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  • Special responsibility as the sole provider and ‘trusted advisor’ that masters all print technologies on just about every substrate available in its core markets 
  • Keener focus on the core markets of packaging, post-press, industrial commercial printing and security printing 
  • Consistent transformation into an agile technology group based on the increasing significance of software and digital solutions
  • An agent of change and innovation within the print industry due to integrated system solutions and a broad range of digital printing presses
  • With its ‘Exceeding Print’ strategy, Koenig & Bauer is promoting sustainability as the greatest challenge that the packaging industry will face in future, and is upholding its claim to leadership in digitalisation

    Koenig & Bauer is continuing to proceed with its transformation from a traditional manufacturer of machinery into an agile technology group. Using global megatrends and intense discussions with customers and industry experts as a basis, the company has defined its strategic direction for the next few years. The course it is already taking towards more digitalisation and a higher degree of modularity will not only lead to more success in Koenig & Bauer’s core business markets, with packaging printing at the forefront – it will also result in less material and energy being used in printing processes, making them more sustainable. In addition, Koenig & Bauer is also setting itself sustainability goals that are even more ambitious with its new Group strategy, ‘Exceeding Print’. Along with its responsibility towards its customers and employees, as a member of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest sustainability initiative, the Group aims to increase even further its efforts to deliver on its ecological, social and community responsibilities.

    A commitment to sustainability goals for the future

    “By 2025, we are aiming to reduce CO2 emissions in our production plants by 75 per cent, and intend to be completely carbon-neutral from 2030 on,” as CEO Dr Andreas Pleßke announced. “As the industry’s leading provider of sustainable solutions, we help our customers to reduce their ecological footprint. Solutions based on technology that we developed reduce energy consumption, cut waste, and decrease ink and coating consumption, helping to cut CO2 emissions.” 

    Energy efficiency and climate protection

    Koenig & Bauer uses an energy management system to prepare the ground for its customers to be more energy efficient in printing operations, and helps them to point their production processes in a sustainable direction. As a member of the 4evergreen Alliance network, Koenig & Bauer can start working with manufacturers of paper and cardboard, folding carton producers, brand owners, technology and material suppliers, along with the collection, sorting and recycling industry, at an early stage to find appropriate solutions. Koenig & Bauer maintains a partnership with ClimatePartner to promote efforts to compensate CO2 emissions by supporting certified projects to protect the climate. Moreover, the company is a partner in the ‘BlueCompetence’ sustainability initiative that is run by the VDMA, and is the first manufacturer of printing machinery to become a member of the ‘Healthy Printing’ network. 

    Modularity: The key to more efficiency

    Koenig & Bauer is the only manufacturer of machinery worldwide to master all industrial printing process on all substrates in its core markets. Customers benefit from a wide range of products, the experience, and the technical expertise that the company has built up over the more than 200 years of its history. As the oldest manufacturer of printing machinery in the world, Koenig & Bauer has always considered its role to be that of an industry pioneer and an innovative force.

    A modular platform for future machine generations offers customers any number of advantages. “Not only are new technologies ready for the market more quickly, but integrated control of machines and systems, and the standardisation of maintenance become possible,” as executive board member and COO Michael Ulverich accentuates. “The modular principle ensures that the customers continue to benefit from tailor-made solutions. The standardisation of a number of elements opens up more opportunities for innovation and individualisation – while maintaining the same high quality at the same time.” Koenig & Bauer intends to maintain its entrepreneurial independence in future by retaining a high level of vertical integration – from the smallest gearwheel to complex units.

    Digitalisation: Group-wide solutions, tailored to the customers

    In addition to machines, digital services are becoming increasingly important for networking machines with each other, collecting and analysing data, and controlling processes efficiently. Koenig & Bauer develops digital services based on highly scalable cloud platforms and makes them available to customers via a portal for collaboration. The analysis of machine data forms the basis for evaluating performance, setting benchmarks and industrial analytics scenarios. In combination with machine learning, this renders Koenig & Bauer able to identify potential malfunctions in processes much earlier and more accurately, and to initiate service and maintenance fully automatically. Unplanned downtimes can thereby be reduced, and service intervals can be modified accordingly. 

    “Koenig & Bauer made the switch to a cloud-based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform, a leading industry product, back in 2010,” adds Ralf Sammeck, executive board member for the Sheetfed segment and CDO. “Across the Group, Sales, Service and Marketing, along with the adjacent functions, all use the CRM application, which also provides performance data for the machines connected within the network.” This allows the employees of Koenig & Bauer to provide advice to customers which satisfies their expectations each and every time they are in contact. “Software is driving our transformation from a manufacturer of machinery to a technology company,” as Sammeck continues. “Our customers benefit from the consistent process integration and from data-optimised job management processes that use data as a basis.”

    Short makeready times and flexible processes in packaging printing

    High-performance digital presses from Koenig & Bauer offer customers in packaging printing new business models for printing very short runs, rapidly changing requirements, security elements, track-and-trace solutions, as well as personalisation and individualisation. The focus is on the entire value chain with a view to optimise costs. Easy-to-use human-machine interfaces make operation more intuitive for customers. Koenig & Bauer is responding to the trend towards hybrid printing processes in the paper, board, corrugated board and film segments by combining analogue and digital printing and finishing technologies. This allows the advantages of both applications to be exploited optimally, broadening the range of substrates that can be printed on. By entering the food and beverage carton industry, Koenig & Bauer will enable full-colour digital printing on carton packaging in future.

    “Digital printing processes will be a catalyst for new business models,” as Christoph Müller, executive board member for the Digital & Webfed segment, is convinced. “We are assuming that most of the companies that will be our customers in future have not even been founded yet.”

    We support social responsibility and diversity, and reject discrimination

    More diversity within the company in relation to gender, age and internationality has, as a social objective, also been adopted as part of Koenig & Bauer’s strategic blueprint. One key focal point is the advancement of women, for example through mentoring and career programmes, and by introducing wide-reaching measures to reconcile family and career, as well as initiatives to combat discrimination and racism. “Our goal is to be a top employer for everyone,” as Pleßke underscores. As a company with regional roots, Koenig & Bauer has assumed social responsibility from the very beginning. As has been the case for over 150 years, the company continues to train future skilled workers at its own vocational school, and guarantees employment after they have completed their apprenticeships. Koenig & Bauer supports cultural and social institutions at its Group sites and around the world. 

    CFO Dr Stephen Kimmich is convinced, “By committing to deliver on our ecological, social and community responsibility, we are sending an important signal to the capital market. Koenig & Bauer is the only manufacturer of printing machinery to master all industrial printing processes on just about every type of substrate – even on corrugated board – and supplies software, systems and service for entire printing and finishing processes. After all, optimising the ‘Total Cost of Process’ forms a key factor, more than ever, for our customers in any decision about which technology to purchase. This also gives the company good reason to consider itself a ‘trusted advisor’ for its customers and an agent of change and innovation within the print industry. ‘Exceeding Print’ will contribute to the achievement of our financial goals for the medium term, which earmarks turnover of €1.3 billion and an EBIT margin of more than 7 per cent.”

    “Our ‘Exceeding Print’ strategy allows us to promote sustainability as the greatest challenge that the packaging industry will be facing in future, and uphold our claim to leadership when it comes to digitalisation,” says Dr Andreas Pleßke, summing up the measures that were decided on. “This means organic growth with our own business models and products, but does not rule out growth through acquisitions.” 

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    news-2138 Tue, 23 Nov 2021 10:56:49 +0100 New Rapida 164 from Koenig & Bauer in daily print operations http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/new-rapida-164-from-koenig-bauer-in-daily-print-operations/
  • 15 to 20 per cent faster production and shorter makeready times
  • Automation features with added value for the customer
  • Industry pioneer in printing with an extended colour gamut
  • Printing and inline finishing at the highest level
  • Own ink and coating production
  • The new star: the first of the latest-generation Rapida 164s is in use at Teamplayer-in-Print (3)

    The print companies Walter Grieger Offsetdruck in Nettetal and Gieseking in Bielefeld have been operating under the joint name ‘Teamplayer-in-Print’ since 2012, and together are leading service providers for carton products and corrugated board liners. Both companies concentrate on the production of folding carton and display printing products. And both also serve a number of their own end customers, alongside highly flexible production for major European packaging groups.

    The two managing directors Wilfried Grieger (right) and Wilhelm Drießen are proud to be branch pioneers yet again with the first Rapida 164 of the new generation (1)

    Their business concept of providing print services to producers of corrugated packaging makes it imperative to stay one step ahead of potential competitors at all times. For this reason, Walter Grieger Offsetdruck is frequently one of the first users of innovative printing technologies – and ever since the turn of the century, this has meant solutions developed by Koenig & Bauer. The first large-format Rapida for hybrid coating was used for production in Nettetal, as was the first press with direct drives. Now it is the turn of the first of the latest-generation Rapida 164 presses, which is also equipped for production with an extended colour gamut. When it comes to extended colour gamuts, Teamplayer meanwhile considers itself an advisor to the segment. Managing director Wilhelm Drießen explains: “We absorb everything that is happening at the manufacturers.” The distinctly technophile company has therefore also been closely involved with Koenig & Bauer’s market-leading technology developments over the past two decades. A further valuable partner on this journey has been Systemhaus Steuber, the general agency for the sheetfed offset division of Koenig & Bauer in North Rhine-Westphalia.

    The classic presses: two Rapida 164s from the previous series are installed at Walter Grieger (2)

    Significantly enhanced performance

    A new Rapida 164 has been boosting print capacities at Walter Grieger for several months now. Production on the seven-colour press with coater and extended delivery is 15 to 20 per cent faster than on the company’s two previous-generation Rapida 164 presses. The same applies to makeready times. This can, in part, be attributed to established automation solutions such as the sidelay-free SIS infeed, CleanTronic multi-function washing systems, including DriveTronic SRW, and pile logistics provisions with automatic non-step pile changing. At the same time, the use of unbent plates, pneumatic ink ducts with EasyClean coatings for fast ink changes, mounting aids for coating plates at the coater tower, and a plate lift up to the level of the gallery also accelerate and improve work processes.

    Printer Michael Bachmayer regularly utilises the full performance capabilities of the Rapida 164 (5)

    Even the standard configuration of the Rapida 164 prints at speeds of up to 16,000 sheets/h and with sheet formats up to a colossal 1,205 × 1,640 mm. And those aren’t just theoretical values. Its full speed is often demanded in daily production. The pre-series press delivers over four million sheets per month with absolute reliability. That adds up to a sheet area of almost 8 km2, an area larger than the whole of Gibraltar – or two-thirds of the area of the Nettetal suburb of Kaldenkirchen, which is where the Grieger plant is located.

    Less waste, more quality

    A lot has also been achieved in terms of waste savings. QualiTronic ColorControl and PDFCheck are used to configure the ink settings for the enormous sheets, including a comparison with the pre-press PDF. Start-up waste and imperfect sheets can be marked with a tag inserter, so that only the good sheets are shipped and passed on for further processing.

    Logistics solutions enable the uninterrupted production of medium and long run lengths (4)

    Wilhelm Drießen is also excited by the developments in networking solutions. The LogoTronic PPS from Koenig & Bauer has now become an important module for integration of the presses into an overall workflow. Grieger uses an MIS from Prosecco and a pre-press workflow from Hybrid. All three systems are perfectly coordinated with each other and, thanks to their CIP4 interfaces, establish the necessary end-to-end printshop workflow between the commercial offices and the actual presses. The precise contents of the plates are defined in the MIS. This information is sent to LogoTronic. The operator starts print production, and a fully automatic plate change is carried out as soon as the specified number of sheets is reached. Fewer colour corrections and ink changes are needed, and process reliability is increased.

    Packaging and displays in perfection

    The prime goal for all automation solutions: they must offer added value for customers. The customers’ production jobs must be handled better, faster and more flexibly. This ensures that they can increase their own level of flexibility, as they receive their packaging or displays in tested quality even at short notice.

    Walter Grieger Offsetdruck has been offering print services to display and packaging suppliers since 1988. When the first presses from Koenig & Bauer arrived, the customer base grew to include companies that process solid and corrugated board. Since the early days as a garage business, founded with just DM 500 of initial capital, the production space in Nettetal alone has grown to cover 11,000 square metres. The four sheetfed offset presses in Nettetal and Bielefeld operate 17 shifts per week. The automation systems used for them allow jobs from as few as 100 up to several 100,000 sheets to be printed profitably. And that not just for standard packaging, but even where UV finishing on silver or gold foils is required, such as the type used for cosmetics displays. The typically used substrates range from 170 g/m2 to as much as 700 g/m2.

    Overview down to the last detail: Teamplayer attaches great importance to consistent networking – also between its sites in Nettetal and Bielefeld (6)

    Full concentration on print

    The list of customers served by Teamplayer-in-Print is equally diverse. They come from all over the German-speaking regions, as well as from the Netherlands, Belgium, Scandinavia and Great Britain. With its 90 employees, Teamplayer processes 35,000 tonnes of paper and board per year. Up to 10 million fresh and printed sheets can be stored at the two locations.

    The special business concept means that both companies are highly streamlined. There are no packaging design offices or extensive post-press departments, because those process steps are handled by the customers themselves. Instead, full concentration is directed at the print process. And with it a workflow that is without equal in terms of process optimisation, throughput times and quality management.

    An extensive coating forme store illustrates the diversity of finishing options that are part and parcel of daily business for Teamplayer in Nettetal (7)

    The customers benefit from the high degree of flexibility, a large format process that is especially suited to both one-piece displays and appropriately optimised multi-part products, and the high production capacity with four large-format presses at two locations. From the basic chemical components to the finished product, Grieger produces all the required inks in its own ink kitchen. The same applies to coatings. This also benefits other print companies that find themselves able to obtain their coatings from Nettetal. 

    Interesting website: www.teamplayer-in-print.de 

    More interesting content relating to the launch of the new Rapida large format generation can be found at https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/newdimension/

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    news-2136 Mon, 22 Nov 2021 10:10:44 +0100 A Rapida 145 and two CorruCUTs for the Model Group http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/a-rapida-145-and-two-corrucuts-for-the-model-group/
  • New die-cutting unit with advance makeready capabilities for the CorruCUT High Board Line Rotary Die-cutter
  • Rapida 145 with eleven units in new design
  • High levels of quality and performance 
  • First presettable rotary die-cutting unit for the CorruCUT High Board Line Rotary Die-cutter

    The Model Group is investing in a Rapida 145 with eleven printing and finishing units, as well as two CorruCUT machines from Koenig & Bauer. The Rapida is scheduled to enter production in Opava in the Czech Republic in spring 2022, while the first of the two CorruCUTs is to be installed at a second Czech plant in Nymburk towards the end of next year. “Koenig & Bauer satisfied our high expectations in terms of quality, sustainability and performance in every respect. At the same time, we were looking for a single partner for the whole investment package. The broad product portfolio offered by Koenig & Bauer is therefore a perfect fit for our company,” says Roman Jamnický, COO of Model Obaly. The second CorruCUT is scheduled for installation at the group’s Polish plant in Czosnów near Warsaw. All three machines represent a genuine advance in printing technology for the packaging industry and combine high print quality and precision with market-leading performance.

    Innovation and new technical developments
    The two CorruCUT machines are the first ones to incorporate a novel presettable rotary die-cutting unit. It allows the die-cutting cylinder that is not in use to be set up for a subsequent job without affecting current production, also allowing fully automatic exchange once the present job is completed. Koenig & Bauer executive board member Christoph Müller: “With these two machines, Koenig & Bauer has finally made its entry into the market of direct corrugated printing. The aim is to achieve a market position that is customary for Koenig & Bauer in the medium term.” In addition, the machines will be equipped with all the established unique features such as anilox roller changing systems and vacuum-belt feeders without feed rollers. Various software upgrades, which raise automation levels yet another notch and greatly simplify work with the machines for the operators, are likewise important and inherent elements of the machine package. “Our team is constantly developing new and innovative technical features for our machines. We listen to our customers and work together with them in partnership. This ensures that the performance of our machines are able to be enhanced further,” Christoph Müller adds. 

    Rapida 145 with eleven printing and finishing units
    Model Obaly has used a total of twelve sheetfed offset presses from Koenig & Bauer for its operations since 1976. The current line-up comprises a Rapida 145, two Rapida 142 models and a medium-format Rapida 106. 

    The new Rapida 145 was purchased to increase print capacities in Opava as of spring 2022. It will be placed on foundations raised by 420 mm to accommodate production with heavy and corrugated board, and has been configured with six printing units, followed by a coater and two intermediate drying units, ahead of a further printing unit, a second coater and a three-section extended delivery. Automation highlights include automatic non-stop systems and pile logistics, the sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS, simultaneous plate changing with DriveTronic SPC and Plate Ident, as well as CleanTronic Synchro washing systems for parallel washing processes. To enable mixed UV/conventional operation, and therefore maximum flexibility in inline product finishing, the press also features UV interdeck dryers and a full complement of IR, hot-air and UV drying systems in the extended delivery. 

    Tradition paired with foresight
    The Model Group with its headquarter in Switzerland is managed in the fourth generation by Daniel and Elisabeth Model. The company was founded almost 150 years ago and, in the meantime, maintains subsidiaries in seven countries. The Model Group develops, produces and supplies intelligent, innovative and high-quality display and packaging solutions made of solid and corrugated board. Around 4,600 people are employed at the Model Group’s 15 European locations. Last year, they generated a turnover of more than €800 million. Particular importance is attached to the issue of sustainability – for several years, for example, the company has used almost exclusively recycled fibres in its products.

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    news-2128 Mon, 08 Nov 2021 10:17:41 +0100 The new MetalStar 4 – pioneering in metal decorating http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/the-new-metalstar-4-pioneering-in-metal-decorating/
  • Even more innovative and effective
  • Modern machine design
  • Convenient operation thanks to intelligent processes
  • Even more innovative and effective, this is the new performance benchmark in metal decorating.  Seven years after the market launch of the MetalStar 3, of which over 400 printing units have been installed worldwide, Koenig & Bauer is presenting the new MetalStar 4.

    The new MetalStar 4 presents itself in a new appealing design (1)

    The MetalStar 4 presents itself in a new design with innovative, pioneering technology. To meet the growing demands of the metal decorating market even better, the MetalStar 4 offers new functions and improvements in the feeder, state-of-the-art measuring technology and new functions for monitoring production and enhancing ergonomics. What remains unchanged is the proven MetalStar technology, such as the short and dynamic inking and dampening unit and high-precision register printing thanks to the sheet travel in the gripper closure, as well as the extensive automation features that reduce make-ready times to a minimum. 

    Some of the biggest innovations of the MetalStar 4 can be found at the feeder. Metal printing-specific updates such as new sensors, newly designed blow pipes and scrapers, and adjustments to the infeed table noticeably increase the reliability of the feeder. Even with challenging materials, the feeder's reliability is convincing. The feeder is rounded off by a new touch panel on which the air setting can be made and stored for each job. For repeat jobs, the last setting can be conveniently loaded and production started directly.

    The MetalControl inline colour control system reduces colour makeready times and guarantees colour consistency throughout the entire run (3)

    The inline colour measurement and control system MetalControl, which is available for the MetalStar 4, measures the ink densities on each color patch in the print control strip or on individual colour patches and regulates the ink zones fully automatically every 10 sheets. This ensures that the specified target densities are always achieved and maintained within the print run. Independent of the operator or the time of day. In addition, MetalControl supports the operator in color setup for the print job. MetalControl can set up the target densities fully automatically in one print run, utilising a sandwich process. Alternatively, MetalControl can also be used to print individual print runs as usual during set-up. MetalControl then makes a setting suggestion after each print run. 

    The new ErgoTronic console is the heart of the MetalStar 4. Thanks to the clear and modern software, the operation of the MetalStar 4 is intuitive. All settings are made via a 23" touch screen. The console can be equipped with a 75" wall screen on which the measuring results of MetalControl and the individual zone openings in each inking unit are displayed. In addition, a live image from one of the observation cameras mounted at neuralgic points on the line can be displayed here. This makes it easy to monitor critical positions live from the ErgoTronic console and intervene if necessary.

    All functions of the MetalStar 4 can be conveniently controlled and monitored from the ErgoTronic control console. The 75" wallscreen is new (2)

    In terms of automation, the MetalStar 4 continues to lead the way in the metal decorating market. Features such as parallel washing of the blanket and impression cylinder with CleanTronic Synchro or parallel washing of the inking unit during blanket washing with DriveTronic SRW (Simultaneous Roller Washing) guarantee the shortest make-ready times in metal decorating. The fully automatic plate change FAPC (Fully Automatic Plate Change) is now even faster and has been equipped with a new infeed system that significantly enhances stability.

    Each MetalStar 4 is customised directly to the individual needs of the customer and the application. From special equipment packages for UV and UV-LED printing, to a wide range of inline coating options, to the tried-and-tested sheet handling modules and Koenig & Bauer globally proven and highly regarded drying ovens.

    All these details and more make the MetalStar 4 the most powerful and efficient MetalStar ever.

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    news-2126 Thu, 04 Nov 2021 10:17:49 +0100 Koenig & Bauer Durst line up brands for SPC Open House http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-line-up-brands-for-spc-open-house/
  • Industry leaders in corrugated packaging add their voice to the future packaging debate
  • Customers provide insights into their digital journey and brand relations
  • Now team planning third SPC Open House on February 10 2022 
  • Customers have added their voice to the ongoing packaging debate at an ‘inspirational’ second SPC Open House – entitled “New Times, New Challenges and New Opportunities – in Lienz, Austria, organized by Koenig & Bauer Durst.

    Schumacher Packaging’s Jochen Drösel (left) and Robert Stabler in discussion (1)

    Jochen Drösel, Chief Sales Officer at Schumacher Group, was a keynote panelist at the event that highlighted future trends, challenges, and opportunities for corrugated board markets, as well as the wider implications for retail and other industries. Breakout sessions at the Durst Innovation Center East also included deep insights into the Delta SPC 130 Automatic single-pass press that uses water-based food-safe inks.

    The success of Schumacher Group, an early adopter of Koenig & Bauer’s Delta SPC 130 single pass press for the corrugated packaging market, has led to an investment in a second machine. At the SPC Open House, Mr Drösel shared his perspectives on their relationships with brand owners and digital packaging journey, which Schumacher Group sees as the future for print production in corrugated markets.

    A rare opportunity to see inside the SPC 130 press at the Open House in Lienz (2)

    Robert Stabler, Managing Director of Koenig & Bauer Durst, said: “This was a truly inspirational event, with real audience interaction and insightful content from leaders in the corrugated industry that generated extremely positive feedback. The perspective brought a new dimension and perspective to the debates we have over the future of packaging. 

    “Converters need to be ahead of the regulatory change curve and to be ready for the increased focus of brands on sustainability and have the capabilities and competencies to mass customize without any compromise on quality. Brand owners are demanding that new production methods are reliable, compliant and cost effective. Therefore, in a live setting we were able to look at how single pass digital printing helps converters meet the evolving demands of brand owners in a world of shorter lead times, short run lengths and greater forecast unpredictability.”

    Koenig & Bauer Durst will be hosting a third SPC Open House at the Durst East Innovation Center, Lienz, on February 10 2022.

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    news-2115 Thu, 21 Oct 2021 10:05:46 +0200 Koenig & Bauer presents a new generation of large-format sheetfed offset presses http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-presents-a-new-generation-of-large-format-sheetfed-offset-presses/
  • Printing speeds of up to 18,000 sheets/hr (Rapida 145) and 17,000 sheets/hr (Rapida 164)
  • Modern, interactive operating concept
  • Extended substrate range and raised foundation
  • Various configurations for cost-efficient inline production
  • Automation features for ultra-fast job changeovers
  • The new Rapida 145 now boasts the same new design as all the latest presses from Koenig & Bauer (1)

    What was originally planned as an international event can only be presented to smaller groups of interested users for the time being – when carrying out print tests or live video demonstrations: Koenig & Bauer is proud to announce the market launch of a brand new generation of its Rapida 145 and Rapida 164 large-format sheetfed offset presses. The new press generation is available with immediate effect.

    The fact that both large-format series now boast the same new innovative design as all the latest Koenig & Bauer presses immediately catches the eye. Along with this, there are also many other new features that will enable the large-format Rapidas to consolidate their position as market leaders in this format class. They handle sheet formats up to 1,060 x 1,450 mm (Rapida 145) and 1,205 x 1,640 mm (Rapida 164) at a standard maximum production speed of 16,000 sheets/hr in board production. Incorporation of a high-speed package raises the top speeds another notch, allowing them to handle 18,000 sheets/hr (Rapida 145) and 17,000 sheets/hr (Rapida 164). Alongside new upgrades to the automation features, they offer the performance parameters of the latest medium-format presses – for twice the print format or even more.

    As is immediately evident here on the feeder head, there are now only very few manual operating elements anywhere on the press. Practically all processes can be controlled by means of touch panels or the main console (3)

    The operating concept has also been given a makeover. Large touch panels on the feeder, on the first printing unit and at the delivery render many buttons and other operating elements superfluous. All routine processes that are normally activated decentrally from the console can therefore be controlled just as conveniently on the press itself. A prominent status indicator at the delivery provides instant updates on the current press status. Different colours are used to signal whether the press is in production, standby or maintenance mode.

    Cameras for inline colour control (centre) and sheet inspection at resolutions of up to 260 dpi check every single sheet during production. Errors and defects are visualised on the wallscreen, and reports are produced to verify the quality (7)

    Digital control and monitoring

    The ErgoTronic console features a touchscreen monitor and a large wallscreen. All relevant information is presented in a clearly structured fashion on both displays. A host of additional functions allow production to be monitored in real time. Production data and other information, such as CO2 emissions, are available at a glance. Autonomous printing of a job list, app-based control of many press functions, access to the CustomerCommunity as a central point of contact between users and the manufacturer, and, of course, a function to start individual press programs using presets based on the data supplied or previously saved – the console is the digital hub for all production processes in the printshop.

    This applies to quality assurance in equal measure. Three different systems combine inline colour control (with the option of grey balance control) with functions for production monitoring (QualiTronic PrintCheck), comparison with the pre-press PDF (QualiTronic PDFCheck) and content inspection (QualiTronic PDF HighRes).

    DriveTronic SPC: fully automatic plate changing with unbent printing plates (5)

    Additional benefits for packaging specialists

    The new Rapida large format generation brings significant improvements for the core application area of packaging printing in particular. Substrate versatility was already very broad in the past, allowing board thicknesses of up to 1.2 or 1.6 mm. Universal gripper systems make this possible. On the new presses, the range of substrates handled can be increased further still – even beyond the 2 mm mark – by simply converting the printing units. For companies that work with heavy board grades or offer post-printing on corrugated board involving printing and finishing a full spectrum in an inline process, the new capabilities represent a quantum leap forward.

    Endless configuration options: this Rapida 145 in the CEC at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed stands on 555 mm cast blocks and features seven printing units, two coaters, intermediate drying units, a three-section extended delivery with twin-pile capabilities, and fully automatic pile logistics (2)

    Other important changes concern the options to allow increased pile heights. Five variants are available, covering the range from 185 to – as a new option – 925 mm. Raising piles by 185, 370 or 555 mm can also be achieved by placing the press on cast blocks. The additional outlay for special press foundations can then be saved.

    Significant improvements in many details

    Many less visible but nonetheless important details have also been overhauled. These include the sheet guiding elements in the delivery and delivery extension (dryer section). Modifications like this have been paramount in realising top production speeds of up to 18,000 sheets/hr with an even broader range of substrates and finishing applications. Thanks to a dynamic sheet brake, visibility and accessibility at the delivery remain unhindered. There is no need for complicated sheet braking systems or delivery grippers.

    Long-life gripper shafts with automatic lubrication and a reduced number of manual lubrication points help simplify maintenance. The same applies to the new AC drive motor of the large-format Rapidas. It is not only practically maintenance-free, but also reduces energy consumption.

    Anilox roller changes can be realised quickly by a single person without the need for tools – thanks to the AniSleeve technology (6)

    High production capacity and flexibility

    All the existing automation and high performance features of the previous models are, of course, still available for the new Rapida generation. This begins with the sheer endless choice of press configurations, with up to 16 printing and finishing units, together with options such as a reel-to-sheet feeder, automatically convertible perfecting, coating and drying units, a double-pile delivery, and extends to a range of non-stop pile changing and logistics components. This means that individual press configurations can be tailored specifically to the very specific requirements of packaging and commercial printers.

    Most Rapida presses for large-format sheetfed offset are equipped with the sidelay-free infeed system DriveTronic SIS (4)

    When it comes to automation, the new Rapida generation sets a new benchmark in large-format printing. The sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS, simultaneous plate changing with DriveTronic SPC, the disengaging of unused inking units as a standard feature, CleanTronic cloth-based washing systems for parallel washing processes, fast coating forme changes with DriveTronic SFC and anilox roller changing with AniSleeve are just a few of the outstanding automation components that enable many processes to run concurrently at job changeover and thereby contribute to the shortest ever makeready times. The dryer modules, too, are manufactured by Koenig & Bauer. After all, dryer systems are one of the company’s core competencies.

    All system components and automation functions serve one goal, namely to provide users with the best possible support, and to enable them to produce efficiently and successfully, whether in packaging or the commercial segment. The large-format Rapidas are therefore the ideal means of production, and ensure print companies are equipped for all current and future challenges. 

    Visit https://www.koenig-bauer.com/de/newdimension/ for more interesting content around the product launch.

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    news-2113 Wed, 20 Oct 2021 10:56:32 +0200 Koenig & Bauer supports UN Global Compact http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-supports-un-global-compact/ As a participant in the UN Global Compact initiative, Koenig & Bauer actively supports the implementation of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which define a framework for sustainable economic, ecological and social development. The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest initiative promoting sustainable and responsible corporate activity, and comprises a global network of more than 18,700 participating companies and organisations from 170 countries.

    Koenig & Bauer is a participant of the UN Global Compact and supports its goals through a wide range of activities in the areas of environment, social affairs and corporate governance

    The participants undertake to uphold not only the 17 SDGs, but also the ten UN Global Compact principles relating to human rights, labour standards, environment protection and corruption prevention, and publish annual reports on the progress made within their individual spheres of influence.

    CEO Dr Andreas Pleßke: “Koenig & Bauer has attached a very high importance to social commitments and environmental responsibility ever since it was founded 204 years ago. The principles and goals of the UN Global Compact are fully aligned with the values and philosophy that govern all our business activities. Wherever opportunities arise within the strategic development framework, the companies within our group seek to exert a positive influence and uphold their commitment to their social and ecological responsibilities on the basis of diverse ESG activities and innovations.”

    The 17 SDGs anchored in the Agenda 2030 of the United Nations are aimed at the development of a sustainable global economy. Koenig & Bauer has identified seven of these goals as key targets for its own strategic sustainability initiatives. The SDGs “3 – Good health and well-being”, “4 – Quality education”, “5 – Gender equality”, “8 – Decent work and economic growth”, “12 – Responsible consumption and production”, “13 – Climate action” and “17 – Partnerships for the goals”, in particular, form the focus of the diverse sustainability activities within the group.

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    news-2111 Tue, 19 Oct 2021 09:47:15 +0200 Klingele buys another CorruCUT from Koenig & Bauer http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/klingele-buys-another-corrucut-from-koenig-bauer/
  • High levels of quality and performance 
  • State-of-the-art software and hardware 
  • Improved automation features
  • Klingele very satisfied with its first CorruCUT High Board Line Rotary Die-cutter
  • The new CorruCUT is to be installed at the Klingele plant in Werne

    The Klingele Paper & Packaging Group is investing in another CorruCUT High Board Line Rotary Die-cutter from Koenig & Bauer. The new six-colour machine is scheduled to start production at the Klingele plant in Werne in the summer of next year. With a future capacity of almost 200 million square metres of corrugated board, this plant is one of the largest operated by the group. “In recent years, Koenig & Bauer has demonstrated that it has established itself in the market for corrugated board processing. Working together, we have boosted the performance of the first CorruCUT at our plant in Delmenhorst to a high level. This is why we are once again investing in this machinery from Koenig & Bauer with full conviction,” says Dr Jan Klingele, Managing Partner of the Klingele Paper & Packaging Group.     

    The first CorruCUT has now been printing and die-cutting at the Delmenhorst plant for almost two years. Christoph Müller, member of the executive board of Koenig & Bauer AG: “Experience, tradition and the innovative spirit of both companies have contributed to making this machine a further step forward in printing technologies for the packaging sector.”

    Unique features and new technical functions

    Complementing the established features unique to this technology, such as the vacuum-belt feeder without infeed shafts and the anilox roller exchange system, Koenig & Bauer has incorporated a range of new technical functions into the machine. “Thanks to our broad product portfolio, we have been able to integrate different functions from other machines to make the CorruCUT even better,” says Christoph Müller. A series of new software upgrades has also significantly increased  the machine automation. One example is Easy Job Change, which allows automatic preparation of a subsequent job even before completion of the current production run. Amir Mirsakarimi, Plant Manager in Werne: “There are two other topics that were particularly important for us: simplification and optimisation of the interfaces, and live data acquisition during production. In this regard, Koenig & Bauer has shown us some very promising solutions that are completely new to the market.” An innovative control system for die cutting contour also enables incorrectly die-cut sheets to be ejected immediately.

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    news-2101 Fri, 01 Oct 2021 10:05:40 +0200 Rossmann Group invests in Koenig & Bauer CorruCUT http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/rossmann-group-invests-in-koenig-bauer-corrucut/
  • Innovative technical functions
  • Enhanced software and hardware features 
  • High level of automation
  • Most cutting-edge and productive Rotary Die-cutter on the market
  • ROMCARTON S.A., a member of the French Rossmann Group, is investing in a CorruCUT from Koenig & Bauer. With seven printing units, it will be the longest CorruCUT made to date. The machine is scheduled for commissioning by summer of next year, when it will begin production in Popesti-Leordeni near the Romanian capital, Bucharest, at one of the largest and most modern box plants in Southeast Europe. “We have been following Koenig & Bauer’s advances in the field of corrugated board processing very closely over the past few years. And we were also able to visit the existing machine installations in Romania and Germany. The expectations of the new machine were clear – the highest possible product quality, short set-up times and a reliable partner at our side. We are proud to work with Koenig & Bauer to further develop the CorruCUT” says Guillaume Grandviennot, Technical Director for the corrugated board activities at ROSSMANN Romania.

    The longest CorruCUT ever will begin production in summer 2022

    Koenig & Bauer has a philosophy of focussing on the expectations that customers have of their machines. Michael Donnert, Senior Sales Manager at Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed: “We have been holding close discussions with ROMCARTON since 2019. The new functions and developments incorporated into the CorruCUT impressed ROMCARTON during a visit to experience our technology in action. We are pleased to welcome ROMCARTON S.A. as a new member in our family of users of the newest Rotary Die-cutter on the market.”

    Other new solutions have simplified and perfected the interfaces to peripheral systems even further. At the same time, the CorruCUT is now more compact, while an active air management system has enabled production outputs to be increased by up to 20 % compared to existing solutions when printing coated sheets. 

    Almost 100 years of innovation and progress

    Rossmann Group, one European pioneer of corrugated cardboard packaging will celebrate in 2022 its 100 years. Lucien Rossmann founded its packaging company in Strasbourg 99 years ago, then the group expands all around Europe and Africa by the vision of Mr Bernard Rossmann. The group comprises 23 production sites in Europe and Africa, with 4 paper mills, 10 box plants and 9 sheets plants. More than 3,000 employees generated an annual turnover of almost € 600 million in 2019. All box plants are supplied by the group’s own paper mills. Another member of the corporate group, the company Sorest, collects and recycles the paper and corrugated board waste.

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    news-2092 Thu, 16 Sep 2021 12:28:39 +0200 Koenig & Bauer Durst Enjoys Success and Customer Engagement at SuperCorrExpo in Orlando http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-durst-enjoys-success-and-customer-engagement-at-supercorrexpo-in-orlando/
  • Koenig & Bauer Durst CorruJET provides digital direct printing on corrugated board sheets
  • Koenig & Bauer Durst Delta SPC 130 FlexLine prints up to six colors on corrugated sheets
  • Koenig & Bauer CorruCUT high board flexo die cutter generates broad interest
  • Koenig & Bauer Durst enjoyed success visiting with show-goers at SuperCorrExpo, one of the most influential corrugated packaging-focused trade shows in the Western Hemisphere, which was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando in August. The firm’s experts were on hand to answer prospective customer questions and provide information on its latest products and developments for the corrugated market.   

    Koenig & Bauer Durst enjoyed success visiting with show-goers at SuperCorrExpo, one of the most influential corrugated packaging-focused trade shows in the Western Hemisphere, which was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando in August

    “We were excited to join this event and visit with attendees who came to our booth to explore how Koenig & Bauer can support their corrugated printing needs,” said Jürgen Gruber, Product Manager Digital & Corrugated Printing Technology for Koenig & Bauer US. “Our new CorruCUT HQPP brings a maximum production output of 12,000 boards per hour, including setup while running, integrated remote maintenance for the ultimate uptime, and the easiest machine to operate. It generated a lot of interest at our booth due to its revolutionary new innovations. We are deeply committed to our corrugated customers and are supporting them with our complete portfolio of corrugated products.”

    The booth drew attendees who were especially keen to learn more about the inkjet products from Koenig & Bauer Durst, especially its CorruJET 170 and Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic corrugated production press.

    Developed specifically for the corrugated industry, the brand new CorruJET provides digital direct printing on corrugated board sheets. The CorruJET is engineered for the highly efficient production of corrugated sheets with top-quality digital printing. Operating with a maximum production speed of 5,500 sheets/hour, the CorruJET can process corrugated board up to a thickness of 8 mm.

    The Koenig & Bauer Durst Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic corrugated production press adapts single-pass technology for the corrugated industry. This combines a well-engineered mechanical design with easily accessible sub-assemblies and selected components to guarantee durable quality, high performance and reliability. The Delta SPC 130 is equipped with Durst’s SPC drop-on-demand print head technology and has a non-hazardous ink system and an IR/UV drying process designed for high productivity.

    The Delta SPC 130 can be configured with up to six colors, printing any length of corrugated cardboard or paper media of up to 12mm in thickness. The printing system offers unrivaled versatility, low maintenance requirements and 24/7 dependability.

    “We were pleased to display our joint venture between Koenig & Bauer and Durst at SuperCorrExpo and allow attendees to learn about our all-encompassing portfolio,” says Oliver Baar, senior product manager at Koenig & Bauer Durst. “We had some great conversations with everyone who visited our booth and it was clear that automation and productivity are key talking points in our industry.”

    More information on www.koenig-bauer-durst.com

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