Raff & Wurzel invests in high-performance printing technology from Koenig & Bauer
Photo op in front of a similarly configured press (left to right): Reinhard Marschall, Managing Director of Koenig & Bauer Germany; Peter Dankesreiter and Christopher Sommer of P2 MedienInvest Holding; Thomas Grübner, manager of Elbe-Leasing; Markus von der Grinten, Koenig & Bauer Germany; Katja Lorenz, Elbe-Leasing; Thomas Uehling, Managing Director of Raff & Wurzel.
The Rapida 106 X from Koenig & Bauer promises a clear technological advantage
- Up to 20,000 sheets/h also in 4 out of 4 production
- Fast start-up and high process automation
- Extensive online quality control
- Equally profitable for long and short runs
Earlier this month, Raff & Wurzel Druck of Riederich in southwest Germany ordered a new high-performance press from the Rapida 106 X series from Koenig & Bauer. It should go into production at the end of the summer. The company has celebrated a very successful first business year since its relaunch in February 2021 and sees this investment as vital preparation for future growth and future market challenges.
The eight-color perfector press with additional inline coater replaces a six-year-old sheetfed offset press in a similar configuration for medium format 3b. It also sets new benchmarks in terms of performance – with production speeds of up to 20,000 sheets per hour, also in perfected mode, with significantly more automation and extensive inline quality control functions. The resulting benefits will give Raff & Wurzel the major technological breakthrough it desires.
Raff & Wurzel is part of P2 MedienInvest Holding, founded by Peter Dankesreiter and Christopher Sommer. Their stated goal is to achieve synergy effects along the entire value chain within the print and media industry. This objective also guides all activities of Raff & Wurzel. In its role as a print service provider, it implements lean and mostly automated ordering, production and logistics processes, and manages decentralized marketing activities for its customers if desired. Customers who only need one particular service from the full range can still expect a similar welcome. Networking with Wurzel Digital and others expands the portfolio to include document creation and image processing, as well as CGI visualizations, animations and interactive applications.
Increased printing capacity
Managing Director Thomas Uehling is already looking forward to the arrival of the new press: “Our production has reached its limits in recent months. The new press will give us capacity reserves, including for additional work. Uehling’s priorities are maximum availability, significant advances in process optimization, the best possible quality and an equally high level of production reliability.
Accordingly, QualiTronic PDFCheck with its functions for color checking, sheet inspection and comparison of the printed image with a prepress PDF, DriveTronic SPC and CleanTronic Synchro for fast job changes, and the LogoTronic performance package with PressProduction and OEE reports, are among the most important items in a long list of press articles. On this basis, offset printing becomes profitable for runs of just 300 sheets.
It is expected that even small series will be produced at high speed in refinement mode. Thomas Uehling: “If it allows us to manage three additional projects every day, that will be a big help. Christopher Sommer adds: “At the same time, the press will fill some gaps and allow us and our customers to approach new market segments. Peter Dankesreiter is equally pragmatic in his assessment: “The Rapida will even be able to cost-effectively handle a number of small jobs that would otherwise be left to a rotary press. But it is also ideally positioned between digital printing and offset.
Focus on ecology
In addition to quality control systems, which serve to reduce waste and potential customer complaints, other equipment details contribute to environmental protection and resource efficiency in the manufacturing process. impression. They include VariDryBlue dryer systems, which recirculate only partially saturated hot air from the first dryer modules to minimize overall energy consumption. Thanks to water cooling, waste heat from the press can be used to heat offices and production areas. Low-alcohol printing, on the other hand, has become virtually standard in the printing industry.
Successful business cooperation
A particular achievement is the cooperation between Raff & Wurzel, P2 MedienInvest Holding and Elbe-Leasing as a financial partner. While large finance companies tend to view business with SMEs purely from an opportunity and risk assessment perspective and follow mostly standardized procedures, a specialist with a background in graphic arts is often able to to offer printers a more convincing master plan. Although Raff & Wurzel and P2 previously only knew Elbe-Leasing through social media, the three partners quickly established a basis for a trust-based cooperation.
The relationship with Koenig & Bauer developed in much the same way: “We just got along well,” recalls Peter Dankesreiter. “Our meetings have been open and transparent from the start.” Christopher Sommer emphasizes that the technologies and features of the Rapida 106 X perfectly match the business concept pursued by Raff & Wurzel. Thomas Uehling has nothing but praise for his team, to whom the company owes its success over the past year: “I feel a similar level of commitment at Koenig & Bauer. Reinhard Marschall, Managing Director of Koenig & Bauer Germany, thanked his peers for the confidence they have shown in his company’s capabilities. “Both our companies can look back on long traditions and are quite similar in their approach. I look forward to our continued cooperation.