KBA News Feed http://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Tue, 16 Oct 2018 03:17:46 +0200 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 03:17:46 +0200 news-1162 Mon, 01 Oct 2018 11:21:16 +0200 From high-end webfed to digital services https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/from-high-end-webfed-to-digital-services/
  • Digital services
  • Augmented support
  • Market leader in newspaper presses    
  • Koenig & Bauer will be presenting its wide range of products and new service products on its 100m² stand in Hall 21a (No. E15) (1)

    As a technological pioneer, Koenig & Bauer will once again be presenting new, tailor-made and future-oriented solutions at this year’s IFRA World Publishing Expo (WPE) in Berlin. On a 100m²-large exhibition stand in hall 21a (No. E15), the market leader for medium and high-performance newspaper presses will present its broad product range from 9 to 11 October, as well as new service products for its own and third-party presses (through its subsidiary PHS) in the “Active Corner”. The need for press services has been rising continuously for years due to lower new press investments and the aging machine population. In addition to traditional Koenig & Bauer services such as retrofits, press relocations and upgrades, more and more customers are taking an interest in digital services. Koenig & Bauer offers a wide range of products from augmented support and MobileConsole to digital analysis of pneumatic systems. Koenig & Bauer is already developing artificial intelligence algorithms and optimization methods for proactive action. They can be used to identify patterns ensuring that unscheduled breakdowns can be detected at an early stage, avoided and necessary maintenance tasks can be planned. This pilot project will be presented to trade fair visitors through live demonstrations.

    MobileConsole - A tablet suitable for industrial use as a fully-fledged mobile console station with all operating functions. Operating and maintenance personnel can change or adjust settings on the press from any position (2)

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    news-1140 Tue, 25 Sep 2018 12:47:12 +0200 Artificial Intelligence in coding technology https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/artificial-intelligence-in-coding-technology/
  • Koenig & Bauer unveils Artificial Intelligence with Augmented Reality
  • “Kyana” is the voice of digitalisation in coding and marking
  • CorruCUT, CorruFLEX and CorruJET at FachPack
  • VariJET 106 – the future of the digital packaging market    
  • From corrugated board and folding box printing to invisible labelling for perfume flacons – visitors to FachPack, the European trade fair for packaging, processes and technology, from 25 to 27 September 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany, can experience the Koenig & Bauer Group's broad portfolio live. The joint stand manned by subsidiaries Koenig & Bauer Coding, Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed and Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed will present the latest trends in the growing packaging market.

    Two names are new: Koenig & Bauer Coding operated under the name KBA-Metronic until the middle of the year and is using the Group's new brand identity to introduce an internationally recognisable company name. Under the name Kyana, the company is also launching the first Artificial Intelligence system with an augmented reality application in coding printing. In future this technology will help to prevent operating errors, train staff and service technicians, and make processes more efficient. The foundations have been laid for further applications in other areas of Koenig & Bauer.

    Artificial Intelligence in coding printing – Kyana speaks to users

    Kyana, Koenig & Bauer AI, learns and communicates with the user (1)
    Kyana, the alphaJET’s artificial intelligence system, is an extremely effective 4.0 concept that goes far beyond previously known IoT (Internet of Things) applications, especially in B2B. Coding thus emphasises the Koenig & Bauer Group's role as digital trailblazer. The focus is on a valuable digitalisation concept that combines various advantages of the latest technologies in a logical way.

    Kyana learns permanently and adapts to various situations, gives advice on process optimisation and thinks one step ahead. The spotlight is on predictive maintenance, increasing availability and ensuring optimal production and printing processes. By means of a very human and simple manner of communication, Kyana supports the user and involves him proactively in a dialogue.

    The additional integration of Augmented Reality (AR) enables precise information transfer, both with regard to components and processes within the coding system. The use of virtual content enables a significant increase in production reliability. It also simplifies training and maintenance processes, and transcends distance or language barriers.  

    Kyana is the evolution to a robotic system and can adapt to individuals and their requirements in the identification process by means of language and AR. It thus sets new standards and demonstrates the immense opportunities of comprehensive digitalisation.

    The future of digital packaging printing: the VariJET 106 (4)

    The future of digital packaging printing and premium converting

    At FachPack, Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed will be focusing on the future of digital packaging printing with the VariJET 106. The press combines the advantages of digital inkjet printing with those of classic sheetfed offset, including high-quality inline finishing. In addition, trade fair visitors will receive information on superior packaging converting. Koenig & Bauer offers the Ipress series of flatbed die cutters (in 106 and 144 formats) and Optima 106 in various configurations. The Rapida RDC 106 rotary die cutter sets new standards in die cutting. It can produce up to 15,000 sheets per hour and features extremely short makeready times and high die-cutting accuracy. This makes it highly interesting for both long and short runs - as well as for packaging in the upper quality segment.

    The Rapida RDC 106 is characterised by its high die-cutting accuracy, outputs of up to 15,000 sheets per hour and extremely short makeready times (5)

    In addition to these highlights, the market leader in sheetfed offset presses for packaging printing is also providing information on the Rapida range from B2 to large format - with all the options and automation for high-quality and cost-effective production of folding carton, labels, carton and other packaging products.

    3D schematic of the high board line CorruCUT rotary die cutter from Koenig & Bauer (2)

    CorruCUT, CorruFLEX and CorruJET at FachPack

    The focus on growth markets such as conventional and digital packaging printing is part of Koenig & Bauer's successful strategy. By re-entering the market for corrugated board converting machines, the Group is consistently continuing along this path and is unveiling three new machines to customers at FachPack. The CorruJET is engineered for the efficient production of high-quality digitally printed corrugated board sheets. With the CorruCUT high board line rotary die cutter, a unique overall concept was created using state-of-the-art technologies and functions, combined with simple and intuitive operation. The CorruFLEX, designed in parallel, can be operated either as a stand-alone solution or in line with standard flatbed die cutters. It sets new benchmarks in terms of output and performance. 

    3D schematic of the new CorruJET from Koenig & Bauer (3)

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    news-1136 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:11:14 +0200 First league volleyball players ace photo shoot at Koenig & Bauer https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/first-league-volleyball-players-ace-photo-shoot-at-koenig-bauer/
  • Photo and video recordings for new season taken at printing press manufacturer
  • Two players nominated for World Cup in Japan
  • Club calendar printed by Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed  
  • On September 14, parts of Koenig & Bauer’s Radebeul plant were transformed into a volleyball arena. As part of their media day, the volleyball players of the first division club Dresdner Sportclub came to the Saxon printing press manufacturer. All the photos and videos for the new season were taken here - from various image and team photos to portrait photos of the players. They are used on the club’s website, in programmes, on posters, in the season magazine, for autograph cards and social media. Additionally, media representatives were given the opportunity to make their own recordings.

    Dirk Winkler, head of process engineering at Koenig & Bauer, among the successful volleyball players from Dresdner Sportclub

    Ralf Sammeck, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, and Dirk Winkler, head of process engineering and an enthusiastic volleyball player himself, have had contact with the club for years. They invited the players, two of whom have been nominated to take part in the World Cup in Japan, and their coaches to a photo shoot at Koenig & Bauer. The coveted calendars of the successful sportswomen have also been printed here for some years now.

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    news-1132 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:18:36 +0200 L. N. Schaffrath commissions a long Rapida 106 perfector https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/l-n-schaffrath-commissions-a-long-rapida-106-perfector/
  • Open day welcoming active and former employees
  • New approaches in 4-over-4 production with additional coating
  • Automation and quality control at the highest level  
  • Modern location for a 275-year-old print and media house: L. N. Schaffrath possesses over 18,000 m² of production space and an extremely modern machinery pool (© Axel Breuer/plan b fotografie) (1)
    On 8 September, L. N. Schaffrath celebrated its 275th anniversary by inviting its active and all former employees, as well as the whole local community, to an open day at its production facility in Geldern. With a traditional “Gautschen” ceremony, a centuries-old custom marking the successful completion of a printer’s apprenticeship, tours of the printshop, the live presentation of a new eight-colour Rapida 106, a fascinating Schaffrath Printing Museum, the humanoid robot Pepper and many other activities for young and old, the company treated its guests to an interesting overview of modern media production in the 21st century.

    Technological flexibility

    Just a few weeks before the anniversary, the media house commissioned a new eight-colour Rapida 106 for 4-over-4 perfecting with additional coating. With this press, L. N. Schaffrath is treading new technological paths in its magazine production.

    On the one hand, the perfector press can print magazine covers in a single pass, including coating of the outsides. That already lends a significant boost to efficiency by eliminating the need for a second production pass, not to mention the otherwise necessary drying times. And secondly, the content pages which are typically a domain for web presses are also to be handled on the new sheetfed press for the first time.

    To this end, the Rapida 106 has been configured with an RS 106 reel sheeter, which is able to use the same reels as the webfed C16. Production can thus be switched between the two Koenig & Bauer presses at any time.

    The eight-colour Rapida 106 with perfecting and additional inline coating handles both cut sheets and reel stocks (2)

    Sheetfed printing of magazine content

    The diversity of magazines and catalogues on the market continues to increase. In addition, more and more titles are being produced in different editions and versions, in order to address individual target groups more directly.

    This is where the Rapida 106 is able to play out its strengths: Depending on the page count of the final product, sheetfed production can already be more profitable than use of a web press for run lengths from approx. 9,000 copies. Typical jobs from the 16-page web press can then be transferred to the Rapida 106, which is engineered for speeds up to 18,000 sheets per hour in perfecting mode. At L. N. Schaffrath, it now stands alongside a brand new MBO K8 RS folding machine, which itself fears no comparison with the lightning-fast Rapida 106 with production speeds of up to 275 m/min.

    The whole printer team with Bernd Susen (shift supervisor and sheetfed offset training instructor) and the press operators Vivian Saupe, Oliver Janssen, Klaus Richardson and Rainer Faets (left to right) is delighted with the highly automated Rapida 106. The first production came off the new press at the beginning of August (3)

    Fast, simultaneous makeready processes

    When it comes to automation and quality control, the Rapida 106 incorporates everything which is possible and also meaningful for an established media house: DriveTronic SPC with Plate Ident for simultaneous plate changing, CleanTronic Synchro for parallel washing processes, QualiTronic ColorControl for fast inline colour measurement and control, Lab colour measurement, ImageZoom (digital video magnifier), ErgoTronic ACR (video camera for register control) and extra-narrow colour bars. If it enables standardised production and makes work easier for the printers, then it is present on the Rapida 106.

    On 8 September, L. N. Schaffrath celebrated the 275th anniversary of the company at a grand open day, whose many highlights included a traditional “Gautschen” ceremony (4)
    A very high level of capacity utilisation is planned. “We expect to print around 50 million sheets per year on the Rapida 106,” says technical manager Martin Sellmann. The investment will thus be recouped in a relatively short time. Another new aspect is the gradual transition from a two-press set‑up to a single-press strategy in sheetfed offset. One press has already been dismantled, and the immediate predecessor of the Rapida 106 is to follow as soon as the new press reaches its full performance.

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    news-1128 Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:10:21 +0200 Large Format meets LED-UV https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/large-format-meets-led-uv/
  • High-speed 4-over-4 printing using both reel stocks and piles on a Rapida 145
  • World premiere: LED-UV in large-format perfecting
  • Autonomous printing: 13 jobs in barely 70 minutes
  • Live info on important production parameters and performance indicators 
  • At the beginning of September, Koenig & Bauer placed large-format sheetfed offset in the spotlight again in Radebeul. The latest customer event left packaging printing to one side, however, and instead shifted the focus onto highly efficient commercial production, web-to-print and online applications. The press on show was an eight-colour Rapida 145 with perfecting unit for 4-over-4 production. The highlights of this press included LED-UV dryers to enable immediate further processing, as a world premiere in large-format perfecting, a large-format reel sheeter of the latest Quantum generation, the high production speed of 15,000 sheets/hour in perfecting mode, and the autonomous printing of multiple jobs and job sections with ErgoTronic AutoRun.

    Dirk Winkler, head of printing process technology at Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul, described the 13 print jobs in detail before the practical demonstration began (1)

    Dirk Winkler, head of printing process technology at Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul, took general and current demands of the print market such as fast makeready, low waste, ultimate quality and high outputs as the starting point for his presentation of automation solutions and unique features of the Rapida sheetfed offset presses specifically for the commercial and online market. These included the DriveTronic dedicated drive components which actually make simultaneous processes possible and thus contribute significantly to makeready reductions. The same can be said of the CleanTronic washing systems for optimised, parallel washing processes matched to each individual application. Fast, high-performance inline measuring and control systems (QualiTronic), a broad spectrum of VariDry dryers and end-to-end digital workflows are further key factors for extraordinarily cost-effective print processes.

    The reel sheeter in action at the maximum press speed of 15,000 sheets/hour (2)

    Benefits of LED-UV production

    Alongside general plus points such as fast further processing, improved print quality on uncoated papers, the elimination of odours and heat input into the substrate, waste and energy savings compared to other drying processes, reduced powder and coating consumption and less need for cleaning of the post-press machines, the LED-UV process offers further benefits particularly for perfector presses, for example:

    • Higher production speed
    • Elimination of the intermediate dryer tower which is otherwise necessary ahead of the perfecting unit
    • No danger of ink drying on the impression cylinders
    • No need for special ink-repellent jackets on the impression cylinders after perfecting
    • Minimised makeready times for frequent format changes
    • Optimum inline quality control as the QualiTronic ColorControl cameras can be placed in the ideal positions to scan both sides of the sheet  

    The eight-colour Rapida 145 in Radebeul was fitted with two LED-UV dryers, one above the storage drum of the perfecting unit and one in the swan neck of the delivery. It was also configured with a DriveTronic feeder, the sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS, and simultaneous plate changing using DriveTronic SPC and Plate Ident. CleanTronic Synchro (including CleanTronic UV) provided for parallel and thus ultra-fast washing processes.

    Visitors to the special event in front of the demonstration press. A sheet from each of the 13 jobs can be seen on the gallery (3)

    Flying job changes in practice

    The print demonstrations began with the production of content pages for a magazine on 80 g/m2 paper. This paper was supplied on a reel and cut into sheets at the full production speed of 15,000 sheets per hour on the reel sheeter. Subsequently, the audience was able to witness fast conversion of the feeder for production using sheets from a pile, in preparation for printing of the magazine cover on 150 g/m2 glossy paper.

    The next jobs were three sections of a cookery book, for which the substrate was changed yet again to a 115 g/m2 matt paper. The job changes between the individual sections were realised fully automatically in an AutoRun process. As a result, only 1.5 minutes passed between the last good sheet of the old job and the first good sheet of the new job. These jobs were followed by another cover on 200 g/m2 glossy paper and two sections of a travel guide on 135 g/m2 glossy paper.

    Alexander Stern, workflow specialist and project manager, explained how press data come together in LogoTronic Professional and how all important economic indicators are determined (4)

    The presentation was rounded off with a series of five jobs typically handled by an online printer. The first three were corridor-free gang formes with flyers requiring run lengths of just 300 copies each. Again making use of the AutoRun function, production was here so fast that the helper on the press had his work cut out to remove the old plates from the plate changers and to insert the new ones in time for the next change. The jobs also switched back and forth between formes with high and low ink coverages, illustrating one of the particular strengths of an LED-UV process when printing gang formes. To conclude, two further gang formes with business and greeting cards were printed on 350 g/m2 board. For these jobs, the printer disengaged three inking units at the press of a button, enabling 4/1 production to proceed with any delay for roller washing and without the need to apply roller oil in the unused units.

    Immediately dry thanks to LED-UV: All the print samples were subjected to close scrutiny during the demonstrations (5)

    Live view of job data

    The print demonstrations were about more than just live print production on the Rapida 145, however. On external monitors, the visitors were able to follow how press data were gathered in the production planning system LogoTronic Professional and transferred to the management information system (MIS). The LogoTronic cockpit displayed all important production parameters, and it could be seen, for example, that the net production output was still 13,000 sheets/hour despite the many job changes. All makeready times were documented and the OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) was calculated and displayed. The Koenig & Bauer specialists explained the JDF/JMF workflow and use of the MIS Optimus Dash in daily commercial and online print production.

    Further presentations were devoted to data-driven Connected Services, Visual PressSupport and use of the Rapida LiveApps for decentralised press operation, maintenance, inventory management and consumables tracking.

    The conclusion reached at the event: Assuming a corresponding job pool, the Rapida 145 perfector is an ideal means of production for both long runs and jobs requiring only 250 sheets. The high production speed permits the efficient processing of long runs, while fast job changes with AutoRun enable extremely economical production when short runs are the order of the day.

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    news-1125 Tue, 11 Sep 2018 11:44:47 +0200 Packaging and commercial printing in all their facets https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/packaging-and-commercial-printing-in-all-their-facets/
  • Specialist trade fair for the packaging and printing industries in Indonesia from September 19th to 22nd
  • High-quality sheetfed offset packaging printing and die-cutting technology
  • Innovative solutions for corrugated postprint and converting
  • Flexo packaging printing gaining popularity in Asia  
  • When INDOPLAS, INDOPACK and INDOPRINT open their doors at the Jakarta International Expo Centre between 19th and 22nd September, all eyes will once again be focussed on the leading specialist trade fair for the packaging and printing industries in Indonesia. Koenig & Bauer will be represented with a joint stand of its subsidiaries Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed AG & Co. KG, Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica S.p.A., Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed AG & Co. KG and Koenig & Bauer (SEA) Sdn. Bhd. in Hall D1 (Stand V11). Together, they will be showcasing innovative solutions for economical, high-quality packaging and commercial printing, such as inline coating and both online and inline systems for continuous quality control. The staff on the stand are also able to provide information on tailored service and training packages, which enable even new customers to utilise the full competitive advantages of their Koenig & Bauer technology right from the beginning.

    Rapida medium-format presses are in great demand in Indonesia. Here, a six-colour Rapida 106 with inline coating

    High-tech sheetfed offset and die-cutting technology

    Particular attention is certain to be attracted by the Rapida family of sheetfed offset presses, with cutting-edge high-performance technology for the half-format (Rapida 75 PRO, Rapida 76), medium format (Rapida 105, 105 PRO and Rapida 106) and large format markets (Rapida 145/Rapida 164). This already impressive line-up is complemented with flat-bed die-cutters of the Optima and Ipress series in medium and large formats, and the innovative rotary die-cutter Rapida RDC 106, which sets new standards with regard to both makeready times and its die-cutting speeds of up to 15,000 sheets per hour. Alongside, the sheetfed specialists on the stand will be presenting a wide range of data-driven services such as PressCall, VisualPressSupport, performance reports or predictive services on the basis of artificial intelligence. Fair visitors can also look forward to insights into the capabilities of the Rapida LiveApps, which enable printers to monitor and control their Rapida sheetfed offset presses from a decentralised location.

    Packaging production on corrugated board and flexible materials

    Koenig & Bauer is similarly proud to spotlight new products for companies specialised in the post-printing and converting of corrugated board. These include not only innovative solutions for conventional flexo printing on corrugated board (CorruFLEX, CorruCUT), but also future-oriented digital technologies with the CorruJET. Modern flexo web presses for packaging production using plastic films and other flexible materials round off the presentations. Flexo printing is gaining in popularity in Asia as an alternative to packaging gravure, firstly as shorter runs can also be printed economically and in excellent quality, and secondly because the use of water-based inks makes the flexo process an especially interesting proposition for food packaging.

    Indonesia – a growth market

    With its enormous domestic market, Indonesia is a country with exceptional growth potential in the Southeast Asian region. Koenig & Bauer can already point to numerous sheetfed press installations in the Greater Jakarta area, and is set to further strengthen its market position through the work of a strong regional service team managed by Koenig & Bauer (SEA) and local partners in Indonesia. Operating from head offices in Kuala Lumpur, Koenig & Bauer (SEA) is already today supporting existing and prospective customers in the field of flexo printing with a highly qualified sales and service organisation.

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    news-1118 Tue, 28 Aug 2018 07:40:00 +0200 Chinese newspaper printed on Commander satellite press in Germany https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/chinese-newspaper-printed-on-commander-satellite-press-in-germany/
  • Koenig & Bauer Commander satellite press
  • High quality demands
  • Rising circulation numbers    
  • ColdsetInnovation Fulda has been printing two newspaper titles for a customer in China since the beginning of the year. The newspapers are produced for the Scandinavian region, the Benelux countries and Germany. “Our Chinese partners are very demanding when it comes to newspaper quality. Our Commander satellite press’ register accuracy, extremely low fan-out and minimal makeready times tipped the scales in our favour,” says Siegfried Wahl, assistant vice-president and technical director at ColdsetInnovation Fulda. And, contrary to the general trend, the circulation of both newspapers (Berlin format) has increased by more than 10 percent this year. Siegfried Wahl: “Without our Commander this deal would not have come about. Our press operates flawlessly. We have been working successfully with Koenig & Bauer for decades and are very satisfied with the services they provide.”

    During a visit to the Würzburg demo centre (from left to right): Matthias May, service management Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Siegfried Wahl, technical director ColdsetInnovation Fulda; Thomas Potzkai, head of service and project Management Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Marius Möller, project management ColdsetInnovation Fulda (1)

    ColdsetInnovation banks on Koenig & Bauer

    A Commander satellite press with an hourly output of up to 90,000 full-colour newspapers has been in operation at ColdsetInnovation Fulda in Eichenzell, Germany, since 2010. The highly automated press that was extended in 2011 consists of three reelstands, three printing towers, a KF 5 folder and numerous add-ons for inline finishing. The 70 employees at ColdsetInnovation Fulda guarantee economical, high-quality production. The company primarily produces daily and weekly newspapers, books and catalogues. Even substrates that are particularly difficult to handle, such as transparent paper, can be printed and processed. The company has been producing the Ärzte Zeitung and Ärzte Woche for years with a transparent wrapper.

    Nouvelles d´Europe is produced in Chinese, and the China Rundschau in German (2)

    Guang Hua Media (Germany)

    The Guang Hua Culture and Media Group is the largest Chinese-language culture and media group in Europe. Its Paris-based newspaper Nouvelles d'Europe has been published for 35 years and is distributed throughout Europe. Today it has branches in London, Vienna, Frankfurt, Rome, Madrid and Beijing. In its 35-year history, Nouvelles d'Europe has consistently expanded its media offerings.    

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    news-1111 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:20:00 +0200 Koenig & Bauer Rapida LiveApp Is Selected For The Prestigious 2018 InterTech Technology Award https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-rapida-liveapp-is-selected-for-the-prestigious-2018-intertech-technology-award/
  • Offers control of press operations and critical press information right at a press operators’ fingertips on easy-to-carry mobile smartphone devices
  • Integrates video content to help an operator interactively learn and also implement important machine processes such as blanket changing or roller adjustment.
  • Incorporates both a maintenance manager and functions for inventory management
  • The Rapida LiveApp will be honored at this year’s InterTech Technology Awards on September 30 at PRINT 18 in Chicago (1)

    Koenig & Bauer (US) is honored to learn that its Rapida LiveApp has been selected by an independent panel of judges for the prestigious Printing Industries of America (PIA) 2018 InterTech Technology Award. The Rapida LiveApp, the first of its kind in the industry, was one of twelve of the 29 entries to be chosen to receive an InterTech Technology Award. 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 InterTech Technology Award will be presented before an audience of industry leaders during the 2018 Premier Print Awards and InterTech Technology Awards Reception & Ceremony, Sept. 30 at the J.W. Marriott in Chicago during the Print 18 trade fair.

    “The Rapida LiveApp shows the power of apps to add value in the pressroom,” said Jim Workman, vice president 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 demonstrates how Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed embodies its corporate vision of setting industry standards in terms of customer focus, innovative solutions, and proactive services. The app provides printers with state-of-the-art tools for a wide range of sheetfed offset applications.

    Comprehensive range of functionalities

    The Rapida LiveApp offers dual functionality. On the one hand, 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.

    “We are honored to be chosen for this prestigious award from PIA,” says Thomas Göcke, head of marketing and CRM at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed. “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. We are delighted that print users and independent institutions appreciate this so much. It is truly an innovative operating concept.”

    The Rapida LiveApp incorporates a modern operating philosophy into print and warehouse management (2)
    Eric Frank, senior vice president of marketing and product management at Koenig & Bauer (US) adds: “The special added value provided by the app lies in the mobile operation and the maintenance manager, which explains the necessary maintenance tasks step-by-step and documents these tasks at the same time.”

    Project manager Stefan Singer, head of electrical engineering at Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul, is impressed by the success of the product: “It fills my colleagues and I with pride that the app is so well received by the industry.”

    The Rapida LiveApp has also received several awards in Europe, including the German Design Award in the category "Excellent Communications Design - Apps" and the "automation award". The InterTech Technology Award is the first prize in recognition of this pioneering operating philosophy for sheetfed offset presses in the U.S., from the world's largest printing association.

    Since 1978, the InterTech™ Technology Awards have honored technologies predicted to shape the future of print and graphics communications. Past honorees have introduced entirely new products and services that have revolutionized ways of working and enabled printers to operate more efficiently.

    Koenig & Bauer (US) is located in Dallas, Texas and a member of the Koenig & Bauer Group, which was established 200 years ago in Würzburg, Germany. Koenig & Bauer’s claim, “We’re on it.” gets to the heart of Koenig & Bauer’s values and competencies for all target groups. The group's product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, post press die-cutters, inkjet presses and systems, flexographic presses, commercial and newspaper web presses, corrugated presses, special presses for banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, smart cards, glass and plastic decorating. For more information visit the company's web site at www.koenig-bauer.com.

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    news-1101 Thu, 09 Aug 2018 10:14:58 +0200 Koenig & Bauer showcases large-format 4-over-4 perfecting https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-showcases-large-format-4-over-4-perfecting/
  • Presentations from 4th to 7th September in Radebeul
  • World premiere: LED-UV technology for large-format 4-over-4 production
  • Autonomous printing
  • Processing of reel and sheet stocks with large-format reel-sheeter  
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    “Large Format meets LED-UV” is the banner under which Koenig & Bauer is inviting interested commercial printers to presentations of an eight-colour Rapida 145 perfector press from 4th to 7th September. Introductory lectures and extensive practical demonstrations will provide insights into technologies to make 4-over-4 production even more efficient.

    Koenig & Bauer will be showcasing a highly automated eight-colour Rapida 145 for 4-over-4 perfecting at the beginning of September (1)

    The fully automated press runs perfecting production with sheets up to format 106 x 145 cm and at speeds up to 15,000 sheets per hour. Highlights of the demonstrations include the autonomous printing of flyers, brochures and other typical web-to-print products – also in AutoRun mode. As a world premiere in large format, the eight-colour perfector press features LED-UV drying technology. A reel sheeter, furthermore, enables the alternating use of reel and sheet stocks. Tailored solutions for networked production in large-format commercial printing, such as the Rapida LiveApps, the Optimus Dash MIS, LogoTronic Professional and Connected Services, round off the agenda.

    World premiere: LED-UV drying for large-format 4-over-4 production (2)

    Print professionals interested in attending the presentations can obtain an invitation and all further information through the local sheetfed offset sales partners of Koenig & Bauer.

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    news-1095 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 06:58:00 +0200 Strong order intake of €454.4m in the second quarter https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/strong-order-intake-of-EUR4544m-in-the-second-quarter/
  • 17.2% rise in orders in H1
  • Large orders in security printing and order gains in packaging printing
  • Greater accumulation of deliveries in H2 than in the previous year
  • EBIT below prior year due to delivery-related lower revenue
  • With a book-to-bill ratio of 1.37 order backlog grows to an extraordinarily high €805.8m
  • Good cash flows from operating activities of €17.4m
  • Equity ratio of 35.6%    
  • With order intake reaching a particularly high €454.4m in the second quarter and the order backlog rising to €805.8m at the end of the first half, the Koenig & Bauer Group is on track to meet its targets for 2018. Strong security business and more orders in packaging printing caused order intake to rise by 17.2% to €705.3m in the first half of 2018 (2017: €601.9m). Driven by the good Q2 figure of €297.1m, group revenue came to €514.4m but fell short of the previous year’s figure of €538.9m due to the even greater accumulation of delivery dates in the second half of the year. This was also reflected in EBIT, which at €10.6m was lower than in 2017 (€16.3m).

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    Sheetfed expands market leadership in large-format

    The Sheetfed segment reached a strong order intake of €326.3m, exactly matching the previous year’s figure, which had been influenced by the Print China fair. President and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “Substantial growth was achieved in large-format cardboard printing. As the world market leader in folding carton printing, we are benefiting from heightened capital spending of the international packaging printers.” EBIT of €7.7m was below the previous year’s figure (€12.1m) due to the delivery-related decline in revenue from €307.8m in 2017 to €283m.

    Despite the encouraging growth in new business in flexible packaging, orders in Digital & Web (€84.7m) were slightly down on the previous year (€85.7m) due to fewer orders for newspaper web presses and services. In addition to the market-entry costs for corrugated and flexible packaging in particular, EBIT was significantly burdened by the decline in revenue from €68.3m to €55.8m. CFO Mathias Dähn: “This was materially due to the decline in revenue from digital printing presses as a result of subdued demand. However, we see significantly greater short and medium-term potential in the large corrugated and foil printing markets, which are expanding at above-average rates. The targeted expenses required for future growth will leave traces on our cost position, exerting pressure on segment earnings.”

    Driven by large orders in security printing and growth in marking and coding, order intake in the Special segment rose by 52.8% to €330.6m (2017: €216.3m). With revenue rising slightly from €189.2m to €195m, EBIT came to €14.4m, thus matching the previous year’s figure (€14.6m). President and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “With the major order received from Giesecke+Devrient for the delivery of several press lines for the production of ultra-secure banknotes in Egypt, we have a high degree of capacity utilisation in security printing until well into 2019.”

    Strong financial and balance sheet profile

    Cash flows from operating activities rose substantially over the previous year (€–20m) to €17.4m. The free cash flow was burdened by the final payment instalment of €34.8m made in Q1 for the external funding of a part of the pension provisions. In addition to net liquidity of €48.1m and securities of €14.6m that can be liquidated at any time, the group also has access to syndicated credit facilities. The equity ratio stood at 35.6% at the end of the first half of 2018.

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    Group targets for 2018

    In 2018, the management board expects to achieve organic growth of around 4% in group revenue and an EBIT margin of around 7%. With many projects still in the pipeline in all business fields, the forecast is based on the high order backlog of €805.8m as of the end of the first half year together with further progress being made in the group-wide service initiative and the cost-cutting projects in security printing, purchasing and production. These projects should cause earnings to rise by €70m over 2016 by 2021.

    CFO Mathias Dähn: “The achievement of the targets 2018 requires the execution of orders on time in the second half of the year and particularly in Q4 with the accumulation of press installations. Given the high capacity utilisation and external and internal delivery bottlenecks in parts, this is a challenging task to which we pay particular attention. However, we consider it to be particularly important to utilise the opportunities for growth being offered by the market in new press business in order to widen the installed base as the foundation for further growth in service business.”

    Medium-term goals until 2021

    Depending on global economy, end markets and the necessary investments in growth, management is targeting a group-wide organic revenue growth rate of around 4% p.a. and an EBIT margin of between 4% and 9% by 2021. Product innovations in corrugated printing and 2-piece can decorating are not included in the medium-term targets, neither revenue nor costs. President and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “In addition to our printing, finishing, coding and postpress solutions for cardboard, banknotes, cans, glass and hollow containers and other products, we are particularly focusing on corrugated board and flexible packaging. With the focus on the growing packaging printing, we want to boost our revenue and profitability as well as the stability of our business on a sustained basis.”      

    Figures at a glance 

    The financial statements can be downloaded as a PDF file from here

    en/investor-relations/financial-reports/

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