Koenig & Bauer concludes successful LIVE event
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. The dates coincided with original drupa 2020 dates. Drupa has been postponed to April 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Highlights from the LIVE event includes:
- Presentation of the new Rapida generation
A main highlight of Koenig & Bauer LIVE was the unveiling of the new Rapida generation.
Redesigned from the ground up, the flagship in the sheetfed offset segment has additional features and a new modern appearance.
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 also boasts all the features of its larger sister press and has set a new milestone in the B2 format.
- Digital solutions for packaging
The development of the new VariJET 106 stole the limelight. This innovative press integrates inkjet technology into the high-performance sheetfed offset platform of the Rapida 106.
Other innovations for the digital packaging market include enhancements to the Delta SPC 130 and CorruJET 170 machines.
- Post-press packaging
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 was also presented.
- 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.
- Insights into digital print and web offset
The possibilities for use of the RotaJET press in digital web printing was introduced, for example for décor or packaging production.
Responding to the fast-growing demand for packaging solutions, for example from brand owners and food producers, CorruCUT and CorruFLEX machines were also introduced.
- 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.
For security printing subsidiary NotaSys, the virtual fair brought another important change: the company will in future be operating as Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions.