KBA News Feed http://www.kba.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:33:28 +0200 Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:33:28 +0200 news-716 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:23:33 +0200 Eight-colour KBA Rapida 145 for Neografia https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/eight-colour-kba-rapida-145-for-neografia/
  • Almost 10 million A4 pages per day
  • Fast job changes thanks to extensive Automation
  • Books for more than 15 countries
  • Strong position on the European market  
  • The highly automated eight-colour Rapida 145 perfector is the new centrepiece in the production department at Neografia (1)

    Book printer Neografia from Martin/Slovakia recently took delivery of an eight-colour Rapida 145 in a configuration for 4-over-4 perfecting. After comprehensive testing, the newly installed press was officially handed over on 1st June at a ceremony attended by representatives and shareholders of Neografia, as well further professionals from the regional printing industry and representatives of KBA CEE.  

    Modern technologies for the B0 format

    CEO Jan Korenc (left) and sales and service director Hynek Greben (right) from KBA CEE presented a model of the new Rapida press to Neografia managing director Patrick Schwab (3)
    The Rapida 145, with its production speeds of up to 18,000 sph in straight mode and up to 15,000 sph in perfecting, is the most modern sheetfed offset press in its format class. The eight-colour perfector version chosen by Neografia handles sheets up to a size of 1,060 x 1,450 mm – which adds up to 32 A4 pages printed in full colour on both sides on a single pass through the press. When working with very thin papers, the maximum output is 13,000 sph. These figures equate to almost 10 million A4 pages per day.

    Everything under control: Practically all operating functions are managed through the ErgoTronic console (4)
    In times of every shorter production runs and growing publication diversity, however, the high production speed was not the only factor in the investment decision. Even greater importance was attached to the automation of job changeovers and shorter makeready times. With the simultaneous plate changing system DriveTronic SPC – a feature still unique in this format class – all eight plates on the Rapida 145 can be changed in just 1:20 minutes. This even happens parallel to washing of the blankets and impression cylinders with CleanTronic Synchro. PlateIdent reads data matrix codes on the plates to check the correct assignment to the individual printing units and also initiates necessary register adjustments before actual printing begins. At the same time, full presetting of the production parameters on the press (format and sheet thickness, feeder air settings, sheet guiding elements, inking, delivery sheet brake and many more) is accomplished via LogoTronic Professional.  

    Patrick Schwab, managing director of Neografia, is delighted with the print quality of the new press (5)
    When a new job begins, the combination of colour measurement with QualiTronic ColorControl and automatic register control with ErgoTronic ACR ensures that start-up waste is kept to a minimum. The sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS, together with contact-free sheet guiding and the proven KBA perfecting unit, provides for stable production over the whole length of a run.  

    In the print business for 150 years

    Neografia is one of the oldest and largest print companies in Central and Eastern Europe, and can look back over a 150-year history. The focus of its production is placed on books in all variations. Both sheetfed and web presses are in use. Neografia exports a large proportion of its production to more than 15 European countries, and many leading international publishers are to be found on its list of customers.

    The Rapida 145 was already exceeding the targeted performance parameters before the official hand-over (2)

    Performance demands exceeded from the very beginning

    Following up a move to new production facilities in 2013, a further significant investment in efficient printing technology was seen as an imperative response to continued transformation of the book market. The new Rapida 145 has lent a considerable boost to both capacity and flexibility in the production department, and has greatly accelerated throughput times. Neografia has in this way further strengthened its position as a major player on the European print market. During the official inauguration ceremony, the company management reported that the Rapida 145 had already exceeded the targeted performance parameters during the first months of operation. Hynek Greben, director of sales and service at KBA CEE, sees this as confirmation that KBA is not only a technology leader in the packaging segment, but equally a strong partner for all commercial and publication printers.

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    news-714 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:56:26 +0200 First KBA Rapida 75 PRO with LED-UV in Poland https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/first-kba-rapida-75-pro-with-led-uv-in-poland/
  • High substrate flexibility including uncoated papers and film
  • LED-UV brings tangible economic benefits
  • Comprehensive Automation
  • Sales director Dietmar Heyduck (left) from KBA-Sheetfed Solutions and managing director Jan Korenc (right) from KBA CEE presented a model of the Rapida 75 PRO to Robert Tokarski (1)

    A few months ago, a Rapida 75 PRO with LED-UV drying was commissioned at ColorPressArt in Kielce/Poland. It is the first half-format press incorporating this innovative drying technology in the country. At a recent open house, representatives from other Polish print companies were able to experience the new Rapida 75 PRO in production with a variety of non-absorbent substrates. A series of accompanying presentations provided more information on the LED-UV process and on the inks and other consumables used. 

    ColorPressArt now owns the first KBA Rapida 75 PRO with energy-saving LED-UV technology in Poland (3)
    Robert Tokarski, CEO of ColorPressArt, is delighted with the comprehensive automation, energy efficiency and ecological compatibility of the press. It has been configured with five printing units, a coater and triple-length extended delivery. Besides LED-UV production, it can also print and coat in a conventional process at speeds up to 16,000 sheets per hour.  

    The list of key press features includes FAPC fully automatic plate changers, Plate Ident, CleanTronic Synchro Speed, the disengaging of unused inking units, a console with wallscreen, ErgoTronic ColorDrive, ErgoTronic Lab, QualiTronic ColorControl with LiveView, DotView and QualityPass, ACR, accessories for printing on plastics and VariDryBlue dryers. With 225 mm raised foundations and CX board-handing accessories, the press is equipped to print on substrates up to a thickness of 0.8 mm. From standard and uncoated papers to films and other plastic materials, it delivers high-quality print on practically all substrates. 

    “Apart from the technological advantages, the LED-UV process brings also tangible economic benefits, for example a reduced energy consumption and significant material savings,” as Robert Tokarski confirms. Jan Korenc, managing director of KBA CEE: “We would like to thank ColorPressArt for choosing to install another sheetfed offset press from Koenig & Bauer. With its technical capabilities, it will help ColorPressArt to expand into new market segments.” 

    With speeds up to 16,000 sph and a full raft of automation features, the Rapida 75 PRO at ColorPressArt sets new standards (2)

    ColorPressArt was founded as an owner-managed company in Kielce/Poland in 1996. It offers a full spectrum of print-related services, working with cutting-edge technologies in an exceptionally modern production environment. The portfolio includes high-quality commercial products, books, labels and pharma packaging, as well as advertising photography, visual advertising and promotion articles.

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    news-710 Thu, 06 Jul 2017 12:42:19 +0200 KBA coordinates major Russian investment in modern book production https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/kba-coordinates-major-russian-investment-in-modern-book-production/
    A major investment in print production capacities at JSC First Model Printing House in Chekhov has been brought to a successful conclusion with installation of a complete pre-press, print and finishing set-up. On the supplier side, the project was coordinated by KBA-Digital & Web in Würzburg, in conjunction with Austrian partner OD Systeme Handels- und Vertriebs GmbH from Vienna.  

    One of the two large-format KBA Rapida 164 perfector presses for 4/4 production in format 120 x 164 cm (1)

    Equipment from five countries

    The low ceilings in the old, partially restored halls posed quite a challenge when bringing in the large-format KBA Rapidas (2)
    The investment package comprised two eight-colour Rapida 164 perfector presses for large-format 4-over-4 production and a five-colour medium-format Rapida 105 with coater from KBA-Sheetfed, an HP Indigo 10000 digital press, a large-format Magnus VLF Q2400 platesetter line from Kodak, cutting machines from Perfecta, automatic embossing and casemaking machines from Kolbus, large-format folding machines from Herzog + Heymann, pile turners from Baumann, a gilding machine from Ochsner, a sewing line from Meccanotecnica and other auxiliary equipment. The various machines from suppliers in five different countries were installed and commissioned over a period of two years up to the end of 2016, in accordance with a timetable and implementation plan coordinated by KBA project manager Peter Benz.  

    Project manager Peter Benz (r) from KBA-Digital & Web in Würzburg with plant manager Nina Butrina at one of the two large-format Rapidas (3)

    Books in excellent quality

    View of just one small part of the enormous printing house complex in Chekhov (4)
    Twenty-five years ago, the plant in Chekhov was the largest in the country, with over 5,000 employees producing mainly magazines and other high-volume products. After comprehensive restructuring, the Chekhov branch of JSC First Model Printing House today counts around 400 employees and produces approx. 22 million case-bound and paperback books each year. First Model Printing House attaches great importance to comprehensive quality management and efficient production. In addition to books in various styles and formats, a broad product portfolio includes also brochures, photobooks, calendars, cards and photo wallpapers.

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    news-704 Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:47:20 +0200 Fully equipped KBA Rapida 106 for Deluxe Packages https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/fully-equipped-kba-rapida-106-for-deluxe-packages/
  • Phase of rapid change for Pakistan's packaging market
  • Further long KBA Rapida 106 for the leading packaging printer in the country
  • 11 printing and finishing units for high-quality products
  • Printing on films and metallised board extends the company’s product portfolio
  • Signing of the contracts at drupa last year (left to right): Zeeshan Mustafa Shafi Siddiqui, Deluxe Packages; Bhupinder Sethi, KBA sales department; Mikayil and Amaan Siddiqui, Deluxe Packages; Rehan Shafi Siddiqui, Deluxe Packages; Akhlaq Khan, Imprint Packaging Solutions (1)

    A seven-colour Rapida 106 in a double-coater configuration will be entering production at Deluxe Packages in Karachi/Pakistan in autumn. It is the longest sheetfed offset press ever installed in the 60‑year history of the company, which supplies packaging for the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and confectionery branches, as well as POS displays. Rehan Shafi Siddiqui and Zeeshan Mustafa Shafi Siddiqui represent the second generation at the helm of the family business. They are in full agreement: “We were looking to invest in the very latest technology, and the Rapida 106 was thus a logical choice. Our confidence in KBA and the local sales team from Imprint Packaging Solutions was paramount in this decision.”  

    Deluxe Packages today occupies more than 4,000 m2 (43,560 sq ft) of production space at its existing premises. A new factory adds a further 16,000 m2 (174,240 sq ft). With more than 150 employees, the company generates an annual turnover of around $5.5 million (approx. €5 million) and is one of the leading packaging companies in Pakistan. In the past, the company has used various half- and medium-format presses with four to six colours, and so the arrival of the 11-unit Rapida 106 heralds the transition to a whole new dimension. The postpress department is also dominated by the latest die-cutting and folder-gluer technologies. As the packaging market in Pakistan is currently undergoing rapid change, it is essential for companies like Deluxe Packages to match their equipment and technology options to future demands.  

    With Amaan (left) and Mikayil Siddiqui – here in front of the drupa slogan on the KBA stand – the next generation of the owning family is already waiting in the wings at Deluxe Packages (2)

    Increasing complexity in packaging production

    The print format and production output of the Rapida 106 are important factors for the company. The increasing complexity of packaging designs calls for additional printing units for spot colours, and the double-coating facility is a further prerequisite for high-quality multiple coatings and UV finishes. The press is prepared for mixed conventional/UV production, features 450 mm raised foundations and incorporates dedicated accessory packages for both board and plastics printing. Its automation includes fully automatic FAPC plate changers, CleanTronic Multi washing systems for the alternating use of different ink systems, and CleanTronic UV.  

    The commissioning of the Rapida 106 will lend a clear boost to productivity and quality in the press room. At the same time, it will further expand the company’s substrate flexibility into the fields of plastic packaging and production on metallised board with an opaque white primer. “The Rapida 106 is known for its high productivity, and KBA is an expert for the precise tailoring of special presses to individual packaging applications. The UV equipment from KBA is likewise a superior system” – convincing conclusions yielded by market research conducted by the two company directors.  

    A seven-colour Rapida 106 in a double-coater configuration will be entering production at Deluxe Packages in Karachi in autumn (3)

    Future-oriented productivity and quality

    Deluxe Packages operates a two-shift system and prints around 35 million sheets per year ... with further increases planned! Its market success is achieved through a mix of innovative technology and concentrated customer orientation. The Rapida 106, with its comprehensive process capabilities, is certain to contribute to further growth with high-quality printing and finishing. The additional installation of a cold foil module is in the pipeline and will soon add yet another aspect to the application spectrum.

    Sheetfed offset Market References & Showcases
    news-701 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:35:00 +0200 Built for Your Needs. The KBA B2 Presses. https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/built-for-your-needs-the-kba-b2-presses/
  • Live presentations of Rapida 75 PRO and Rapida 76 daily through to 6th July
  • Additional dates possible by request
  • Easy-going exchanges in a relaxed summer atmosphere  
  • Visit b2.kba.com for more information
  • Print demonstration on the KBA allrounder Rapida 75 PRO (1)

    Under the banner “Built for Your Needs. The KBA B2 Presses”, KBA-Sheetfed has kicked off a campaign aimed specifically at half-format printers and others with particular interests in that segment of the print market. The two half-format presses Rapida 75 PRO and Rapida 76 are being presented during a series of open days at KBA's manufacturing facility in Radebeul. Each event is reserved for a deliberately small group of visitors and is intended to introduce interested users to the solutions which could help them to be even more successful in the future. The demonstrations are taking place daily through to 6th July, though further dates can be organised later upon request. Anyone interested in attending such an open day can simply get in touch with the organising team by writing to sheetfed-marketing(at)kba.com.  

    Trendy and manoeuvrable: A Segway ride provided for a fun transfer between the two half-format Rapidas (2)

    The Rapida 75 PRO is the allrounder of the KBA-Sheetfed portfolio and serves a broad production spectrum in B2 format. With its ultimate substrate flexibility and configuration freedoms which allow for up to 10 colours, as well as additional coating and perfecting units, it is an ideal choice for practically every application. As a dependable workhorse, it stands out with extensive automation and production speeds up to 16,000 sheets per hour.  

    Shoptalk in the personal atmosphere of a small group at and around the Rapida 76 (3)

    The half-format flagship from KBA is the Rapida 76. With this press, printing becomes pure pleasure. Users who are presently unable to utilise the output capacity of a B1 press, but cannot afford to forego the convenience of sheer boundless automation, will find the perfect means of production in the Rapida 76. DriveTronic dedicated drive technology, fully automatic plate changing, Venturi sheet guiding and production speeds up to 18,000 sheets per hour are just a few of the highlights of this sporty half-format Rapida.  

    The day's agenda provides a relaxed framework for the visitors to get to know the KBA production location in Radebeul near Dresden. The informal summer setting, furthermore, creates an ideal atmosphere for easy-going exchanges and individual knowledge transfer.  

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    news-697 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:13:49 +0200 Training for specialists from 15 countries https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/training-for-specialists-from-15-countries/
  • Four-week further training seminar at AZP Chemnitz at the invitation of PrintPromotion
  • Intensive knowledge transfer on automation features
  • Information on trends in sheetfed offset
  • A special practical training session for print industry lecturers and teachers was held at KBA-Sheetfed in Radebeul on 15th June. It was attended by 15 specialist teachers from 15 countries on four different continents, who had been invited to join a four-week seminar at the AZP training centre for the graphic arts in Chemnitz by the PrintPromotion organisation. The key focus was placed on solutions for unbroken printshop workflows, and one day of this seminar agenda was devoted to KBA-Sheetfed. Further visits to industry manufacturers and suppliers rounded off the programme.  

    The printing teachers from 15 countries soaked up the details of sheetfed offset technologies from KBA-Sheetfed

    After a brief introduction to the KBA Group and its wide-ranging product portfolio, KBA trainer Stefan Splett presented some of the components and automation features of the modern Rapida sheetfed offset presses. Particular mention was made of the DriveTronic dedicated drive components such as SIS (sidelay-free infeed), SPC (simultaneous plate changing) and SFC (simultaneous coating forme changing), as well as further automation solutions for fast, parallel makeready such as the job changeover program or CleanTronic washing systems. A second training block addressed inline and online variants to measure and control print quality. The participants gained interesting insights into KBA's modern sheetfed offset production facility and had ample opportunity to obtain competent answers to all their questions about KBA and about sheetfed offset technologies in general.  

    The whole day was characterised by intensive knowledge transfer and everyone agreed that they would be taking home valuable information on the latest trends and developments in sheetfed offset. Armed with this knowledge, they are now ideally prepared to act multipliers for print professionals back in their own countries.

    Sheetfed offset Market References & Showcases
    news-693 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:36:56 +0200 Autonomous printing – Made by KBA https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/autonomous-printing-made-by-kba/
  • Standard for industrial print production
  • Fully automatic production process without manual intervention
  • Significant productivity increase in commercial and packaging printing
  • Decentralised process monitoring via mobile devices and Rapida LiveApp
  • Automation of the individual process steps in print production is today more important than ever before. It is in many respects the only way to achieve further significant increases in productivity and competitiveness, by helping to exploit the performance capabilities of pressroom technologies to the full. A great deal has already happened in this direction – job changeover times are today dramatically shorter, workflows are supported by closed-loop processes, and the first users are enjoying the benefits of data-driven services such as performance reports and benchmarking.  

    The Rapida presses from KBA-Sheetfed already incorporate extensive automation: For top production speeds up to 20,000 sheets/hour, for lightning-fast makeready and even flying job changes, for precise inline quality control, and for increased economic efficiency through reduced non-productive times and minimised waste. With ErgoTronic AutoRun, KBA-Sheetfed is now able to present the next level of process automation for industrial print production.  

    Two clicks are all it takes to activate autonomous printing at the ErgoTronic console

    1) Job change starts at the end of production

    2) Production starts at the end of a job change (1)

    Intelligent systems relieve operators

    ErgoTronic AutoRun starts a job change fully automatically as soon as the production of the previous print job is completed – and then resumes production automatically once the necessary makeready steps are completed. This cycle is then repeated over and over until either the operator cancels the auto-run function or else all the jobs on the prepared job list have been printed. For section changes and web-to-print jobs, it is not even necessary to configure a new makeready process. Start of makeready, job changeover, start of production, colour and register control – all the individual steps are fully integrated and everything is triggered automatically at the appropriate moment. Press crews simply monitor the process sequence and are thus relieved of further routine tasks. They must only place the new plates in the corresponding channels of the plate changers, ensure that the necessary substrates and consumables are available when needed, and then take care of pile changes – insofar as pile changing is not also automated.  

    The principal field of application for ErgoTronic AutoRun is autonomous printing for the commercial sector – for example short-run jobs or multiple sections for products with high page counts. Language variants are a further possibility. Autonomous printing also benefits online printers with their highly standardised and automated processes. And in packaging, too, it can be useful to be able to start makeready automatically when the predefined run length is reached, or to return to production without further intervention upon completion of a complex job change.  

    With ErgoTronic AutoRun, Rapida sheetfed offset presses configure themselves, change jobs fully automatically and then return to production without manual intervention (2)

    KBA-Sheetfed laid the foundations for ErgoTronic AutoRun as far back as 2013 with the launch of its award-winning TouchTronic operating concept. The job changeover program on the ErgoTronic console possesses a very clear and logical structure. The printer sees all the relevant settings at a glance and can initiate a job change with just a single tap on the screen (One-Button Job Change). An interactive job list presents all the currently planned jobs to the operator, who can then re‑arrange the order at any time, for example to group together products which are to be printed on the same substrate or in the same format. Already at this stage, it is possible to enter and configure all the necessary makeready functions for each job.  

    ErgoTronic AutoRun coordinates the existing automation modules and in this way automates the print process as a whole. At the end of a shift or after processing of the complete job list, the press can be stopped manually in the usual manner.  

    The console goes mobile with the Rapida LiveApp (3)

    The console goes mobile with the Rapida LiveApp

    Operators are similarly more flexible than ever before when it comes to monitoring of the production process. They can now carry a mobile control console in their pocket. With a smartphone and the Rapida LiveApp, they are always in touch with their press – even while taking a coffee break in the canteen. A glance at the display provides details of the job which is currently in production and how much longer it will take to complete. The press crew can then decide at leisure when they need to be back at the press to load up the plates for the next job, for example.  

    In addition to the press status, the app provides a raft of live information from the running production, including even energy consumption and the equivalent carbon emissions per 1,000 sheets. With the batch data function, consumables such as paper and ink can be tracked either manually or by way of QR codes and assigned to the relevant job. The place of consumption, for example a certain inking unit, is determined automatically and saved in the data record. Whether inks, substrates, blankets or plates: All data are made available for tracing purposes or inventory management – immediately and without further intervention. The data are sent from the mobile device to the console, and automatically passed on via LogoTronic Professional and JMF to the company management information software.  

    Info panel with details on the current production, energy consumption and CO2 emissions (4)
    The integrated maintenance manager draws attention to the press care required on the current day, as well as tasks which are scheduled for the coming days. The additional specification of the time needed for each task enables maintenance work to be planned such that it does not disturb production. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions explain the individual tasks to the operator. This further simplifies the maintenance process and avoids all misunderstandings. Each maintenance step can be marked as “done” after completion and the operator can also add individual remarks and comments, where appropriate.  

    Standards for automation in print

    It is the continued intention of KBA-Sheetfed to define new standards for sheetfed offset with innovative solutions and proactive services. ErgoTronic AutoRun and the Rapida LiveApp are examples of such standards. They further enhance the capabilities of the presses, take workload off the operators and generally brighten up the work environment with modern operating sequences. In a nutshell: They boost the competitiveness of those print companies who are able to make use of them.

    Sheetfed offset Market Ideas & Innovation
    news-689 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 10:51:21 +0200 Grup Maculart expands capacity with Rapida 105 PRO https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/grup-maculart-expands-capacity-with-rapida-105-pro/
  • Specialist for pharmaceuticals packaging
  • Customer event on the future of pharma printing
  • QualiTronic PDF for inline sheet inspection
  • The Rapida 105 PRO showed off its best attributes during a presentation for pharmaceuticals suppliers (1)

    Grup Maculart in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona) is one of Spain's leading producers of folding boxes and patient information leaflets for the pharmaceuticals industry. In August 2016, the company invested in a five-colour KBA Rapida 105 PRO with coater and extended delivery in order to further enhance its productivity and capacity. The new press was unveiled to customers from the pharmaceuticals branch within the framework of a forum-style event on the future of pharmaceuticals printing, which also focussed on current trends and challenges in this highly specialised market.  

    The expected boost in productivity has been realised thanks to the high level of automation of the Rapida 105 PRO. The list of automation modules is sheer endless: LogoTronic Professional for data exchange between the MIS and pre-press, FAPC automatic plate changers, EasyClean ink ducts for fast ink changes, CleanTronic washing systems, DriveTronic SRW and fast roller exchange with AniloxLoader, inline quality assurance with QualiTronic ColorControl and QualiTronic PDF, an inspection tool which automatically detects even the tiniest printing errors through comparison to a reference sheet and is thus especially valuable in the sensitive pharmaceuticals segment.  

    Carlos Vilaplana (left), sales director of KBA-Lauvic, and Albert Majos, owner of Grup Maculart and Akewuele, after exchanging contracts for the Rapida 105 PRO (2)

    At the same time, the ErgoTronic console with wallscreen simplifies handling of the press, which is equipped for mixed UV and conventional production. EES extraction and provisions for low-alcohol printing ensure a healthy working environment. The Rapida 105 PRO even takes on a rather futuristic appearance with its individual “KBArt design”.  

    Thanks to the Rapida 105 PRO, Grup Maculart is in a position to offer its customers both the best possible quality and the best possible price. That is especially important for the further growth of the company, which last year produced 69 million folding boxes and 77 million patient information leaflets. The more than 4,000 m2 of production space is shared with departments for large-format digital print and print advertising – and with Akewuele even a company which is specialised in the use of scents and fragrances in marketing.  

    Sheetfed offset Market References & Showcases
    news-685 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:09:10 +0200 Sun Chemical and KBA-MetalPrint treading new paths together https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/sun-chemical-and-kba-metalprint-treading-new-paths-together/ Within the framework of the METPACK trade fair in Essen from 2nd to 6th May 2017, Sun Chemical and KBA-MetalPrint announced the commencement of cooperation in the field of printing inks for metal decorating. The partnership relates above all to the three piece can segment. The metal sheets for such cans are printed on presses of the MetalStar and Mailänder series. Sun Chemical is a member of the DIC Group and one of the world's leading producers of printing inks. Over 21,500 employees serve customers through 176 subsidiaries and affiliated companies in 63 countries.

    KBA-MetalPrint, with headquarters in Stuttgart, is a member of the Koenig & Bauer Group (KBA) and the market and technology leader in metal decorating. As a global systems provider to the metal packaging industry, KBA-MetalPrint offers versatile solutions for the decoration of two- and three-piece cans. The portfolio for the three-piece market includes printing presses and coating machines, as well as drying ovens and exhaust air purification systems.

    The cooperation agreement with Sun Chemical was announced at METPACK 2017 in Essen (left to right): Carlo Musso, Corporate Vice President & Group Managing Director Southern Europe; Rudi Lenz, President and CEO Sun Chemical; Ralf Gumbel, Managing Director KBA-MetalPrint; Klaus Schmidt, Marketing Director KBA; Yoshiyuki Nakanishi, President DIC Corporation; Hideo Ishii, Director DIC Corporation; Felipe Mellado, Chief Marketing Officer and Board Member, Inaki Llona – Global Business Leader, Metal Deco Inks (1)

    The common objective of the partnership between Sun Chemical and KBA-MetalPrint on the three-piece market is close cooperation in all matters relating to printing inks. The refers not only to the future inclusion of inks from Sun Chemical into the starter kits supplied with MetalStar 3 and Mailänder 280 metal decorating presses, but also professional support in respect of all technical questions arising in the field.

    The starter kits for MetalStar 3 and Mailänder presses include either the high-performance UV ink series DAICURE 5LM, the conventional ink series SunTrio DAIMETAL  or the highly flexible SunTrio TOBA series, depending on the particular needs.

    The starter kit for the MetalStar 3 now includes inks from Sun Chemical (2)

    Sun Chemical and KBA-MetalPrint have recognised that there is significant demand for close and long-term process technology support among users who have purchased a new, high-tech printing press and are now setting out to utilise their expanded production capacities. Together, they will be working on further optimisation of the customer's installations from both the technical and application-related perspectives. The combination of a press from KBA-MetalPrint and inks from Sun Chemical is in this way to guarantee the customer the maximum attainable metal decorating performance.

    A further objective of the new cooperation is to drive specific developments in printing inks tailored to the special needs of the metal decorating market. The strategic global partnership covers also joint marketing activities in connection with trade fairs and customer events, such as the KBA-MetalPrint Symposiums with subsequent presentation of a new 6-colour UV MetalStar 3, which were held at metal packaging specialist Pirlo in Kufstein/Austria between 5th and 10th May 2017.

    Both sides expect to draw great benefit from the partnership and are convinced that it will also generate professional added value for the customer. The declared goal is to be able to offer the customer even better service on the market. 

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    news-683 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:18:17 +0200 Innovation-lined road from the first cylinder press to digital print https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/innovation-lined-road-from-the-first-cylinder-press-to-digital-print/ In August 2017, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) in Würzburg will be celebrating its 200th anniversary. The world's first press-building workshop of 1817 has since blossomed into a globally successful manufacturing group with a unique portfolio of solutions for the printing industry. Anniversary festivities are planned from 21st to 23rd September – an ideal occasion to review past achievements and to present the visions which will determine the company's strategy and market position in the third century of its history. Breakthrough in London

    Company founders Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer (1)

    The times have certainly changed. In the early 19th century, Germany still lacked venturesome investors and a fertile industrial environment. It was not least for this reason that trained printer and untiring inventor Friedrich Koenig travelled to London in 1807 to realise his idea of a steam-driven printing press. While there, he met precision engineer Andreas Bauer, and in November 1814, The Times became the first newspaper to be printed on their double-cylinder press. This laid the foundations for printing on an industrial scale and for access to print media for a much broader section of the population.

    29th November 1814: The London “Times” was the first newspaper to be printed on the double-cylinder press designed by Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer (2)

    Production in a former monastery

    On 9th August 1817, Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer signed a contract establishing Schnellpressenfabrik Koenig & Bauer in a secularised monastery in Oberzell near Würzburg, and in 1823, the Haude und Spenersche Zeitung in Berlin was the first newspaper on the European continent to be printed on presses from Oberzell.

    Early social achievements in the mid-19th century (4)

    Friedrich Koenig died in 1833. His widow Fanny Koenig and his former business partner Andreas Bauer continued his work. New presses were developed and the one-hundredth press was already delivered in 1838. A number of ambitious young workers moved away to found their own businesses. In this sense, Oberzell can be considered the cradle of German printing press manufacture. The company's foundation period came to an end with the death of Andreas Bauer in 1860.

    Early social achievements

    The founder's two sons, Wilhelm Koenig and Friedrich Koenig Jr., developed new presses, modernised factory routines and introduced a series of social reforms. The sickness benefit fund founded in 1855 was followed by a factory savings bank in 1865 and by a factory training school, the precursor of today's vocational training centre in Würzburg, in 1868. The factory statute of 1873 defined the rights and duties of workers and managers and established a factory council ‒ employee participation already 140 years ago.

    Rotary press designed by Wilhelm Koenig (1876) (3)
    1876: The era of web printing begins

    The first webfed press was supplied to a newspaper in Magdeburg in 1876. Wilhelm Koenig invented the variable web press in 1886, designed the first four-colour press in 1888, and began building special machines for the printing of luxury products. At the same time, he became very interested in securities printing, a field in which Koenig & Bauer was later to become technology leader. In 1895, the 5000th cylinder press left the factory.

    A new factory was built on the site of today's headquarters in 1901 (5)

    From 1895 and through into the 1920s, the course of the company was shaped by Constantin Koenig and the founder's grandson Albrecht Bolza. In 1901, a new factory was built at the site today occupied by the company headquarters. The 225 metre long production hall was one of the largest in Germany at that time. Webfed publication and rotogravure presses were manufactured, and the development of sheetfed machines was stepped up. Alongside printing presses, various matrix-moulding presses and plate-casting machines were delivered to customers all over the world.

    Cylinder assembly in the new factory in the 1920s (6)

    Four-colour Iris press for colour banknotes (1923) (7)
    Destruction and rebuilding

    After the First World War, Dr. Hans Bolza, a great-grandson of Friedrich Koenig, made a notable contribution to the mending of severed foreign business links. He was appointed to the executive board of the company when it was transformed into a limited company in 1920 and served as chairman of the board from 1931 to 1971.  

    Koenig & Bauer survived the period of hyperinflation in the 1920s thanks to the newly developed Iris collect press for coloured banknotes. In March 1945, bombs and artillery shells destroyed the Würzburg factories. Reconstruction began in 1946. After the post-war currency reform, Koenig & Bauer resumed business in 1949 with nominal capital amounting to DM 4.1 million.

    Dr. Hans Bolza † (CEO from 1931 to 1971) and Dr. Hans-Bernhard Bolza-Schünemann † (CEO from 1971 to 1995) (8 and 9)

    1952: Success story of security printing

    Cooperation with securities printing expert Gualtiero Giori began in 1952. A further important milestone was the arrival of a talented young design engineer named Dr. Hans-Bernhard Schünemann, the son of a Bremen publishing family, in 1951. His first of over 250 patents was granted for a modification of the so called Maltese cross drive mechanism, which was subsequently used in another of his inventions, the sheetfed gravure press Rembrandt MT III. In 1959, Dr. Hans Bolza formally adopted Dr. Schünemann.

    Dr. Bolza-Schünemann was himself president of Koenig & Bauer AG for almost 25 years from 1971 to 1995, and initiated the formation of the KBA Group from 1990. Executive responsibility was subsequently placed in the hands of his close partner and long-serving financial director Reinhart Siewert. After the turn of the century, he was succeeded by Albrecht (2003 - 2009) and Claus Bolza-Schünemann (since 2011), who thus represent the sixth generation of the founding family at the helm of the company. 

    64-page commercial web press Compacta 818 at drupa 2000 (10)

    Successful presses Condor and Rotafolio

    Despite the growing offset competition in the 1960s and 70s, Koenig & Bauer retained the proven letterpress technology for its sheetfed and webfed presses for a relatively long time. Alongside the Rembrandt sheetfed gravure press and banknote presses developed together with De La Rue Giori, the two-revolution Condor and the Rotafolio sheetfed press for wrap-around plates were extremely successful all over the world. 

    High-performance in sheetfed offset since 1974

    The first sheetfed offset press, the half-format Koebau-Rapida 0, was presented at drupa in 1967. The medium-format Koebau-Rapida III followed in 1969. Both ran at speeds up to 8,000 sheets per hour. The Koebau-Rapida SR III launched in 1974 was almost twice as fast at 15,000 sheets per hour. The presses of other major manufacturers did not achieve such performance until much later.

    In 1986, Koenig & Bauer launched the Rapida 104, a unit-type press designed for high flexibility and printing speeds up 15,000 sheets per hour. Production was transferred to the new subsidiary KBA-Planeta AG in 1992, sowing the seed for today’s high-performance sheetfed offset presses from Radebeul. The current Rapida 106, for example, has defined the benchmarks in medium format with speeds up to 20,000 sheets per hour, extremely fast job changeovers and configurations comprising up to 19 printing and finishing units.

    Today’s large-format series Rapida 145 and 164 are the successors to the Rapida 142 and 162 presses which were developed jointly by the Radebeul design engineers and their colleagues from Würzburg in the 1990s. In printshops around the world, these high-performance large-format presses took the place of presses from other manufacturers and paved the way for KBA-Sheetfed’s leading position in large formats. This standing was confirmed yet again in 2003 with the unveiling of the Rapida 205, the world's largest sheetfed offset press.

    The revolutionary KBA Cortina heralded the trend towards compact newspaper presses after 2000 (11)

    Pioneer of new technologies

    In the same way that the Würzburg engineers ventured new approaches to webfed printing, the Saxon designers have repeatedly struck out on their own in search of simpler and more efficient sheetfed solutions. Two examples are the DI offset press 74 Karat with direct on-press plate imaging, which was developed together with Scitex from Israel in 1997, and its sister press Rapida 74 G from 2000. Both were equipped with short-train inking units for waterless printing. KBA remains strongly committed to this technology, which is especially interesting from the perspectives of print quality and environmental protection.

    When it comes to innovative processes for inline finishing, ecological printing, direct printing on corrugated board or – most recently – LED-UV drying, KBA Sheetfed has regularly acted as a pioneer. The entry into the post-press market in 2016 and the announcement of the digital sheetfed press VariJET 106 at drupa open up further prospects.

    drupa 2012: New dimensions of performance in large format with the Rapida 145 (12)

    World first in webfed printing

    The era of web offset presses from Würzburg began with the Commander in 1969. Over time, the still dominant satellite design principle was becoming increasingly complex. At the beginning of the 1990s, this trend was answered with the four-high tower presses Journal and Colora. Later, they were joined by the single-width series Comet and Continent. The less expensive four-high tower design appealed to many new international customers, and helped to establish the company as the number one in newspaper printing.

    In this field, too, the Würzburg engineers have never shied the pursuit of new ideas. Already at drupa 1995, for example, visitors could admire an Anilox-Express with automatic plate changing and an imprinter with Scitex inkjet heads in the superstructure. It was shown adding a variable digital caricature to each offset copy. It was then almost 18 years, however, before the inkjet technology was actually used in practice in webfed offset presses.

    At drupa 2000, a new trend towards compact highly automated newspaper presses was heralded by the KBA Cortina, which stood less than 4 metres high. Further features new to newspaper offset were the elimination of dampening units, four-high towers which glided apart for easy access, dedicated drives for each cylinder and the ease of operation with lifts to the upper couples of the tower. The same concept was implemented by the wet offset counterpart Commander CT in 2007. Both presses have remained unique on the market to this day.

    Koenig & Bauer builds the largest inkjet web presses in the world at its Würzburg factory (13)
    Media upheavals and realignment

    Already in the early 1990s, the World Wide Web was taking its first tentative steps and new digital competitors entered the print arena. Faced with growing online competition, and especially due to the world financial crisis, the market for new webfed offset presses collapsed dramatically in 2008. Koenig & Bauer responded by turning attention to the digital process from 2011, and presented its first inkjet web press, the RotaJET 76, at drupa 2012. Today, with the RotaJET VL series for decor printing and the T1100 S manufactured on behalf of the American HP Corporation for the production of corrugated packaging, the largest digital web presses in the world are produced in Würzburg.

    In sheetfed offset, the Rapida 106 defines the benchmarks in medium format (14)

    Early diversification

    The company Koenig & Bauer went public in 1985. The acquisition of Albert-Frankenthal AG and of a majority stake in Planeta Druckmaschinenwerke in the early 1990s established a company group with a turnover of more than DM 1.1 billion. From the turn of the century onwards, the group management started a programme of diversification into market segments less affected by changes in the media landscape.

    The acquisition of Swiss partner De La Rue Giori SA in Lausanne in 2001 secured KBA’s pole position in banknote printing. The purchase of Metronic GmbH in 2004 opened the door to the important market for industrial coding systems. The acquisitions of Bauer + Kunzi and LTG Print Systems, and the subsequent merger into KBA-MetalPrint GmbH in 2006, established KBA as the number one in metal decorating. And with KBA-Kammann GmbH as a global leader for the decoration of glass containers, alongside flexible packaging specialist KBA-Flexotecnica S.p.A, KBA has since 2013 further expanded its portfolio for the diverse packaging segment. A similar purpose was served by the takeover of Spanish die-cutter manufacturer Iberica in 2016.

    This early diversification has helped KBA to master the structural upheavals which have rocked the branch much better than other press manufacturers. At the turn of the century, 60 per cent of the turnover from new press sales was still generated in market segments under pressure from the online media. Today, 90 per cent is accounted for by the growth markets digital and packaging printing and by securities printing.

    “Print technologies for every eventuality” neatly sums up KBA's uniquely broad product portfolio (15)

    Print technologies for every eventuality

    Through market-oriented capacity realignment, the introduction of a new group structure and a clear focus on future-oriented markets, structural changes implemented in 2014 and 2015 have prepared the oldest press manufacturer in the world to meet the challenges of advancing digitisation and globalisation.

    Today, analogue and digital KBA technologies are used to print, finish and process products such as banknotes, metal cans, books, brochures, displays, decor, labels, glass and plastic containers, board and film packaging, catalogues, laminates, magazines, tyres, cables, smart cards, advertising flyers, newspapers and many more besides. Practically all common printing and finishing technologies are involved. This diversity creates unique know-how, and continues to drive innovations, new applications and new partnerships.

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