Koenig & Bauer News Feed https://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Fri, 10 Jul 2020 01:29:14 +0200 Fri, 10 Jul 2020 01:29:14 +0200 news-1753 Thu, 09 Jul 2020 15:15:34 +0200 Koenig & Bauer stands by the drupa trade fair http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-steht-zur-branchenmesse-drupa/
  • Participation in drupa 2021 is not in question
  • Stand in Hall 16 remains as planned
  • Broad portfolio will be shown
  • Although digital formats are gaining in importance, they are only a supplement in customer communication
  • Many visitors and machines in action at drupa 2016. drupa 2021 should also be an experience for visitors

    Koenig & Bauer reaffirms its commitment to participate in the world's largest trade fair for the printing industry, which has been postponed until April 2021. The company is well positioned and the stand in Hall 16 will be retained.

    Since drupa was founded in 1951, the company has maintained an uninterrupted presence and welcomed customers from all over the world, even in times of crisis.

    "We continue to see drupa, the world's leading trade fair, as an important building block in the graphic arts industry and we see it as our responsibility to support this industry. We want to do our part to continue to provide important impulses locally in personal discussions," says Claus Bolza-Schünemann, Koenig & Bauer CEO and drupa president, explaining the company's position. "We have confidence in Messe Düsseldorf's hygiene concept and in the sense of responsibility of all visitors.”

    Ralf Sammeck, Koenig & Bauer board member, adds: "Trade fairs will not be the same as they were before COVID-19, and Koenig & Bauer is also supplementing communication with its customers with virtual formats and customer-specific events, for example in our new Customer Experience Center. Nevertheless, these formats can only convey the performance capabilities of the broad product portfolio to a limited extent. Nothing beats experiencing the latest technologies up close in action with the public and the trade fair feeling."

    "For Koenig & Bauer there is no more suitable platform to present the product diversity from digital, offset and flexo printing to intelligent digitalization and service solutions to an international audience", adds Christoph Müller, member of the board at Koenig & Bauer.

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    news-1748 Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:23:36 +0200 “The press has immense potential” http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/die-maschine-hat-immenses-potenzial/
  • Shortest job makeready times – including the coater
  • Printing times practically halved
  • High print quality on uncoated papers
  • Growth edging upwards despite a challenging environment
  • The five-colour Rapida 76 with coater and extended delivery is highly valued at Schmidt & Buchta for its outstanding performance potential (1)

    Matthias Herrmann, managing director of the Schmidt & Buchta printing company based in the small town of Helmbrechts in northern Bavaria, paid a visit to Koenig & Bauer Grafitec in July last year to learn more about the Czech factory in which his Rapida 76 was manufactured. This highly automated five-colour press with coater and extended delivery has now been used for routine production for more than six months.

    Schmidt & Buchta has seen any number of changes since the arrival of its Rapida 76. Investment in a new hall has tripled the available production floor space from 500 to 1,500m2. And the Rapida 76 has far exceeded Matthias Herrmann’s original expectations: “I never imagined that the press would have such an impact. It has immense potential.” Makeready times have been reduced tangibly, and the company is now printing an average of two to three additional jobs every day.

    Jobs which previously required printing time of between 36 and 42 hours are now completed, along with all the requisite plate changes and makeready processes, within 21 to 24 hours. The consistently high production speed represents another contributing factor. While a print job used to last for 1.5 shifts, Schmidt & Buchta has now been able to condense its operations to one single shift only. Even so, monthly output has increased by around 500,000 sheets – despite the fact the predecessor press was also from the 16,000sph generation.

    Fully automatic FAPC plate changers make a significant contribution to faster makeready times (2)

    Consistent high quality

    “On the old press,” Herrmann recalls, “we sometimes had to drive with the handbrake on, so to speak, in order to keep the quality up to the required level.” This is now a thing of the past. The Rapida 76 reliably delivers consistent results, irrespective of production speed or substrate. QualiTronic PDF, in particular, can take the credit for this. The system comprises not only inline colour control and sheet inspection with continuous production monitoring, but also a comparison of the printed sheets with the pre-press PDF. This functionality allows the company to promise a consistently high quality, as required by pharmaceuticals companies, for example.

    Matthias Herrmann is still as fascinated by the automatic regulation of colour densities shown on the console monitor as the press starts up as he was on the very first day. He has calculated that the automatic control has enabled waste to be reduced by up to 50 per cent. The benefits are particularly apparent when restarting the press following stoppages or when running work-and-turn jobs.

    Printer Tobias Krauß at the console of the Rapida 76. The comprehensive measuring and control systems that the press employs comprise inline colour control, sheet inspection with continuous production monitoring, and comparison of the printed sheets with the pre-press PDF (3)

    Ingenious features

    The print quality on uncoated papers is likewise much better than anything the previous press produced – even without an LED-UV process. “We were already getting very good results beforehand, but the Rapida has elevated us to an even higher quality,” says Matthias Herrmann. Dot sharpness on the Rapida 76 is simply superior.

    The sidelay-free infeed is another feature that Matthias Herrmann considers ingenious. Printing on thin and sensitive substrates is much more straightforward, as DriveTronic SIS does not subject the sheets to mechanical stress during alignment. This dispels any concerns about buckling or marking by the side lay. In addition, there is no need for manual adjustments when changing substrates. Even a switch from 80 to 300g/m2 is an amazingly straightforward process.

    The coater is another feature which has made a similarly good impression on everyone at Schmidt & Buchta. Coating plates are changed in two to three minutes. In the past, a change usually took around ten minutes longer. Furthermore, changing the coating type necessitated manual washing of the unit, which took a further 15 minutes. The effective cleaning time for the Rapida 76 is negligible, as it is conducted at the same time as other makeready processes in automatic mode. Where the work requires frequent coating changes, the time savings are, of course, considerable.

    Nor is anyone prepared to forego parallel washing processes in the printing units any more. Matthias Herrmann: “We had no idea that so many tasks could actually run simultaneously.”

    New press technology and a new production hall. At Schmidt & Buchta, all the signs are pointing to growth (4)

    Press contributes to continued growth

    The printers at Schmidt & Buchta were working alone on the new Rapida 76 after just two weeks of familiarisation training. It is now making a significant contribution to the continued growth of the 13-man company. Matthias Herrmann considers the press to be on an absolute par with its 3b counterparts, the only difference being that it prints in a smaller format.

    Even if Schmidt & Buchta were also affected by the usual order volume failing to materialise in March and April due to COVID-19, Matthias Herrmann is nevertheless optimistic about the future. By combining commercial work for the regional economy, the cultural sector, food and pharmaceuticals companies and furniture manufacturers, not to mention its unique specialisation in so-called “sample hangers” for the textile industry, he is well equipped to cope with any shifts in market demands. In fact, turnover at Schmidt & Buchta actually increased by two to three per cent in the first three months of 2020, despite the lockdown and all the negative consequences it had for the advertising industry.

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    news-1740 Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:01:00 +0200 Responsibility and sound judgement in times of pandemic http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/mit-verantwortung-und-augenmass-durch-die-corona-zeit/
  • Challenges facing the industry due to the coronavirus crisis
  • Safeguarding operations as a partner to system-relevant companies
  • Reaction to the postponement of our flagship fair drupa
  • Success story in large formats
  • Koenig & Bauer Report No. 56 is out now. The latest issue of the Group’s customer magazine shines a spotlight on the latest news and innovations that will allow the industry to continue to take important steps forward despite the coronavirus pandemic. Spanning about 56 pages, it reports on interesting developments relating to sheetfed and web offset, post-press technologies, digital and flexo printing, and a broad spectrum of special applications.

    The latest 56-page issue of Koenig & Bauer Report spotlights current news, innovations and trends from the print industry

    In his editorial, president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann refers to the challenges currently facing the industry and the still incalculable consequences to be overcome by companies all over the world in the wake of the CoVID-19 pandemic. Koenig & Bauer immediately implemented measures to safeguard its delivery capabilities, service readiness and spare parts supplies. As a printing press manufacturer, it was particularly important to be well prepared, as many customers are direct partners to the food, pharmaceuticals and beverage industries, and can therefore be classified as absolutely system-relevant. “This responsibility is additional motivation to work to the best of our ability and to keep production running for our customers,” Bolza-Schünemann writes.

    Koenig & Bauer Report also reflects on the postponement of drupa, which would normally have come to an end a few days ago. The decision to postpone the print industry’s biggest trade fair and exhibition until April 2021 was accepted with respect and full understanding. Aside from the new fair dates, the magazine informs readers about product innovations such as the ultra-compact Evo XC, the decades-long success story for Koenig & Bauer in large-format sheetfed offset, and the development of the digital VariJET press together with joint venture partner Durst.

    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

    tel.: +49 931 909-4567
    fax: +49 931 909-6015
    e-mail: marketing(at)koenig-bauer.com.

    Koenig & Bauer Report will also be available in the next few days as a digital web magazine (in all the aforementioned languages as well as in Portuguese). The digital magazine is available at http://report.koenig-bauer.com/ and can be downloaded from https://www.koenig-bauer.com/downloads/koenig-bauer-report/.

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    news-1738 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:12:40 +0200 Rapida 106 X – the new performance benchmark in industrial printing http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/rapida-106-x-der-neue-leistungsmassstab-im-industriellen-druck/

    • Numerous functions for even higher productivity and for autonomous processes
    • Machine design: superior and visionary
    • Plate logistics: from the platesetter directly to the changer without manual intervention
    • World première: 20,000 sheets/hr in perfecting mode
    • High-end quality control
    • Smart operating concepts
    • Comprehensive services for increased availability and enhanced performance

    With the Rapida 106 X, Koenig & Bauer is unveiling a new high-performance sheetfed offset press for the medium format 740 × 1060mm. It meets every conceivable demand that today’s market makes of a press in terms of automation, digitisation and workflow solutions, thereby making it the latest in a line of trendsetting developments defining the future of industrial offset.

    Typical commercial press: Rapida 106 X as an eight-colour press with perfecting unit for 4-over-4 production and an additional coater (1)

    Superior, dynamic and of lasting value – these are properties that the Rapida 106 X embodies with its new award-winning design. Glass side panels, a new touchscreen operating concept and an expressive design language immediately identify the press as an ultra-modern automated printing system. What becomes evident with just a glance is that this is the most powerful Rapida that the market has ever seen.

    The new Rapida 106 X series aims to lend performance a further boost in order to make companies even more profitable. There are five criteria that play an especially decisive role in this:

    1.     Shorter makeready times – faster into print

    To avoid wasting even a second during makeready, the Rapida 106 X incorporates a host of pioneering and precisely coordinated features. These range from simultaneous plate changing in less than a minute with unbent and process-free plates to a multitude of parallel makeready processes, and also includes autonomous printing of a whole sequence of jobs with automatic activation of the good-sheet counter (AutoRun). At this level of automation, the Rapida 106 X is truly a perfect automatic printing system.

    As soon as the sheet counter reaches the specified run length for the current job, the impression is thrown off and the Rapida 106 X automatically begins the job changeover. Once makeready is completed, printing resumes for the next job without any intervention by the operator. The measuring and control systems detect when the specified print quality has been attained and re-activate the sheet counter. After printing the required number of sheets for the second job, the press switches back into job changeover mode. This process is then repeated as often as is necessary to complete the whole sequence of jobs.

    A Rapida 106 X on raised foundations for packaging production, with seven printing units, double-coating facilities, an additional printing unit after the first coater and the cold foil system FoilTronic (2)

    Plate logistics right up to the printing unit

    A similarly high level of automation characterises the new PlateTronic plate logistics system. It can be incorporated into the new Rapida 106 X upon request. It has been designed as a modular system and exhibits the versatility to adapt to the requirements of each individual print company.

    From job preparation in the PPS system LogoTronic Professional to plate exposure and delivery up to the designated printing units on the press, as well as the removal of the old plates, the process is completed without any manual intervention whatsoever. Assignment of the plates to the individual printing units is managed by the logistics system, meaning that the order in which the plates actually reach the press can be varied as required. The Koenig & Bauer logistics system guides the plates directly into the plate changers. The operator’s work consists solely of process monitoring.

    At commercial printing companies with short runs and frequent language or section changes in particular, the plate logistics system offers key benefits in terms of productivity. Imagine printing a job with a run length of around 350 sheets requiring removal of the old plates from eight or more changers, and loading of the same number of new plates ready for subsequent mounting, all while the job is proceeding – an operator could only keep pace with the press for a short time. The technology provides a distinct advantage in this case, and helps to ensure that the Rapida 106 X is always back in production as quickly as possible.

    New: PlateTronic plate logistics right up to the loading channels on the press. From the platesetter to intermediate plate storage and even the plate changer, all processes run fully automatically (3)

    2.     Higher speed – even faster in production

    As a world first, the Rapida 106 X reaches production speeds of up to 20,000 sheets per hour in perfecting mode. It thereby opens the door to entirely new levels of performance for perfector presses. Commercial printers that use eight-colour presses for 4-over-4 production will be delighted, as they now have access to the same high-performance technology as companies working with straight presses only.

    Optimising job sequences offers additional potential for raising the daily output of sheetfed offset presses. With this in mind, Koenig & Bauer is launching a brand new tool together with the Rapida 106 X: the Job Optimizer. This tool acts as a link between MIS and PPS, and optimises the order of the jobs preset in the MIS scheduling module in accordance with technological or press-related considerations. The former include aspects such as the sheet format, substrate weight, type of coating and quality levels of complex formes. Examples for the latter are the option of implementing parallel processes, or formes that are suitable for use of the print-clean function rather than resorting to more time-consuming washing processes. An optimised job sequence can shorten makeready times by a further 30 to 50 per cent, depending on the parameters of the specific job.

    Information on compliance with OEE criteria, used for overall equipment efficiency, is provided by the new LogoTronic Cockpit. Just-in-time analyses are performed on all production data and times, and the results are presented in clearly structured diagrams. It is possible to compare the current production performance and makeready times with reference settings at just a glance. At the same time, production data can be used in costing analyses to enable comparisons with the planned values. Profits and losses are quantified in real time.

    Smart operating concept: the ErgoTronicApp makes the control console mobile (4)

    3.     Reliable processes – stable in production

    When it comes to measuring systems, too, Koenig & Bauer has set the benchmark. A single camera system (with two cameras on perfector presses) covers three functions: inline colour control, sheet inspection with continuous production monitoring, and comparison of the printed sheets with the pre-press PDF.

    QualiTronic ColorControl measures the ink densities in colour bars on every single sheet. The system uses the measured values to calculate corrections to the ink settings every ten sheets. In conjunction with the fast reaction by inking unit of the Rapida 106 X, jobs are brought into colour in next to no time – the number of waste sheets at start-up and after production stoppages decreases tangibly: just 25 to 50 sheets, depending on the job and quality parameters.

    QualiTronic PrintCheck upgrades inline colour control by adding a production monitoring function. When printing starts, the system scans a set number of good sheets to generate a reference. All printed sheets are subsequently compared with this reference. Any deviations that are detected are displayed on the monitor and can also be marked in the pile by using an optional tag inserter. All these processes require no makeready and run fully autonomously.

    A comparison of the printed sheet with a customer PDF is performed using QualiTronic PDFCheck. This system allows flaws to be detected before the actual production run even commences – a major bonus, especially for Internet or packaging printers. The PDF comparison is performed for every single sheet during production, at a scan resolution of 100dpi. If the system spots any differences between print and PDF, the operator is alerted and is prompted to intervene. A report is created to document the print quality.

    QualiTronic PDF HighRes conducts sheet inspection with even greater precision. The content of each printed sheet is checked at a resolution of 290dpi. Even the tiniest flaws and deviations as minute as approx. 90µm can be detected, visualised and logged. To this end, two additional cameras are installed on the Rapida 106 X.

    Smart tools for intuitive processes

    Once the colour is within the specified tolerances, the Traffic Light function provides information about the overall quality of the production. Three different quality levels can be defined. If a green light is displayed, the quality meets the specifications and the good-sheet counter is activated automatically. Traffic Light allows waste to be reduced while printing in a defined, comparable quality and maintaining effective control over the whole length of a run.

    Koenig & Bauer is offering a pair of smart tools for the print process in the form of the Rapida LiveApps. ErgoTronicApp allows the entire press to be visualised on a mobile device. Printers can view all job data for the current and next job, production times, notifications and maintenance instructions, including support, to enable them to carry out the work. This makes the press console mobile. The ProductionApp can be used to manage store inventories, track consumables batches and much more. The app provides an accurate overview of which print jobs were produced with which batches of substrates, inks and consumables, even after the job is finished.

    The design of the Rapida 106 X embodies superiority, dynamism and elegance – right down to the tiniest detail (5)

    4.     Less maintenance – more time in production

    Data-driven services and digital business processes lay the foundations for optimised maintenance processes for sheetfed offset presses from Koenig & Bauer. Most of the customer-oriented services are based on performance data from the presses and their log files.

    PressCall improves communication with the remote maintenance service and optimises communication by eliminating language barriers. Visual PressSupport increases the scope of services that can be provided by remote maintenance by enabling direct insight into the press using the operator’s smartphone. Photos, videos, audio and a comment function help provide a much clearer description of the situation that results in a remote maintenance call, and also make it easier to provide assistance in relation to process technologies or mechanical press components.

    A monthly performance report shows performance data and key performance indicators of presses in an easy-to-understand graphic form. In addition, performance data can be compared internally and externally with those from presses used in a similar manner – anonymously, of course.

    DriveTronic dedicated drive technology (here in the form of the sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS) offers unique functionalities (6)

    5.     Digitalization – top in profitability

    Thanks to artificial intelligence and by making use of sensor data from the presses, a steady stream of features has been, and continues to be, developed to ensure the Rapida 106 X operates with ultimate productivity, to increase its production availability and to promote a detailed exchange of information between users and the manufacturer using digital channels. What we call our Customer Community is the central point of contact. This is where new tickets can be created, open tickets and performance reports can be viewed, and a range of other digital services can be accessed. Users and the manufacturer can access an identical information database, meaning that they are all on the same page when working together. In future, the Customer Community will unite all digital services under one and the same roof.

    Sensor data from the press are becoming increasingly important as a means of localising faults before they result in actual press downtime. Using methods incorporating artificial intelligence, it is possible to analyse sensor responses to distinguish between normal and abnormal press behaviour. As soon as abnormalities are detected, bots intervene in operations and automatically generate a service ticket. The service engineer responsible then takes a defined series of measures and, if necessary, contacts the user without delay to discuss scheduled maintenance and avert any unplanned downtime.

    LogoTronic now features a new and versatile, operating and press data-based reporting tool, the Performance Analytics Plus option, which will be able to be accessed by means of the Customer Community in future. Performance Analytics Plus enables print companies to analyse processes from different perspectives in order to maximise the performance of their Rapida technology. Job histories, production time records and much more can be visualised ad-hoc in configurable dashboards that adapt to individual requirements. Even complex trend analyses that allow the user’s own long-term strategies to be monitored can be generated with just a few clicks.

    All these details add up to make the Rapida 106 X the most powerful and most efficient medium-format Rapida that the market has ever seen.

    Coating plate changes are similarly automated on the Rapida 106 X and can be completed without the need for tools in under two minutes thanks to SAPC (7)

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    news-1733 Fri, 26 Jun 2020 09:35:16 +0200 Koenig & Bauer LIVE: Print also functions online http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-live-print-funktioniert-auch-online/
  • World première of the new Rapida generation
  • Virtual live demonstration of a complete packaging workflow
  • Presentation of digital services
  • Innovations in digital web printing and for the processing of corrugated board
  • Live insights into the broad portfolio of Koenig & Bauer
  • New developments from the joint venture Koenig & Bauer Durst
  • Koenig & Bauer has drawn wholly positive conclusions at the end of its first entirely virtual fair. Under the banner “Koenig & Bauer LIVE”, the press manufacturer presented product innovations, digital applications and new service solutions for the print industry through a series of online events between 16th and 25th June. Daily streams enabled partners, customers and all other interested print professionals to learn more about the innovations which Koenig & Bauer has developed for the industry.

    The chosen dates were no coincidence. “These were precisely the two weeks which we were all planning to spend at drupa,” as Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO and president of Koenig & Bauer, explains. Like so many other major events this year, the world’s biggest trade fair for the printing and graphics industry also fell victim to the coronavirus pandemic. New dates have already been found. The next drupa will now take place in April 2021. Koenig & Bauer didn’t want to leave this extra time unused. “Our preparations were close to completion when the news broke that drupa would be postponed,” says Dagmar Ringel, head of corporate communication and marketing at Koenig & Bauer. “But we didn’t want to wait another year before revealing our latest innovations to the printing world.”

    The highlight of the virtual fair was the world première of the new Rapida generation (2)

    Presentation of the new Rapida generation

    The highlight of Koenig & Bauer LIVE was the unveiling of the new Rapida generation. Redesigned from the ground up, with additional features and a new modern appearance, the flagship in the sheetfed offset segment was proudly presented by group board member Ralf Sammeck and his team. The medium-format Rapida 106, with production speeds of up to 20,000 sheets per hour in perfecting, flying job changes and highly automated plate logistics, is the most powerful Rapida the market has ever seen. The Rapida 76, too, boasts all the features of its larger sister press and has set a new milestone in the B2 format.

    Post-press – From print to the finished packaging

    In the field of post-press solutions, Koenig & Bauer introduced its new CutPRO family of die-cutters – the flat-bed die-cutter CutPRO Q 106 from Spanish subsidiary Koenig & Bauer Iberica and the rotary die-cutter CutPRO X 106. During the live session, sheets printed on the previous day were embossed, creased, die-cut and stripped on the CutPRO X 106. The Omega Allpro 110 folder-gluer from Koenig & Bauer Duran then converted the blanks into a finished product as part of a similarly live demonstration.

    Digital solutions for the packaging market

    Robert Stabler, managing director of the joint venture Koenig & Bauer Durst, gave an insight into the innovations for the digital packaging market. Alongside enhancements to the Delta SPC 130 and CorruJET 170 machines, it was above all the development of the new VariJET 106 which stole the limelight. This innovative press integrates inkjet technology into the high-performance sheetfed offset platform of the Rapida 106.

    With Koenig & Bauer LIVE, the company held its first entirely virtual fair (1)

    Digital services – Valuable applications in times of crisis

    Against the background of the coronavirus pandemic, the virtual fair also turned attention to the value of digital services. When the lockdown suddenly rendered technician assignments and customer visits impossible, necessary exchanges were shifted into other formats. Koenig & Bauer has already been using video-based service tools such as Visual Press Support for a number of years. Already existing augmented reality solutions and possibilities for preventive maintenance also helped customers to overcome restrictions imposed by the coronavirus. In addition, Koenig & Bauer has developed various industry-specific service packages.

    Insights into digital print and web offset

    On behalf of the Digital & Webfed segment, board member Christoph Müller and his team described the possibilities for use of the RotaJET press in digital web printing, for example for décor or packaging production. They also reported on the return to the market for corrugated board processing with the machines CorruCUT and CorruFLEX. Here, the company is responding to the fast-growing demand for packaging solutions, for example from brand owners and food producers. Luigi Magliocchi, the new managing director of Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica, presented the Evo XC directly from the factory in Tavazzano in Italy. The ultra-compact 8-colour press builds upon the success of the established Evo series. It is available in two different versions with maximum repeat lengths of up to 850 mm and production speeds of up to 400 m per minute.

    Diversity of print products from the Koenig & Bauer world

    Short clips shown during the live sessions shone a light on the many other fields covered by Koenig & Bauer’s broad product portfolio. For example, the responsible specialist subsidiaries presented solutions for the decoration and finishing of metal substrates, glass and hollow containers. The audience also learned how an AI application can be integrated into coding applications, and why banknotes remain a safe and indispensable means of payment even in today’s day and age. 

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    news-1731 Thu, 25 Jun 2020 12:49:53 +0200 Koenig & Bauer appoints Dr Andreas Pleßke as management board spokesman http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-beruft-dr-andreas-plesske-zum-vorstandssprecher/
  • Dr Andreas Pleßke, management board member for the Special segment, will be taking up the post of management board spokesman for Koenig & Bauer AG as of 1 January 2021
  • CEO and President Claus Bolza-Schünemann is set to retire from the management board on 31 December 2020
  • Dr Andreas Pleßke has been appointed as the management board spokesman for Koenig & Bauer AG with effect from 1 January 2021. The company’s supervisory board appointed him to this position, in which he will remain until the end of 2025, at its meeting today. Dr Pleßke is currently the board member for Koenig & Bauer’s Special segment. The top board position has therefore once again been filled from within its own ranks.

    Dr Andreas Pleßke succeeds Claus Bolza-Schünemann, who is leaving the management board on 31 December 2020 after reaching the designated retirement age. Bolza-Schünemann has served the company for 28 years, which included nine years as CEO and President.

    Claus Bolza-Schünemann is handing the management baton over to Dr Andreas Pleßke with effect from 1 January 2021

    The supervisory board would like to expressly thank Claus Bolza-Schünemann for his long-standing and exceptionally successful work on behalf of the Koenig & Bauer Group: “The leadership of Claus Bolza-Schünemann, the great-great-great-grandson of the company founder, has allowed the management team at Koenig & Bauer to develop and implement far-sighted strategies. He has guided the company with foresight and sound judgement, also bringing it through times of uncertainty,” said Professor Raimund Klinkner, Chairman of the supervisory board of Koenig & Bauer AG, before continuing by adding: “As a widely recognised expert for printing presses and one of the branch’s pioneering thinkers, he has actively shaped and helped further the drupa trade fair in his role as President.” Mr Bolza-Schünemann will preside over the flagship fair, now postponed until April 2021, as President and act as an ambassador of Koenig & Bauer.

    With its decision to appoint Dr Pleßke as management board spokesman, the supervisory board has opted for continuity. Dr Pleßke has made a decisive contribution to the company's successful growth trajectory, having been instrumental to the implementation of the restructuring program Fit@All in 2014/2015 and been appointed as a member of the supervisory board, before subsequently assuming a position as Director and board member for the Special segment. He is now expected to lend a similarly significant impetus to the company's strategic alignment and to increasing the operating profitability and performance of the Koenig & Bauer Group. “This is a very good moment at which to hand over the baton,” as Claus Bolza-Schünemann said. He was pleased to see the appreciation that the supervisory board has for him, as well as the confidence in him shown by the management team. This team can now start the new decade on a strong footing, continuing to shape Koenig & Bauer and remaining a capable and reliable partner to the print industry. “This is important both for our customers and for the employees at our worldwide locations,” he concluded.

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    news-1727 Tue, 23 Jun 2020 07:58:15 +0200 Koenig & Bauer celebrates award series at virtual printing fair http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-feiert-award-serie-bei-virtueller-druckmesse/
  • New Rapida generation receives both iF Design Award and Red Dot Design Award
  • Sheetfed offset flagship combines technical and visual highlights
  • German Brand Award for consistent brand management
  • With its new Rapida press generation, Koenig & Bauer offers proud proof of the power of industrial design. The new flagship of the company’s sheetfed offset portfolio has already picked up two coveted design awards. And consistent implementation of a brand management concept has likewise earned praise from competition jury members. The good news crowned the virtual fair event Koenig & Bauer LIVE.

    The presentation of the Red Dot Design Award on 22nd June kicked off the second week of Koenig & Bauer LIVE. Broadcast as an online stream, the event was a perfect opportunity for the company to showcase its latest product innovations for the print industry. One undisputed highlight was the new Rapida press generation for the sheetfed offset segment. “Our newly developed machine will set new standards in the printshop, not only technically but also in its design,” said a clearly delighted Ralf Sammeck, member of the executive board of Koenig & Bauer and CEO of the Sheetfed business unit, during the product presentation.

    The new sheetfed offset portfolio from Koenig & Bauer has already picked up two coveted design awards

    Clear lines, generous glass surfaces and an overall appearance characterised by the brand colours of Koenig & Bauer also convinced the jury of the international Red Dot Design Award. They identified the Rapida as the “Best of the Best” in its category and honoured this achievement with the competition’s top prize. In addition, Koenig & Bauer was already announced as a winner of the iF Design Award for the new Rapida generation in February. The award ceremony at the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin was originally planned for May but then fell victim to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    With the new generation of its sheetfed offset presses, the oldest press manufacturer in the world has added yet another decisive aspect to the relaunch of the Koenig & Bauer brand which began in 2017. In terms of machine design, too, the company is committed to strengthening this brand identity. “Consistent implementation of the brand identity, also with regard to product design, underlines Koenig & Bauer’s claim as a leading partner to the print industry,” says Dagmar Ringel, head of corporate communication and marketing at Koenig & Bauer.

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    news-1718 Fri, 12 Jun 2020 09:00:00 +0200 L/M/B Druck Louko fires up a second Rapida 106 http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/l-m-b-druck-louko-startet-zweite-rapida-106/
  • Five-colour hybrid press joins a Rapida 106 perfector already in use
  • Economical and high-quality inline finishing
  • 184 million impressions in three years of production
  • In mid-May, the Nuremberg-based company L/M/B Louko began work on installing a new Rapida 106 featuring five printing units, a coater, and hybrid facilities for both conventional and UV finishing. This state-of-the-art, high-performance 3b press is joining a nine-colour model from the same series which has already been in use at the company for the past three years.

    While the existing press, with its perfecting unit and additional inline coater, is specifically designed for printing covers, the company's latest investment will, above all, allow economical production of jobs requiring a high level of finishing. This includes the full range of conventional and UV coatings, such as drip-off and matt/gloss effects, as well as finishing with gold or silver-coated PET film. Multiple washing and coating circuits used in the coater allow the conversion from conventional to UV coatings or vice versa to be completed faster. Moreover, the new press boasts the same equipment features as the Rapida 106 already being used in production. EES (Emission Extraction System) helps to eliminate any potentially unpleasant odours in the area of the delivery, thereby improving the workplace atmosphere for the operator by reducing finishing-related emissions.

    The primary objective of the new press is to print the same production volume as before but in just half the time. This will be accompanied by a substantial reduction in material consumption and a significant improvement to energy efficiency.

    Managing director Oliver Stapfer in front of the new Rapida 106 during its installation (1)

    60 million sheets per year

    A wealth of experience gained since the most recent Rapida 106 was installed shows that these ambitious goals can be achieved. Production output has increased phenomenally. Managing director Oliver Stapfer has never had a reason to question the purchase: “At the time, it was a decision critical to the company's survival.” The long Rapida 106 clocks up 60 million impressions year after year. Monthly performance reports show that the press is running at speeds over 16,000 sheets/hour for a third of the production time, and at more than 12,000 sheets/hour for 95 per cent of the time. In April 2020, the sheet counter stood at 184 million impressions.

    All this has transformed production beyond recognition. Printing operations at L/M/B Druck’s facility in Nuremberg primarily cater to high-volume covers, order cards and supplements for mail-order companies with a primary focus on fashion and electronics. The production schedules are extremely tight. In many cases, the data arrive by noon. This requires an initial run to be completed by 8:00 p.m. the same day, with the remainder often due just 24 hours later. And these jobs can easily comprise up to 500,000 printed and folded copies. The capacity available to the Nuremberg specialists allows up to 600,000 sheets a day to be printed.

    A five-colour Rapida 106 with inline coater will be going live in the next few days. It will allow particularly economical production catering to the high-quality finishing segment (2)

    Fast and straightforward technology

    The exceptional performance of the Rapida 106 has helped to significantly reduce the levels of stress involved in what are often hectic production processes.  The DriveTronic feeder, which is highly praised by everyone at L/M/B, helps contribute to this: where the paper used to be brought into the storeroom 48 hours prior to the scheduled start of production before being moved into the press room to acclimatise for the last 24 hours, it can now be delivered just-in-time and be loaded directly from the lorry into the press. And this is even possible in winter, despite the significant differences in temperature and humidity.

    Furthermore, the Rapida 106 facilitates considerable savings in terms of waste. Even when customers are present for press passes and the press is being adjusted by eye – to cater for their specific requirements, 200 sheets in total are sufficient to complete the whole makeready process. The customers are consistently amazed to witness how quickly the press adapts to the colour specifications. They say that they would never have believed how automatic regulation using QualiTronic ColorControl makes everything so much faster, and are surprised to see sellable products arriving at the delivery after just a few sheets.

    A nine-colour Rapida 106 with perfecting unit, an additional coater and extended delivery has already been in use at L/M/B Louko in Nuremberg for three years (3)

    Versioning and individualisation on the increase

    Despite a high level of what are generally long runs, fast plate changes are increasing in importance. The magazine and brochure component business is undergoing a major upheaval. Versioning – not only in terms of languages – is on the increase, and more and more new customers are requesting highly individualised supplements. Small codes in the black imprinting of magazine supplements are also being used to identify where the order form has come from. Companies can then analyse this data to determine who reads what, and to predict the anticipated response rates from the individual magazines.

    At L/M/B Druck in Nuremberg, everything is optimised for high performance. A large proportion of the work is subject to regular, repeat orders. However, these jobs are rarely for final products, and instead almost always involve specific print components which are turned into finished products elsewhere. This approach distinguishes L/M/B Druck in Nuremberg from many other classic commercial printers. At the same time, it guarantees a good basic level of utilisation of the company’s capacities.

    The 45 L/M/B Druck employees work in up to three shifts at the company's Nuremberg facility. Another 22 are based in Herzogenaurach. This is where the company’s classic commercial printing business is based, which operates a mix of half-format presses and digital printing systems. The combination of different equipment options at the two locations allows an exceptionally broad product portfolio to be offered.

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    news-1721 Wed, 10 Jun 2020 15:11:11 +0200 Exclusive product innovations with Koenig & Bauer LIVE http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/exklusive-produktneuheiten-mit-koenig-bauer-live/
  • Sneak preview of drupa 2021 will open live stream provided on website
  • Market launches of Rapida 106 – Generation 2020 and VariJET 106
  • New products and innovations from the broad portfolio of Koenig & Bauer
  • World-exclusive launches will be part of Koenig & Bauer LIVE running from 16-25 June 2020, as well as seeing complete packaging workflow or commercial applications. The weekday streaming from the live area of Koenig & Bauer’s website will cover its diverse portfolio ranging from banknotes, via board, film, metal and glass packaging through to coding, advertising and publication printing. Registrations for the event are possible via koenig-bauer.com/live.

    Senior executives will be providing updates on progress and developments. Each session lasts 20 minutes and will be in English or German, with start times at 10.00, 13.00 or 16.00 (CEST). Helping to bridge the gap between drupa originally scheduled for this month and the new date in April 2021, web visitors will learn of Koenig & Bauer’s latest innovations for the printing industry.

    Koenig & Bauer LIVE gives an insight into the new products and further innovations for the printing industry

    Koenig & Bauer LIVE opens with a „sneak preview“ of its planned participation at drupa 2021. The other presentations will cover areas such as Digital and Webfed insights (corrugated and digital printing, flexo printing), Sheetfed Digital services and commercial / packaging production applications. Marking and coding, metal decorating, glass and hollow container printing and banknote solutions will be included under „Special Solutions“. Another highlight will be digital packaging printing updates from Koenig and Bauer Durst joint venture company and launch of the new B1 6,000sph VariJET 106, which integrates inkjet technology into the platform of the high-performance Rapida 106 offset sheetfed press. Also taking center stage will be the market launch of the Rapida 106 – Generation 2020.

    Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG, said: “The wheels of technology and innovation never stop. With drupa postponed until April next year, we felt now was the time to help bridge the gap and provide updates on our progress and developments. You won’t be disappointed. These insights into the world of print will include exclusive launches. And you can even see a complete packaging workflow or commercial application streamed live on the brand new Rapida.”

    You can watch all sessions at the LIVE area of the Koenig & Bauer website. Register here for more information and to become part of the event.

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    news-1697 Mon, 18 May 2020 11:57:35 +0200 New Commander CL for Switzerland http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/neue-commander-cl-fuer-die-schweiz/
  • Somedia Partner AG focuses on print
  • Leading provider in the highest performance class
  • Commander replaces competitor's machine
  • European newspaper publishers choose Koenig & Bauer
  • Swiss media house Somedia Partner AG is investing in a highly automated newspaper press from Koenig & Bauer. A Commander CL will be installed as replacement for a competitor’s press at the print centre in Haag in St. Gallen Rhine Valley and is scheduled to come on stream in summer next year.

    The new press will then be used to print more than 120,000 daily and weekly newspapers every day. Urs Zieri, managing director of Somedia Partner AG: “We wanted to, and indeed needed to, invest in a new press. The discussions with Koenig & Bauer were straightforward and focussed on partnership from the very beginning. The overall package simply felt right. We are convinced that it was the right decision to go with Koenig & Bauer.”

    Shortly after signing the contracts (back row, left to right): Stefan Segger, sales director, Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Urs Zieri, managing director, Somedia Partner AG; Bruno Rothmund, press manager, Somedia Partner AG; Peter Rickenmann, managing director, Koenig & Bauer (CH) AG; (front row): Günter Noll, sales manager, Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed, and Paul Frei, supervisory board president, Somedia Partner AG (1) *picture taken before corona pandemic

    The Commander CL comprises three four-high towers, a KF 5 jaw folder, a section stitcher and three Pastomat reelstands with a stripping station and Patras A paper-reel transport system.

    Over the past years, European newspaper printers have frequently opted for presses from the highest performance class made by Koenig & Bauer. “Given the situation presented by general market developments, we are delighted to see that companies like Somedia Partner believe in print and are making investments. We are also very satisfied with the level of orders we have received for newspaper presses. Further projects are in the pipeline and decisions are expected soon. Above all, the products currently in high demand when making new investments are flexible, practice-oriented and automated presses, and we have an outstanding image in this respect with our trio represented by the Commander CL, Commander CT and Cortina,” says Stefan Segger, sales director at Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed.

    The new Commander CL will be starting production at Somedia Partner AG in Haag in the second quarter of 2021 (2)

    Three partners and a modern print centre

    Somedia Partner AG comprises three independent publishing companies: Somedia AG, Sarganserländer Druck AG and Vaduzer Medienhaus AG. Together, they produce eight regional daily titles, including the Südostschweiz, the Sarganserländer and the Liechtensteiner Vaterland. At the weekend, the almost 50 employees at the Somedia Partner print centre in Haag also produce two weeklies, the Liewo and the Schweiz am Wochenende.

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