KBA News Feed http://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Sat, 23 Jun 2018 04:16:54 +0200 Sat, 23 Jun 2018 04:16:54 +0200 news-1040 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:37:00 +0200 New products for Koenig & Bauer commercial presses https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/new-products-for-koenig-bauer-commercial-presses/
  • New UV coating unit for C16
  • New-level product finishing
  • Intelligent copy control in quarterfold
  • New ribbon lead    
  • New UV coating unit for Koenig & Bauer C16 (2)
    On the one hand there are short jobs, a raft of different orders and high quality products, and other the other hand the focus is on high-volume print runs – customer demands placed on commercial printers are becoming ever more versatile and challenging. Koenig & Bauer has been successfully tackling both of these developments for years. Stefan Segger, sales director Digital & Web Solutions: “We are in constant communication with our customers. On the one hand we develop new products with our partners, and on the other hand we are proactively represented on the market with new innovations.”

    New UV coater for C16

    The new UV coater from Koenig & Bauer offers production speeds of up to 60,000rph, high automation, simple and self-explanatory operation, the stability of a printing unit, automatic cleaning at the push of a button and anilox roller change within a few minutes. Whether for the full-solid finishing of covers or as spot coating for the partial finishing of printed images, the coating unit is already being used very successfully by customers. A compact UV dryer is integrated into the superstructure after the coating unit to enable the widest possible range of paper substrates to be processed. The UV coater processes substrates with a grammage of between 60g/m² - 250g/m² (38 – 160lbs). Between 2 and 5g/m² of coating is applied depending on the anilox roller.

    Intelligent copy control in quarterfold

    New superstructure design with cutting-edge ribbon lead (1)
    Intelligent, patented copy control in the quarterfold makes for a trouble-free folding sequence. Production conditions are therefore always consistent irrespective of operator skill. Copies are slowed effectively and with a minimum of abrasion, and aligned in the direction of fold during deceleration. The automatic copy control system is self-adjusting and exceptionally reliable regardless of production speed and copy thickness. As a result folding is consistently accurate, even during changes in press speed. Stefan Segger, sales director KBA-Digital & Web Solutions: “We continue to be very successful in the market and expect investments to be made this year. Our presses are known for their quality. With our know-how we have worked on many new developments for our commercial presses.”

    Superstructure concept with new ribbon lead

    The microporous patented turner bars are one of the many proven features that are unique to Koenig & Bauer. They no longer need to be set for different ribbon widths, and operate reliably with a minimal air cushion and superior ribbon guides. A modular design and dedicated drives throughout allow the superstructure to be customized for specific production scenarios. The short and stable web lead allows a more even web tension.

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    news-1038 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:27:00 +0200 New management at KBA-Italia https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/new-management-at-kba-italia/
  • First official appointment at Print4All in Milan
  • Over 20 years of sales and management experience
  • Expertise in promising packaging markets  
  • Peter Andrich (52) has been managing director of KBA-Italia since May
    Peter Andrich (52) took over the management of KBA-Italia in Lainate near Milan with effect from May 2018. In his new position, he is responsible for sales, marketing and service for Koenig & Bauer’s web and sheetfed portfolio in the Italian market. He made his professional debut for Koenig & Bauer at the Print4All trade fair in Milan from 29 May to 1 June, where KBA-Italia had an information stand.

    Peter Andrich was born in Aachen/Germany and graduated in physics from the RWTH Aachen University in 1989. His career took him to Remscheid/Germany, Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia, Berlin/Germany and, since 2000, two Swiss mechanical engineering companies in the USA. Peter Andrich has more than 20 years of sales and management experience in the packaging industry and six years in the printing industry. Most recently, he served as president and CEO of Polytype America Corp. and president of S-Qbism, a company that continued Polytype’s digital inkjet business separately.

    Peter Andrich had a multilingual and multicultural childhood. Besides German, he speaks fluent English, Italian and French as well as some Chinese. In addition, he brings a broad technical, commercial and business knowledge from his management positions with him to his new role.

    KBA-Italia was founded in 1995 as a subsidiary of Koenig & Bauer. The professional support of the traditionally very strong Italian market for web and sheetfed presses is in the hands of 30 employees.

    One of the outstanding competencies of Koenig & Bauer's Italian sales and service subsidiary is the promising packaging market. New to the portfolio are finishing systems such as the Rapida RDC 106 rotary die cutter and die-cutting technology from KBA-Iberica. KBA-Italia made a successful start to 2018 with the sale and delivery of several large-format Rapida presses to Italian commercial, book and packaging producers.

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    news-1042 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:31:39 +0200 3 x Gold! Koenig & Bauer wins BCM Award https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/3-x-gold-koenig-bauer-wins-bcm-award/
  • BCM Award honours content-driven corporate communication projects
  • Jubilee box “People, machines, ideas” wins in three categories
  • Embedding a new brand identity  
  • Koenig & Bauer won gold at Europe’s largest awards ceremony for content marketing yesterday in Vienna: The jubilee box, designed in collaboration with Hamburg-based design agency MUTABOR, celebrating the press manufacturer’s 200th anniversary was the only entry to win over the jury in three categories. The box’s content bridges the past to the present and consists of a book, a brochure and a poster set.

    Ralf Grauel (Grauel Publishing), Claus Bolza-Schünemann (president and CEO Koenig & Bauer) and Sven Ritterhoff (MUTABOR) are pleased with their BCM Awards (Source: Frank May)

    The BCM Award honours outstanding content that creates relevance and added value for the recipient. The three components of the anniversary box “People, machines, ideas” underline how Koenig & Bauer has driven change in the print industry. The fictional-style history book "People" expands the boundaries of corporate publishing - twelve scenes, twelve portraits of people, landmarks and their moments of fate. The poster set "machines" uses elaborate informative graphics to convey the fascination of printing. Thirteen posters show superior machines and tell the story of printing. The magazine “Ideas” looks to the future. It focuses on the richness, range and innovative strength of the print industry, whose technologies are interwoven with every industry. It tells us what's possible today, what’s coming tomorrow and what global trends will make Koenig & Bauer look positively to the future.

    “People, machines, ideas” has been published in English and German with a total circulation of 10,000 copies.

    “The process of transforming our brand was intense and exciting. MUTABOR has helped us to make the innovative power that Koenig & Bauer has demonstrated for over 200 years more visible and perceptible,” explains Claus Bolza-Schünemann, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer.

    At the award ceremony, Sven Ritterhoff, associated partner and creative director at MUTABOR added: “We are delighted that this award has rewarded our very profound work in terms of design and content. The idea for "People, machines, ideas", as part of a large-scale brand relaunch, arose from many direct encounters with people at Koenig & Bauer. Koenig & Bauer's overall presence is a 360-degree project par excellence.”

    MUTABOR has worked with Koenig & Bauer on its new brand identity since 2017.   The world’s oldest press manufacturer got a brand makeover as part of its celebrations surrounding the company’s 200th anniversary. The brand makeover ranges from a completely new brand look, the naming scheme, corporate design and corporate publishing to press product design. MUTABOR worked closely with Grauel Publishing and Design 3 on the implementation of the project.

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    news-1035 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:31:00 +0200 Clifton Packaging invests again in Koenig & Bauer flexo technology https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/clifton-packaging-invests-again-in-koenig-bauer-flexo-technology/
  • Growth market flexo printing
  • Successful partnership continues
  • New technology for Flexotecnica presses      
  • The Evo XD for Clifton Packaging is already its third Koenig & Bauer press
    Clifton Packaging Group is one of the UK’s fastest-growing companies in the field of flexible packaging. The investment in a third flexo printing press from KBA-Flexotecnica now represents the continuation of the successful partnership between the two companies. “We are very satisfied with our two existing flexo presses. Service, quality and further technological advances convinced us once again that we can continue to grow with Koenig & Bauer technology. With the high level of performance seen so far, and based on a close working partnership forged over many years, Clifton Packaging were happy to once again work with KBA Flexotecnica,” says managing director Shahid Sheikh OBE. “Furthermore, Clifton Packaging see the synergies that the wider Koenig & Bauer Group can offer to flexible packaging markets, and we look forward to seeing new developments and new solutions from Koenig & Bauer”. The new Evo XD from Koenig & Bauer was fired up in Leicester, England in early 2018 and will primarily print flexible packaging.

    Innovation, growth, broad product portfolio

    Clifton Packaging was founded in 1981 and has since established an excellent reputation and brand for itself especially when it comes to innovation. In recent years Clifton has grown considerably which resulted in the company being recognised by the London Stock Exchange as one of the top 1000 most aspiring and fastest growing companies in the UK. The company specialises in high-quality packaging for FMCG markets and the Wet Protein sector. These products are sold throughout the world, including  Africa and the Middle East. Thanks to its very broad portfolio of materials and packaging options, the company can react quickly to customer requirements. However, Clifton Packaging not only regards itself as an innovative packaging printer, it also offers its customers a complete packaging solution, from the idea to the finished product. Furthermore, the Clifton group not only prints packaging and supplies pouches, it also offers contract packing services and sells food processing and packing machinery including multihead weighers and ancillary equipment. It is believed to be the only company of its type in the UK to offer the full packaging solution.

    New technology for Evo XD

    With its eight printing units, a new dryer generation and newly developed drive and control technology, the cutting-edge Evo XD is tailored to meet high quality requirements on a wide range of substrates. The CI flexo press has a web width of 1,320 mm and a cut-off of 370 to 1,000 mm. The technical highlights include a highly efficient energy-saving ventilation system in the bridge dryer and the fully automatic AIF impression setting system, which needs no ink during the adjustment process. The user-friendly ARF register setting system ensures that start-up waste is reduced to a minimum. All of the important automation and control functions are integrated in the new touch screen panel, assuring intuitive press operation. As far as automation for fast job changes is concerned, the Evo XD is state of the art. The press can run at speeds of up to 500 m per min depending on substrate.

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    news-1032 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:05:29 +0200 Digitalisation of business processes live https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/digitalisation-of-business-processes-live/
  • 640 print experts from some 40 countries watched live shows
  • Inspiring keynotes from innovations experts
  • Fully networked packaging production
  • World premiere: Ipress 106 K PRO flatbed die-cutter
  • Data-based services already a reality
  • Autonomous printing in practice
  • Breakout sessions on production of high-volume and luxury packaging
  • In his opening address Ralf Sammeck, managing director of KBA-Sheetfed and executive board member of Koenig & Bauer, presents data and facts on Koenig & Bauer’s success in recent years to over 640 visiting print professionals (1)

    Koenig & Bauer is one of Europe’s pioneers when it comes to the digitalisation of business processes. As part of the “Koenig & Bauer 4.0 Packaging & Connected Services” open house from 6 to 8 June 640 users from some 40 countries saw how digital transformation can change modern day-to-day printing house operations, optimise process workflows, create new customer experiences and make a company even more profitable.

    Full house: 640 print professionals from nearly 40 countries watch presentations on a networked printing company over three event days (10)

    Thomas Göcke, head of sheetfed marketing and CRM at Koenig & Bauer, speaks about the brand and success factors for the company’s performance. He explains how networking people, machines and data makes the printing industry even more profitable (2)
    As part of a series of impressive live sessions, the visiting print experts experienced first-hand solutions to streamline processes in all phases of print production, Lean Management and standardisation with the goal of preventing errors. This was in addition to information on data-based value-added solutions in the field of service which make workflows more transparent and maintenance more predictable. Ralf Sammeck, managing director of KBA-Sheetfed and executive board member of Koenig & Bauer, and Thomas Göcke, head of sheetfed marketing and CRM, welcomed the guests and highlighted Koenig & Bauer’s key success factors in sheetfed offset. These range from strategic orientation, the focus on growth areas, outstanding products and strong partners to customer satisfaction, especially through digitalisation and the resulting new service offerings. Their summary: “We bring together what moves our customers forward. The networking of people, machines and data enables new business models that make users even more profitable.”

    Keynotes from innovations experts

    In his inspiring keynote speech, Gerriet Danz calls for the creation of new customer benefits by linking things that have never been linked before (3)
    The keynote speakers at the event were Gerriet Danz and Alexander Müller. Danz has built up a reputation over the past two decades as one of the most respected innovations experts in German-speaking countries. As creative director of the international agency BBDO he supports global players and has founded several companies himself. This year he blogged for Hamburger Abendblatt from Silicon Valley. Using examples from leading companies, he explained how creativity, collaboration, diversity and error culture contribute to developing new business models and creating added value for customers. His conclusion: “The digital shift will never again be as slow as it is today.”

    Alexander Müller is an expert when it comes to digitalisation, innovations and start-ups. As CEO and owner of GEDANKENtanken he established an innovative training company together with his team. He is convinced that due to the digital revolution and exponential innovation growth, we are living in an epochal time, the effects of which we do not yet foresee.

    Autonomous printing of several packaging jobs on a Rapida 105 PRO with AutoRun and speeds of up to 17,000sph (5)

    Seamless digital processes in a networked print company

    The Rapida LiveApps facilitate press operation, maintenance, warehouse management and batch tracking. Dirk Winkler, head of printing technology at Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul, shows how they are changing everyday print shop life (6)
    A Rapida 76 kicked off the series of live demonstrations by printing high-quality luxury packaging in LED-UV with opaque white on metallised board. As part of a complex demonstration, the print experts witnessed seamless digital processes with MIS Optimus Dash with LogoTronic Professional and Esko Equinox on a Rapida 105 PRO which produced various packaging jobs prepared by MIS, the Ipress 106 K PRO flatbed die-cutter, the Rapida LiveApps series and service solutions such as PressCall, Visual Press Support, performance reports and the possibilities of predictive maintenance. Sven Oswald, who amongst other things is a scientific anchorman for a public-service broadcaster in Berlin-Brandenburg, brought everything together and showed the possibilities of cutting-edge data communication in a networked printing firm.

    The print jobs and all necessary work steps were generated in the MIS system Optimus Dash live in front of the visiting experts. The flexibility and speed of this modern system is persuasive: from job scheduling to controlling and accounting.

    Presenter Sven Oswald, Henny van Esch, Optimus, and Alexander Stern, Koenig & Bauer, (l-r) show live how print jobs can be created in MIS Optimus Dash with just a few clicks and how LogoTronic and MIS correspond with each other in real time (4)

    After the job was created in MIS, it was sent to the Rapida 105 PRO. The press operators can see all the information forward by MIS as a JDF ticket immediately at the console. They use the job information together with the CIP3 presetting data from pre-press to automatically set-up the press. After plate changing, inking-up and inline register corrections, printing began on yogurt packaging in an extended colour gamut 6c with Esko Equinox.

    A constant eye on production and costs

    The management of a printing company can access all press and operating data at anytime from anywhere, even via smartphone or tablet pc, with LogoTronic Professional and the functions PressWatch and Speedwatch. After printing has finished, LogoTronic Professional sends all production times and amounts of consumables used back to Optimus. It not only stores these times, but also press-specific notifications: every sample sheet removed, every production downtime is logged according to job. Optimus generates a cost breakdown based on the production times accumulated with just a few mouse clicks. The company can immediately see whether it is operating economically efficiently. 

    It has begun: Thomas Göcke uses the example of plate changing times to explain how data from Rapida presses and artificial intelligence in conjunction with predictive service can be used to identify patterns to prevent unplanned downtimes (8)
    After the yogurt packaging, the Rapida 105 PRO printed a raft of other print jobs fully automatically. ErgoTronic AutoRun started a sequence of print jobs, using preset values, work steps and sequences set by the operator. He himself no longer has to intervene. Dirk Winkler, head of print technology, commented on the individual automatic work steps and thus made them transparent for the visitors. A glance at the MIS showed what happened on the Rapida 105 PRO in theory and practice. 

    One of the breakout sessions in the afternoons offered the visitors the opportunity to find out more detailed information about MIS Optimus in small groups.

    Live printing and finishing

    At the same time as print production, Koenig & Bauer presented the world premiere of the Ipress 106 K PRO flatbed die cutter for die-cutting folding cartons. It has the proven feeder of the Rapida presses. Outstanding details include integrated blank stripping, high operating comfort, absolute register accuracy, short makeready times and flexible configuration options.

    A world premiere and for the first time in Radebeul: the Ipress 106 K PRO flatbed die cutter from KBA-Iberica has the same feeder as Rapida sheetfed offset presses (9)

    Innovative services use digital data streams 

    At the end of the print demonstration Dirk Winkler deliberately staged an error in the sheet travel of the Rapida 105 PRO. Communication with the Koenig & Bauer hotline takes place via PressCall at the console. There’s no need to make the usual calls. All remote maintenance-relevant data can be accessed via the hotline without delay or detours. Printers and service staff use VisualPressSupport for troubleshooting. The operator sets up a video stream with the service support technician. The service technician can mark, save and store images in the video. In addition, the service specialist can display documents on the screen of the mobile device at the press to support finding a solution. All this data is documented in the CRM platform so that it is also available for future service calls.

    Use of innovative digital technologies in service: With VisualPressSupport, printers and service technicians can correspond via smartphone. Videos can be shared and marked, and images can be captured, saved and stored. In addition, the service technician can display documents on the screen of the mobile device at the press to support finding solutions (7)

    Koenig & Bauer offers a range of other digital services based on the data supplied by the Rapida presses. Users with a remote maintenance contract and a static VPN connection (Windows platform) receive a monthly performance report that displays the performance data (non-order-related data) and KPI (key performance indicators) of their press clearly. While value-added services based on the performance data of machines installed worldwide are still in their infancy at other companies, they are already firmly established at Koenig & Bauer.

    In addition to the picture of past events, the data streams from the Rapida presses can be used to proactively (e.g. to perform maintenance) and predictively foresee events. To this end, Koenig & Bauer uses artificial intelligence algorithms and optimisation methods, such as machine deep learning tools, to identify patterns for the early detection and avoidance of unplanned breakdowns and to plan for necessary maintenance. 

    This permanent monitoring naturally requires the user’s consent. The long-term goal is to avoid errors before they occur. The data determined by the system is available to the user in the customer portal.

    The Rapida RDC 106 rotary die cutter demonstrates its superior die-cutting performance in one of the breakout sessions (11)

    Breakout session for high-volume packaging

    Falk Rößler, Koenig & Bauer, and presenter Sven Oswald (r) discuss the customer benefits of the Performance Report, which provides a clear graphical overview of press and performance data, and contributes to the early recognition of trends and patterns as well as the identification of potential for optimisation. In addition, internal and external comparison with other presses from the same class is possible (12)
    A further breakout session focused on high-volume packaging production in medium and large format as well as the production of luxury packaging on a Rapida 106 double-coater press and Rapida RDC 106 rotary die cutter. The highlights of high-volume printing on a six-colour Rapida 145 were print speeds of 18,000 sheets per hour and autonomous printing with AutoRun. Packaging for food and detergents was produced in non-stop operation. Conventional, low-migration inks from Huber, Actega FoodSafe dispersion coating and BillerudKorsnäs GC1 270g/m² (170lbs) board were used.

    A seven-colour Rapida 106 with coater produced more folding cartons at speeds of up to 20,000 sheets per hour. Image-determining elements in 4c and 7c colour gamut were printed with Esko Equinox, so that the advantages of seven-colour printing in the reproduction of special colours could be seen on one sheet.

    Production of luxury packaging with cold foil on a Rapida 106 double-coater press. The presenters Sven Kretzschmar, Mariann Thutewohl and Anne-Kathrin Gerlach answer every question with enthusiasm and expertise (13)

    Printing and finishing of luxury packaging

    Health care and cosmetics packaging was produced on a six-colour Rapida 106 double-coater press. Production took place in LED UV with inline cold foil and coating with UV coating as well as micro-embossing via the second coating unit. Fast job changes and the latest generation of QualiTronic measuring technology, including inline colour control QualiTronic ColorControl, were on show.

    With print speeds of 20,000sph, the Rapida 106 shows what it can do in high-volume production. Sascha Fischer, head of product management, explains the press’ unique selling points and print production (14)
    Both print jobs were processed on the Rapida RDC 106 rotary die cutter, the world’s fastest die cutter with speeds of up to 17,000 sheets per hour. The Rapida RDC has already been successfully established as a die cutter in three segments (packaging, in-mould labelling and commercial printing) and five processes (die cutting/scoring, hole punching and extraction, creasing/embossing, stripping). A first user has already opted for the second machine in this series.

    Health care packaging was blind embossed. At the same time it was grooved, punched and the waste was stripped. A Master Blanker from Laserck was available for blank stripping. Following a quick job change, cosmetic packaging was grooved, punched and stripped of waste on the Rapida RDC 106. With speeds of up to 15,000sph, the Rapida RDC 106 once again demonstrated its unprecedented production performance.

    Thomas Göcke shows which data-based services are already available today and which will be added soon (15)

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    news-1027 Fri, 08 Jun 2018 10:15:16 +0200 Successful Print4All for Koenig & Bauer https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/successful-print4all-for-koenig-bauer/
  • Service drive in the Flexotecnica “Active Corner”
  • Flexotecnica at Print4All
  • Wipak Iberica wins at FTA Europe Diamond Awards 2018
  • Growth market flexo printing    
  • Print4All in Milan was a success for Koenig & Bauer. The so-called “Active Corner” at the trade fair showcased existing service offerings which have been successfully implemented in web offset presses. These products have now been adopted in Flexotecnica’s product portfolio and will be offered by the Koenig & Bauer subsidiary. It was also shown, for example, how press faults can be corrected faster with the help of augmented reality data glasses. With the data glasses, Koenig & Bauer remote maintenance specialists can see in real time what the customers’ service technician can see on site and possible faults can be remedied. What is more, a raft of new integrated solutions aimed at minimising makeready and waste were presented as well as further optimisations to improve quality and reduce energy consumption.“The feedback we got was entirely positive. The services, quality and new developments regarding our presses were well received by our customers,” says Stefano Squarcina, sales and marketing director at Flexotecnica.

    Established and new service offerings were presented in the KBA-Flexotecnica “Active Corner” at Print4All (1)

    “BEST IN SHOW” Award for Wipak Iberica

    The Diamond Awards have been awarded during Print4All for the second time after 2016 by FTA Europe. The big winner of the evening was Wipak Iberica. The company scooped awards in the categories “FLEXO PRINT ON FILM - WIDE WEB” and “BEST IN SHOW“ for the best printwork out of all participating companies. The print samples entered were printed on a Evo XD from KBA-Flexotecnica. Stefano Squarcina: “We are thrilled that Wipak Iberica won two awards for printwork produced on our machines“. FTA Europe was founded in 2015. It represents the common interests of the European flexo industry and also provides a common platform for European flexo associations to promote knowledge exchange, collaboration and alignment.

    FTA Europe Diamond Awards 2018 for Wipak Iberica (l-r): Angel Puy, Wipak Iberica; Jaime Herranz, Wipak Iberica; Sante Conselvan, FTA Europe President; Wim Buyle, FTA Europe Vice-President (2)

    Wipak produces high-quality packaging solutions

    The Wipak Group develops and manufactures highly innovative premium-quality packaging solutions for food products and medical instruments and devices. Wipak is part of the packaging division of the Finnish Wihuri Group, which employs more than 5,000 highly qualified professionals all over the world. The comprehensive services and technical support in the fields of product development, packaging design and film printing offered by the company form the pillars of its company strategy.

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    news-1022 Tue, 05 Jun 2018 11:06:21 +0200 Koenig & Bauer scoops prizes at 4th German Stevie® Awards https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-scoops-prizes-at-4th-german-stevieR-awards/
  • Third prize in only six months
  • Award for superior marketing in B2B
  • Creation of an integrated brand and product image 
  • Koenig & Bauer scooped two awards at this year’s German Stevie Awards ceremony at the famous Adlon Hotel in Berlin. The printing press manufacturer won a Gold Stevie Award for its product campaign “Built for your needs. The B2 presses.” in the category Marketing Campaign of the Year Agriculture / Industry / Construction and a Silver Stevie Award for Communication or PR campaign of the Year in the field of Marketing / Business to Business. Koenig & Bauer has thus won this prestigious German business award for the second year in a row.

    Smiling faces (r-l): Thomas Göcke, head of sheetfed marketing and CRM at Koenig & Bauer, Anja Hagedorn, marketing manager at Koenig & Bauer, and Jan Drechsler, consultant at queo in Dresden, at the award ceremony at Adlon Hotel in Berlin (1)

    Thomas Göcke, head of sheetfed marketing and CRM at Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul, is pleased: “This award means a great deal to us. It shows that a 200-year-old company is able to produce superior marketing campaigns and present conventional printing presses in an emotionally appealing way.”

    Koenig & Bauer started the “Built for your needs. The B2 presses.” campaign in 2017 and with it the press manufacturer treads 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. Media use within the campaign bridges the divide between the analogue and digital worlds, stages common experiences, prompts emotions and provides information in an entertaining manner. Anja Hagedorn, marketing manager at Koenig & Bauer, pinpoints the success of the campaign in a single sentence: “It is not the sale which stands in the foreground, but the customer and his individual needs instead.“ At the end of last year the Marketing Club Dresden awarded Koenig & Bauer with the Dresden Marketing Prize in recognition of its outstanding B2B campaign.

    Integrated campaign communication via print and online media with convincing messages and relevant value propositions (2)

    The German Stevie Awards commends German companies of any size, public and private organizations as well as individuals in over 80 different categories. It was founded in 2002 and today is one the world’s most renowned business prizes.

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    news-1016 Wed, 09 May 2018 10:42:16 +0200 Strong shareholder approval of company strategy https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/strong-shareholder-approval-of-company-strategy/ In addition to a presentation by president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann outlining the company’s performance in 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, details of the growth strategy being pursued and medium-term earnings targets of printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer AG played a key role at the company’s 93rd annual general meeting, which was presided over by supervisory board chairman Dr Martin Hoyos. In the absence of any material deterioration in global economic and political conditions for the international business, the management board expects to achieve organic growth of around 4% in group revenue and an EBIT margin of around 7% in 2018. With its targets for the current financial year Koenig & Bauer is on track to achieving its EBIT margin target of 9% and an organic revenue growth rate of around 4% p.a. by 2021.

    The 93rd Koenig & Bauer AG annual general meeting was held at the Vogel Convention Center (VCC) in Würzburg once again (1)

    Growth in service and packaging markets as well as good progress with product innovations  

    Alongside the gains achieved in service and packaging markets, at the annual general meeting held at the Vogel Convention Center (VCC) in Würzburg Claus Bolza-Schünemann highlighted the company’s good progress with product innovations as additional profitable growth beyond its medium-term goals. Focus is on the large and significantly growing market for direct printing on corrugated board and two-piece can decorating: “With new and further developments, we focus on products and services for the growth markets of packaging, digital and industrial printing, allowing our customers to unlock added value via a sustainable business model. We are increasingly placing store by the “Internet of Things” and proactive service offerings based on an analysis of customers’ specific press and production data. We are committed to achieving the utmost customer satisfaction and long-term customer loyalty through higher customer benefits of our innovative and tailor-made high-tech products and services.”

    Innovative products and services delivering higher customer benefits for the growth markets of packaging, digital and industrial printing were highlighted in the speech held by president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann (2)

    Shareholders approve dividend proposal of €0.90

    In addition to share price gains, shareholders were pleased with the dividend proposal of €0.90 per share, which reflected the group’s strong earnings performance, approving it almost unanimously. The dividend is based on Koenig & Bauer AG’s retained profit of €14.9m. CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “With a distribution rate of 18.4% of the group’s net profit we want our shareholders to participate appropriately in our success and we continue our dividend policy with a rate of between 15% and 35% of group net income.”

    Large majority approve further agenda items

    Alongside the discharge of duties with regard to the members of the management and supervisory board, shareholders elected KPMG Bayerische Treuhandgesellschaft in Nuremberg as public auditors and group auditors in 2018. Furthermore, the AGM approved the current remuneration system for the management board. Shareholders agreed to the profit transfer contracts between Koenig & Bauer AG and KBA-Kammann GmbH as well as Koenig & Bauer AG and KBA-Metronic GmbH. In addition, the management board was authorised to conclude a profit transfer agreement between KBA-Industrial Solutions AG & Co. KG and KBA-Gießerei GmbH.  

    The results of votes on individual items of the agenda are available in German at www.koenig-bauer.com/investor-relations/hauptversammlung/

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    news-1013 Tue, 08 May 2018 10:54:35 +0200 New measurement and control technology for Koenig & Bauer sheetfed offset presses https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/new-measurement-and-control-technology-for-koenig-bauer-sheetfed-offset-presses/
  • Inline colour measurement, production monitoring or PDF comparison with the same basic system
  • Maximum operating and display function integration for the user
  • Comprehensive new report functions and options  
  • With QualiTronic NextGeneration, Koenig & Bauer is launching a revolutionary package of innovations for its inline measuring systems on Rapida sheetfed offset presses. QualiTronic NextGeneration provides a foundation for the restructuring of all inline measurement functions and a platform for further developments in the future. As already successfully implemented with regard to mechanical press components and software, a modular principle enables identical system hardware to be used for a variety of applications. Users can now combine

    • QualiTronic ColorControl (inline colour measurement and control) with
    • QualiTronic PrintCheck (production monitoring)
    • or QualiTronic PDFCheck (sheet inspection and PDF comparison)  

    without needing to worry about the hardware configuration.

    Outwardly, the QualiTronic NextGeneration cameras are hardly distinguishable from their predecessors. One new feature, however, is that PDF comparisons are also possible alongside colour measurement and sheet inspection. (1)
    QualiTronic NextGeneration – One basic system

    The fundamental benefit of using the same hardware to accomplish several tasks, compared to two or more separate systems, is that it is only necessary to invest in one basic system. Subsequently, there is only one system to be maintained.

    Typically, installation space available on the press is limited. If a colour measuring system is installed in a particular printing unit, for example, it is not possible to integrate an additional inspection system. With QualiTronic NextGeneration, the configuration limitations which are unavoidable when using several separate systems have been overcome. The QualiTronic NextGeneration hardware can be installed at any position on the press. Colour measurement and inspection can thus both be implemented at the same location.

    QualiTronic NextGeneration – New operating concept

    QualiTronic NextGeneration also introduces a completely new operating concept. The majority of the input forms and displays can be found at the same place as for all other functions of the press – directly on the touchscreen monitor of the ErgoTronic console. Through optimising the layout of the operating elements and significantly reducing the number of operating steps required to achieve a given task, work on the press has become even more intuitive.

    Positive effects reported by users include considerably reduced training and familiarisation periods, the exclusion of operating errors, and the user-friendly visualisation of measured values. Important functions and displays can be called up with just two taps on the touchscreen monitor. Simple and clear graphic elements, in conjunction with an absolute minimum of text, facilitate fast and reliable operation.   

    Under the new operating concept, the console monitor is also used for the screen displays of the measuring and control systems (2)

    QualiTronic ColorControl

    QualiTronic ColorControl is the basic module of QualiTronic NextGeneration and serves to measure and control colour in an inline process. As already with the previous generation, the camera scans the entire area of every single sheet. The same proven fast inline colour regulation system then provides for especially rapid colour optimisation to help minimise the makeready time between two print jobs.

    Many details have been further accelerated in the new version and brought into line with the demands of industrial print production. Functions such as the definition of the colour bars, job-specific data inputs and other previously manual processes have been eliminated. They now run in the background without operator intervention. The new measured value displays, and the reduction of these displays to simple graphic elements, are revolutionary. For the first time, Koenig & Bauer now presents the measured values vertically for the whole press, i.e. in a single view for all printing units.

    QualiTronic ColorControl – a new operating menu on the touchscreen monitor, with visualisation of all colour measurement values (3)

    QualiTronic PrintCheck

    The option QualiTronic PrintCheck expands QualiTronic ColorControl by adding powerful sheet inspection functionality. With this unique system, colour measurement can be combined with production monitoring.

    Here, too, a new operating philosophy has been implemented. In the past, many inspection systems remained the domain of just a few experts due to their complicated settings and time-consuming operating steps. The new inspection system QualiTronic PrintCheck, by contrast, is readily accessible to every printer, not least because it requires no operator intervention at all. From start to finish of a print job, the system functions completely autonomously. Job data is imported in the background, and the inspection parameters – once a science in themselves – are determined automatically. QualiTronic PrintCheck even identifies the correct time at which to start production monitoring itself.

    At the end of the job, finally, a simple job report is saved automatically as a PDF file, again without further inputs on the part of the operator. The makeready time for this system is thus effectively zero.   

    The photo shows the whole user interface of QualiTronic PrintCheck. Operation is menu-driven on the basis of icons and thus language-independent (4)

    QualiTronic PDFCheck

    The alternative QualiTronic PDFCheck incorporates two new functions to complement QualiTronic ColorControl – sheet inspection and comparison of the printed sheet against a pre-press PDF, i.e. the customer data. This function is especially interesting for Internet printers with their frequent job changes, as well as for production with gang formes.

    Timely comparisons enable errors on the sheet to be detected before actual production commences. In the past, separate systems offering such functions were usually aimed at users working in security printing or for pharmaceuticals branch. QualiTronic PDFCheck, on the other hand, is intended to support also commercial and Internet printers.

    A user-friendly interface and a host of practical functions assist operators in their daily work. The PDF comparison starts automatically, and it is only when QualiTronic PDFCheck detects any deviations that the operator is called upon to react.   

    Comprehensive new report functions and options

    Alongside these major innovations, the system offers a series of new report functions and options. QualiTronic ColorControl, for example, can be expanded with the following functions:

    • Various colour measurement reports
    • Inline register measurement and control
    • Measurement using significantly narrower colour bars; in medium format, the minimum height for the colour bars is just 3 mm  

    QualiTronic PDFCheck can be expanded with:

    • SheetIdent for sheet numbering
    • or the new PileView function to enable virtual assessment of the good and waste sheets within a printed pile.  

    The whole range of measuring and control systems can be ordered and supplied with immediate effect.

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    Sheetfed offset Ideas & Innovation
    news-1008 Fri, 04 May 2018 09:38:09 +0200 PMS Offsetdruck starts up a new Rapida 106 https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/pms-offsetdruck-starts-up-a-new-rapida-106/
  • Die-cutting and coating via the coating tower
  • High production output for additional print jobs
  • Further investments in post-press systems  
  • A new Rapida 106 has been in operation at PMS Offsetdruck in Wendelstein near Nürnberg since the beginning of March. The five-colour coater press adds a significant boost to production capabilities compared to its predecessor. This is furthermore the company’s first sheetfed offset press from Koenig & Bauer.

    Apart from the usual criteria such as production speed, job changeovers and quality, the specialists at PMS based their purchase decision on the ability of the new press to die-cut complicated formes inline. This requires fast conversion of the coater between die-cutting and coating set-ups. After all, 40 per cent of the company’s jobs involve die-cutting, while 60 per cent are coated. At the same time, the Rapida 106 made the best impression in terms of innovative automation technology, for example the DriveTronic SIS sidelay-free infeed.

    Everyone is delighted with the new high-end Rapida 106 (left to right): Armin Schwarz, PMS Offsetdruck; Christofer Hugel, Koenig & Bauer; Philipp Rachel, Thomas Walzer, Wilfried Buhr, Ahmet Kocak, Ulrike and Christopher Buhr (all PMS Offsetdruck) (1)

    Relief in the production process

    The Rapida 106 was already able to demonstrate its capabilities in the first two weeks, as production ranged from 55 gsm paper to 450 gsm board (2)

    The high production speed of the Rapida 106 has brought tangible relief. The company operates a two-shift system, and the previously necessary third or weekend shifts to cover demand peaks should now be a thing of the past. Job turnaround is also accelerated to the benefit of the customers. Even today, the timing for individual products is already relatively short. The delivery time for 21,000 perfect-bound brochures with over 400 pages of content and a cellophane cover is less than a week.

    Another point which benefits customers of PMS is the expansion of its portfolio in the field of high-quality inline coating. In the past, PMS outsourced its coating needs to a partner company. The results were good, but the additional transport was costing far too much time. Works manager Christopher Buhr: “Under the motto ‘Faster, higher, farther’ and with an ideal investment at just the right place and time, we are looking ahead very positively to the future.”

    Inline colour control with QualiTronic ColorControl has raised the quality of the printed products yet another notch compared to the eleven-year-old predecessor press. This quality also remains identical for every single sheet, even in case of later repeat jobs. 

    PMS has invested in further equipment besides the Rapida 106: A new trimming line (Polar 137 XT Autotrim) and an MBO T800 folder with fully automatic Palamides delivery system are already in production. The company premises, too, are being treated to a major facelift. New windows and furniture have also brightened up the work environment for the office staff.

    The features of the Rapida 106 include inline colour control with QualiTronic ColorControl (3)

    High product diversity

    The Rapida 106 was able to demonstrate its outstanding substrate flexibility during the first weeks of production. The schedule included everything from 55 gsm paper to 450 gsm board. The print jobs handled by PMS are equally diverse: From high-page-count brochures to voucher booklets (with inline die-cutting and perforations), from children's books to premium-quality catalogues for watch and clock manufacturers

    Senior director Wilfried Buhr summarises: “We are not your printer if you only want it cheap. We produce high quality.” That includes offering genuine full service to customers – from business cards to new design developments which help them to present their products at the point of sale. That could mean displays or dispensers which have yet to be produced in the envisaged form, or small items which require complex handling and exceptional creative input. The Buhrs are actually happiest when the customer simply describes the task in hand and asks them to “get on with it”.

    Christopher Buhr and Philipp Rachel discuss the last details of an especially critical job at the ErgoTronic console (4)

    Automation is a boon to operators

    Christopher Buhr: “Under the motto ‘Faster, higher, farther’ and with an ideal investment at just the right place and time, we are looking ahead very positively to the future.” (5)
    The change of manufacturer and the switch to latest-generation technology meant that there was no shortage of new things to learn for the four printers on the Rapida, but they are nevertheless delighted with the new press. For Philipp Rachel, the sidelay-free infeed is one of the most important innovations. It requires no manual settings and thus eliminates many of the cumbersome aspects of substrate changes.

    The 23 permanent employees at PMS serve customers from all over the country and, together with the Buhr media workshop, generated turnover of €6.5 million last year. A merger brought a further sheetfed offset press into the company in 2013. This ten-colour perfector today runs side by side with the Rapida 106.  

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