Koenig & Bauer News Feed http://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Sun, 21 Jul 2019 10:50:39 +0200 Sun, 21 Jul 2019 10:50:39 +0200 news-1435 Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:41:39 +0200 Commander CT for Florida https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/commander-ct-for-florida/
  • Modern newspaper technology
  • High degree of automation
  • New production hall for Commander CT
  • Investment in newspaper printing  
  • The Villages Operating Company from Florida is investing in a Commander CT 6/2 from Koenig & Bauer. A new, modern production hall is being built for the triple wide installation, which features three reelstands, three printing towers and a folder. This will enable the Commander CT to be expanded further at a later stage. Delivery of the new newspaper rotary press is scheduled for the 3rd quarter of 2020. “We felt it important to have a partner by our side on whom we could build for the long term and who offered stability and continuity. We had an open and trusting relationship right from the very first conversation – and of course the quality of Koenig & Bauer’s products was also persuasive”, said Phil Markward, Publisher at the Villages Media Group. Alongside advertising leaflets, magazines and contracts from external customers, the centerpiece of the media group is the ‘The Villages Daily Sun’ newspaper. It is one of the few newspapers in the US to see its circulation rise continuously. The printing capacity of the new Commander CT 6/2 is 90,000 four-color newspapers per hour. Stefan Segger, Vice President Sales Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed: “We are of course delighted to have persuaded a new customer of the merits of our systems. I believe we have been able to demonstrate once again that we are the world market leader with our high-speed rotary presses and that in us publishers have a partner by their side on whom they can rely.” Seven of the last eight large newspaper rotary presses sold to North America have been Koenig & Bauer machines.

    Just after the contract was signed in Florida: James Sprung, Associate Publisher, The Villages Media Group; Winfried Schenker, Senior Manager Sales Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Phil Markward, Publisher, The Villages Media Group; Stefan Segger, Vice President Sales Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Steve Infinger, Director of Operations, The Villages Media Group; Jurgen Gruber, Sales Manager Koenig & Bauer (US) Inc.; Dan Sprung, Director Marketing / Publishing, The Villages Media Group (1)

    The Villages

    With a daily circulation of just over 60,000 newspapers, The Villages Daily Sun has been enjoying steady growth for years. The newspaper is distributed mainly in The Villages, a fast-growing town in Florida almost an hour away from Orlando. Some 120,000 people live there already, and 300 new houses are built every month. Phil Markward: “The printed newspaper is part of our community philosophy, and we notice that the expectations on the newspaper are particularly high. Quality journalism must therefore also be presented well. Based on 20 years of consecutive circulation growth we firmly believe the circulation will continue to climb in the coming years.”    

    Automated, flexible and reliable

    A comprehensive automation package including RollerTronic roller locks, CleanTronic cylinder wash-up device, color and cutting register control systems, color measuring and control systems and the fully automated plate changing systems reduces make ready times, wastage, operating and maintenance costs to a minimum. The Commander CT is controlled from a new ErgoTronic console with EasyTronic for optimized start-up of the rotary press. An extensive software package for maintenance and repairs simplifies and gives transparency to the operating processes on the technical side.

    The new Commander CT will be delivered in the 3rd quarter of 2020 (2)

    Web offset References & Showcases Market
    news-1431 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:56:46 +0200 DruckArt shows its format https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/druckart-shows-its-format/
  • Small works of art for the presentation of sophisticated brands
  • Six-colour press with coating tower and delivery Extension
  • Focus on quality and makeready times
  • High added value under one roof
  • A six-colour Rapida 106 with coating tower and delivery extension has been in operation at DruckArt for a year now (1)

    The DruckArt company building in Kaufering, Upper Bavaria, is modern and designed according to feng shui principles (8)
    As soon as you enter the foyer of DruckArt in Kaufering in southern Germany, it becomes clear that this is a very special company in the graphic arts industry. The entrance area is designed according to feng shui rules – water, plants and lots of art provide a feel-good factor and create the vibrant centre point between the administration and the pressroom.

    This flair continues in the print products of the company, which has been part of the Geiselberger Group since 2012. DruckArt mainly produces secondary packaging for the textile, fashion and cosmetics industries – from the smallest run to millions of copies with the highest level of finishing. Sometimes it is with small works of art that the brands present themselves. Site manager Andreas Seitz puts it this way: "Our work begins where most others stop," whether with regard to small print runs, the high proportion of finishing or the proportion of manual work.

    Happy with the new technology (from left to right): printer Dennis Gollent, Gavin Elflein from Koenig & Bauer Germany, Andreas Seitz, site manager of the Geiselberger Group, and production manager Florian Schöck (2)

    Use from lightweight stock to thick cardboard

    DruckArt has a modern finishing die-cutter for effective finishes (4)
    A Rapida 106 by Koenig & Bauer has been in production in the company's pressroom for a year now. With the six-colour press, which has an additional coating unit, DruckArt has expanded its product portfolio in terms of both format and the range of substrates that can be processed.

    The Rapida 106 also brought medium-format sheetfed offset printing to the company. Previously, production was only in half format. The product portfolio has been expanded significantly by the format enlargement. In addition, the significantly more productive press increases capacity. It is so universally equipped that it can process both thin substrates such as 40 g/m2 patient package inserts and 800 g/m2 cardboard.

    The technology of the Rapida 106 already convinced the DruckArt experts in initial presentations. It is characterised by high performance and versatility. The DriveTronic feeder and the sidelay-free infeed (DriveTronic SIS) also offer significant advantages when processing a wide range of substrates – from the elimination of manual adjustments to gentle, jerk-free pile Lifting.

    Many high-quality and unusual products benefit from manual process steps (5)

    High print quality and short makeready times

    Small is beautiful: depending on box size and processing, production is also carried out in significantly smaller formats (3)
    The press is quickly inked up, and the various measuring systems ensure constant printing results. The measurement technology with QualiTronic ColorControl and LiveView regularly impresses customers who come to the Rapida for final adjustments. Production manager Florian Schöck is also very impressed by the printing of complicated colour areas: "The Rapida 106 is perfect for this. Colour areas are excellent on the substrates used."

    On account of the not inconsiderable customer base of startups from all industries, the print run is in the low range and sometimes only comprises 100 to a maximum of 5,000 sheets. This means that maximum printing performance plays a lesser role. On the other hand, short makeready times are essential. This means that DruckArt attaches great importance to fast washing and fast ink changes, for production frequently is carried out with up to six special colours, followed by four-colour printing again. Gold and silver colours are in high demand. The automatic shutdown of inking units that are not needed significantly simplifies the necessary changeover processes. There is no need to apply idling paste and wash it off again. On the other hand, the printing time increases. When the inside of folding boxes has to be printed, the first units can also be used for powdering.

    High-quality finishing and packaging for cosmetic products – often in small quantities – are one of DruckArt's main production areas (6)

    High-quality finishing – exactly according to your wishes

    Despite exceptional products and high costs for finishing, DruckArt's employees make sure that even with tight budgets, the wishes of their customers are fulfilled down to the smallest detail. In the case of complex folding boxes, they check exactly which of the cost-intensive manual work processes can be implemented by machine.

    This begins with coating. Everything that is possible is coated in an inline process with the coating tower of the Rapida 106: In addition to surface and pattern coatings with different dispersion varnishes, soft-touch and drip-off effects are also created. Quick anilox roller changes also allow different coating thicknesses to be applied. Hot embossing and hologram foils as well as cellophane wrappings also ensure an elegant appearance for the brands in question.

    Some labels from the fields of natural cosmetics and fashion also attach importance to the use of vegan products. For this purpose, DruckArt provides proof that the inks, varnishes, adhesives and all other necessary aids that are used have no animal-based components.

    The production of patient package inserts is the second important pillar of DruckArt's Business (7)

    Fully integrated packaging production

    Within the Geiselberger Group, DruckArt has developed into a specialist company for refined print products and the production of patient package inserts. From consulting to design, printing, finishing, processing and packaging, all processes take place under one roof. This ensures short routes, fast reaction times and high added value. On a production area of over 5,000 m2, 50 employees work in two shifts, and if necessary also in three. Five young people are trained in the company as office clerks, media designers, media engineers for printing, as well as packaging engineers.

    Sheetfed offset Market References & Showcases
    news-1429 Fri, 12 Jul 2019 07:35:55 +0200 Refugees from Pakistan start permanent employment https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/refugees-from-pakistan-start-permanent-employment/
  • Refugees from Pakistan pass final Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CIC) examination as mechatronics technicians
  • Taken on with permanent employment contracts
  • Two more apprentices receive awards as best of their year
  • The two young skilled workers Bilal Ahmad (2nd from left) and Saad Malik (centre) proudly present their training certificates. They received their permanent employment contracts from Ralf Sammeck, member of the Koenig & Bauer management board and CEO of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, Jochen Mann, head of training (2nd from right) and Markus Rasche, head of human resources (right) (1)

    In 2015, when the refugee crisis reached its peak, two Pakistanis began their vocational training at Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul near Dresden. After almost 4 years of training, the two, who fled for political and religious reasons, have now received their CIC certificates as skilled workers.

    They learned the trade of mechatronics technician, which is considered to be one of the most demanding apprenticeships in Germany. With their vocational qualifications, Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed has taken both of them into permanent employment. Bilal Ahmad now works in printing tower assembly, while Saad Malik assembles electrical components on the feeders of Rapida sheetfed offset presses.

    Bilal Ahmad now has his qualification in mechatronics. As a skilled worker he now installs electronic components in the printing towers of Rapida sheetfed offset presses (2)

    Successful teamwork

    With these two Pakistanis, refugees have for the first time passed standard examinations in the Chamber district of Dresden CIC in this trade. The fact that this success story was possible is also due to the ten-strong teaching group of this class. Jochen Mann, head of vocational training, is delighted: "They all helped them and supported them with every trick in the book." They studied together, repeated the subject matter with the two Pakistanis and explained the processes to them.

    Bilal Ahmad now has his qualification in mechatronics. As a skilled worker he now installs electronic components in the printing towers of Rapida sheetfed offset presses (2)
    Through the Senior Expert Service, a former master trainer supported Bilal Ahmad and Saad Malik in the last three months before the all-important exams, for the two of them had to be able to understand and answer the complex questions asked in German by the CIC. In the end they finished with better results than some trainees from Germany.

    On July 15, Tom Noack (2nd from right) won the "Best Young Skilled Worker in the Electrical Trades" award and Theodor Hahn (centre) won the "Best Young Skilled Worker in the Industrial Metal Trades" award by the Sachsenmetall employers' association (4)

    Sachsenmetall Award for Best of the Year

    Head of training Jochen Mann (right) with the two award-winning young skilled workers Theodor Hahn (left) and Tom Noack (5)

    The vocational qualifications of the two refugees are just one of the highlights of Koenig & Bauer's vocational training programme. Again and again, trainees of the printing press manufacturer win awards as the best of their year. This year, the employers' association Sachsenmetall awarded Tom Noack the title of "Best Young Skilled Worker in the Electrical Trades". He was also instrumental in supporting the two Pakistanis in their training. The industrial mechanic Theodor Hahn received the award "Best Young Skilled Worker in the Industrial Metal Trades". The awards they have received are part of a long chain of success within Koenig & Bauer's vocational training programme.

    Koenig & Bauer is a multicultural, internationally active company that wants to inspire motivated young people to embark on a career in the future. Recently, young people from Syria, Eritrea, Colombia, Brazil and Thailand completed student internships at Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul.



    Company / IR
    news-1424 Tue, 09 Jul 2019 08:45:04 +0200 Durst and Koenig & Bauer appoint Robert Stabler to lead new joint venture company for digital packaging printing systems https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/durst-and-koenig-bauer-appoint-robert-stabler-to-lead-new-joint-venture-company-for-digital-packaging-printing-systems/ Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, and Koenig & Bauer, the oldest printing press manufacturer in the world with the broadest product range in the industry, have appointed Robert Stabler as Managing Director of the new joint venture effective August 1st. Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH has been officially established early May following the clearance of antitrust regulations from the relevant authorities.

    Photo: Robert Stabler
    Robert Stabler, who grew up in the UK, has global experience in technology companies servicing the graphic arts and document management industries. Before joining Koenig & Bauer Durst, he was Senior Vice-President with Xerox’s Continuous Feed Business, based in Rochester, NY, USA. Previous executive roles also included HP and Agfa.

    Business operations are now under way for joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industry. Koenig & Bauer Durst will have its registered office in Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany, and cooperate closely with both parent companies’ global network. Initially, the joint venture portfolio will comprise the Koenig & Bauer CorruJET 170 and the Durst SPC 130 – including all associated services and the ink business as well as the development of the VariJET 106.  

    “I am really excited to take on this new challenge in the folding carton and corrugated packaging markets,” said Stabler. “Both are ripe for digital transformation with run lengths declining in both segments and brands crying out for very good, cost effective, short-run and versioning solutions. We will add all the competencies of Durst and Koenig & Bauer to leverage the best solutions. Durst with its expertise in digital imaging, production systems, inks and software integration, Koenig & Bauer with all its mechanical knowledge, high duty cycle process, engineering, paper transport capabilities plus, of course, the great go-to-market expertise of both teams.”

    Christoph Gamper, CEO of the Durst Group, said: “We welcome Robert Stabler who has an impressive track record, is an inspirational leader and is accomplished in proactively managing change management as well as substantial experience in developing new markets. The team we’ll create for the joint venture will supply the necessary solutions in markets where digital production lines offer huge opportunities for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industries.”

    Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG, commented: “This is the start of something very special in the printing and packaging industry. We are incredibly excited by the opportunities ahead of us and we are confident being able to form a superb team led by Robert Stabler. Our distinct technologies and market expertise will be combined to offer state of the art products, optimized solutions for our customers including a flawless service and support.”

    Company / IR
    news-1422 Mon, 08 Jul 2019 08:43:25 +0200 Koenig & Bauer sells fifth RotaJET for decor printing https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/koenig-bauer-sells-fifth-rotajet-for-decor-printing/
  • Fifth RotaJET for decor printing
  • Different machine classes and web widths
  • New decors and products can be brought to the market faster
  • Highly efficient realisation of shorter runs
  • SWISS KRONO is investing in a RotaJET 225 from Koenig & Bauer for its production facility in Heiligengrabe in the north of Germany. This is already the fifth press to be sold to a customer active in the growth market of digital decor printing, and SWISS KRONO is already the second producer of wood-based materials to invest in Koenig & Bauer’s digital printing solution. “With the two different machine classes (L and VL) and the different web widths (138cm, 168cm and 225cm) of our RotaJET, we can offer our customers market- and region-specific solutions for the most varied decor applications. We are especially pleased that SWISS KRONO has opted for a RotaJET 225,” says Koenig & Bauer board member Christoph Müller. The new digital web press will be entering production in Heiligengrabe in summer 2020. Ingo Lehnhoff, managing director of SWISS KRONO TEX Germany: “The RotaJET 225 from Koenig & Bauer supports the highly efficient realisation of shorter runs and we can now bring new decors and products to the market faster than ever before.“

    During a visit to the Würzburg demo centre: (back row, l-r) Ingo Lehnhoff, managing director SWISS KRONO TEX Germany; Christoph Müller, management board member Koenig & Bauer; (front row, l-r) Bernd Hillebrand, sales manager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Hendrik Hecht, managing director SWISS KRONO TEX Germany; Frank Oldorff, project manager SWISS KRONO TEX; Sebastian Dicke, product development SWISS KRONO TEX; Oliver Baar, digital business development & marketing for Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed (2)

    About SWISS KRONO Group

    SWISS KRONO Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wood-based products. The company stands for sustainable and innovative solutions in the interiors, flooring and building materials sectors. Founded in 1966 as a family business, the group currently employs a staff of 5,100. In the 2017/2018 fiscal year, the company generated sales of CHF 2.0 billion. In addition to the Swiss plant in Menznau, the company also produces in France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia and the USA. The Group’s products are distributed to over 120 countries worldwide. SWISS KRONO Group has always been uncompromisingly committed to quality and environmental protection. Creating wood at its best.

    The new RotaJET 225 for SWISS KRONO in Heiligengrabe (1)

    Digital printing Market References & Showcases
    news-1417 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:57:35 +0200 Munich vocational school centre modernises its printing facilities https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/munich-vocational-school-centre-modernises-its-printing-facilities/
  • Modern printing and finishing technology for future-oriented training
  • Press features specially tailored to training requirements
  • Clear commitment to the dual system in vocational training  
  • Most passers-by would probably expect to find a generous assembly hall behind the tall windows in the facade of the Alois Senefelder Vocational School Centre. But far from it: A peek through the glass actually reveals a fully equipped print shop. The school centre in the heart of Munich has been conducting initial and advanced vocational training for print and media technology specialists, media designers and photographers for more than 100 years. To this end, the site integrates two vocational schools (for print and media design and for bookbinding and photography) and three vocational colleges (for printing technology and paper processing, for industrial bookbinding, and for bookbinding and photography).

    With the Rapida 75 PRO, the Alois Senefelder Vocational School Centre can base its training on modern sheetfed offset technology. That is clearly to the liking of school director Peter Schertler (centre), printer Bernd Eckhardt (right) and Gavin Elflein from Koenig & Bauer (1)

    To cater properly for over 900 apprenticeship trainees and a further 50 vocational college students, it is important that the technical equipment keeps pace with the latest developments in the industry. Last autumn, therefore, the City of Munich – as the public body responsible for non-staff funding – decided to invest in a Rapida 75 PRO from Koenig & Bauer following a Europe-wide request for tenders.

    Unhindered view of the mechanical components

    Transparent covers allow the trainees to observe otherwise hidden mechanical processes (3)
    “With the installation of a modern half-format press, we are able to reflect the continuing trend towards ever greater automation in our training content,” says school director Peter Schertler in explaining the background to this especially complex investment. The teaching staff attached particular importance to the latest console technology and colour measuring systems, as well as to CIP3 integration with the pre‑press process steps. As inline finishing is today a standard feature for many applications, the new training press was also to incorporate a broad scope of relevant options. In other words, a coating tower and dryer systems for a wide range of dispersion coatings were imperative. At the same time, Peter Schertler and his staff placed modern features such as double-size impression cylinders and transfer drums, the ability to disengage unused inking units and parallel washing systems at the top of their list of priorities.

    All these wishes are fulfilled with the Rapida 75 PRO. With its compact design, it is also a perfect fit for a teaching environment, as it leaves ample space around the press for instruction for both small and larger groups. A widened gallery and transparent printing tower covers are special adaptations requested by the training centre. This allows the trainees and students to stand together on the drive side of the press and to observe internal mechanical processes which otherwise remain out of sight.

    Bernd Eckhardt is delighted with the technical features of the Rapida 75 PRO (5)

    Use in training and for own production needs

    Four colours plus coating: The Rapida 75 PRO is probably the only half-format press with inline anilox coating tower in a German vocational training centre (2)
    It is obvious that the way a sheetfed offset printing press is used in a training centre will differ significantly from production use in a printing company. Around 30 per cent of the teaching, which comprises 20 hours per week, takes place in the printshop. During the practical teaching sessions, half of the approximately 30 trainees in a class spend their time in the hall. They learn in groups of a maximum of five trainees on the Rapida 75 PRO and on two small-format presses. The instruction concentrates above all on how a press is prepared for production, the impact of different press settings on the print result, and how print production is then effected.

    Trainees from larger print companies appreciate the available press technology as it is much less daunting than the medium- and large-format with which they are otherwise confronted. And their colleagues who are employed in smaller craft-oriented businesses are excited by the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art machinery.

    School director Peter Schertler and printer Bernd Eckhardt at the press console. The pre-press section can be seen in the background (4)

    The vocational college students, by contrast, tend to work much more independently with the new press, for example to test the different forms of finishing which can be realised with different inks and coatings. They also print with heavier substrates and simulate different packaging applications.

    Alongside the training, the Rapida 75 PRO is frequently used to print a variety of in-house jobs. These include certificates, folders and brochures, both for the vocational school centre itself and for other schools in Munich, as well as print products for the Department of Education and Sports of the City of Munich. Some of these products are produced entirely by the trainees – from the initial design and print data creation through to printing and post-press finishing. The responsibility for printing rests with two technical staff.

    The printshop offers the trainees and students an endless diversity of opportunities – from manual ink mixing on the lithographic stones in the foreground to print production with inline finishing on the Rapida 75 PRO (6)

    Commitment to the dual system of vocational training

    The school centre uses a historical hand press to print etchings (7)
    The Rapida 75 PRO is now the showpiece of the training printshop, and immediately attracts the interest of trainees, students and visitors alike. At the same time, the investment represents a clear commitment to the dual system of vocational training on the part of the City of Munich. Peter Schertler is confident that his school centre is the best-equipped training centre in Bavaria. Uwe Richter, senior instructor for print and media technology, agrees wholeheartedly: “As far as I am aware, there is no other vocational school in the whole country which possesses a half-format sheetfed offset press with an inline anilox coating tower for its training.”

    Print is a source of enormous potential. In addition to classic applications, more and more innovative possibilities are emerging – special coating processes or surface treatment, printed electronics, and many more besides. The Alois Senefelder Vocational School Centre considers it a duty to tap this potential and to support companies at the transition from craft-based production to the full digitisation of all business processes by providing future-oriented training.

    Sheetfed offset Market
    news-1409 Thu, 06 Jun 2019 10:45:16 +0200 Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica expands sales network in Southeast Asia https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/koenig-bauer-flexotecnica-expands-sales-network-in-southeast-asia/
  • Growth market flexo printing
  • Expansion of the global sales network
  • Rieckermann assumes agency responsibilities in Southeast Asia
  • In response to the ever-increasing demand for flexible packaging in Asia, Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica has further expanded its sales capacities. Industrial solution provider, Rieckermann, will in future be assuming responsibility for sales activities in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

    Cooperation was finalised at Chinaplas 2019 (centre): Dr. Peter Lechner, managing director of Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica, and Kristian Rieck, Rieckermann’s Director of Plastic and Converting

    “Through the cooperation with Rieckermann, we now have an experienced partner at our side on the Asian market,” says Dr. Peter Lechner, managing director of Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica. “I am certain that the very good local network will help us to be even more successful in Southeast Asia.” The two companies finalised their cooperation agreement at this year’s Chinaplas trade fair in Guangzhou. “Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica offers precisely what more and more Asian customers are demanding – high quality, a broad product portfolio and environment-friendly technologies,” says Kristian Rieck, Rieckermann’s Director of Plastic and Converting. Flexible packaging is the fastest growing sector of the consumer and industrial packaging market.

    About Rieckermann

    Rieckermann is a reliable service and technology provider for industrial production and processes. Since 1892, Rieckermann has built its expertise and established its core competence in selected markets and industries, such as pharmaceuticals, plastics and converting, and food processing. It is a privately-owned family business, which develops and realize customized, high-quality solutions along the whole value chain for a range of international customers, focusing on Asia and the Middle East. The company is currently represented by 750 employees based at 26 offices in 19 countries from Europe to the Middle East, and all over Asia.

    Rieckermann’s comprehensive range of services include:

    • Consultancy, Engineering & Project Management
    • Machinery, Equipment & Industrial Plants
    • Technical Services
    Technology Flexo printing Topic Market
    news-1404 Fri, 24 May 2019 10:14:28 +0200 Koenig & Bauer spreads the word on digital transformation and connected services (3/3) https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/koenig-bauer-spreads-the-word-on-digital-transformation-and-connected-services-33/
  • Live demonstration of a complete Koenig & Bauer packaging workflow with flat-bed die-cutter and folder-gluer
  • Autonomous printing with AutoRun in medium and large formats
  • Rapida LiveApps in practice
  • Breakout sessions: High-volume and luxury packaging production
  • Comparison between folding cartons produced using seven-colour Extended Gamut Printing and those printed with spot colours; there were no discernible differences (7)
    On 20th and 21st May, Koenig & Bauer invited print professionals from all over the world to an open house spotlighting the potential for digital transformation and data-driven services in packaging printing under the motto “Koenig & Bauer 4.0 – Packaging Printing & Connected Services” (see also Press Release 031/2019).

    The open house picked up the thread of a customer event held under the same name last year. For the first time, it was now possible to show the complete process chain for packaging production in a live demonstration – from creation of the jobs in the MIS, via printing and die-cutting through to completion of the folding cartons. Koenig & Bauer has thus positioned itself as a one-stop partner for all the needs of this growth market.

    Panel discussion with acknowledged experts (left to right): Stefan Segger (Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed), Dr. Peter Lechner (Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica), Franc Freixes (Koenig & Bauer Iberica), Markus Müller (Koenig & Bauer Coding) and Pinar Kucukaras (Koenig & Bauer Duran) provided information on Koenig & Bauer technology solutions for packaging printing (1)

    As participants in a panel discussion, Stefan Segger (Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed), Dr. Peter Lechner (Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica), Franc Freixes (Koenig & Bauer Iberica), Markus Müller (Koenig & Bauer Coding) and Pinar Kucukaras (Koenig & Bauer Duran) provided key information on their current technology solutions for packaging printing.

    The visitors were subsequently able to follow the definition of pharmaceuticals packaging jobs in Optimus Dash. In addition to the basic job data, this involved also specification of the substrates and coatings, the required quantities of different product versions, the corresponding die-cutting formes and much more besides. All process steps through to incorporation into the production schedule were shown live. One key benefit of Optimus Dash is a packaging module with which production jobs, including die-cutting, can be created automatically. The result is a fully imposed PDF.

    As autonomous production continued, Dirk Winkler explained the functions of the Rapida LiveApps for press control, maintenance, inventory management and consumables tracking (2)

    Live packaging printing and conversion

    Cut, creased and stripped perfectly on an Ipress 106 K PRO from Koenig & Bauer Iberica (3)
    A six-colour Rapida 105 PRO with inline coater was on hand for the print production. After plate changing, inking of the rollers and automatic register correction, the press produced several print jobs fully autonomously in an AutoRun process. In other words, it switched automatically between production and makeready upon completion of each job in the defined sequence. The operator simply selected the job list, which was then processed as a whole without any further intervention.

    Dirk Winkler, head of print technology at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, used the time freed up by the autonomous process to explain the underlying quality control concept and to present the Rapida LiveApps. The ErgoTronicApp can be viewed as a mobile console which provides access to the full scope of press functions. The operator can call up all relevant information from the press on a mobile device, for example job data, production times, press status messages and maintenance reminders, including help texts describing the tasks to be completed. With the ProductionApp, on the other hand, it is possible to manage store room inventories and track consumables batches. Even retrospectively, the app provides a precise overview of which print jobs were produced with which batches of substrates, inks and other consumables.

    After printing, the sheets were passed directly to the Ipress 106 K PRO for die-cutting, creasing and stripping. Folding and gluing, finally, was handled by an Omega Allpro 110. The visitors were thus able to convince themselves that the promise of high speeds also applies to post-press processes, and were for the first time able to take home a finished folding carton.

    For the first time, an Omega Allpro 110 folder-gluer from Koenig & Bauer Duran was integrated into the live packaging production workflow (4)

    Breakout sessions on high-volume and luxury packaging production

    Thomas Göcke, head of marketing & CRM at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, presented the company’s IoT based service process (5)
    Two breakout sessions were devoted to new solutions for the printing and finishing of both high-volume and luxury packaging. Alongside, experts from Koenig & Bauer and Optimus offered detailed information on MIS solutions for the applications concerned.

    For the high volume session, production was assigned to a brand new Rapida 145 whose extensive feature list included a high-speed package for printing outputs up to 18,000 sheets/hr, AutoRun, DriveTronic SPC, SFC, SRW and VariDry dryer systems of the latest generation. It produced three typical but very different food and non-food packaging jobs at maximum speed – in an autonomous process and with non-stop pile changes. Low-migration inks were used.

    High-speed production on a Rapida 145 (sheet format 1,060 x 1,450 mm) with pile logistics and comprehensive automation features (8)

    A seven-colour Rapida 106 coater press then repeated production of the packaging from the morning demonstration, though now using Extended Gamut Printing with seven colours in an Esko Equinox workflow. It was thus possible to make a direct comparison between the folding cartons produced with standard and spot colours. The quality and colour reproduction were found to be identical.

    High-volume packaging production on a Rapida 106 at speeds up to 20,000 sheets/hr (6)

    Visitors who chose to attend the luxury packaging session were again able to witness a complete process chain: A six-colour Rapida 106 in a double-coating configuration printed one job with opaque white, LED-UV inks, UV coating and a micro-embossing effect applied through the second coating tower, and a second with UV adhesive, cold foil application, LED-UV inks and high-gloss UV coating. These jobs were subsequently embossed, creased, cut, scored and stripped on the rotary die-cutter Rapida RDC 106. The individual blanks, finally, were separated on a Laserck Master Blanker.

    Embossing, creasing, die-cutting, scoring and stripping on a Rapida RDC 106. The rotary die-cutter processes the sheets at speeds matching the output of modern sheetfed offset presses (9)

    The print professionals who came to Radebeul returned home after exciting days packed with a wealth of new information, and must now decide which processes and know-how they will be implementing in their own companies. Certain, however, is that they will soon be experiencing many of the new automation and service tools introduced during the open house in their regular communication with Koenig & Bauer.    

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    news-1402 Thu, 23 May 2019 13:54:31 +0200 Raimund Klinkner is new supervisory board chairman at Koenig & Bauer https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/raimund-klinkner-is-new-supervisory-board-chairman-at-koenig-bauer/
  • Supervisory board elects Prof. Dr.-Ing. Raimund Klinkner as its new chairman
  • Dr. Martin Hoyos leaves the board after the AGM on 22.05.2019
  • Dr. Johannes Liechtenstein appointed as a new member of the supervisory board
  • Board member Dagmar Rehm confirmed for a further mandate  
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Raimund Klinkner (1)
    On 22nd May, the supervisory board of Koenig & Bauer AG elected Prof. Dr.-Ing. Raimund Klinkner as its new chairman. He takes over from Dr. Martin Hoyos, who is stepping down for age reasons. P Prof. Dr.-Ing. Raimund Klinkner (54) has assumed his new role with immediate effect.

    Raimund Klinkner studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich and subsequently received a doctorate from Dresden University of Technology. He then held various positions in logistics planning and plant control at Porsche. After moving to Gildemeister, he was deputy CEO responsible for production and logistics, before becoming chief executive officer at Knorr-Bremse. Since 2012, he is managing partner of Institute for Management Excellence GmbH.

    “With Raimund Klinkner, we have gained a supervisory board chairman whose comprehensive knowledge in the fields of logistics and production is certain to prove invaluable for the work of the board,” said Claus Bolza-Schünemann, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG.

    “I am very honoured to have been elected to the position of supervisory board chairman. Over its more than 200-year history, Koenig & Bauer has continually set the standards for the print industry. Digital transformation is now an enormous opportunity for the whole group – with new challenges which I look forward to tackling together with the supervisory board, the management board and indeed all employees of the company,” said a visibly delighted Prof. Klinkner after his election as new chairman of the supervisory board.

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Raimund Klinkner at his presentation to the Annual General Meeting of Koenig & Bauer (2)

    Foresight and patience on the road to successful restructuring

    “Speaking on behalf of the management board and the whole workforce of Koenig & Bauer, I would like to thank Martin Hoyos for his very successful work as chairman of the supervisory board of Koenig & Bauer AG,” said Claus Bolza-Schünemann in his laudatory speech for the departing chairman. When Martin Hoyos took up the post, the Koenig & Bauer Group was in the middle of a comprehensive restructuring programme. His five-year term saw decisive changes implemented at all the company’s locations. At the same time, the oldest printing press manufacturer in the world has entered new markets with new products. The acquisitions of companies such as Iberica, Duran and All‑Print have enabled consistent expansion of the group portfolio, while the joint venture Koenig & Bauer Durst sets the course for developments in digital print.

    Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “With foresight, patience, perseverance and boundless interest, also for the tiniest details, Martin Hoyos lent intensive support to the company. In the year of his departure, the group is looking back over the most successful business year in its history – there could hardly be a more satisfying moment to say farewell.” 

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    news-1400 Thu, 23 May 2019 11:23:04 +0200 Koenig & Bauer spreads the word on digital transformation and connected services (2/3) https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/koenig-bauer-spreads-the-word-on-digital-transformation-and-connected-services-23/
  • End-to-end print company workflow in practice
  • Autonomous printing with AutoRun
  • Automated job changeovers with FlyingJobChange
  • Breakout sessions: High-volume commercial printing and label production
  • On 16th and 17th May, Koenig & Bauer invited print professionals from all over the world to an open house spotlighting the potential for digital transformation and data-driven services in commercial printing under the motto “Koenig & Bauer 4.0 – Commercial Printing & Connected Services” (see also Press Release 031/2019).

    LED-UV production at 18,000 sheets/hr on a Rapida 76: The technology permits immediate further processing of the freshly printed sheets (1)

    The event began with a print demonstration on a Rapida 76. It was set up to print a job using the LED‑UV technology and served to show that commercial printing comprises more than just 4-over-4 perfecting. Dirk Winker, head of print technology at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, took the opportunity to present benefits of the LED-UV technology for commercial printers: Constant high print quality, even greater substrate flexibility, fast further processing and – last but not least – an active contribution to environmental protection.

    To keep track of a typically wide-ranging portfolio of commercial jobs, and to ensure that the right products are printed and ready for delivery at the right time, an end-to-end workflow with MIS integration is imperative. Alexander Stern, workflow expert at Koenig & Bauer, explained two concepts from the production perspective:

    • Standardisation and specialisation on defined products
    • Unrestricted product variability and creation of a flexible management system to maintain production efficiency irrespective of the complexity

    Alexander Stern (l) explained the Koenig & Bauer workflow concept, which visualises the individual processes along the entire value chain (2)

    Both approaches are practice-proven and represent functioning business models for the future. The Koenig & Bauer workflow visualises the individual processes along the entire value chain. Optimus Dash controls company processes in real time and offers the necessary flexibility – from order tracking and production, via inventory control and sales administration, through to the management of external services, an interface to accounting and much more besides. Benefits to be derived from this comprehensive functionality include perfect communication between all company departments, lean management practices, the identification of optimisation potential and a clear cost focus.

    Fully automatic workflow

    Dirk Winkler (l) demonstrated production of a series of commercial jobs in an AutoRun process on a Rapida 105 PRO (3)
    A series of typical commercial jobs was defined and sent to a six-colour Rapida 105 PRO with inline coating for production. Key features of this press include a shaftless DriveTronic feeder, DriveTronic SRW, CleanTronic washing systems and the facility to disengage unused inking units. For the demonstration, the press printed fully autonomously in an AutoRun process, during which the operator simply monitors the preselected printing and makeready processes without the need for manual intervention. In this scenario, the Rapida 105 PRO switches automatically between production and makeready at the end of each job. As soon as the measuring systems signal that the quality is good, production of the next job commences without further intervention. AutoRun thus offers the following benefits:

    • Fully automatic workflow
    • Optimum utilisation of simultaneous processes
    • Shortest possible makeready times between jobs
    • Minimised start-up waste before starting of the sheet counter

    The quality assurance systems on the press are important elements of an fully automatic workflow. This means above all the inline measuring system QualiTronic ColorControl, which helps to maintain constant print quality over the whole length of a run. In conjunction with QualiTronic PrintCheck, a parallel sheet inspection can be performed, while QualiTronic PDFCheck additionally compares the printed sheets against the pre-press PDF file. Job-specific reports provide for consistent documentation of the print quality. A traffic-light system informs the printer as to the measured quality.

    Thomas Göcke, head of marketing & CRM at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, in conversation with moderator Sven Oswald (l), explained the contents of a Performance Report, which presents key production data from the installed presses in clearly structured graphical form (5)

    Printing was followed by cutting. Optimus Dash sends a cutting program to the Perfecta 132 cutting line via the JDF workflow, ensuring that this stage, too, is completed reliably and without errors. On the basis of the arising production times, Optimus generates a cost breakdown with just a few mouse clicks. Terminals linked directly to the post-press machines acquire the relevant production data for the MIS. The open house audience was thus able to witness a fully integrated printshop workflow from data input through to the finished product.

    The printed sheets were subsequently passed to a Perfecta 132 cutting line. This processing step was similarly integrated into the JDF workflow (4)

    Breakout sessions: High-volume commercial printing and label production

    Breakout sessions were devoted specifically to high-volume commercial printing and to label production with corresponding finishing, as well as to more detailed insights into the workings of an MIS. F

    or the high volume session, production was assigned to two Rapida 106 presses in eight-colour configurations for 4 over-4 perfecting one a conventional press and the other with LED-UV capabilities. On the conventional press, QualiTronic PDFCheck demonstrated three different measuring system functions: Inline colour measurement, sheet inspection and comparison of the printed sheet against a pre-press PDF. New here is the fact that all three functions are realised by a single camera system.

    When attention turned to the LED-UV press, the visitors could experience at first hand that sheets taken directly from the delivery of the Rapida 106 were already dry and could be passed on for immediate further processing. A diversity of LED-UV jobs was printed without manual intervention by the operator thanks to ErgoTronic AutoRun. As a finale, the highest level of production automation was shown: FlyingJobChange. While one section of the press was in production, makeready for the subsequent job was performed automatically on the remaining units. After automatic engaging and disengaging of the relevant printing units, production of the new job began with practically no interruption: Job changeover time was effectively reduced to zero.

    During the breakout sessions, medium-format sheetfed offset presses of the Rapida 106 series produced a variety of commercial jobs at speeds up to 20,000 sheets/hr (6)

    During the other breakout session, the visitors first saw printing and inline finishing on the half-format Rapida 75 PRO. The chosen job demonstrated eye-catching drip-off effects. A six-colour Rapida 106 with cold foil module, coater and RS 106 reel-to-sheet feeder subsequently produced labels at speeds up to 20,000 sheets/hr. All the jobs were followed up with live die-cutting on the Rapida RDC 106. This provided evident proof of the many advantages of a rotary process, including fast makeready even with varying sheet formats, fast job changeovers, exceptional substrate flexibility and high production speeds, all paired with a simple operating concept.

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