The Portable Console: Managing Offset Press Operation from an App
Walter Chmura, Koenig & Bauer
Operators are similarly more flexible than ever before when it comes to monitoring of the production process. They can now carry a mobile control console in their pocket. With a smartphone and the Rapida LiveApp, they are always in touch with their press – even while taking a coffee break in the canteen. A glance at the display provides details of the job which is currently in production and how much longer it will take to complete. The press crew can then decide at leisure when they need to be back at the press to load up the plates for the next job, for example.
The marketplace is demanding more environmental awareness and monitoring systems. Koenig & Bauer’s Rapida LiveApp addresses this important topic by providing a raft of live information from the running production, including even energy consumption and the equivalent carbon emissions per 1,000 sheets.
With the consumables lot identification function, consumables such as paper and ink can be tracked either manually or by way of QR codes and assigned to the relevant job. The place of consumption, for example a certain inking unit, is determined automatically and saved in the data record for quality control and documentation (necessary if regulations are required for the print job i.e. the food industry).
Whether inks, substrates, blankets or plates: all data is made available for tracing purposes or inventory management – immediately and without further intervention. The data is sent from the mobile device to the console, and automatically passed on via Koenig & Bauer’s production management system, LogoTronic Professional and via JMF to the company management information software (MIS).