Koenig & Bauer: Ralf Sammeck coordinates a digital transformation

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To push ahead with their digitalization offensive, the supervisory board of Koenig & Bauer AG has appointed Ralf Sammeck, executive board member for the Sheetfed segment, to take over the group-wide coordination of the digital transformation, in addition to his existing duties.

Sammeck has been a full member of the Koenig & Bauer AG executive board since 2007 with responsibility for sales, marketing and service of sheetfed presses manufactured in Radebeul. It is here that the digital activities of the printing press manufacturer originated. Since 1995, Koenig & Bauer has been able to evaluate press data and provide services based on this data. This division has since achieved IoT structures, built up big data competence and, under the leadership of Ralf Sammeck, has undoubtedly developed into a think tank for the digitalization of business processes.

Automation, inline quality regulation and control, makeready time reduction, waste reduction, closed-loop processes, data-based services, performance reports and benchmarking – all of these were preliminary steps for autonomous printing (AutoRun), with which Koenig & Bauer introduced the next stage of process automation for industrial print production in 2018. The Rapida LiveApp (for which Koenig & Bauer received the German Design Award 2018) can be used to control and monitor presses, record batches and consumables, assign them to the relevant print job, manage the warehouse and automatically trigger ordering processes. Based on the remote platforms, the performance data of the presses and their log files, services such as predictive maintenance have been developed, which can detect early on whether a press component is in danger of failing. Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul uses algorithms and artificial intelligence and combines knowledge from data science with the expertise of service technicians and engineers.

Klaus Peter Nicolay My Take: The step towards consistent digitization and digital transformation is an ambitious project but has developed into a successful one for Koenig & Bauer. Now that Ralf Sammeck is transferring this digital thinking and his experience to the various segments of the printing press manufacturer throughout the group, it is a major step towards Industry 4.0, in which customers and suppliers are integrated into an overall process. Koenig & Bauer is well on the way to achieving this. However, in the past the press manufacturer had perhaps concentrated too much on its machines and talked too little about the perceived side issues.
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Koenig & Bauer: Ralf Sammeck coordinates a digital transformation
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To push ahead with the digitalization offensive, the supervisory board of Koenig & Bauer AG has appointed Ralf Sammeck, executive board member for the Sheetfed segment, to take over the group-wide coordination of the digital transformation in addition to his existing duties.
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Klaus-Peter Nicolay is the publisher and editor-in-chief of the trade magazines "Druckmarkt" and "Druckmarkt Schweiz" as well as the editor-in-chief of "beyondprint unplugged". He writes for his own publications, writes specialist books and publishes articles in almost all relevant trade magazines in the D-A-CH region. Active in the printing industry since 1970, the graduate printing engineer has been accompanying the industry as a journalist for almost 40 years. Due to his intensive contacts to the worldwide manufacturer and user scene, Nicolay knows the current market developments, and evaluates, presents and documents analytically the trends, facts and background of the printing industry.

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