Koenig & Bauer presents live digitalisation of business processes at "4.0 Packaging & Connected Services".
As part of the “Koenig & Bauer 4.0 Packaging & Connected Services” open house from 6 to 8 June, over 600 users from some 40 countries saw how digital transformation can change modern day-to-day printing house operations, optimise process workflows, create new customer experiences and make a company even more profitable.
As part of a series of live sessions, the visiting print experts experienced first-hand solutions to streamline processes in all phases of print production, Lean Management and standardisation with the goal of preventing errors. This was in addition to information on data-based value-added solutions in the field of service which make workflows more transparent and maintenance more predictable.
Ralf Sammeck, managing director of KBA-Sheetfed and executive board member of Koenig & Bauer, and Thomas Göcke, head of sheetfed marketing and CRM, welcomed the guests and highlighted Koenig & Bauer’s key success factors in sheetfed offset. These range from strategic orientation, the focus on growth areas, outstanding products and strong partners to customer satisfaction, especially through digitalisation and the resulting new service offerings.
The open house showcased a fully networked packaging production.
One of the live demonstrations were of a Rapida 76 printing high-quality luxury packaging in LED-UV with opaque white on metallised board. As part of a complex demonstration, the print experts witnessed seamless digital processes with MIS Optimus Dash with LogoTronic Professional and Esko Equinox on a Rapida 105 PRO which produced various packaging jobs prepared by MIS, the Ipress 106 K PRO flatbed die-cutter, the Rapida LiveApps series and service solutions such as PressCall, Visual Press Support, performance reports and the possibilities of predictive maintenance.
Koenig & Bauer presented the world premiere of the Ipress 106 K PRO flatbed die cutter for die-cutting folding cartons. Some features of the die cutter include integrated blank stripping, high operating comfort, absolute register accuracy, short makeready times and flexible configuration options.
Other packaging production demos include health care and cosmetics packaging produced on a six-colour Rapida 106 double-coater press and yogurt packaging on the Rapida 105 PRO. The highlights of high-volume printing on a six-colour Rapida 145 were print speeds of 18,000 sheets per hour and autonomous printing with AutoRun. Packaging for food and detergents was produced in non-stop operation.