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  • Capacity expansion to handle new jobs
  • Successful partnership
  • Highly automated newspaper press
  • Investment in newspapers
  • New Commander CL for Druckhaus Delmenhorst. The floor-mounted Commander CL comprises three four-high towers, two KF 5 jaw folders and three Pastomat reelstands with a stripping station and Patras A paper-reel transport system. It is scheduled to come on stream in the fourth quarter of 2020. “Our existing Commander CT is already very well utilised, and so we needed to expand our production capacities ready for a series of new jobs which we will be printing from December 2020 onwards. Given our longstanding partnership and cooperation with Koenig & Bauer over the past decades, it was soon clear that we would once again be choosing a press from Würzburg,” said Gerhard Tapken, the owner of Druckhaus Delmenhorst. Starting at the end of this year, the new press will be responsible for production of the newspapers Weser-Kurier, Bremer Nachrichten and Verdener Nachrichten, among others. Günter Noll, head of sales at Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed: “We at Koenig & Bauer are delighted that Druckhaus Delmenhorst has followed up the installation of its CT 6/2 in 2013 with a renewed expression of confidence in our products. With a total of four state-of-the-art folder deliveries, Delmenhorst will then become one of the major newspaper printing locations in northern Germany.” Since its initial market launch just a few years ago, Koenig & Bauer has now sold 28 presses of this type to clients in Germany, France, China and the USA, and it is currently the most frequently ordered newspaper press.  

    Shortly after signing the contracts (left to right): Gerhard Tapken, owner of Druckhaus Delmenhorst, and Günter Noll, head of sales at Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed (1)
    From managing director to owner

    Established as DruckHaus Rieck in 1822, the company was bought out by managing director Gerhard Tapken in 2018 and renamed Druckhaus Delmenhorst. With prudent investments and innovative ideas, Gerhard Tapken has since guided the company out of its financial difficulties and returned it to a solid footing. “Many people thought I was crazy at the time. But when I look back now, I can definitely say that it was the right decision.” Aside from the aforementioned new jobs, the company is already kept busy printing numerous supplements and weekly titles as contract production, amounting to several million copies every week.

    The new Commander CL will be starting production at Druckhaus Delmenhorst in the fourth quarter of 2020 (2)

    Flexible, automated and reliable printing of high-quality products

    Engineered for a maximum web width of 1,400 mm and a cylinder circumference of 1,000 mm, the new Commander CL can print up to 100,000 four-colour newspapers per hour. Like the existing Commander CT, it incorporates a whole host of automation features. RollerTronic roller locks, inking unit and cylinder washing, fan-out control, colour measuring and control systems, colour and cut-off register controls and fully automatic plate changes combine to simplify operation and reduce job makeready times, waste and maintenance requirements to a minimum. The Commander CL is controlled by means of an ErgoTronic console with EasyTronic for optimised press start-up.

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    news-1599 Wed, 05 Feb 2020 15:25:21 +0100 Koenig & Bauer signals commitment to an open-minded and tolerant society http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/koenig-bauer-engagiert-sich-fuer-ein-weltoffenes-sachsen/ •         Training and employment for refugees

    •         Contacts and business partners on practically all continents

    •         Promotion of open-mindedness and tolerance

    At the beginning of 2020, the Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed business unit in Radebeul joined a growing number of globally active companies and organisations from the region in the association “Businesses for a Cosmopolitan Saxony”. As a member of this association, the company will be supporting a range of concrete measures aimed at promoting the integration of refugees and migrants in local business and industry.

    Already in the past, Koenig & Bauer has placed its weight behind efforts to promote democracy and tolerance and to assist the integration of refugees. In 2015, for example, two young refugees from Pakistan, who had been forced to flee their home country for political and religious reasons, were accepted into vocational training at the company and began an apprenticeship as mechatronics technicians. After passing the final examinations set by the Dresden Chamber of Industry and Commerce last year, they were subsequently offered permanent contracts to work in the press assembly centre.

    Skilled workers Bilal Ahmad (2nd from left) and Saad Malik (centre) proudly present their training certificates. After obtaining the required vocational qualifications last year, they received 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 the meantime, a 32-year-old engineer from Syria has also taken up employment at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, initially on a time-limited basis. He used to live on the outskirts of Damascus and came to Germany at the beginning of 2016. Since August 2018, he has been working as a draughtsman in the design group responsible for large-format sheetfed offset presses.

    Staff from Koenig & Bauer travel regularly to countries all over the world, whether for sales negotiations, press installations or service assignments, or to participate at international trade fairs and similar events. At the same time, customers and partners from the most diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds are frequent visitors to Radebeul. They come to obtain the latest information at first hand, to finalise agreements or to complete the factory acceptance of a purchased press, for example. Ralf Sammeck, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, emphasises the special relationship: “We live an open-minded and cosmopolitan approach and are delighted at every opportunity to share our mindset and experience with others.”

    A Syrian engineer is well integrated into the design department at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed (2)

    This sometimes also happens very publicly. At a number of home games of the local football club Dynamo Dresden last season, Koenig & Bauer used the touchline advertising boards to champion an open-minded and tolerant society. Ralf Sammeck hopes that his call will be heeded not only by his employees, but indeed by all Saxons: “Challenge xenophobia and populism wherever they rear their head. Join the cause to preserve our democratic values.”

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    news-1591 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 10:59:42 +0100 Grafičar secures a competitive edge with Rapida 105 PRO http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/graficar-steigert-mit-rapida-105-pro-seine-wettbewerbsfaehigkeit/
  • Six-colour Rapida 105 PRO with coater and UV capabilities
  • High substrate flexibility and fast job changes
  • Sheet inspection and PDF comparison
  • In July 2019, a new six-colour Rapida 105 PRO with coating and UV capabilities went into production at Grafičar d.d. Ludbreg in Croatia. This installation has secured an important competitive edge for the company on the packaging market, and at the same time opens the door to a whole new realm of quality, facilitating expansion into further market segments and offering interesting export opportunities.

    The Grafičar group counts over 450 employees and is one of the leading packaging companies in Croatia. With an extremely diverse product portfolio, ranging from folding cartons via labels of the most varied types to bags and sacks for fillings from 0.5 to 50 kg, it has established itself as a competent partner in all matters relating to packaging production. Since the incorporation of publishing house Znanje d.o.o. and its printing facility, it has furthermore ventured into book production and is in the meantime also offering its services as a supplier of commercial print products.

    The management team at Grafičar d.d. Ludbreg (left to right): Ivan Beser, head of R&D; Franjo Beser, director; Siniša Beser, head of sales; Dalibor Beser, technical director (1)

    Broad spectrum of substrates

    To cater for this wide range of products and the ensuing diversity of paper, board and film substrates, Grafičar uses both the offset and flexo printing processes. “It is this combination which makes the difference and places us in a unique position on the Croatian market,” says director Franjo Beser, who manages the company together with his sons Siniša as sales director, Dalibor as technical director and Ivan as head of research and development.

    Dalibor Beser explains the background to the investment decision: “Today’s markets place increasing performance demands on offset printers when it comes to speeds, quality and production reliability, and that made it simply necessary to purchase a modern press.” Offset printing technology from Koenig & Bauer has already played an important role in expansion plans at Grafičar in the past. “The Rapida 104 is one of the kingpins of our press room and that naturally gave Koenig & Bauer a certain initial advantage over other manufacturers. But once we had analysed all the features, there was absolutely no doubt in our minds that an investment in the Rapida 105 PRO was the right choice,” says Ivan Beser. The service and support offered by Koenig & Bauer, with local service technicians to ensure smooth commissioning and training and to safeguard the availability of the press in three-shift operation, was an equally decisive factor. Furthermore, any minor issues can already be solved in advance via the remote maintenance module PressSupport24.

    The offices of the Grafičar group in Ludbreg (2)

    FAPC: Plate changes in two minutes

    In response to the growing demand for high-quality finishing, Grafičar configured its six-colour press with an inline coating tower. Thanks to the fully automatic FAPC plate changing systems, moreover, all six plates can be changed within just two minutes, and that across all jobs. Two minutes is also sufficient for simple makeready on the coater. Further important contributions to makeready savings are derived from the DriveTronic technology. All format and air settings for the full spectrum of substrates used by Grafičar are in the meantime stored on the ErgoTronic console. That accelerates job changeover significantly and makes work so much easier for the press operators.

    CleanTronic Multi washing systems, with their separate solvent circuits for use with conventional and UV inks, simplify switching between the two processes and provide for cost-effective hybrid production on the Rapida 105 PRO. “The high level of automation, in combination with an outstanding maximum speed, has boosted our productivity significantly and enables us to compensate the market trend towards ever shorter runs,” says Dalibor Beser. But also in terms of quality, the technical director could not be more satisfied with the results obtained with the coater – results which convince not only the printers, but also the customers.

    The high level of automation and a maximum production speed of 17,000 sheets per hour have given Grafičar a significant productivity boost (3)

    Maximum colour stability from the first sheet to the last

    It is one thing to attain high quality at a given moment, but quite a different matter to maintain this quality over time. Accordingly, Grafičar has deliberately configured the Rapida 105 PRO with a number of cutting-edge quality control modules. Inline colour control is handled by QualiTronic ColorControl. A 4K camera system installed after the coater automatically scans a colour bar to determine the optical densities. If any deviations are detected, countermeasures are initiated to achieve the maximum possible colour stability over the entire length of a run. This quality monitoring and control system has been expanded further with the option QualiTronic PDFCheck, which adds two additional quality functions: Sheet inspection and comparison with a pre-press PDF. “Especially in packaging printing, this form of quality control is enormously important, and that is all the more true when you are working – as we do – in the ultimate discipline of pharmaceuticals packaging. The system spots flaws in even the smallest font sizes,” says a delighted Ivan Beser. Each sheet is numbered by the Sheet Ident inkjet system already before it enters the press. With the error report generated by the quality control system, it is then a simple matter to localise any imperfect sheets in the pile and to remove them before further processing.

    To ensure close monitoring of the print quality, the Rapida 105 PRO was configured with modules such as QualiTronic ColorControl and QualiTronic PDFCheck (4)

    The future can come

    “With the installation of the Rapida 105 PRO, we have taken a giant step forward and can now offer our customers even better service in terms of quality, reliability and availability. At the same time, the Rapida 105 PRO helps us to further develop our product portfolio and opens up additional opportunities in export business,” says director Franjo Beser in summing up the experience gained to date.

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    news-1587 Tue, 14 Jan 2020 07:10:00 +0100 New company built around the RotaJET 225 http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/new-company-built-around-the-rotajet-225/ •         Further RotaJET for a Spanish company
    •         Investment in the future
    •         Individualisation of decors
    •         Newly founded company places trust in Koenig & Bauer

    The newly founded Spanish company Mimmetic was set up to implement a business plan built around use of a new RotaJET 225 press for decor printing. Mimmetic is a subsidiary of the Losán Group, one of the largest manufacturers of wood-based products in Spain. “With our new RotaJET from Koenig & Bauer, we are preparing to enter the market for decor printing. We believe in Digital Printing and we think that in the decor market, a new reality is possible. Given the specific market demands which apply in this segment, for example fast time-to-market production, individualized decors and short runs, we are certain that this press will secure the success of our business,” says Jonathan Caballero, Senior Manager at Mimmetic. The new press is scheduled to commence production in Curtis in the A Coruña province of Northwest Spain in the coming spring. A new hall is currently being erected to accommodate the RotaJET. Christoph Müller, member of the management board of Koenig & Bauer: “We are convinced that digital print will continue to grow in the areas of decor and packaging. And with our RotaJET presses, we can offer every customer a specific solution to match individual requirements.”

    3D schematic of a RotaJET 225 for digital decor printing

    New company is an investment in the future

    It is more than 50 years ago that the brothers Manuel, Luis and Emilio López Sánchez first set up a small carpentry business. In the meantime, Losán is one of the branch leaders in the manufacturing of wood-based products with over 1,500 employees and a presence on three continents. “We have been pursuing a course of growth and expansion for many years, and are constantly exploring the opportunities in new markets. The founding of Mimmetic is thus a logical next step for us. We are attracted to the challenges and we are really proud to be the first company in the world based purely in digital printing” says Luis López Rico, member of the executive board of the Losán Group. The newly founded company Mimmetic will also operate from the group location in Curtis. 

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    news-1580 Mon, 13 Jan 2020 07:09:00 +0100 Vogtland Kartonagen boosts efficiency with end-to-end solutions for packaging production http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/vogtland-kartonagen-boosts-efficiency-with-end-to-end-solutions-for-packaging-production/ •       Die-cutting with Optima 106
    •       Folding carton gluing with Omega Allpro 110
    •       Sheetfed offset printing with Rapida 142

    All swear by the Omega Allpro 110 (left to right): Production manager Denny Polsfuß and managing partner Hagen Sczepanski from Vogtland Kartonagen, as well as Ronny Neugärtner and Oliver Fuchs from the sales department at Koenig & Bauer (DE) (1)

    It could be said that Vogtland Kartonagen from Reichenbach in Eastern Germany already foresaw Koenig & Bauer’s recent activities and company acquisitions relating to the packaging market many years ago. The company has been using die-cutting equipment from Iberica since 1998. The original purchase was replaced with a newer model in 2005. One year later, the first folder-gluer from Duran was installed. In the meantime, both suppliers have been integrated into the Koenig & Bauer Group. Alongside these developments, large-format sheetfed offset presses from Koenig & Bauer have been the printing machines of choice since 2002.

    Over the past two years, managing partner Hagen Sczepanski has been investing once more. Given the very good experience with machines from Duran and Iberica, he saw no reason to take his custom elsewhere. An Optima 106 was installed in 2017, and an Omega Allpro 110 went into production just a few weeks ago.

    Janet Vogel enjoys work on “her” Optima 106 (2)

    High flexibility and performance

    Both machines naturally incorporate significant further developments compared to their predecessors. The Allpro from Koenig & Bauer Duran implements many of the ideas and wishes resulting from 10 years of production with the earlier machine. Hagen Sczepanski: “Many of the things which we had identified as desirable improvements to a folding carton gluer, irrespective of the manufacturer, have already been integrated into the Allpro. The feedback between users and Koenig & Bauer Duran functions perfectly.”

    Meetings ahead of the first investment already left a lasting impression. “I was asked how many reference installations I wanted to visit,” Sczepanski recalls. As many as 20 were offered almost immediately. “We looked at several different folder-gluers, visiting printers who were working for pharmaceutical companies and thus boasted a configuration with all the bells and whistles, as well as simpler businesses where higher-volume production also ran like clockwork day after day.”

    Thanks to its great versatility, the Omega Allpro 110 is the ideal machine for production at Vogtland Kartonagen (6)

    Even though the new Allpro has only been in use for a few weeks, it has already enabled an increase in output of around 20 per cent. This is attributable firstly to the high production speeds, which in some cases can only be maintained by deploying additional personnel to remove the boxes. At the same time, the fast changeovers between different constructions, formats and materials are convincing. If the box construction remains the same, most of the work is done in just 15 to 20 minutes. But even for a more complex changeover, for example between different styles and materials, the make-ready for a brand new job does not take more than two hours.

    Packaging for the brewing industry is a focus of production at Vogtland Kartonagen (3)

    Positive experience with the Optima

    With regard to die-cutting technology, too, the specialists in Reichenbach have no doubts that they have backed the right horse. During the 12 years in which they operated the previous machine, there was only one breakdown of any note – and even that was rectified in next to no time. With the purchase of the current Optima, performance parameters could be raised by another 20 per cent. Hagen Sczepanski also describes the cooperation with Koenig & Bauer Iberica as absolutely uncomplicated: “We travelled to Iberica and explained our wishes. The operators from here and the mechanics from Iberica then discussed everything on equal terms. By the time the machine was delivered, all the open points had been dealt with and we received exactly the machine we wanted.”

    The Omega Allpro 110 is instantly recognisable as a member of the Koenig & Bauer product family (4)

    Economical alternatives to the mainstream

    Like the Allpro, the Optima has fulfilled the company’s expectations in every respect. Hagen Sczepanski views the two machines as genuine alternatives to the standard equipment installed by many other companies. In his opinion, any investment should be preceded by a careful assessment of all the machines available on the market: “From my experience, the price-performance ratio is simply fantastic.”

    Hagen Sczepanski expressly welcomes the integration of the two manufacturers into the Koenig & Bauer Group. Service is easier to coordinate under the single umbrella of the press manufacturer than with separate companies. Furthermore, spare parts deliveries should arrive faster when they are dispatched from Germany. And the investments can also be expected to retain a higher long-term value compared to products from a smaller, independent supplier.

    Output, output, output … great productivity with the Omega Allpro 110 (5)

    Up to 70 million units of packaging each year

    Vogtland Kartonagen is continuing a century-old tradition of packaging production in Reichenbach. The 40 employees produce between 50 and 70 million units of paper, solid board and corrugated packaging every year. The customers are primarily SMEs from various branches of industry, for example brewing, medical equipment, agricultural and food products or fasteners. Products are supplied throughout the German-speaking regions of Europe.

    As was already the case when the “Green Dot” scheme was introduced, Hagen Sczepanski sees the current ecology debates as a major opportunity for solid and corrugated board packaging. Everyone wants to replace plastics wherever possible. “We promise appropriate solutions for environment-friendly packaging,” he says, “and can respond flexibly to every product and customer requirement.”

    Hagen Sczepanski, managing partner of Vogtland Kartonagen, recommends careful assessment of the price-performance ratio before any investment (7)

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    news-1573 Tue, 17 Dec 2019 09:57:39 +0100 Third 48-page press for Grafica Veneta http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/third-48-page-press-for-grafica-veneta/
  • Capacity expansion
  • Partnership lasting more than 10 years
  • Innovation and growth
  • C48 from Koenig & Bauer
  • After signing the contracts at the Grafica Veneta plant (left to right): Emanuele Pogliani, Koenig & Bauer Sales; Martin Schoeps, Head of Service Management, Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Fabio Francheschi, Owner of Grafica Veneta; Giorgio Bertan, Managing Director, Grafica Veneta; Peter Andrich, Managing Director, Koenig & Bauer It; Jochen Schwab, Head of Service Projects and Contract Management, Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed (1)

    The Italian company Grafica Veneta has signed up for yet another investment in offset print technology from Koenig & Bauer. It already operates two 48-page presses, and a third is now scheduled to enter production early 2020. Fabio Franceschi, owner of Grafica Veneta: “We have enjoyed a professional and trustful partnership with Koenig & Bauer for more than 10 years. Our company is following a path of continued growth, and full order books added further urgency to the already mounting desire to invest again.” The C48 from Koenig & Bauer is to be installed directly alongside the two existing Compacta 618 presses at the company’s plant in Trebaseleghe, to the west of Venice.

    The new press has been configured with the Patras A reel-handling system, an automatic reelstand, four printing units with fully automatic plate changers, a high-performance dryer from Contiweb and a variable V5 folder for both long- and short-grain production. An inline colour measuring and control system ensures maximum process stability, while the LogoTronic production management system handles the digital exchange of presetting data, along with production monitoring and evaluation.

    A sample 3D representation of the C48 from Koenig & Bauer (2)

    Family business on growth course

    Fabio Franceschi represents the second generation of his family at the helm of Grafica Veneta and has seen the company develop into a European leader in its branch. Grafica Veneta prints a diversity of books, catalogues and magazines in the most varied run lengths.

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    news-1568 Wed, 11 Dec 2019 08:30:45 +0100 Koenig & Bauer captivates printers in China http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/koenig-bauer-captivates-printers-in-china/
  • 12th Koenig & Bauer roadshow since 2007
  • Five stops in different parts of the country
  • Presentation of modern technologies from half to large formats
  • The roadshow which took place in mid-November was already the 12th in a series of tours visiting print professionals all over China. More than 800 experts took the opportunity to attend events in Xian, Kunming, Shanghai, Shijiazhuang and Fuzhou, where they were able to pick up the latest information on all aspects of modern print production, with a focus on sheetfed offset technologies and full-process solutions for packaging production, as well as innovative special applications and digitalisation. The five venues were chosen to cover as much of the country as possible.

    The print demonstrations attracted great interest among the Chinese print professionals, as to be seen here at the Fuzhou Xinkai print centre in Fuzhou (1)

    Rapidas for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and cigarette packaging

    Yin Kunxiong, general manager of Yunnan Qiaotong: “With the Rapida 106, we have achieved a significant enhancement of our efficiency and print quality.” (6)
    Alongside practice-oriented lectures and presentations, enthusiastic discussion and intensive exchanges of experience, live print demonstrations at users in the individual regions are traditionally highlights of the events. At Shanxi Yusheng, for example, the roadshow participants were able to watch the production of pharmaceuticals packaging on medium-format presses of the Rapida 105 series. The company operates a six-colour version and a brand-new seven-colour model – both with inline coating facilities.

    Yunnan Qiaotong is the most important supplier of packaging for cosmetics, cigarettes and many other products in Kunming. Since its investment in a Rapida 106 with seven printing units, perfecting and a coater, the company has attracted several new customers from the cigarette industry. General manager Yin Kunxiong: “The press has helped us to move up to a new technological level. At the same time, we have achieved significant enhancement of our efficiency and print quality.”

    Arrival of one party of visitors in Kuming (2)

    The centre of attraction in Shanghai was the first Rapida 75 PRO supplied to a user in China. This eight-colour coater press was installed by Shanghai Zhilin, one of the most important packaging providers in the country. Alongside a Rapida 106 with nine printing units and coating facilities, the company operates also a brand-new Rapida 106 with eight printing units, twin coaters and an additional printing unit ahead of the extended delivery. DriveTronic SPC is just one option on a long list of automation features.

    Finished print samples from Europe were subjected to precise scrutiny (3)

    Kong Jiandong, president of Hebei Xindong, explained his company’s ambitious Goals (5)
    From medium to large formats

    Hebei Xindong is the leading packaging printer in its region, and is especially active in the fields of  pharmaceuticals, foods, alcoholic beverages and high-quality board packaging. The declared goal of president Kong Jiandong is to become the number-one provider for pharmaceuticals packaging in Northern China. The recently installed Rapida 105, a seven-colour press with UV coating capabilities, is the company’s second investment after the purchase of a Rapida 164 for six colours and coating in 2014. The visitors were treated to a show of high-quality print production on both presses – including changeovers to special applications using gold. silver and film substrates.

    Fuzhou Xingkai has also invested in a seven-colour Rapida 105, in this case with inline coating and an extended delivery, in order to keep pace with the growing demand for high-quality packaging. This press, too, could be witnessed in live action during the roadshow. It boasts the largest number of printing units, the highest level of automation (for example FAPC plate changers) and the most modern technology of any press in the metropolitan area of Fuzhou.

    Large-format sheetfed offset at Hebei Xindong: Here alone, more than 150 visitors gathered to witness high-quality packaging printing (4)

    This year’s Koenig & Bauer roadshow demonstrated once more how print companies in China are operating successfully on the world market thanks to modern equipment and technologies. The companies can point to numerous unique selling points and a correspondingly high product diversity. In this way, they distinguish themselves from competitors and are ideally prepared to handle whatever market changes the future may bring.

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    news-1565 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 10:30:03 +0100 Edelmann Group delighted with the Rapida RDC 106 http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/edelmann-group-delighted-with-the-rapida-rdc-106/
  • Configuration with three process units
  • Production speeds up to 15,000 sph and extremely fast makeready
  • Intuitive operation
  • The Edelmann Group in Heidenheim has been operating a Rapida RDC 106 rotary die-cutter for the past two years. The company is known for its commitment to innovative processes and technologies and was proud to serve as a pilot user of the die-cutter in packaging production, accompanying developments from the first tentative steps, through intensive field testing to final series maturity. In the meantime, the new machine is being used in daily production.

    The Rapida RDC 106 is configured with three process units and handles folding cartons destined for international brands in the health care, beauty and consumer goods sectors. In most cases, the products are cut, embossed and stripped in an inline process.

    Edelmann operates a Rapida RDC 106 with three process units, which are used primarily for cutting, embossing and stripping (1)

    The specialists at Edelmann are delighted with the high production performance of the rotary die-cutter. It runs at speeds up to 15,000 sheets per hour, and also impresses with very fast makeready. “That makes the Rapida RDC 106 so interesting for us,” says technical director Oliver Sattel. “Our competitiveness is based on a combination of quality and speed. For that reason, it is important for us to be involved in the development of new machines from the very beginning – and the Rapida RDC 106 is a perfect example for successful participation in the development process from the drawing board through to series maturity. We view this as genuine partnership – and we have maintained such a relationship with Koenig & Bauer for many years.”

    Oliver Sattel, technical director at Edelmann, is proud to have accompanied the development of the Rapida RDC 106 from the very beginning, and delighted that the machine is now ready for daily use in folding carton production (2)

    Rotary process has many benefits

    Alongside the sheer speed, the high-quality cutting and creasing results achieved with standardised tools are an important strength of the Rapida RDC 106. The excellent embossing results at a previously unknown production speed are a further bonus. The facility to assign individual processes to separate towers permits a significantly wider range of product options compared to traditional die-cutting systems. Flexibility regarding the length of cutting and creasing lines is one example.

    Before the Rapida RDC 106 could be fully integrated into production, it was necessary to adapt a few aspects of the company’s workflows for a rotary process, for example tool procurement and sheet layouts. The employees, too, had to rethink the approach to die-cutting jobs. Once everything was sorted, the quality of the products was spot on. Rotary die-cutting is fundamentally different from a flat-bed process. Only the final result – a folding carton – is identical.

    Working together with Koenig & Bauer, Edelmann has now reached a level which meets the company’s expectations to the full. And that provides a sound basis for future business. Oliver Sattel explains: “We are proud to have been part of this development process. Cutting-edge technology and employees who know exactly what they are doing: Those are our guarantees for an efficient production process leading not only to high-quality products, but also – and above all – to satisfied customers.”

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    news-1559 Wed, 27 Nov 2019 07:26:31 +0100 Continuity and partnership pay dividends http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/continuity-and-partnership-pay-dividends/
  • Major retrofit for Cortina press
  • 70 million magazines and newspapers printed last year
  • Continuity pays dividends
  • Member of the exclusive International Newspaper Color Quality Club  
  • The partnership with Koenig & Bauer continues to pay dividends for the Finnish printing company Botnia Print Oy Ab. Through progressive retrofit measures on its Cortina press, it has secured planning and production certainty for the coming years. “We are known for the very good quality of our newspapers and magazines and for our reliability towards our customers. In this context, it’s not just desirable, but actually imperative to maintain our current high level. We thus needed to rely on absolute experts to perform the retrofits on our Cortina – and so the only logical decision was to continue the already excellent partnership with Koenig & Bauer,” says Toni Klemola, Factory Manager at Botnia Print. The process began with a comprehensive overhaul of the press control system in 2017. Last year saw two printing towers brought into line with the latest state of the art, alongside various software updates, and the retrofit programme for this year has included work on further towers and control elements. Martin Schoeps, Senior Service Manager at Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed: “More and more companies are choosing to realise their retrofits step by step. And for this, they naturally need to know that they have a strong, reliable and a solid partner for the next few years at their side.”

    During a visit to Botnia Print Oy Ab (left to right): Martin Schoeps, Senior Service Manager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Michael Holzapfel, Service Manager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Toni Klemola, Factory Manager Botnia Print Oy Ab; Marcus Juselius, Managing Director AKETA Finland Oy

    Member of the exclusive International Newspaper Color Quality Club

    Botnia Print is one of the largest printing companies in Finland, and also the first in the country to adopt Koenig & Bauer's waterless process with the installation of a Cortina press. The company has established an outstanding quality reputation and is a member of the exclusive International Newspaper Color Quality Club. Alongside newspapers and magazines, Botnia Print offers its customers a broad diversity of further products. More than 100,000 newspapers are printed every day. Last year, this daily production was supplemented with more than 70 million magazines.

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    news-1556 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 10:08:35 +0100 Into a second century with a finishing speedster http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/into-a-second-century-with-a-finishing-speedster/
  • Special press for innovative finishing
  • Automated production processes for print, post-press and logistics
  • Expanded capacity
  • Ralf Sammeck, CEO Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed (right), and Dirk Winkler, head of print technology (left), congratulated Bretschneider managing director Wolfram Zehnle on the company centenary and the installation of a new Rapida 106 (1)

    Packaging and finishing specialist Richard Bretschneider in Braunschweig in Northern Germany recently celebrated the company’s 100th anniversary together with customers and suppliers. The occasion also heralded the transition to an even more successful second century in the company’s history – with future-oriented technology, a new development centre, and innovations in automation and robot systems.

    Bretschneider’s vision has for a long time been to seek recognition as a premium supplier of complex and highly refined packaging, but that nevertheless on the basis of industrial production. The company has thus deliberately positioned itself between the major packaging groups on the one side and smaller craft-oriented businesses on the other. Already today, Bretschneider is a source of exceptional packaging solutions – folding cartons and mailings with special constructions, gift sets, advent calendars and displays – for beauty, food and non-food products, as well as for the automotive segment

    Stefan Schulz and his printer colleagues were involved in the decision to purchase a Rapida 106 with extensive finishing Options (2)

    Innovative finishing options

    Managing director Wolfram Zehnle shows one of the complex and highly refined products which are everyday routine for the company (4)

    Punctually for the jubilee, a Rapida 106 was installed and taken into service. With six printing units, coater, intermediate drying ahead of a further printing unit and coater, extended delivery and pile logistics, it is very different to the presses used by other packaging printers. Managing director Wolfram Zehnle explains: “We wanted to be even more variable in our finishing options.” Classic double coating applications can be complemented with innovative methods which set Bretschneider apart from its competitors.

    The decision to invest extensively in new technologies was also driven by increasing customer demands and needs. A team of nine in-house staff works solely on product development. They design the most varied packaging solutions for subsequent realisation in the production centre. On the basis of 3D PDFs, 3D renderings or ultimately a white sample, customers can then reach a final decision on the packaging to be produced.

    Only one press but nevertheless expanded capacity

    Pile logistics at the feeder of the Rapida 106 (3)

    It is immediately evident that the printers really enjoy work on the new press with all its automation features. Despite now having just a single press, the company is reckoning with significant additional capacity. The halving of makeready times and the higher production speed mean that the jobs printed on both previous presses can now be completed in just two shifts. The third shift is thus available for new projects. That will also be necessary, because customers are increasingly looking for pure board alternatives to their currently mixed production. Experience in Braunschweig even shows that this is given priority over a lower price in many cases.

    Comprehensive process automation

    Enormous capital: More than 4,500 die-cutting tools can be called up from the automated stores at any time (5)

    Bretschneider is also implementing comprehensive process automation far beyond just the print production stage. An automated packer optimises the boxing of folding cartons and mailings. Subsequently, a palletiser robot takes care of closing, labelling, palletising and removal of the full boxes. A further fully automated production line with state-of-the-art robot equipment raises co‑packing performance to new levels. Up to 30,000 articles can be packed every hour with parallel optical inline quality control.

    A palletiser robot takes care of closing, labelling, palletising and removal of the packed boxes (6)
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