Koenig & Bauer News Feed http://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:00:53 +0200 Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:00:53 +0200 news-1526 Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:03:50 +0200 Cooperation for the future https://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/cooperation-for-the-future/
  • Electrical retrofit
  • Integration of two printing towers into the existing line
  • Koenig & Bauer as competent partner
  • Presses brought into line with the start of the art  
  • The Comet press line at Calprint S.L. (2)
    By way of an extensive electrical retrofit, the Spanish company Calprint S.L. has brought its two Comet presses from Koenig & Bauer into line with the latest state of the art. “It was important for us that production on the presses would not be interrupted by the retrofit work. And this was also achieved thanks to the fast, professional and competent handling by Koenig & Bauer,” says Maximiliano Miguel, technical director at Calprint S.L. The company has invested significantly in press equipment and its plant building over the past years. The most recent measures have now raised the quality of its products yet again. Eugenio Gascon, the president of Calprint S.L.: “Thanks to the retrofit measures and the consequently improved quality of our products, we were very quickly able to gain new customers. We are very satisfied and now well equipped for the future.” The project included upgrades to the six reelstands, two folders and the control system. In addition, two further towers were moved and integrated into the existing line. Martin Schoeps, head of service projects and contract management at Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed: “It was by all means a very challenging project. But the tight schedule posed no problems and both the retrofit and commissioning of the new towers were completed very smoothly.”

    Calprint S.L.

    The print company with offices near Valladolid in Spain has been pursuing a course of continued growth for a number of years. Newspaper titles printed by Calprint S.L. include the Spanish dailies El Mundo, El Norte de Castilla, Gaceta de Salamanca and Diario de Leon.

    Successful commissioning after the Comet retrofit at Calprint S.L. (l-r): David Rodriguez, technical director, Koenig & Bauer Lauvic; Paul Bansemer, service technician, Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Marco Anderko, commissioning technician, Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Maximiliano Miguel, technical director, Calprint S.L.; Leonardo Ludwig, service manager, Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Eugenio Gascon, president of Calprint S.L. (1)

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    news-1520 Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:39:00 +0200 Innovative solutions for the print industry https://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/innovative-solutions-for-the-print-industry/
  • Open house on digital transformation in Radebeul
  • Factory acceptance of the new CorruCUT for the packaging market
  • SUSI FLIPTM raises the anti-counterfeiting security of banknotes  
  • Koenig & Bauer Report No. 55 is out now. The latest issue of the Group’s customer magazine spotlights current news, innovations and trends from the print industry. Across 60 pages, it reports on interesting developments relating to sheetfed and web offset, post-press technologies, digital and flexo printing, and various special applications.

    In his editorial, president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann points to an exceptionally pleasing order intake and numerous installations of press and machinery solutions from the broad Koenig & Bauer product portfolio. In addition, the newly designed CorruCUT flexo press – an outcome of intensive cooperation with development partner Klingele – has successfully completed its factory acceptance testing. “This press will enable us to further consolidate our strong position in the growing packaging market,” says Claus Bolza-Schünemann.

    The latest 60-page issue of Koenig & Bauer Report spotlights current news, innovations and trends from the print industry

    Koenig & Bauer Report also devotes particular attention to the processes of digital transformation in the industry. With a series of open house events for commercial and packaging printers in May of this year, Koenig & Bauer demonstrated yet again how it is integrating innovative digital applications into press engineering and the associated services.

    Ongoing technology developments at Koenig & Bauer provide a basis for continuous improvement of its products – with solutions to raise the anti-counterfeiting security of banknotes, for example. The current issue of the magazine recalls the world premiere of “SUSI FLIPTM”: The new Solomon Island five-dollar banknote is the first circulating note to use an advanced UV phosphorescence feature which combines high security with striking effects.

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

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    Koenig & Bauer Report is also made available as a digital web magazine (in all the aforementioned languages and additionally in Portuguese). The digital magazine can be read at http://report.koenig-bauer.com/ and is furthermore offered for download at https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/downloads/koenig-bauer-report/.

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    news-1515 Thu, 10 Oct 2019 07:10:00 +0200 Koenig & Bauer at K2019 https://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-at-k2019/
  • Evo XC to be presented for the first time
  • Live shows during the fair
  • K15 M18 with numerous innovations
  • High-resolution digital printing
  • KAMMANN Digital Foiling  
  • As the technology leader, Koenig & Bauer will again be presenting a multitude of new tailored and future-oriented solutions for its customers at this year’s K2019 fair in Düsseldorf. A joint stand measuring 350 m² has been reserved in Hall 4 (B11) as the platform for Koenig & Bauer Kammann and Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica to showcase a broad portfolio of products for the decoration of hollow containers made of glass, metal and plastic and for the printing of flexible packaging. There will be several live demonstrations of the new Evo XC from Flexotecnica and the K15 M18 from Kammann during the course of each day. 

    Koenig & Bauer is set to present new machines and technologies from Flexotecnica and Kammann at K2019

    Live presentation of the new compact Evo XC

    Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica has chosen the K2019 fair to premiere a completely new, extremely compact and highly productive eight-colour CI flexo press. The Evo XC will be offered in two different basic versions, both with an exceptionally small footprint, and promises maximum print lengths up to 850 mm, depending on the version chosen. “We developed the Evo XC to enable efficient printing with environment-friendly water-based inks not only on paper, but also on plastic films,” says Peter Lechner, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica. The press implements a raft of innovative features, including new technology solutions for highly efficient drying and intuitive operation. In addition, Koenig & Bauer’s specially developed energy saving package permits energy recovery during production. There will be several live presentations of the new press each day.  

    Koenig & Bauer Kammann

    Koenig & Bauer Kammann will be treating fair visitors to presentations of a fully automatic universal decorating machine of the latest generation, namely a K15 M with 18 processing stations. The configuration on show in Düsseldorf incorporates all the latest technology innovations, such as high‑speed robot systems for the infeed and delivery stations, different variants of camera-based registration, screen printing stations, high-performance curing systems and many other ground‑breaking details. Another innovation to which visitors can look forward is KAMMANN Digital Foiling – a new process for foil application on plastic articles where the primer is applied through a digital printing station. High-resolution digital printing will indeed be an important topic of the fair presentation in general. The focus is to be placed on increased outputs and complex article geometries. Kammann will be showing a broad spectrum of the most varied samples to underline the superior finishing versatility and flexibility of its technologies.

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    news-1512 Tue, 08 Oct 2019 10:27:39 +0200 Successful cooperation between S.E.M. and Koenig & Bauer https://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/successful-cooperation-between-sem-and-koenig-bauer/
  • Cooperation on equal terms
  • Growth market for service Business
  • Successful cooperation  
  • Successful cooperation between S.E.M. and Koenig & Bauer. Assessments of the first year of joint activities by the two companies are very positive. “The objective of our partnership was clearly defined: We planned to develop the market proactively. From repairs via maintenance to technical cleaning services. And looking back, we can now report that we have indeed achieved our goal!” says Achim Trenkner, managing director of S.E.M. Servicegesellschaft. Comprehensive roller servicing was performed at Westfalen-Druck GmbH, for example, the ink ducts have been overhauled at Medienhaus C. Beckers, and electrical safety checks to ensure compliance with DGUV Regulation 3 are scheduled at the newspaper Straubinger Tagblatt for the coming year. These mandatory checks have now been integrated into the existing Koenig & Bauer service concept. Thomas Potzkai, head of service at Koenig & Bauer: “The feedback from customers has been exclusively positive. They appreciate having a single contact person, who can coordinate all necessary measures quickly and professionally. This long-term cooperation is a win-win situation for S.E.M and Koenig & Bauer – and above all also for the customers.”

    Successful cooperation between S.E.M. and Koenig & Bauer

    Cooperation between Koenig & Bauer and S.E.M. Servicegesellschaft

    In response to expanding service business and strong customer demand, Koenig & Bauer decided to expand its product portfolio in 2018. In cooperation with S.E.M. Servicegesellschaft, it can now offer practically all services relating to printing presses. The responsibilities of the two companies are clearly separated, but at the same time fully complementary.

    news-1503 Fri, 04 Oct 2019 08:15:00 +0200 Koenig & Bauer expands partnership with Rieckermann https://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-expands-partnership-with-rieckermann/
  • Strategic growth market of packaging printing
  • CI flexo press
  • Expansion of sales network in Southeast Asia
  • Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica  
  • Following the successful start to cooperation with Rieckermann in the markets Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, the partnership is being expanded to include also Korea with immediate effect. Rieckermann will similarly be taking over exclusive sales responsibility for the Vietnamese market from 1st November.

    “To further improve our proximity to customers on the Southeast Asian markets, we have decided to deepen our cooperation with the experienced industrial solutions provider Rieckermann,” says Dr. Peter Lechner, CEO at Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica. “That is an important milestone on the road to successful participation in the constantly growing market for flexible packaging in the future.”

    The newly developed Evo XC from Koenig & Bauer

    The partnership expansion was agreed at the Koenig & Bauer production facility in Tavazzano near Milan within the framework of presentation of the new Evo XC. “In addition to the Evo XD and XG, we were able to gain a first-hand impression of the new very compact and highly productive 8-colour CI flexo press. We are convinced that the Evo XC will be very much in demand in Asia,” says Kristian Rieck, director for plastic and converting at Rieckermann.

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    news-1500 Wed, 25 Sep 2019 13:00:44 +0200 Rapida 106 at Tosho Printing with top-class performance https://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/rapida-106-at-tosho-printing-with-top-class-performance/
  • 130 jobs with an average of 270 sheets each in 11.5 hours
  • Special commendation from Koenig & Bauer
  • Extraordinarily efficient means of production
  • Tosho Printing in Kawagoe near Tokyo has been the proud owner of two Rapida 106 presses for four years now. One of those presses, a five-colour configuration with LED-UV drying, recently set a new record for the number of job changes in a single shift. Over the course of 11.5 hours, 130 jobs were printed with an average run length of 270 sheets. That is equivalent to over 11 jobs per hour. This outstanding achievement earned a special commendation for the company’s press operators from Koenig & Bauer.

    Jorg Winkler (centre), service manager from Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, congratulates the printers at Tosho Printing on their record-breaking achievement of 130 job changes in 11.5 hours

    The Rapida 106 is currently the most important sheetfed offset press in the Tosho print centre. The company management likes to refer to it as their ‘moneymaker’: “With its production output and the speed of job changeovers, the press achieves an excellent level of economic efficiency.” And that naturally leaves everyone at Tosho very happy.

    Tosho Printing is one of the oldest and most respected printing companies in Japan. It produces high-quality books as well as other commercial products. Indeed, one of the country’s well-known authors has commented: “Japan is fortunate to have the printers at Tosho. Because they produce books with passion.”

    Alongside the five-colour Rapida 106, the company operates another press of the same type in a four-colour version. Both are equipped with DriveTronic SPC for simultaneous plate changing, camera systems for production monitoring, QualiTronic ColorControl inline colour measurement, integration with the LogoTronic Professional management system, and many more cutting-edge automation features.  

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    news-1481 Wed, 04 Sep 2019 13:51:35 +0200 Two Commanders have been moved successfully https://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/two-commanders-have-been-moved-successfully/
  • 30 years of successful partnership
  • Moving and commissioning by Koenig & Bauer
  • Largest media company in Israel  
  • Successful move and commissioning of the Commander systems
    Israel’s largest media company, Yedioth Ahronoth Group, has been a customer of Koenig & Bauer for nearly three decades. Their successful partnership is now reinforced and continued in the long run by moving two Commander machines.

    The two systems were moved from the North of Israel into the main print shop in Rishon-le-Zion, a suburb of Tel Aviv. "The move was prepared and organised outstandingly. It was executed in a highly professional manner and with impressive results. We are greatly satisfied with our colleagues at Koenig & Bauer – as we have been for 30 years already," says Inon Engel, CEO of Yedioth Ahronoth Group. Five Commander presses by Koenig & Bauer are now standing in the main print shop. The two Commander sections that were moved comprise six reelstands and six H-build printing towers with web widths of up to 1520 mm. The systems are equipped with a Patras reel supply, six Pastostar RC reelstands and two KF5 folders.

    Jochen Schwab, head of service for projects and contract management at Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed: "The project went perfectly smoothly. The great communication and planning on both sides made for a smooth process right on schedule. After all, we moved close to 1000 tons." Before disassembly commenced, reference prints were made together and kept. The acceptance tests after commissioning proved at least comparably good printing and folding, confirming the quality of the assembly and commissioning work.

    Yedioth Ahronoth Group

    Yedioth Ahronoth Group was founded 80 years ago. The daily newspaper Jedi´ot Acharonot is the flagship of Yedioth Ahronoth Group, which is majority-owned by the Mozes family. The group publishes a daily newspaper, local newspapers, magazines and has a digital activity (Ynet).

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    news-1462 Wed, 14 Aug 2019 07:57:26 +0200 Koenig & Bauer sets up endowed chair at Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences https://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-sets-up-endowed-chair-at-ostwestfalen-lippe-university-of-applied-sciences/
  • Development and research in document authentication and classification
  • Close cooperation between research and industry
  • Ostwestfalen-Lippe as an important development location for Koenig & Bauer
  • Koenig & Bauer has set up a five-year endowed chair at the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences. After regular appointment proceedings, Dr. Helene Dörksen has been appointed to the chair with effect from 1st August 2019. The goal of the endowed chair is to promote development and research in the field of document authentication and classification.

    The chair and its laboratory are to be hosted by the ‘Mathematics and Authentication’ section within the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. This interdisciplinary field embracing mathematics, algorithmics, biophotonics and chemical analysis is a highly future-oriented field of research. It places a focus on the analysis of documents of all types, for example security documents and banknotes, or similarly critical packaging – especially in the pharmaceutical industry –, as well as on the analysis of other physical objects which require authentication at given points along the value chain. Studies of the implementation technologies, such as embedded and mobile systems, and their usability are also supported.

    Happy faces after presentation of the endowed chair at Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences (l-r): Claus Bolza-Schünemann, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer, Prof. Volker Lohweg, institute director and vice-dean of the department, Prof. Helene Dörksen, owner of the new professorship, Dr. Johannes Schaede, Chief Technology Officer at Koenig & Bauer’s security printing subsidiary NotaSys and Dr. Andreas Pleßke, board member of Koenig & Bauer

    Claus Bolza-Schünemann, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer, and board member Dr. Andreas Pleßke congratulated the newly appointed professor in person during her visit to the group headquarters in Würzburg. “The endowed chair was a logical next step, and appropriate recognition for the academic achievements of our university partner,” said Claus Bolza-Schünemann. “For several years now, we have been developing key image analysis technologies for the group in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region, together with specialists from the university. Koenig & Bauer has been a motor of the traditional German printing industry for over 200 years, driving progress in the branch with a long list of innovative developments, also in the field of optical inspection.”

    Dr. Andreas Pleßke emphasised: “The close cooperation between research and industry at the Institute of Industrial IT (inIT) of the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences is already bearing fruit. We see it as one of our strategic strengths that we are able to combine our process know-how with industrial IT solutions in order to develop new approaches and fields of business. And I am especially pleased about the appointment of Prof. Dörksen – after all, the proportion of female pacemakers in our industry is still rather small.”

    Prof. Volker Lohweg, institute director and vice-dean of the department, added: “Prof. Helene Dörksen is a scientist with a broad understanding in different natural science and engineering disciplines. She has already contributed considerable experience in the field of authentication, pattern recognition and imaging processes as head of a research group looking into smart banknotes, not to mention her valuable know-how from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the German synchrotron in Hamburg.”

    Prof. Helene Dörksen is looking forward to her new tasks: “Today’s authentication tasks can only be tackled with complex methods. We must adopt the perspectives of different disciplines in order to determine effective solutions. The results, however, must always measure up to the realities of practical application.”

    The Koenig & Bauer location in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region is its centre for image processing technology. The facility has been developing and supporting corresponding systems for the whole Koenig & Bauer group since 2001. While early systems were essentially geared to the needs of banknote production, the developments today cater equally for wide-ranging commercial applications in packaging and metal decoration.

    Numerous research projects at inIT have developed – and continue to develop – new security technologies, covering both the security features themselves and their verification. In 2017, this research spawned a start-up at the CENTRUM INDUSTRIAL IT, one of the largest science-to-business centres for smart automation, in Lemgo. coverno GmbH is already establishing itself on the market.

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    news-1460 Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:30:25 +0200 Investments by government printing houses in Saudi Arabia https://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/investments-by-government-printing-houses-in-saudi-arabia/
  • Four successful tenders
  • Applications in commercial and securities printing
  • Optimum proximity to the users
  • A Rapida 106 is in production at Gouvernement Printing Press in Riyadh. Jörg Winkler, service director for Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, Yousef Al Khazaly, printing manager at Gouvernement Printing Press, Sven Strzelczyk, sales director for Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, and Abdalah Alhareri, general manager of Al-Kaharafi (left to right), met at the new high-end press to celebrate successful commissioning (1)
    Industrial packaging printers in Saudi Arabia operate sheetfed offset presses from Koenig & Bauer, among them Al Obeikan Folding Carton, Noor Carton for Packaging and Al Jawad Printing Press. Meanwhile, Rapida presses have also been strengthening their foothold among commercial users, and here in particular in government-run printing houses. Koenig & Bauer was recently successful with four tenders in relatively quick succession, and can now point to four new customers for its modern technology.

    An order for two new presses was placed by Gouvernement Printing Press in Riyadh. The company operates a Rapida 106 with six printing units, a coater and perfecting after the second unit. Alongside stands a six-colour Rapida 76 with coater and provisions for UV printing. Both presses print a variety of documents on paper and plastic substrates, for example passports, ID cards, driving licences or residence permits. Accordingly, the long list of features also includes corresponding facilities for rainbow printing. The high-end presses for half and medium formats are both engineered for production speeds up to 18,000 sheets per hour.

    Festive reception with representatives of King Abdulaziz University Printing Press at the commissioning of the Rapida 105 (2)
    King Abdulaziz University Printing Press in Jeddah has been using a Rapida 105 since last year. The four-colour press prints books and magazines for the university and also incorporates board-handling equipment to cope with substrates up to 1.2 mm. That provides for maximum flexibility in production.

    Further Rapida 105 users are Um Al Qura University Printing Press in Mecca and the Islamic University in Medina. Both presses are configured with four printing units, coater and extended delivery. The main products are likewise university magazines and books.

    Al Qura University Printing Press in Mecca also relies on sheetfed offset technology from Koenig & Bauer (3)
    One important reason for the positive acceptance of press technologies from Koenig & Bauer is the first-class and absolutely transparent advice given by regional sales partner Al-Kharafi. The close cooperation with the factories in Germany is another key factor, as it permits the fast realisation of tailored solutions in response to special customer wishes. Furthermore, local service units have been created to cover all the industrial centres of this enormous country and to ensure optimum proximity to the users.

    Through such successes on the Arab market, and elsewhere, the oldest printing press manufacturer in the world has again demonstrated that forward-looking developments to the benefit of users remain possible, even in times of shrinking markets and reduced margins.

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    news-1455 Thu, 08 Aug 2019 07:07:33 +0200 Koenig & Bauer and Klingele together a successful development partnership https://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-and-klingele-together-a-successful-development-partnership/
  • Successful factory acceptance testing in Würzburg
  • High level of automation
  • Klingele Group as cooperation partner
  • Focus on growth markets 
  • The Klingele Group, one of the leading independent manufacturers of corrugated base paper and corrugated cardboard packaging, and Koenig & Bauer, the world's second largest manufacturer of printing machines, are setting new standards in printing technology for packaging within the framework of a development partnership. Both companies have now reached a new milestone with the successful factory acceptance testing of a newly developed CorruCUT high board line rotary die-cutter by Klingele after conducting a test phase with the prototype. Koenig & Bauer completely redesigned the highly productive 6-colour machine in close cooperation with Klingele and adapted it to the specific market and production demands. The CorruCUT will be installed and put into production in Klingele’s Delmenhorst plant as of August. The engineering design, the print quality achieved and the implementation of the operating concept not only impressed Klingele, but also received very positive feedback from visitors from the corrugated board industry worldwide.

    A quantum leap in quality and performance

    The combination of high print quality and precision as well as market-leading performance represents a significant further development in printing technology for the packaging sector. Klingele will use the new machine to target market segments with high demands in terms of the print image and process reliability in packaging. These include in particular brand name companies, but also food manufacturers using packaging as an advertising medium at the point of sale.

    The technical specifications of the new CorruCUT are geared precisely to these exacting demands: In addition to its excellent print quality, it offers high accuracy in printing and die-cutting, thus significantly reducing waste and increasing resource efficiency. With a working width of 2.80 metres and a feed rate of 12,000 units per hour, the CorruCUT is extremely efficient; large packaging and displays are also easier to produce.

    The machine has a rollerless infeed so the sheets of corrugated board are fed gently into the machine to protect the material. The vacuum roll handling within the CorruCUT also ensures a significant reduction in wear and therefore less machine downtime and lower costs for spare parts. Automated data analyses will enable preventive machine maintenance in the future, thus avoiding unexpected failures.

    The CorruCUT will be installed and put into production in Klingele’s Delmenhorst plant as of August

    A win-win development partnership

    The development partnership between Klingele and Koenig & Bauer is a win-win for both sides: Koenig & Bauer is the world's second largest manufacturer of printing machines with the broadest product range in the industry and the market leader in many printing processes. Koenig & Bauer is now increasing its commitment in a growing market for corrugated board converting machines with Klingele as an exclusive partner. The partnership in turn gave Klingele the chance to actively support the development of the new rotary die-cutter from the outset, thus ensuring that the machine fully meets the demands of the market.

    “Koenig & Bauer has implemented the concept and technical innovations very well. The results that we have now seen in Würzburg have impressed us,” states Dr. Jan Klingele, managing partner of the Klingele Group. Christoph Müller, member of the executive board at Koenig & Bauer: “In the last two years, we have continuously built up a new team and consistently worked on the development of the machine.” The focus on growth markets, such as conventional and digital packaging printing is part of the successful Koenig & Bauer strategy.

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