KBA News Feed http://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:03:48 +0100 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:03:48 +0100 news-890 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:31:30 +0100 Beatus Cartons invest in two Iberica Optima 106 cut and crease machines from KBA https://uk.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/beatus-cartons-invest-in-two-iberica-optima-106-cut-and-crease-machines-from-kba/
Beatus Cartons Chairman Stephen Lord (Left), KBA Area Salesman (Sheet-fed Presses) Peter Banks (Centre) and Beatus Cartons Managing Director Clive Stinchcombe (Right).

Porth based, high quality carton printer Beatus Cartons has purchased 2 KBA Iberica Optima 106 die cutters. The second of the two devices will be delivered in March 2018 after a successful installation of the first one in November 2017.

The new die cutters are the latest stage in an exciting investment programme that has seen a brand new, state of the art innovation centre constructed to house a new carton design studio and new pre-press and proofing equipment. The upgrades in pre-press were followed by the installation of the Rapida 106 7 colour plus double coating press in November 2017

Beatus Cartons was established in 1940

Beatus Cartons (the trading name of Jacob Beatus Ltd, named after its founder) is a proud, family owned business which was established in 1940. Based in Porth in the Rhondda Valley they specialise in providing folding printed cartons in solid board, litho laminated flute and plastic packaging for the food, pharmaceutical, confectionery, motor, glassware, health and beauty industries. Many of the 55 employees at the 78 year ‘young’, £5million turnover business have been with the company for many years (7 members of staff in excess of 40 years!). It is this level of dedication and commitment which has helped the business to thrive and maintain a very loyal customer base as well as regularly attracting new clients. 

Managing Director Clive Stinchcombe states: ‘We may be 78 years old but we prefer to think of the business as 78 years young. We are a forward thinking company, proud of our longevity, but equally excited by the future that lies ahead. It was imperative that following the huge investment in the new KBA Rapida Press that we matched it up in terms of efficiency with complimentary Cutting & Creasing Machines. The Company could not afford to have a disassociation between the Print and Cutting and Creasing Departments which would have hindered productivity and compromised on efficiencies. The Iberica Optimas would ensure that the transition would be largely seamless once both of the machines were in situ and running to their optimum capabilities.’

Prior to order sign off, extensive testing on the Optimas on a range of complex jobs supplied by Beatus Cartons finishing team took place at KBA Iberica headquarters in Barcelona, Spain in early November. 

KBA Iberica Optima 106

The Optima 106’s are specifically designed to handle production of paper, cardboard, plastic and corrugated Boards up to 1.5mm and run at a top speed of 8500 sheets per hour. 

Ultimate Flexibility

To match the large range of materials from different sectors of the packaging market produced at Beatus Cartons, the Optimas are specified with a whole host of items in addition to the standard supplied equipment. 

Both devices are raised on a 400 mm plinth to match the new Rapida 106 Printing Press which allows larger stacks to be handled and improves productivity. To produce on lighter stocks a paper kit for thinner materials has been specified as well as antistatic equipment to aid production of the plastic materials Beatus Cartons produce on a regular basis. 

The Optimas feature motorized front lays. The devices have the latest Varioplan System designed to reduce the number of nicks required increasing the quality of the job, which, in turn increases productivity by up to 25% compared with older model Iberica die-cutters. In addition, a front edge stripping device is also included which removes the need for manual stripping at the front edge of the sheet and a Fast-Flow chase ensures quick change over of the dies.

Mr Stinchcombe commented “It was the flexible nature of the machine whereby we could basically have it tailor made to our specification that made the decision to choose this machine so much easier. As a Company with such a diversified range of styles and substrates it was not only essential, but critical to be able to cover all bases and this machine does just that.”

KBA UK Ltd. Sales Director Chris Scully

KBA (UK) Ltd. Sales Director Chris Scully added: ‘We are delighted Beatus Cartons has returned to KBA, this time for their die cutter purchases. They have a clear strategy in place for taking the business to a new level which will ultimately result in greater returns for all at the company. The installation of Optima 106’s is key milestone in the expansion programme Beatus put in place several years ago and ensures they have one of the most modern and well specified carton production plants in the UK.  

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news-882 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:30:53 +0100 KBA UK Ltd. appoints a new Print Performance Specialist for the South of England https://uk.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/kba-uk-ltd-appoints-a-new-print-performance-specialist-for-the-south-of-england/  
Jason Manchester Print Performance Specialist (South)
 

KBA UK have added Jason Manchester from ink manufacturer Huber Group to their technical team. He has taken the role of Print Performance Specialist to support their growing installation base in the South of England.

 

Mr Manchester has gained 30 years of print industry experience working at various printers in the Berkshire area. He developed his skills as a litho printer before being promoted to the position of press room manager at Maurice Payne Colour Printers Ltd. He joined ink manufacturer Huber Group as Technical Manager in 2007 and worked in the southern region before joining KBA UK Ltd. in December 2017.

 

Jason has extensive skills in trouble shooting on presses from a large range of manufacturers and can provide best practice advice on all consumable products. His role will involve supporting new and existing customers to ensure that the presses are always performing at the highest levels. Jason has specialist skills in colour management and will be assisting printers in meeting the requirements of the I.S.O. 12647-2 standard for print.

 

KBA UK Ltd. Managing Director Andrew Pang
 

KBA UK Managing Director Andrew Pang states: We are delighted to welcome Jason to our team. His skills in press trouble shooting and his extensive knowledge of colour, inks, coatings and chemistry will be a major asset for us and our customers in the South as we continue to expend our customer base.

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news-855 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:25:00 +0100 J Thomson Colour Printers lift the 2017 Koenig and Bauer Performance Award https://uk.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/j-thomson-colour-printers-lift-the-2017-koenig-and-bauer-performance-award/
The KBA UK Ltd. 1814 Performance Award

Glasgow based, J Thomson Colour Printers have been rewarded with a 35% performance increase following their switch from Heidelberg XL technology in 2016 to Rapida 106 technology. This production uplift, as well as producing their largest job ever, was enough for them to be victorious in this year’s annual 1814 Performance Award. The announcement was made during KBA UK Ltd’s annual press briefing at London’s iconic ‘Gherkin’ building.

The award was presented by KBA UK Ltd. Sales Director Chris Scully and KBA Sheet-Fed Solutions Vice President of Sales Jan Drechsel for:  A 35% improvement in production performance, a record number of make readies on a single job and the highest production speeds of 18,000 Sheets per hour.

The award, which is presented annually, commemorates the commissioning of the world’s first steam driven printing press which was supplied to the Times of London by Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer in 1814. The success of the project led to the formation of the Koenig and Bauer Group 3 years later. This year the company celebrated its 200th anniversary.

JThomson's MD Kevin Creechan (Centre Right) and Print Manager Iain Jackson (Centre Left)

Attending to accept the award on behalf of the 65 year old, 125 employee business, were J Thomson Managing Director Kevin Creechan and Print Manger Iain Jackson. They spoke to the assembled print media journalists about the jobs they submitted, which included a job previously produced on their Heidelberg presses; a 500 run length, 464 page (29 sections) catalogue for Edinburgh Arts which was produced 35% quicker than last year’s version. They also produced a series of fine art posters for Steven Brown Art. The 67 different versions represented the largest number of workings they have ever produced for 1 job. The posters were printed on the LED UV Rapida 106 6 colour plus coater and beat the estimated time for completion by 50%. The other jobs submitted (both catalogue work) ran at 18,000SPH on the 10 colour long perfector.

Kevin Creechan stated how the switch to Koenig and Bauer technology had been a great success and the support they had received during and after the sales process had been key to their success. ‘It is very important for us to trust our suppliers to guide you to a decision that is going to be right for your business. Koenig and Bauer were the only manufacturer to really push LED UV technology as something we would require in the future. The other manufacturers were telling us it wasn’t right for our business because it didn’t suit them at that time. However, when you are making a seven year capital investment you have to trust that your supplier has your businesses best interests at heart. We certainly found this with Koenig and Bauer and we made the right investment.

Iain Jackson stated that the technology on the presses enabled them to achieve the previously unsurpassed levels of performance. ‘For the Edinburgh Arts catalogue we had to change plates on all units 29 times. Plate changing on our previous press for the same job last year took nearly 4 hours. This year we completed the plate changing in just 29 minutes.’

The event was attended by major UK print journalists

Chris Scully and Jan Drechsel jointly presented the company’s recent strong financial performance figures citing further growth in the packaging sector as part of the plans for 2018. They also announced that the company had taken it’s first order for a CorruJET digital sheet-fed press for production directly onto corrugated material, another area of key growth.

[Translate to English (UK):] KBA UK Ltd. Sales Director Chris Scully addresses the journalists

Concluding the lunch, Chris Scully stated that ‘J Thomson are another high quality printer who had made the switch to Koenig and Bauer technology and have reaped the benefits.’ He continued ‘It is amazing how inter connected a good deal of the UK print industry is. News of our successes has travelled fast and I am proud to say that J Thomson is now another strong reference account for our presses.

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news-856 Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:35:00 +0100 Taylor Bloxham invest in a high performance Rapida 106 from Koenig and Bauer https://uk.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/taylor-bloxham-invest-in-a-high-performance-rapida-106-from-koenig-and-bauer/ One of the UK’s largest printing companies Taylor Bloxham Ltd has increased its print capacity by investing in a new press which will enable the business to print 18,000 sheets per hour.

Taylor Bloxham - Specialists in Ultra High Definition Litho Print

The Leicester based print firm, which specialises in litho, ultra HD print, digital print, large format and print finishing, has made the switch from two traditional Heidelberg presses to Koenig and Bauer’s Rapida 106.

The purchase of the new press is the latest in a series of investments that Taylor Bloxham has made in state of the art print technology. Efficiency and production capacity has already risen as a result, and the installation of the Rapida press will further increase production levels.

Robert Lockwood - Taylor Bloxham CEO

“As printers of high quality brochures, marketing communications and POS materials our customers demand speed, value and excellence,” comments Robert Lockwood, CEO of Taylor Bloxham Ltd. “Dealing with high volumes, sometimes at short notice, doesn’t mean that we have to sacrifice quality. By investing in the latest print technologies we can ensure a quick turnaround with a superior finish. We’re looking forward to seeing the benefits that the Rapida 106 will pass on to our clients.”

The new press, an 18,000 sheet per hour 6 colour plus coater, will be installed in April 2018.  As standard, it is equipped with Koenig and Bauer’s (KBA) unique sensoric infeed system and servo driven motors for the feeder drives and suction belts. These features increase running speeds, ensuring faster turnaround times.

The Rapida 106 - The press of choice for high quality printers

ErgoTronic Autorun technology also allows several jobs to be queued on the press. Minimum operator involvement is needed as jobs are autonomously produced to the desired colour quality and run length. The fully automatic plate changing also allows plates to be changed in just over two minutes.

Robert adds: “One of our specialisms is ultra-high definition print. We felt that the Rapida 106 offered the best solution for colour control and compliance with ISO 12647-2, as well as quality analysis and reporting.”

KBA UK Ltd. Sales Director Chris Scully

KBA (UK) Ltd’s Sales Director, Chris Scully commented: ‘We are thrilled that Taylor Bloxham have chosen KBA as their new partner for the next stage in the development of their business. They join a prestigious list of high quality UK printers who have made the switch to Rapida 106 technology. Taylor Bloxham print some of the most demanding quality work in the UK and equally, they have a need to produce work with quick make readies and at the highest speeds. Due to its superb engineering and technology the Rapida 106 ticks the box on all counts.”

Established in 1938 and employing over 200 people, Taylor Bloxham Ltd includes three brands that work together to manage the whole chain of marketing communications.  Combined, Taylor Bloxham, FastAnt and Instore offer expertise in print, direct mail, fulfilment design and retail point of purchase.

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news-857 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:40:00 +0200 KBA UK is exhibiting at The Print Show 2017 https://uk.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/kba-uk-is-exhibiting-at-the-print-show-2017/

KBA UK will be exhibiting at The Print Show 2017 at The International Centre, Telford, Stand B 14. Please come and join us and get insights into our latest technological developments designed to help your business become more profitable. To register click here

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news-858 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:44:00 +0200 Park Communications invests in KBA press technology again to raise quality and productivity https://uk.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/park-communications-invests-in-kba-press-technology-again-to-raise-quality-and-productivity/
Park Communications Beckton Facility

Park Communications invests in another high speed press from KBA and pushes for even greater quality and speed standards. The new press is an 18,000 sheet per hour KBA Rapida 106 10 colour perfector. Once installed, the ultra-high performance press will be the highest specification machine of its kind in production in Europe.

In a UK first, the press is being shipped with QualiTronic Instrument Flight, which will give an unrivalled ability to control grey balance, the ultimate in high-end colour control.

Park Communications Managing Director Alison Branch

Alison Branch, Park Managing Director, said ‘We are delighted to be able to further enhance our offering by adding this hi-spec press to our armoury. The investment will bring further enhancements to quality standards, faster production times, faster press-passing with make-readies reduced to just a few minutes, and improved environmental performance as it requires less press-room chemistry and paper overs for make-readies.’

Following the successful installation of their first KBA Rapida 106 six colour and coater in early 2016, London fine art, bespoke magazine, and report and accounts printer, Park Communications, returned to KBA for a second Rapida 106. The press will be first in the UK to be equipped with KBA’s ErgoTronic Autorun autonomous printing technology. The new press will replace an existing Heidelberg Speedmaster 10 colour perfector. Production on the new press will begin in early September.

Paul Walker, Park Deputy Managing Director, responsible for manufacturing, stated: ‘The technology on this press will put us right at the forefront in terms of performance and quality’.

Highest Speeds

The press, which will be installed in July, has a top running speed of 18,000 sheets per hour. The ability to perfect at this speed is quickly becoming the norm for KBA long perfecting presses. As is standard on the 106, the press is equipped with KBA’s unique sensoric infeed system (SIS) and servo driven motors for the feeder drives and suction belts, which makes concerns over feeding sheets at high speeds a thing of the past.

Autonomous printing

The press is equipped with all the tools to make-ready in just a few minutes with minimal operator involvement. ErgoTronic Autorun allows several jobs to be queued on the press and the press will autonomously produce the jobs to the desired colour quality and run length. Registration of the sheets is performed inline and automatically via QualiTronic ICR (Intergrated Camera Register).

Plate changing time

The plate changing is via KBA’s awesome simultaneous plate changing (SPC) which allows all the plates to be changed in 50 seconds whilst the blankets and cylinders are being washed. The SPC system also has the capability to correct the print length for tight register work while in production, which significantly reduces production stops for manual adjustment of the plates.

The new press will be the first press in the UK to feature KBA’s revolutionary Flying Job Change which allows plate changing on units during running. This was successfully demonstrated at recent open houses and at Drupa 2016 where posters were in production on one half of the press (units 1-5) while plate changing for the following poster took place on units 6-10.

Simultaneous washing

In addition to the standard roller disengaging, the press features simultaneous roller washing (SRW) which allows rollers to be washed during production, and also KBA’s FastClean washing system which allows the press rollers to be washed in approximately one minute.

Instrument flight grey balance control - unrivalled colour control

Unrivalled quality control

In another UK first, the press is being shipped with QualiTronic Instrument Flight which will give Park the ability to control the press according to grey balance values inline, the ultimate in high-end colour control. For customers of Park Communications, this will provide a level of quality control unmatched in the UK.

Inspection and colour control of every sheet produced is via KBA’s QualiTronic Professional, which allows monitoring and tagging of sheets which do not reach the desired levels of quality and prompts the press operator to respond to any minor changes against the ‘ok’ sheet.

To capture the performance data of the press, it will be connected to Park Communications’ existing Logotronic Professional. The LogoTronic system also provides the link to pre-press, their Tharsten MIS system and allows the storage of the colour quality data produced by the press via KBA’s Qualitronic QualityPass and QualiTronic ColorView.

KBA UK Ltd. Sales Director Chris Scully

KBA (UK) Ltd. Sales Director Chris Scully added: ‘We are delighted that Park Communications has returned to KBA for their next investment, this time for a long perfector purchase. We are confident in our belief that this press is unrivalled in terms of make-ready and speed performance. However, with the exciting additional technology specified on their latest press such as: Instrument Flight grey balance control which is for ultra high quality work, Ergotronic AutoRun which is for running section after section automatically and Flying Job change which allows make ready whilst running, Park have reinforced their position at the very highest level of quality and efficiency.

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news-859 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:49:00 +0200 KBA UK Ltd. appoints Gary Molloy as Area Sales Manager for the South West https://uk.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/kba-uk-ltd-appoints-gary-molloy-as-area-sales-manager-for-the-south-west/

KBA UK Ltd. have appointed Gary Molloy to the position of Area Sales Manager for the South West of England, Northern Ireland and Eire to replace Paul Abraham who has taken a position as UK salesman for KBA's metal decorating division. 

Mr Molloy has been with KBA since 2014 where he worked as a Print Performance Specialist. He has great experience of print particularly with KBA presses. Prior to joining KBA he worked as Factory Manager for Rumbold Holland in Swindon and spent 24 years at Butler and Tanner holding various positions including Lead Printer and Print Manager. 

Gary will be covering the following areas:  Buckinghamshire, Western Greater London, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Avon, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland

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news-860 Wed, 24 May 2017 15:52:00 +0200 Beatus Cartons invests in a highly specified Rapida 106 and focuses on a bright future https://uk.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/beatus-cartons-invests-in-a-highly-specified-rapida-106-and-focuses-on-a-bright-future/
Beatus Cartons C.E.O. Steven Lord (left), KBA UK's Peter Banks (centre) and Beatus Cartons MD Clive Stinchcombe (right)

Porth based, high quality carton printer Beatus Cartons has purchased a highly specified Rapida 106 7 colour with double coating facility. The new press, which will be installed in Autumn 2017 will replace an existing Heidelberg CD 102 5 plus coater. The new press is the latest stage in an exciting investment programme that has seen a brand new, state of the art innovation centre constructed to house a new carton design studio and their recently purchased digital proofing equipment.

Beatus Cartons (originally known as Jacob Beatus after its founder) is a proud, family owned business which was established in 1940. Based in Porth in the Rhondda Valley they specialise in providing folding printed cartons in solid board, litho laminated flute and plastic packaging for the food, pharmaceutical, confectionery, motor, glassware, health and beauty industries. Many of the 55 employees at the 77 year ‘young’, £5million turnover business have been with the company for many years (some in excess of 40 years!). It is this level of dedication and commitment which has helped the business to thrive and maintain a very loyal customer base as well as regularly attracting new clients.

Managing Director Clive Stinchcombe states: ‘We may be 77 years old but we prefer to think of the business as 77 years young. We are a forward thinking company, proud of our longevity, but equally excited by the future that lies ahead.’ He continues ‘With our investment in the Rapida 106 we will now be able to offer seven colour printing for the first time, greater running speeds, significant reductions in make ready times and waste and in addition, we are able to offer a great range of special coating finishes for our clients. We believe the new press with all its automation and the move to one pass productivity has the potential to increase our turnover by at least 50%.’

The press was extensively specified to the meet the exact requirements of the Beatus Cartons technical team following testing at KBA’s sheet-fed solutions facility in Dresden. KBA also arranged reference visits and discussions with several new users who have switched to Rapida 106 technology from other manufacturers.

Mr Stinchcombe saw this as a real positive in the evaluation process ‘A distinct factor was the success KBA have enjoyed in recent years with folding carton printers. They appear to be the “go to company” for carton manufacturers like us. They are completely focussed on carton print technology and their overall levels of service and support are with this in mind. This is what we need from our print machinery supplier; a good product, and a company with a good back up service which puts training and development on an equal footing.”

The KBA Rapida 106 The 'press of choice' for packaging printers

Fastest Changeovers

The new press will provide the highest levels of productivity with a top speed of 18,000 SPH and fully automatic plate changing technology (FAPC) which allows all the plates to be changed in less than 3 minutes. The press is also equipped with KBA’s unique sensoric infeed system (SIS) and roller declutching which are standard items on the 106 Rapida range. In addition, the press is being shipped with simultaneous roller washing which allows a set of rollers to be washed whilst the press is running ensuring rapid change overs for special colours.

Ultimate Flexibility

More efficient production on a broad range of substrates is possible with the new press as it is equipped with both a CX package and a plastics package; this will allow printing of a great variety of materials of up to 1.2mm thick. The press is being supplied with capability for production with both conventional and U.V. inks and coatings, and is equipped with a water cooling facility which greatly reduces heat in the press hall and reduces wear and tear on the peripheral components. The UV lamps (including a special white cure lamp) are equipped with UV sensors which monitor the levels of UV energy directly from the lamp. 

KBA's QualiTronic PDF allows inline comparison the the supplied PDF

Unrivalled Quality Control

Beatus Cartons will be the first company in the UK to have a Rapida 106 supplied with KBA’s QualiTronic PDF system. This feature allows automatic, inline comparison with customer supplied PDF’s. With a resolution of 300 DPI and fully automatic fault logging, this system provides the ultimate in sheet inspection.

The company supplies products for the pharmaceutical industry which places extremely high demands for quality compliance on printers. The QualiTronic PDF system has ensured they can now provide an unrivalled, high resolution inspection solution with extensive reporting for their clients which will also reduce waste in both time and materials.

Mr Stinchcombe states: ‘The inline quality control of this machine is one of its biggest attractions and will allow us to achieve a more consistent and reliable level of quality without having to compromise on running speeds.

For inline colour control at the highest speeds with the lowest waste count on every make ready, the press is equipped with QualiTronic ColorControl; KBA’s inline colour measurement system, alongside the Ergotronic Colour control desk for standardised print, quality analysis and reporting.

The performance data of the press will be automatically captured for analysis via KBA’s LogoTronic Professional which will provide detailed reports on every activity taking place on the press. The Logotronic system has also been extended to include Logotronic Cockpit which provides detailed reports on the presses OEE performance. The LogoTronic system also provides the link to pre-press, an MIS system and allows the storage of the colour quality data produced by the press via KBA’s Qualitronic QualityPass and QualiTronic ColorView.

Personal Approach

Reflecting on the decision to purchase a press from KBA Mr Stinchcombe adds ‘During the investment process we looked at both Heidelberg and Komori. However, we were bowled over by the inline quality system and KBA gave us a huge degree of confidence. It was a very personal approach but conducted in highly professional manner from the outset. We were particularly impressed by the level of personal service afforded to us by KBA UK Area Sales Manager Peter Banks, who not only held our hand throughout the whole process. He also possesses an additional likeability factor which mirrors the philosophy of personal service we have with our own customers. We hope that this is the start of a long and happy relationship.

KBA UK Ltd. Sales Director Chris Scully

KBA (UK) Ltd. Sales Director Chris Scully added: ‘We are delighted to welcome Beatus Cartons to our ever growing band of printers who are selecting the Rapida 106 as their press of choice for carton manufacturing. They are a proud company with a long history and the exciting features for both quality control and efficient make ready on this press will help to truly set them apart from their competition and to ensure that their business continues to thrive and grow.

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