in every print company: A necessary consumable such as an anti-foaming agent or washing solvent has run out. The stores are empty because a helper on a previous shift took the last bottle or container but neglected to mention this to anyone.  

    Koenig & Bauer has taken up the challenge of avoiding such annoying circumstances and has developed the ProductionApp as a powerful inventory management and batch tracking tool for use on mobile Android devices. The first practical users are already full of praise for the ProductionApp.    

    Overview of inventory levels

    The basis for the app is the NFC function which is integrated into many smartphones. Use of this technology renders data acquisition in the production hall both simple and reliable.  

    Correcting the quantities of inks in the stores using the ProductionApp (2)

    The ProductionApp workflow begins in the stores. The storage locations for the various consumables such as inks, coatings, blankets or powder are provided with an NFC tag. Within the app, subsequently, storage location tags can be assigned to any chosen article. The app then saves these assignments.  

    During an inventory check or after receiving a new consignment, the relevant article data are displayed for an individual storage location. The storeman can then compare the displayed quantities which those actually present. In case of any differences, the numbers can be corrected very simply. The quantities of new incoming supplies are recorded. For any given article, therefore, current stock levels are reconciled and updated automatically (inventory management). This process is realised with the aid of the NFC function. As soon as the smartphone detects a store tag, the display and input forms are opened automatically. The app does not have to be started beforehand.  

    Scanning of an ink batch code directly at the place of consumption, i.e. at the printing unit at which the ink is used (4)

    Batch tracking through to the printing press

    At the press, assignments relate to the point of consumption, e.g. a particular printing unit, and are again controlled by way of NFC tags. The individual locations are assigned via the NFC setup. All relevant information about an article (colour, remaining quantity, etc.) is displayed on the smartphone directly at the place of consumption. The operator selects the quantity which has been topped up or refilled, and scans the batch code of the consumable concerned. The camera is activated automatically to scan the code, and the code itself is then displayed as soon as it is successfully detected. The operator can also view further useful information, e.g. when the article concerned must be refilled again or how much ink is required for the current job.  

    Clear overview of stock levels on a tablet (3)
    The quantity refilled and the scanned batch number are saved in a database on a job-by-job basis, and the remaining stock levels are reduced accordingly. If the quantity in stock falls below a defined threshold, a corresponding e-mail is automatically sent to the responsible stores supervisor or to the purchasing department. The e-mail recipient can be set individually for each article. In this way, the necessary reordering process can be automated. An interface to a webshop is possible and also planned for the future.  

    The troublesome monitoring of shop floor stocks and downtimes due to missing consumables become a thing of the past. With the aid of the app, capacities are freed up for meaningful and creative tasks.  

    Benefits of the ProductionApp:

    • Tracking of consumables batches
    • Inventory management for consumables
    • Support for the tasks of the printers and helpers (indication of where something is to be done)
    • Availability of a list of all consumables which were used in conjunction with a given job  

    Besides batch tracking for inks, coatings and the like, it is also possible to monitor consumables such as blankets or blades. The app provides exact information on the number of impressions reached by the currently mounted blankets, for example. Target-actual service life comparisons are another possibility. If the blankets have exceeded the planned service life, this can be reported and visualised. In this way, tasks such as blanket changing or the refilling of powder and washing solvents can be indicated and planned in advance. If consumption changes significantly, furthermore, the precise causes can be investigated.  

    The batch code is displayed on the smartphone as soon as it is successfully detected (5)

    Complex processes become child's play

    The app permits the definition of any number of storage locations, and the stocks at different or distributed storage locations can be summarised. A company thus maintains an exact overview of all stock levels at all times. In addition to the consumables for sheetfed offset presses, further products can also be integrated, e.g. the adhesive for a folder-gluer.  

    Inventory management is greatly simplified with the ProductionApp, because it remembers the order of the shelf areas for each defined storage location.  

    Only three prerequisites must be met in order to use the ProductionApp: One or more Android smartphones with the Rapida ProductionApp, LogoTronic Professional as the production management system, and a wireless network in the print company. Specialised advisers from Koenig & Bauer are on hand to assist process-specific set-up and commissioning.  

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    news-885 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:57:57 +0100 Packaging printer in Saudi Arabia opts for high automation https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/packaging-printer-in-saudi-arabia-opts-for-high-automation/
  • Completely new packaging facility in Dammam
  • Productive Koenig & Bauer technology to drive further growth
  • Vision: Automatic substrate logistics from the stores to product shipping  
  • It is not often that printing and packaging companies build a completely new production facility. But Noor Carton, a packaging producer from Dammam in Saudi Arabia, is one of those rare cases. The company erected its new plant in 2015 and has since been producing on two high-performance Rapida 106 coater presses, one with five colours, the other with six colours.  

    Trustful cooperation (left to right): Abdalah Al-Hareri, general manager of Al-Kharafi Saudi Arabia, Baker Al Nasser, general manager of the Salman Group, and Noureddine Amalou, MENA sales manager at Koenig & Bauer (1)

    Noor Carton is a member of the Salman Group, which operates not only printing plants serving the commercial and flexo segments, but also companies for medical and IT products. In each of its fields of activity, the group views itself as a solution provider and organises its competencies and capacities accordingly. To this end, the individual business units are committed to continuous process improvement and the integration of cutting-edge technologies.  

    In packaging printing, many of the leading global print buyers are represented on the list of Noor Carton customers. When looking for the ideal partner with regard to offset technology, the Noor Carton management formulated clear demands to be met by press manufacturers: The best available technology paired with the best advice and service. Baker Al Nasser, general manager of the Salman Group: “There are many presses which deliver good and saleable quality. And we ourselves grew with other presses until 2014. But the reality on the market is today unfortunately different to a few years ago. Today, it is imperative for us to use only the most productive presses with the highest levels of technical availability. That is the only way to grow further. In this connection, the Rapida series leaves no technical wishes unanswered. Furthermore, Koenig & Bauer and Kharafi convinced us with the best advice and service concept.”  

    A six-colour Rapida 106 with coater and extended delivery has been in production at Noor Carton since 2015 (2)

    Noureddine Amalou, MENA sales manager at Koenig & Bauer: “It is an exciting challenge to plan a printing plant from scratch. For the Saudi Arabian market and for the target group of Noor Carton, productivity and integration were essential aspects. Many very long repeat jobs are printed, which is why all the presses are configured with automatic non-stop pile changing and extended logistics. The vision is to automate board transport from the stores, via the printing press and die-cutting machine, through to shipping to the customer. This is an innovative solution which is unique in the MENA region, based on the models of existing Koenig & Bauer partners in Europe. After all, labour costs are also increasing dramatically in the Middle East and must thus be taken into account in major investment projects.”  

    The printers at Noor Carton are today full of praise for the ease of operation of their two Rapidas: “The new TouchTronic console, in particular, is an outstandingly intuitive system and made familiarisation so much easier for the operators. Further tools such as automated colour measurement and control based on optical densities and Lab values contribute to ultra-short makeready and stable, reproducible production.”  

    The overall project comprises several phases and will soon be continuing with a further increase in the company’s capacities – enabling even more brand owners to rely on the specialists at Noor Carton.    

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    news-880 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:40:11 +0100 “Most effective die-cutter on the market” https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/most-effective-die-cutter-on-the-market/
  • Rapida RDC 106 delivers significant productivity benefits
  • Processing of reels printed on large flexo presses
  • Less expensive dies and cutting formes
  • When asked about the benefits he has gained with the Rapida RDC 106, ScanMould managing director Martin Fundal gives an amazingly simple answer: “It is by far the most effective die-cutter on the market.” ScanMould has operated a Rapida RDC 106 rotary die-cutter for the processing of inmould labels at its production centre in Jyllinge/Denmark since the middle of the year. Founded just two years ago, the company is one of the early adopters of rotary die-cutting on the basis of Rapida sheetfed offset technology.

    The rotary die-cutter Rapida RDC 106 is already demonstrating its potential in the production of inmould labels at ScanMould. Managing director Martin Fundal is proud of his new machine, which was configured with a reel sheeter ahead of the feeder

    The Rapida RDC 106 was installed in a configuration with a single die-cutting unit and accessories for the processing of labels and inmould films. Important features include the sidelay-free infeed system DriveTronic SIS, an AirTronic delivery, a compressor cabinet and various details to safeguard scratch-free sheet travel. Both reels and individual sheets can be handled: An RS 106 reel sheeter incorporating the newly developed “Register-Cut” system cuts reels from a flexo press into sheets of the required length ahead of the feeder. Subsequently, the sheets are fed to the rotary die-cutter in absolutely precise register. Video systems at the feeder and in the delivery permit close observation of the passing sheets.  

    Nine times more effective than classic flat-bed die-cutters

    ScanMould estimates that the Rapida RDC 106 is nine times more effective in production compared to a classic flat-bed die-cutter. This can be attributed both to the higher processing speed of up to 12,500 sheets per hour (for other applications up to 15,000 sheets per hour) and to the faster makeready. Makeready on the Rapida RDC 106 is approximately three to four times faster than on a conventional die-cutter. Furthermore, the necessary dies and cutting formes are significantly less expensive than those of a traditional system.  

    For ScanMould, it is a major advantage that reels printed on a large flexo press can be sent to the RDC 106 without further intermediate steps thanks to the reel sheeter. Comments from his extensive network of contacts in the print industry drew Martin Fundal’s attention to the option of rotary die-cutting with the Rapida RDC 106.  

    Fast job changeovers

    Already after the first months of production, the expectations placed on the Rapida RDC 106 at ScanMould have been fulfilled.  A complete job changeover (die and forme change) takes five to ten minutes. The machine is thus suitable for both high-volume production and short runs. The high die-cutting speed is effective for long runs, and the fast job changeovers ensure that shorter runs are also economical. This flexibility is a particular merit of the Rapida RDC 106. But Martin Fundal sees another key benefit: “The register accuracy in die-cutting is absolutely perfect.” He is convinced that the Rapida RDC 106 could be used equally successfully in folding carton production, in addition to inmould labels.  

    At ScanMould, however, production has from the very beginning been focussed on the printing and die-cutting of inmould labels. The company was founded with the support of the Danish Growth Fund, a state initiative which provides capital and expertise to assist new companies. Martin Fundal is at the same time a co-proprietor of ScanKet, another Danish company with over 30 years of experience in the production of conventional labels.

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    news-874 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:12:32 +0100 New high-performance technology from Koenig & Bauer for a new production facility https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/new-high-performance-technology-from-koenig-bauer-for-a-new-production-facility/
  • Packaging printer has built a new facility in Port Qasim
  • Seven-colour Rapida 106 with double coating
  • Production for leading brand names
  • Rehmpack, one of the largest packaging printers in Pakistan, has built a new facility covering almost 18,600 m2 (200,000 sq.ft.) in the Port Qasim Industrial Area, one of the two seaports in Karachi. The facility is set to be operational with new, high-performance sheetfed offset technology by mid-2018.

    Rehmpack will be commissioning a new Rapida 106 with double coating by mid-2018. In the picture (left to right), seated: Bhupinder Sethi, Koenig & Bauer, and Anis Ahmed Barry, CEO Rehmpack; standing: Zia Anis Barry and Atif Anis Barry, both directors of Rehmpack (1)

    The press chosen by Rehmpack is a seven-colour Rapida 106 in a double-coater configuration for UV and conventional printing. With its 11 printing and finishing units, it will be the company’s first Rapida press. “When making our decision, we paid particular attention to efficient, future-oriented technologies and high print quality,” says director Atif Anis Barry. The choice is thus no surprise, since Koenig & Bauer is market leader in sheetfed offset presses for packaging applications. The double coating process, furthermore, will help to expand the product portfolio in respect of high-quality finishing.

    Looking forward to delivery of the new press (left to right): Akhlaq Ahmed Khan, Director of Koenig & Bauer sales partner Imprint Packaging Solutions, Zia Anis Barry, Bhupinder Sethi and Atif Anis Barry (2)
    To date, Rehmpack has worked with five- and six-colour sheetfed presses with single inline coating units. Further processing is handled on modern die-cutting and folding carton gluing machines, while narrow-web flexo machinery serves a separate labelling division. Rehmpack also produces high quality PE films on a state-of-the-art extrusion line.

    Rehmpack first entered the packaging printing market some 45 years ago. A clear focus is placed on food packaging. Accordingly, the company is certified in accordance with all the important food safety regulations such as HACCP and ISO 22000.

    The seven-colour Rapida 106 with double coating which is to be delivered to Rehmpack at the end of the year (3)

    The list of customers today features many leading brand names, such as Procter & Gamble, GSK, Colgate-Palmolive, Mondelez, Coca Cola, English Biscuits, Continental Biscuits, National Foods, Tapal Tea and many front‑line local companies. The company has in the meantime grown to 250 employees. And there can be no doubt that the new production facility, which was designed by one of Pakistan's top architects, will herald the next successful stage in Rehmpack’s development.

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    news-872 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:20:01 +0100 Koenig & Bauer informs the Egyptian print industry https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-informs-the-egyptian-print-industry/
  • High-ranking speakers
  • Sidhom introduced as new sales partner of Koenig & Bauer
  • Seminar and guided tours at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina  
  • In mid-November, Koenig & Bauer invited representatives of the Egyptian print industry to seminars in Alexandria and Cairo. The seminars were organised together with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, the Egyptian Chamber of Printing & Packaging Industries, the German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and the drupa trade exhibition.  

    Sven Strzelczyk, sales director at Koenig & Bauer, spoke about digital transformation in the print industry (1)
    In his opening address, Prof. George Nubar, head of the printing section and board member at the Chamber of Printing and Packaging Industries, reflected on processes of change within the print industry and the interactions between digital content and conventional printing technologies. Sven Strzelczyk, sales director at Koenig & Bauer, presented an overview of the Koenig & Bauer Group and spoke about the challenges facing the print industry in these times of digital transformation. Koenig & Bauer offers corresponding solutions based on the use of digital data, permitting a 360° perspective on a company’s activities. Further important elements of his presentation focussed on complete solutions for packaging production, possibilities to shorten makeready times, and Koenig & Bauer reference users in Egypt and the Middle East.  

    Group photo with all the seminar participants in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (2)

    Stefan Wesenberg, project manager for service and sales at Koenig & Bauer, devoted his presentation to the new proactive service concepts which are now also available to users in Egypt. The spectrum of data-driven services includes even opportunities for anonymous benchmarking of the customer’s own press in comparison to those in use in other similar companies. Patrick Masson, managing director of KBA-Iberica, also provided information on post-press systems, and here above all the flat-bed die-cutters offered by Koenig & Bauer.  

    Perfect conference venue: The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (3)
    Already in the middle of the year, the company Sidhom was appointed to handle sales and service in Egypt on behalf of Koenig & Bauer’s sheetfed offset division. The highly motivated team took the opportunity to introduce itself within the framework of the seminars, promising competent advice and a fast response in all service matters to all existing and future users in Egypt.  

    The Bibliotheca Alexandrina provided a perfect backdrop for the conference in Alexandria. During a series of guided tours, the seminar participants were able to get to know both the museum and their individual contact partners at Koenig & Bauer. Ideas for future projects were also exchanged. 

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    news-870 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:15:03 +0100 Koenig & Bauer commended for product campaign https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-commended-for-product-campaign/
  • Product campaign “Built for Your Needs. The KBA B2 Presses” among the finalists for the Dresden Marketing Prize 2017
  • Focus on customer needs
  • Koenig & Bauer as an attractive alternative in B2 format  
  • Teamed up for magnificent success in just 5 weeks: Anja Hagedorn, Koenig & Bauer marketing manager, and Thomas Göcke, head of marketing & CRM at Koenig & Bauer, with the implementing agencies queospark and Knitterfisch

    Photo: Michael Schmidt (1)

    At the end of November, the Marketing Club Dresden awarded its 23rd Dresden Marketing Prize in recognition of outstanding campaigns and marketing measures realised by companies and agencies from the city. Koenig & Bauer was taking part for the first time and immediately secured a place in the final. After a selection process involving a total of 30 candidates, 16 nominated companies and five first-round presentations, Koenig & Bauer was commended for its current campaign “Built for Your Needs. The KBA B2 Presses” at an award ceremony attended by 250 guests. After a Gold Stevie® Award for the drupa campaign “Add More KBA to Your Day” and a Bronze Stevie® Award in the category “Best Website”, this is the third honour to be received from the marketing world in 2017.

    Integrated campaign communication via print and online media with convincing messages and relevant user promises (2)

    With the new image and product campaign “Built for Your Needs. The KBA B2 Presses”, Koenig & Bauer is treading new paths in product communication. “Customer-oriented content with added value and an authentic customer approach serve to create an integrated brand and product image. The campaign focuses on two products. Firstly on our all-rounder, the sheetfed offset press Rapida 75 PRO, with its exceptional substrate flexibility and freedoms to define a configuration to suit practically any application. And secondly on the Rapida 76, which takes up every challenge like a true sportsman with its broad spectrum of automation solutions,” says Anja Hagedorn, Koenig & Bauer marketing manager for the business unit Sheetfed Solutions.

    Media use within the campaign is both far-reaching and multifaceted. Bridging the divide between the analogue and digital worlds, Koenig & Bauer stages common experiences, prompts emotions and provides information in an entertaining manner. “When even gears and men in blue overalls are sexy, that is marketing,” said Julian Mengler, moderator of the award ceremony, referring to the campaign video. The various communication channels are blended intelligently to promote a sustained and relevant dialogue with the customer. Anja Hagedorn pinpoints the success of the campaign in a single sentence: “It is not the sale which stands in the foreground, but instead the customer and his individual needs.”

    Exclusive live press demonstrations and appealing print samples to take home are elements of an inspiring customer experience (3)

    The product campaign presents Koenig & Bauer as an attractive alternative in B2 format – with a keen edge and sharpened profile. The 25,000 hits for the campaign microsite and more than 1,100 views for the campaign video on YouTube after just 5 months are figures which speak for themselves.

    A series of 14 individual customer events in Radebeul – with 129 participants from 14 countries – established a basis for sustainable B2B lead qualification. To secure and further expand this success in the future, the product campaign “Built for Your Needs. The KBA B2 Presses” is to be continued in 2018.

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    news-868 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:43:10 +0100 Koenig & Bauer donates EUR 60,300 to Ärzte ohne Grenzen e. V. https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-donates-eur-60300-to-aerzte-ohne-grenzen-e-v/ Marking its 200th anniversary, Koenig & Bauer requested guests instead of bringing gifts to make a donation to the global aid organisation Doctors Without Borders / Ärzte ohne Grenzen e.V. The donation sum was then doubled by the printing press builder so that the Nobel Peace Prize holder, honoured for its emergency medical aid, was presented with a donation of EUR 60,300.
    Representing Ärzte ohne Grenzen e.V. Carmen Heeg (on left) accepts the symbolic donation cheque from Claus Bolza-Schünemann, President & CEO, Koenig & Bauer AG, and Dagmar Ringel, Head Corporate Communication & Marketing, Koenig & Bauer AG

    The cheque was ceremoniously presented on 29 November at the company’s parent plant in Würzburg. Claus Bolza-Schünemann, President & CEO, Koenig & Bauer AG, and Dagmar Ringel, Head Corporate Communications & Marketing, Koenig & Bauer, presented the cheque to Carmen Heeg, a seasoned volunteer for Doctors Without Borders who has worked in countries like Malawi and Nigeria. She emphasised the exceptional nature of a donation of this scale and thanked Koenig & Bauer profusely: “Many, many thanks for your generous donation which will enable us continue helping people in need across the globe."  

    Doctors Without Borders provides medical aid in crisis and war zones, and in the wake of natural disasters. Founded in 1971, the international organisation provides fast, efficient aid without any red tape to people irrespective of their origin, religion or political convictions. Around 35,000 doctors, psychologists, nurses, care workers, midwives and logistics experts work for the organisation on a voluntary basis in some 70 countries.  

    Koenig & Bauer hopes that its donation will help the volunteers at Doctors Without Borders in their fight against diseases like tuberculosis, treating malnutrition, running vaccination campaigns and providing local medical and logistic aid to people in need.  

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    news-853 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:31:41 +0100 World record: Rotary die-cutting at 17,000 sheets per hour https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/world-record-rotary-die-cutting-at-17000-sheets-per-hour/
  • Integrated workflows, autonomous printing and new measuring systems live 
  • Practice-oriented demonstrations of commercial and packaging printing
  • Rotary die-cutting with up to four process steps in a single machine pass
  • Fastest makeready for print and finishing
  • Ralf Sammeck, CEO of KBA-Sheetfed and member of the executive board of Koenig & Bauer AG, invited the international guests to learn more about the company’s new offers, products and technologies for commercial and label printers (1)

    Between 29th November and 1st December, KBA-Sheetfed invited international print and finishing specialists to a series of Print & Postpress Innovation Days at the company’s facility in Radebeul near Dresden. Over 250 participants from 30 countries took the opportunity to gather information on the latest automation solutions for commercial, label and packaging printing, as well as innovative postpress solutions.

    Ralf Sammeck, CEO of KBA-Sheetfed and member of the executive board of Koenig & Bauer AG, welcomed the guests with a highly informative opening address, during which he spotlighted both the group’s new brand image and the future visions of Koenig & Bauer. Sascha Fischer, head of product management, then spoke in more detail about the further development of innovative solutions for an increasingly automated printing process. 

    Sascha Fischer, head of product management, presented a host of new automation and measuring system features, including faster plate changing, expanded functionality for the Rapida LiveApp, further content serving autonomous printing and new LED-UV dryers (2)
    That already begins with a new generation of plate changers with significantly reduced change times in half, medium and large formats, alongside the ability to load plates without prior bending of the rear edges. New measuring system options such as Print Check and PDF Check make use of a single, common camera system and guarantee absolute inspection and control precision. LED-UV dryers for Rapida sheetfed offset presses are now manufactured by KBA-Sheetfed itself, are even more finely adapted to the Rapida press series and thus offer even greater drying performance across all format classes, including also large formats. Autonomous printing with ErgoTronic AutoRun is about to be raised to a new level. “The future belongs to AutoPrint,” said Sascha Fischer – not least because the system will soon be able to program a complete job changeover itself, without any need for operator input. And the Rapida LiveApp, finally, is already in practical use in the field, with a further expanded scope of features: The info panel with press status display and print job information, the maintenance manager and the consumables tracking module have been complemented with stock management controls and PressCall Mobile, a communication tool with chat functions for service and operator support purposes.

    First presentation highlight on a six-colour Rapida 106 coater press with inline cold foil module and reel sheeter: Reel-fed printing of in-mould labels at 15,000 sheets per hour, and then fast conversion to different substrates from a pile (in photo) (3)

    High performance and automation in practice

    During the subsequent practical session, Dirk Winkler, head of print technology, demonstrated the printing of labels and folding cartons on a six-colour Rapida 106 coater press with reel sheeter and a Vinfoil Micro cold foil module. The focus of his presentations was placed on the benefits of low-migration LED-UV production, the simple flexibility to incorporate cold foil application, and high-speed production at 20,000 sheets per hour both on reel-fed IML film and on cardboard and self-adhesive label substrates from a pile.

    Subsequently, the press ran both self-adhesive labels and board at 20,000 sheets per hour (4)

    On two eight-colour perfector presses for 4-over-4 production with subsequent coating, Winkler and Fischer provided impressive proof of the performance capabilities of the Rapida technology in commercial printing with conventional and LED-UV inks. The conventional press ran six sections of the latest customer magazine Koenig & Bauer Report, with fully automatic management of the entire job sequence by ErgoTronic AutoRun. As soon as the defined run length was reached – in this case 500 sheets – the next makeready process began automatically. PrintCheck and PDFCheck provided for continuous quality monitoring.

    Dirk Winkler (front) and Sascha Fischer presented autonomous printing with ErgoTronic AutoRun on two eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector presses for 4 over-4 production with subsequent coating: A series of six product sections was printed with automated makeready on a conventional and an LED-UV press (5)

    The LED-UV press produced six sections of the new Koenig & Bauer image brochure and, to conclude, a pencil box on folding carton board. Here, too, job changes were initiated automatically once the run length was reached, and the press subsequently returned to production without manual intervention. It was only the necessary substrate change for the last job which required manual intervention on the part of the operator.

    Blanking of the in-mould labels using the Laserck Master Blanker (11)

    Ultimate die-cutting performance

    Under the claim “Ready for the next step!”, Mario Gerber spotlighted some of the unique benefits of the Rapida RDC 106, such as ultrafast makeready and unrivalled production speeds (6)
    Under the claim “Ready for the next step”, Mario Gerber, senior sales manager for postpress solutions, introduced the rotary die-cutter Rapida RDC 106 as a “game-changer for the die-cutting process”. He explained the design features which are shared with a Rapida printing press and the various process steps which can be implemented in the individual towers. These range from die-cutting and hole punching for in-mould and other label applications, via embossing, creasing, cutting and stripping for the processing of packaging products, through to tailored variants for commercial users. The machines offer cutting outputs of up to 15,000 sheets per hour, depending on the substrate and the required contours, and can thus match the speed of a modern sheetfed-offset press. Productivity is increased by up to 300 per cent for label applications, and folding carton producers can also look forward to a 65 per cent increase in efficiency. 

    Postpress specialists Johannes Helbig and Mario Gerber during their joint presentation of two Rapida RDC 106 rotary die-cutters for different fields of application (7)
    The visitors were able to witness this superlative die-cutting performance for themselves during practical demonstrations on two Rapida RDC 106 rotary die-cutters. The four-unit machine began with a job requiring the creasing, cutting and stripping of a folding carton for pharmaceuticals. At the end of production, the machine was converted within just a few minutes for a completely different job, namely the pencil box printed during the morning session. Subsequent blanking was done offline on a Master Blanker from Laserck with a throughput of up to 20,000 sheets per hour. 

    The printing and die-cutting results – here with an IML film – met with great interest from the attending specialists (9)
    The single-unit Rapida RDC 106 rounded off the day by processing the in mould and self-adhesive labels which had been printed on the six-colour Rapida 106 with coater and cold foil module. Despite the tricky job change from classic die-cutting to kiss-cutting, the machine was back in production in next to no time. As the final highlight of the show, the Rapida RDC 106 then ran the self-adhesive label production at the world record speed of 17,000 sheets per hour.

    World record: Die-cutting at 17,000 sheets per hour (8)

    International exchanges of experience 

    One of products processed on the four-unit Rapida RDC 106: The sheets with the pencil boxes were embossed, creased, cut and stripped in a single machine pass (10)
    Partner companies Wink and Esko accompanied the event with specialist information on cutting plates and process-integrated workflows for packaging production. There were similarly plenty of opportunities to talk shop and discuss experiences with fellow users from other countries and even continents.

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    news-849 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:43:41 +0100 Workflow solutions for packaging print https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/workflow-loesungen-fuer-den-verpackungsdruck/
  • Cooperation between packaging specialists
  • New presentation possibilities in Radebeul near Dresden
  • Extended colour gamut spares use of spot colours
  • Koenig & Bauer and Esko, both global leaders in the field of packaging printing, recently agreed to further strengthen their partnership. To this end, colour management and workflow solutions from Esko were installed at the Koenig & Bauer demo centre in Radebeul and are available with immediate effect for live presentations to interested customers.  

    The Koenig & Bauer customer centre is now able to demonstrate colour management solutions for printing with an extended colour gamut from Esko

    As a solution provider to the packaging industry, Koenig & Bauer sees Esko as a strong partner when it comes to process-integrated workflow solutions. Accordingly, it is pleased to be able to show users the Equinox colour management technology, which enables printing with an extended colour gamut, with the necessary RIP architecture being provided by Esko’s Imaging Engine. One of the benefits of an extended colour gamut is that printers are spared the constant wash-ups which accompany the use of spot colours. Job changeover processes are accelerated and extra production time is gained.  

    This is an especially interesting option for packaging printers. A growing number of brand owners are today accepting the use of an extended colour gamut as an alternative to company- or product-specific spot colours. It is thus all the more important for both companies to present practically integrated pre-press and print solutions which meet the highest quality standards. After all, a wider gamut alone is not sufficient; for the overall process, the absolute stability of all relevant parameters in print is also imperative. With its advanced measuring and control systems, Koenig & Bauer here offers ideal prerequisites for a stable process even over long runs and for repeat jobs.  

    Packaging printers who come to the Koenig & Bauer customer centre can in future not only become acquainted with the latest print and finishing technologies, but also obtain a more comprehensive overview of the integrated process and the range of workflow solutions for packaging production. Esko will likewise be using the new presentation opportunities in Radebeul to inform its own customer base. The first joint activities of the two companies are already planned within the framework of the Print & Postpress Innovation Days which are to be held at KBA-Sheetfed in Radebeul from 29th November to 1st December.

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    news-847 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:06:55 +0100 Industry panel discusses future trends for print https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/industry-panel-discusses-future-trends-for-print/
  • Anniversary celebrations with 200 guests from all over the country
  • 80 customers send video greetings
  • Dietmar Heyduck presents new brand image
  • Highest-volume market for sheetfed presses from Koenig & Bauer
  • Festive atmosphere: Celebration of the 200th anniversary of Koenig & Bauer with 200 guests in the Chinese city of Wuxi (1)

    The Chinese print professionals were eager to learn more about milestones from the company’s history (2)
    On 8th November, some 200 Chinese print professionals from all parts of the country, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, met in Wuxi to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Koenig & Bauer. This latest highlight for the Chinese print branch came just a few weeks after the official festivities at the Koenig & Bauer group headquarters in Würzburg. Some 80 Rapida users, including a number of those present, sent congratulations in the form of video messages, while others took the opportunity to pass on their greetings in person. Together, they recalled important moments from their past cooperation with Koenig & Bauer and reported on the broad spectrum of high-quality print products and services which they are able to offer as partners of the oldest press manufacturer in the world.  

    Dietmar Heyduck, Senior VP Sales of KBA-Sheetfed, presented the new brand image of Koenig & Bauer (5)
    Dietmar Heyduck, Senior Vice President Sales from KBA-Sheetfed, and Walter Zehner, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Greater China, gave welcoming addresses in which they emphasised that authenticity remains a guiding principle for Koenig & Bauer as it enters the third century of its company history, and that the company will continue to pursue innovations geared to a prosperous future for the print industry. At the same time, Dietmar Heyduck presented the new brand image of Koenig & Bauer, which conveys the strength of a tradition-steeped brand to both new and existing customers through a modern corporate and product design. 

    Lu Chang An, Vice President of the Chinese printing industry association (2nd from left), congratulated the oldest press manufacturer in the world and presented a large-format work of art as a gift to mark the occasion (6)
    Lu Chang An, Vice President of the Chinese printing industry association PEIAC, wished Koenig & Bauer all the best on its company anniversary and presented a special gift to the hosts.  

    Walter Zehner, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Greater China, welcomed representatives of politics and industry to the anniversary event (4)
    As a central element of the festive event, seven users of Koenig & Bauer technology joined a panel discussion with Dietmar Heyduck and Walter Zehner to speak about their partnerships with the manufacturer and to explore the trends which they expected to shape the future of the print industry in China. The users were unanimous in their assessment that innovations from Koenig & Bauer were enabling their companies to implement new business models. That applies especially to the fields of environment protection, Industry 4.0, networking and digitisation, not least in market segments such as large format, web offset, flexo, personalised packaging and others which are contributing to further growth of the Chinese print industry.  

    Industry discussion panel with seven Koenig & Bauer users from different regions of the country (7)

    For a number of years now, China has been the highest-volume market in the world for sheetfed offset presses from Koenig & Bauer. It thus seemed only fitting to come to China and to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the company together with country’s users. Against the background of increasing labour and material costs, the topics of productivity and automation are becoming foremost priorities in China. This is reflected in recent deliveries of highly automated presses from the Rapida 106 series, some of which implement highly specialised configurations, e.g. further printing units after coating. In future, too, China is set to remain one of Koenig & Bauer’s most important single markets for sheetfed business.

    The guests were able to record personal anniversary greetings before the event begin (3)

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