KBA News Feed http://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:39:10 +0100 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:39:10 +0100 news-841 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:22:40 +0100 Cortina users meet in Eindhoven for their annual exchange of experiences https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/translate-to-english-cortina-user-trafen-sich-zum-jaehrlichen-erfahrungsaustausch-in-eindhoven/ This year’s meeting was already the 13th time that users of the Cortina waterless newspaper press had come together to gather information on technical developments, to share practical experiences and to elaborate joint strategies within the framework of an annual Cortina User Workshop. The event initiated by Koenig & Bauer is held at the location of a different user or supplier industry partner each year, with central organisation placed in the dependable hands of Peter Benz, project manager at KBA-Digital & Web Solutions and the driving force behind the workshop. The host for the 2017 meeting was APEX International, the world's largest manufacturer of anilox and metering rollers with headquarters in Hapert near Eindhoven in the Netherlands.  

The almost 90 participants represented 34 different companies from 13 different countries. The two-day workshop was moderated, as always, by Peter Benz, who was pleased to be able introduce numerous participants who were attending for the first time, in particular the future Cortina users Paul Huybrechts and Pascal Coenen from Printing Partners Paal-Beringen N.V. in Belgium  

Marian Waterschoot, CEO of Apex International, and Thomas Potzkai, head of service and project management at KBA-Digital & Web Solutions, opened the workshop with an official welcome to the participants.  

Subsequently, a joint presentation given by global marketing manager Jeanine Graat and global offset manager Joris Cabri on behalf of APEX International provided an overview of the company’s product portfolio and explained some of the special features and benefits of the technologies used in anilox roller manufacture. 

The 13th Cortina User Workshop was as usual a very international meeting. The almost 90 participants came from 34 different companies in 13 different countries (1)

Further presentations addressed topics such as current retrofit packages and service modules, as well as future preventive measures planned by KBA-Digital & Web Solutions to support the waterless Cortina process. The agenda for the first day was rounded off with a short tour of the production facilities in Hapert, and later a guided coach tour around Eindhoven followed by dinner together at the distinctive Evoluon conference centre.  

The second day was also devoted to a series of technical presentations and experience reports from representatives of the supplier industry and users of Cortina presses.  

Paul Huybrechts, CEO of Coldset Printing Partners, spoke about the printroom of the future, changing market conditions, and how his company in Belgium is responding to digital transformation. In November 2016, it was decided to further expand the Beringen location and then to close the Brussels plant by 2021. The project “Printroom of the future” was born. To realise this vision, an existing Commander press line is to be expanded over the course of the next two years through the integration of a Cortina comprising four towers, two folders, a coater and facilities for variable web widths.  

Patrick Danninger from the Rheinpfalz Print Centre in Oggersheim, near Ludwigshafen, presented the results of a survey conducted among Cortina users. On the basis of the feedback received, he evaluated user satisfaction in various areas, for example consumables, the waterless process in general and press technology.  

Mitsunori Hayashi, general sales manager for Toray, introduced the new sales organisation of the TTCE Graphics Division in Prostějov in the Czech Republic and described how individual markets are served by the dealers marks-3zet, Wifac and Schneidler Grafiska, the latter specifically in Scandinavia. He also reported on the two new plate types Imprima WA and Imprima WB, which were launched successfully in the first quarter of 2017. Furthermore, he underlined that Toray would be working continuously to offer Cortina users maximum sustainability with regard to its products.  

Peter Benz, project manager at KBA-Digital & Web Solutions, moderated the Cortina User Workshop (2)

Michael Millea, consultant to the Heights Group, explained the different sectors in which Heights is active. The partners of the privately held family-run company include not only Toray, but also branch giants such as Kodak and Fuji, and even KBA-NotaSys in the field of special printing applications. Michael Millea presented some of the jointly developed products and drew attention to the main features of the TWP 1250 NEWS processor system.  

Yuval Dubois, president and CEO of Presstek Europe LLC, said that his company would be further strengthening its focus on the Cortina users in the future and had invested accordingly in both its sales organisation and technical support. Particular attention was to be paid to the provision of technical advice to customers. The new Zahara XP Newz plate is an eco-friendly plate which can be washed with water alone. It is suitable for imaging on all platesetters which are compatible with waterless plates and operate in the IR-sensitive range around 830 nm (thermal plates).  

Thomas Fuss, director for web offset product management (Europe) for the Huber group, gave a brief overview of the product portfolio and the reorientation of the group’s web offset activities in Europe. The Huber group is today committed to a simple basic formula for waterless printing inks, using reliable raw materials and geared to an optimised temperature stability. All basic components and specification limits have been defined in accordance with the experience gained and are thus reproducible.  

Patrick Zürcher, managing director of Freiburger Druck, reviewed the project “Mineral-oil-free inks” and the results of tests conducted in Freiburg together with ink manufacturer KMI (Kwang Myung Ink Co. Ltd.) and Wifac bv. These results were described as extremely positive.  

The concluding highlight for the workshop participants was a thought-provoking presentation given by Reinhard Karger, corporate spokesman for the German Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Saarbrücken, entitled “Artificial intelligence – Dynamics for the economy, chances for humanity!”  

The 14th Cortina User Workshop has been scheduled for 26th and 27th September 2018 and will be taking place in Munich, where the Huber group has already offered to host the event. 

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news-839 Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:45:33 +0100 Rapida 75 PRO for Länggass Druck in Berne https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/rapida-75-pro-for-laenggass-druck-in-berne/
  • Single-press concept as the core element of a strategic reorientation
  • Long experience with half-format Rapida technology
  • Rapida 75 PRO convinces with productivity, automation and process integration  
  • Länggass Druck AG was founded in 1878 and is a successful long-established Swiss company in the heart of Berne. It sees itself as a competent service provider and offers a broad portfolio of conventional and digital products, comprising media prepress, printing, equipment as well as logistics.  

    Within the framework of a strategic reorientation, the two managing directors, Tomi Reinhardt and Markus Geiger, after intensive evaluation, decided in favour of a single-press concept with the new Rapida 75 PRO.  

    Since 2008/2009, Länggass Druck has been using two Rapida 75 half-format presses, a five-colour press with coating and a four-colour perfector. These are now to be replaced by a highly automated Rapida 75 PRO with coating unit. Länggass Druck now has the ideal preconditions for providing optimum solutions for the many different customer requirements.  

    The printers from Länggass Druck during training on the new press at KBA-Sheetfed (2)

    Greater productivity

    Looking forward to the new generation of presses (left to right): Tomi Reinhardt, managing director Länggass Druck; Peter J. Rickenmann, CEO Print Assist; Markus Geiger, managing director Länggass Druck and Philipp Feller, production manager Länggass Druck (1)
    Greater productivity and production efficiency are expected from the higher press output of up to 16,000 sheets per hour, as well as from the extended features, automation and process integration. The customer-specific service concept of Print Assist AG, including 24/7 remote maintenance by the factory, means ideal support for the medium-sized company.  

    The Rapida 75 PRO featured at drupa 2016 proves convincing with short, effective makeready times, a practice-oriented automation concept, a high level of operating comfort, excellent print quality and functional design. The lower energy and space requirements in comparison to other presses is ideal for Swiss requirements.  

    Wide range of features

    Its comprehensive technical equipment includes fully automatic plate changing (FAPC), the disengaging of unused inking units from the control console, parallel washing processes (CleanTronic Synchro), a coating unit with semi-automatic forme changing and automatic flushing, VariDryBLUE IR/hot-air dryers with high energy-saving potential, as well as QualiTronic ColorControl inline colour measuring and control technology. With the “One-Button Job Change” program on the new ErgoTronic control console, time savings of up to 50% can be achieved. 

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    news-807 Wed, 08 Nov 2017 07:01:00 +0100 Koenig & Bauer on track to meeting growth and earnings targets for 2017 https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-on-track-to-meeting-growth-and-earnings-targets-for-2017/
  • 4% rise in orders to €903m
  • Gains in service and the growth fields of packaging and digital printing
  • 2% increase in revenue to €848m
  • With book-to-bill ratio of 1.07, order backlog of €613m remains at the previous year’s high level
  • EBIT of €20.1m and a margin of 6.5% in Q3
  • Guidance for 2017 confirmed: revenue of up to €1.25bn and an EBIT margin of around 6%   
  • Following a good third quarter, the Koenig & Bauer group took a large step towards achieving its growth targets for revenue and earnings in 2017, the year in which it was celebrating its 200th anniversary. In the first nine months, order intake rose by 3.9% over the previous year (€869.8m) to €903.4m. “In addition to our expanding service business, the increase in new orders was underpinned by gains in the growth fields of packaging and digital printing,” said CFO Mathias Dähn. CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann reported on a first order for the newly developed digital CorruJET sheetfed press addressing the prospering market of corrugated printing, which attracted great customer interest at the trade event FEFCO in Vienna in October. Revenue rose by 2% to €847.7m. With the book-to-bill ratio of 1.07, the order backlog of €613.2m at the end of the quarter remained at the previous year’s high level. EBIT came to €36.4m in the first nine months. The previous year’s figure of €39.2m had been influenced by a catch-up effect of €4.9m from a security press project. Group net profit came to €29.5m (2016: €32.5m), equivalent to earnings per share of €1.79 (2016: €1.98).  

    Koenig & Bauer has received a first order for the digital CorruJET sheetfed press, which has been newly developed for corrugated printing, an area which is growing at an above-average rate (2)

    Group earnings strengthened by increased Sheetfed profit

    Order intake in the Sheetfed segment rose by 11.7% over 2016 (€429.8m) to €480.3m. In addition to the clear increase in service orders, this performance was underpinned by strong demand in the packaging sector and good signings for commercial sheetfed presses and flatbed die-cutters. Revenue grew by 7% from €443.8m in the previous year to €474.7m. The additional revenue with a good service business and lower costs resulted in an increase in segment profit to €20.3m (2016: €17.3m).  

    Order intake in the Digital & Web segment dropped to €111.1m compared with €128.5m in the previous year particularly as a result of fewer new contracts for web offset presses for newspaper and commercial printing. Reflecting this, revenue came to €113.2m, down 8.8% on the previous year (€124.1m) despite the growth in service business and digital printing presses. The positive earnings trend in web offset and digital printing business came under strain from optimisation efforts at KBA-Flexotecnica, resulting in segment EBIT of –€3.6m compared with the previous year’s figure of –€1.9m.  

    In the Special segment, growth in orders for metal, glass/hollow container decorating and coding systems together with a slight shortfall in security printing business over the previous year’s high level resulted in an increase in new orders from €355.3m to €359.8m. At €304.6m, revenue still fell short of the previous year (€323.6m). EBIT came to €25.6m in the first nine months (2016: €29.6m). The segment posted an EBIT margin of 8.4%.  

    In the current year to the end of September, the proportion of service in group revenue widened to 27%, up from 24% in the previous year. This growth was underpinned by integrated service offerings with analyses and consulting on workflow matters as well as staff training (1)

    Increase in equity ratio to 32.4%

    Despite the higher customer prepayments, cash flows from operating activities came to –€24.6m and were thus down on the previous year’s figure of –€5m. Whereas working capital was successfully reduced in large parts of the group, inventories and customer receivables mainly rose in the Special segment. However, the measures already taken will not have short-term effects. Aside from capital spending of €27.9m, the free cash flow of –€87.8m (2016: –€17m) was burdened by the payment instalments of €37.4m made to date for the external funding of a part of the pension provisions. With its funds of €117.1m, securities of €16.9m that can be liquidated at short notice as well as the high cash and guarantee facilities, Koenig & Bauer has a stable funding base. The equity ratio rose relative to the higher balance sheet total to 32.4% (end of 2016: 31.1%).  

    The group workforce increased by 210 over the previous year to 5,542 employees as of 30 September. In addition to recruiting in the service business and for new applications for the packaging and digital printing markets, 44 employees joined the group as a result of the first-time consolidation of KBA CEE.  

    Guidance for 2017 confirmed

    Following the 2% increase in revenue in the year to 30 September 2017 and the good earnings in the 3rd quarter, the management board’s guidance for 2017 is based on the high order backlog of €613m. Said CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “The numerous press deliveries and service orders in the fourth quarter will trigger a surge in revenue and earnings. In view of this business concentration, which is challenging due to the high capacity utilisation but not unusual, we expect an organic growth of up to €1.25bn in group revenue and an EBIT margin of around 6% in 2017.”  

    Figures at a glance 

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

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    news-799 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 10:29:40 +0200 Amcor Tobacco Packaging installs two long Rapida 106 systems by KBA-Sheetfed https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/amcor-tobacco-packaging-installs-two-long-rapida-106-systems-by-kba-sheetfed/
  • Highly automated for comprehensive print finishing
  • Two Rapida 106-LTT+10+LTTL ALV3 each 34 meters long
  • Delivery in September
  • Since 2012, giant packaging manufacturer Amcor has successfully run what is by far the world's longest medium format press, a Rapida 106 with 19 printing and finishing units, at its’ tobacco packaging manufacturing site in Rickenbach, Switzerland. KBA-Sheetfed has recently delivered two almost as long units of this highly automated medium-format series, each with 17 printing, coating and drying units, to Amcor Tobacco Packaging sites in Mexico and Poland.  

    With 19 printing and finishing units, the world's largest sheetfed offset installation has been in production at Amcor Tobacco Packaging in Rickenbach, Switzerland, for five years (1)

    Complex press lines

    In September two identical machines have been delivered to Amcor’s respective sites by 14 trucks and a total of 16 containers. The installation of the first long Rapida 106 in the Amcor plant in Lodz, Poland, will commence in September.  

    Rapida 106 is a complex machine that consists of:

    • A coating tower;
    • Two drying units;
    • 10 printing units;
    • double-coating equipment;
    • triple delivery extension

    3D view of the two identical 17-unit Rapida 106 presses for the Amcor plants in Poland and Mexico (2)

    Both machines are designed for a maximum production performance of 15,000 sheets per hour and are integrated in an automatic substrate logistics system. For a high level of finishing diversity, the printing and coating units are equipped for UV / mixed operation. IR/TL/UV systems are located in the drying towers and in the delivery extension. Both presses are prepared for the subsequent retrofitting of a ColdFoil Infigo SF 110 cold foil module.  

    For optimum performance, such complex systems require comprehensive automation. This is where the two Rapida 106 presses come into their own, with, among other things, DriveTronic SPC simultaneous plate changers (incl. DriveTronic Plate Ident), CleanTronic Synchro for parallel washing processes, QualiTronic Professional (inline ink density control and sheet inspection) and the PPS system LogoTronic Professional. Emission Extraction Systems (EES) reduce the emissions at the sheet delivery. Coated ink duct panels (EasyClean) allow fast ink changes.  

    The two long Rapida 106 presses for Amcor Tobacco Packaging during final assembly at KBA-Sheetfed in Radebeul (3)

    More flexibility and shorter runs

    Customers want more flexibility and shorter runs. This is why more and more orders are moving from gravure to offset presses. Amcor Tobacco Packaging is now investing in particularly long presses as they allow for offset high-quality packaging printing with elaborate finishing to be produced in one run and therefore make the process faster and more efficient.  

    At the same time, the 19-unit Rapida 106 in Rickenbach, Switzerland, is receiving further automation modules so that it is on the same technical level with the 2 new presses in Poland and Mexico.  

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    news-793 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:15:22 +0200 KBA Report becomes Koenig & Bauer Report https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/kba-report-becomes-koenig-bauer-report/ During the festivities to mark the 200th anniversary of the company in September, the oldest printing press manufacturer in the world also presented its new logo and branding for the future, visually symbolising the strong common umbrella which the parent organisation Koenig & Bauer spans over the group's activities in many different print markets. This comprehensive brand relaunch is also reflected by the latest 51st issue of the customer magazine Report. First published back in 1994, KBA Report has now become Koenig & Bauer Report – with a new layout, typography and colour scheme. What has naturally remained unchanged, of course, is the diversity of informative reports from print companies in different countries and market segments, on technical and process innovations, trends in the branch and the most varied business philosophies.  

    In line with the new brand appearance, Koenig & Bauer Report No. 51 has also be treated to a design make-over

    In his editorial for the anniversary issue, Koenig & Bauer president Claus Bolza-Schünemann looks back to the official commemorative event at the Vogel Convention Center in Würzburg, which drew widespread praise from the 650 international guests. Unanimous highlights of that evening were a rousing keynote address from former Federal President Horst Köhler and insights into the worlds of media, packaging and security from three CEOs of major German and Danish printing companies. He also thanked all those who gave so generously to an anniversary donation call. The company itself promised to double the amount collected with a donation of its own, with the result that a sum of €53,000 can now be transferred to the organisation “Doctors without Borders” to support their humanitarian work in many crisis regions around the world. Bolza-Schünemann: “In his much-acclaimed keynote speech, our former German Federal President Horst Köhler very clearly pointed out that responsibility in politics and industry knows no national boundaries in the age of globalisation. I absolutely agree with this statement.”  

    Alongside articles on the brand relaunch and the anniversary festivities, the 56-page magazine is once again packed with interesting user reports from market segments ranging from commercial and book printing to packaging and newspapers. New technical solutions and service offers from the companies of the Koenig & Bauer Group are also presented.  

    Koenig & Bauer Report is published in German, English, French, Spanish and Italian. Copies can be requested from local regional offices or from the central marketing department of Koenig & Bauer AG

    Tel.: +49 (0)931 909-4567
    Fax: +49 (0)931 909-6015
    E-mail: marketing@koenig-bauer.com

    A PDF version of the magazine is also available for download.

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    news-791 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:27:01 +0200 Dagmar Ringel takes over marketing remit from Klaus Schmidt https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/dagmar-ringel-takes-over-marketing-remit-from-klaus-schmidt/ After more than 28 highly successful years as director of marketing and corporate communications at Koenig & Bauer AG, Klaus Schmidt (63) will be retiring from the company at the end of October. His duties will then pass to Dagmar Ringel, who was most recently director of public relations for technology group ZEISS.   

    Klaus Schmidt (left) with his successor Dagmar Ringel and Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG (1)

    As longstanding director, Klaus Schmidt represented the managerial staff on the supervisory board of Koenig & Bauer AG from 1993 to 2016. He also served on behalf of the parent company on the supervisory and advisory boards of numerous German and international subsidiaries. Over the course of almost three decades, Klaus Schmidt has helped to shape the public and market image of the group with unwavering dedication, both in the press and at countless trade fairs and branch meetings. With his great knowledge of the industry, he was a sought-after partner for discussions throughout the company and beyond.  

    Dagmar Ringel has been appointed to succeed Klaus Schmidt as head of marketing and corporate communications for Koenig & Bauer AG. She can draw on more than 20 years of experience in corporate and marketing communications in internationally focussed companies such as hp and ZEISS. 

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    news-789 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:04:15 +0200 Eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector for Białostockie Zakłady Graficzne https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/eight-colour-rapida-106-perfector-for-bialostockie-zaklady-graficzne/
  • Replacement investment with additional printing units
  • Company expects a 40% increase in productivity  
  • Fourth investment in presses from Koenig & Bauer  
  • Antonina Kuchlewska, president of BZGraf, signed the press acceptance report (1)
    In July 2017, Polish commercial printer Białostockie Zakłady Graficzne (BZGraf) commissioned a new eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector for 4-over-4 production at its Białystok plant. With this new press, already the fourth Rapida to be installed at BZGraf, the company expects to increase its productivity in the segments for full‑colour commercial printing and books by over 40 per cent.  

    Grzegorz Szymczykowski, sales and service manager at KBA CEE: “We are already the market leader for medium- and large-format offset presses for packaging printing. And this installation at BZGraf now confirms the growing market share of Koenig & Bauer when it comes to long perfector presses for full-colour books and commercial products.” It is only two years ago that BZGraf took delivery of a four-colour Rapida 105.  

    Next stage of modernisation completed

    The new press is replacing a Rapida 105 which dates from 2001 and represents another important step in the company’s modernisation plans. Halina Samotik, production manager and member of the board at BZGraf: “At the moment, we work with presses from two manufacturers, including 12 printing units from Koenig & Bauer. The new press not only adds another four units to our capabilities, it also brings numerous other benefits: High print quality, fast makeready and extremely simple handling. At the end of the day, we are looking to boost our productivity by over 40%.”  

    At the commissioning of the eight-colour Rapida 106 (left to right): Grzegorz Szymczykowski, Jan Korenc (both KBA CEE), Antonina Kuchlewska, Halina Samotik (both BZGraf) and Jacek Nieszczerzewicz (KBA CEE) (2)

    The Rapida 106 went into production in July after an installation period of barely three weeks. It prints at 18,000 sheets per hour in straight production and 15,000 sheets per hour in perfecting mode. Accessories for lightweight substrates, fully automatic plate changers, an SIS sidelay-free infeed, facilities to disengage inking units which are not in use, CleanTronic cloth-based washing systems for the blankets and impression cylinders, and colour measurement and control systems are just a few of the configuration highlights.  

    The new press is used above all for the 4/4-colour jobs which account for the majority of production at BZGraf. Founded over 70 years ago, the company has been a member of the Kompap group since 2011. It specialises in full-colour hardcover books, but naturally produces even single-colour jobs where this is requested by customers. The whole finishing process, including adhesive and stitched bindings, is handled in-house. The final products are mainly books, albums, catalogues and comics. “In most cases, these are complex multi-colour jobs which demand the highest production quality. The purchase of a perfector press which guarantees us flawless results was thus imperative,” says Halina Samotik.  

    Białostockie Zakłady Graficzne owns two medium-format Rapidas (3)

    Rapidas have a good reputation

    Most of BZGraf’s customers are based in Poland itself, though the share of exports has recently increased by 20%. Halina Samotik: “Demand is currently rather sluggish on the domestic market, and so we are targeting more and more export business.”  

    As in 2015, the whole management team at BZGraf was involved in the selection process for the new press. The final decision in favour of the Rapida 106 can be attributed not least to the many years of positive experience with presses from Koenig & Bauer. Halina Samotik: “We have already worked with Planeta P44, Rapida 72 and Rapida 105 presses. For our operators, there are thus no problems moving across to the Rapida 106. The Rapidas are very popular here. They are robust and stable. And the new Rapida 106 also incorporates numerous innovative solutions which provide for high print quality on the most varied papers.”  

    Jan Korenc, managing director of KBA CEE: “We view it as a great success that BZGraf is already investing in Rapida technology for the fourth time – especially as this eight-colour press is being installed just two years after the last Rapida. BZGraf operates in a challenging market segment. We are thus all the more pleased about this decision to invest. And we are confident that the two Rapidas will make a valuable contribution to the further development of BZGraf.”  

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    news-786 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:45:42 +0200 Rapida 145: Complete job changes in just two minutes https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/rapida-145-complete-job-changes-in-just-two-minutes/
  • New plate changer enhances productivity
  • Saved time can be used for additional print jobs
  • QualiTronic SheetDetect for automatic makeready
  • Waste reduced to an absolute minimum  
  • FLYERALARM is one of the largest online printer in Germany and currently posts an annual turnover of some €330 million. Even at European level, the family-run company must be counted among the leaders with its 2,000 employees. At just the eight production plants in Northern Bavaria and in Saxony, FLYERALARM Industrial Print operates 90 printing units, predominantly in large format and among them also several Rapida 145 presses.  

    Press operator Marcel Siebig, plant manager Johannes Barthelmes and print manager Christian Schwarz (left to right) in front of one of the three Rapida 145 large-format presses (1)

    The assignment of print jobs to individual plants and presses is decided on the basis of substrate, grammage and product type. The plant in Greussenheim near Würzburg, for example, is specialised on conventional print products on glossy substrates. Two different grammages are printed, namely 135 and 250 g/m2, and the three four-colour Rapida 145 presses produce mainly flyers, folders and magazines. The average run length lies below 5,000 copies, and it is only rarely that orders come in for as many as 30,000 copies. With so many short runs, fast job changes are naturally all the more important.  

    Gang formes are especially typical for Internet printers (2)

    The Rapida 145 large-format presses at the plant in Greussenheim are equipped with a full spectrum of automation modules geared to fast job changes. This includes DriveTronic components such as SIS (sidelay-free infeed) and SPC (simultaneous plate change), CleanTronic Synchro washing systems, a special ink duct coating for fast ink changes, online integration with the LogoTronic Professional management system, and many others besides. Accordingly, fast job changes with automatic plate changing, parallel washing and delivery of the first test print from a new job within five minutes were already standard. Through the incorporation of optimised plate changers and adaptation of the washing programs to the correspondingly shorter change time, however, makeready times in Greussenheim have now been reduced further still. In the meantime, a complete changeover from the last good sheet of one job to the first good sheet of the next takes only half the previous time, as plant manager Johannes Barthelmes confirms.  

    View into the press hall at FLYERALARM Industrial Print in Greussenheim (3)

    QualiTronic SheetDetect supports automated printing

    FLYERALARM combines the efficiency of simultaneous plate changing with the enormous additional potential of PlateIdent. As soon as the data matrix codes on the plates are read, all the necessary press presetting information is loaded directly from LogoTronic Professional. Johannes Barthelmes: “For us, that is a form of semi-automated printing. While the press is in makeready, the printers and helpers have time to attend to other tasks.”  

    The QualiTronic SheetDetect sensor recognises sheets marked with a fluorescent pen (4)

    Normally, several print jobs are stacked together on a single pallet. At the end of each job, the pile is marked with a fluorescent pen, taking into account a defined production allowance and any waste sheets. After turning, QualiTronic SheetDetect recognises the marked sheets by way of a sensor under the infeed, enabling separation of the individual jobs. The Rapida 145 detects the end of a job and starts makeready for the subsequent job in the same manner as ErgoTronic AutoRun. For the helpers on the presses, this means less time to be spent at the feeder and more time for the loading of new plates into the plate changers.  

    Optimised plate changer with PlateIdent cameras on a Rapida 145 (5)

    Inline quality reduces waste

    The three Rapida 145 presses are equipped with QualiTronic ColorControl for inline colour measurement. On this basis, waste has been cut by around 50 per cent compared to the previous Rapida 142 presses. Automatic positioning of the plates with PlateIdent also contributes to waste reduction.  

    There are many aspects of the Rapida technology which Johannes Barthelmes and his colleagues mention as especially advantageous for the business model pursued by FLYERALARM – from the outstanding stability and reliability, to unrivalled speed in production and not least the exceptionally fast makeready. In addition, a close technology partnership drives developments which also benefit other print companies. One example is the new plate changer, which is now officially available to the market.  

    A data matrix code on the plates is used to control the loading of job data from LogoTronic Professional. At the same time, PlateIdent verifies that the plates actually belong to the selected job, ensures correct assignment to the front or reverse side, and checks that the colour sequence corresponds to that of the ink in the printing units (6)

    Primarily in-house value chain

    Day after day, approx. 350,000 printed sheets leave the FLYERALARM plant in Greussenheim. The portfolio of the company group embraces a total of almost 3 million different products and product variants. Unlike other providers, FLYERALARM itself handles the entire value chain for its principal products in the fields of print and advertising. The 2,000 employees print, finish and dispatch some 15,000 jobs every day.

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    news-784 Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:20:42 +0200 Modern Commander CL to mark the 50th anniversary of the company https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/modern-commander-cl-to-mark-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-company/
    The new Commander CL at Druck- und Pressehaus Naumann in Gelnhausen (1)

    Photo: GNZ

    Right on time for the 50th anniversary of its founding, Druck- und Pressehaus Naumann in Gelnhausen celebrated the official inauguration of an ultra-modern Commander CL from Koenig & Bauer together with more than 300 guests of honour. The installation of this new newspaper press has practically doubled print capacity. Managing director Jochen Grossmann: “With Koenig & Bauer, we have a very dependable partner at our side. All the work over the past months was completed professionally, punctually and to our fullest satisfaction.” This was the largest single investment in the history of the company, which not only publishes newspapers such as the Gelnhäuser Neue Zeitung (GNZ), Mittelhessen-Boten and Neuer Markt, but also handles jobs for numerous external customers.   

    Presentation of a model of the new Commander CL (left to right): Thomas Bergmann, project manager KBA-Digital & Web; Jochen Grossmann, managing director Druck- und Pressehaus Naumann; Günter Noll, sales manager KBA-Digital & Web; Oliver Naumann, publisher and executive director Druck- und Pressehaus Naumann; Christoph Rüth, managing director MADSACK media group; Stefan Segger, sales director KBA-Digital & Web Solutions (2)

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    Festive event with prominent guests of honour Auxiliary bishop Professor Dr. Karlheinz Diez, provost Bernd Böttner and Kolping General Praeses Msgr. Ottmar Dillenburg blessed the new press line. Company founder Ehrhard Naumann pressed the button on the console of the Commander CL to start production of an anniversary edition. The guests of honour included also the Hessian state economics minister Tarek Al-Wazir, the deputy president of the Federation of German Newspaper Publishers and chairman of the board of the MADSACK Media Group, Thomas Düffert, and the president of the Federation of German Free-Ad Publications, Alexander Lenders.  

    The Commander CL from Koenig & Bauer comprises two double-width four-high towers for 4/4 production, a KF 5 jaw folder and two Pastomat reelstands with Patras M reel handling. It can print up to 90,000 full-colour newspapers per hour. 

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    news-782 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:15:32 +0200 Fewer new presses – more upgrades and online services https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/fewer-new-presses-more-upgrades-and-online-services/ At the IFRA World Publishing Expo in Berlin in mid-October, just a few days after the company's 200th anniversary celebrations, Koenig & Bauer made its first major public appearance in its newly launched corporate design and with the new slogan “we’re on it”. The diverse presentations and discussions at the exhibition booth of the group business units responsible for the newspaper market – KBA-Digital & Web Solutions and PrintHouseService (PHS) – drew attention to the generally reduced number of new press projects, and above all to service-related topics.  

    In the newspaper branch, in particular, the volume of spending to maintain and modernise existing installations has increased significantly in comparison to the investments in brand new presses. Alongside classic services such as retrofits and press relocations, more and more users are seeking upgrades to expand their production options and thus to improve press utilisation. Typical examples are coating units to enable commercial products to be printed on the waterless Cortina newspaper press, facilities for four-page centre spreads and new advertising formats, or stitchers to enhance the user-friendliness of printed newspapers.  

    Presentation of the AR DataGlass during an open day in Würzburg to mark the 200th anniversary of Koenig & Bauer AG in September 2017 (2)

    New: Lateral stitcher for broadsheet newspapers

    Ribbon and section stitchers have already been incorporated into web presses for the finishing of tabloid products for some years. For broadsheet newspapers, on the other hand, the expensive option of longitudinal gluing has to date remained the only solution. That is all about to change, however, with a new lateral stitcher manufactured by Tolerans. The new unit is installed on the former and places staples in the first longitudinal or former fold of each newspaper section, either continuously or intermittently. Two staples per page length is the standard, although KBA-Digital & Web has already received enquiries for three staples per page length. Where certain prerequisites are met, this wish can also be realised.  

    The lateral stitcher concept is not limited to just broadsheet products, as demonstrated by the world's first pilot installation on a Commander press at Herenco Press in Jönköping/Sweden. Here, the belt guide of the KF 80 folder, with its recently retrofitted quarter-fold module, was adapted to implement lateral stitching. With just minimal investment outlay, Herenco Press has thus gained the capability to stitch quarter-fold products inline in a format close to A4. The conveyor chain passes the stitched and folded products directly to the three-knife trimmer and on to the compensating stackers for “bundling”. That reduces both labour costs and waste.  

    Internet-based offers on the rise

    The extended service portfolio of KBA-Digital & Web also includes various Internet-based offers. In its so-called “Active Corner”, for example, KBA-Digital & Web presented a number of augmented reality options and other means to reduce operating costs, such as predictive maintenance or the energy consumption monitoring system ViSuEnergy. With AR-DataGlass, the specialists at Koenig & Bauer are able to follow the actions of an on-site technician in real time. Intervention times are reduced significantly and there are no misunderstandings due to communication difficulties. VisuEnergy meters and evaluates energy consumption across an entire print company. Another online-based tool is MobileConsole. Designed for use in industrial environments, this tablet serves as a mobile press console with full operating functionality.

    Company founder Ehrhard Naumann started up the new Commander CL at Druck- und Pressehaus Naumann in Gelnhausen during the company's 50th anniversary celebrations (1)

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    New Commander CL at Druck- und Pressehaus Naumann

    Despite the widespread reluctance to invest in the international newspaper industry, there are still numerous new press lines being installed and commissioned around the world. Druck- und Pressehaus Naumann in Gelnhausen near Frankfurt, for example, marked the 50th anniversary of the company in September 2017 by commissioning a new Commander CL from Koenig & Bauer, and in doing so has practically doubled its print capacity (see separate press release).  

    On the island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean, the 20th Cortina waterless press – in a configuration incorporating hot-air dryers – is set to commence production within the next few days. And two further 32-page Cortina press sections will soon be delivered to Coldset Printing Partners in Belgium.

    Koenig & Bauer will soon be delivering two further 32-page Cortina sections to complement the comprehensive retrofit of an existing multi-tower Commander line in Belgium (3)

    Newspapers still holding back on digital print

    There is currently relatively little movement in the field of digital newspaper printing. It is already some years ago that Koenig & Bauer demonstrated the fundamental suitability of a digital inkjet process for hyperlocal or highly targeted short runs, personalised supplements and special products in the fields of event and reader marketing. With the RotaJET L for web widths from 77 to 138 cm, it can also offer a suitable digital press. With the exception of a few installations for foreign newspapers on islands or in densely populated metropolitan regions, however, the branch remains reluctant to invest in digital print due to the higher costs for consumables and the reduced productivity where longer runs are required.

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