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B&K Offsetdruck invests in two Speedmaster XL 106 presses of the latest generation and a Subscription Smart contract for more efficient processes


  • Installation of the first Speedmaster XL 106 new 2020 generation went off without a hitch during the coronavirus pandemic
  • Subscription Smart contract includes consignment warehouse operated by Heidelberg
  • Higher productivity delivers time gain of over fifteen percent per day
  • Second press will be installed following acceptance

B&K Offsetdruck GmbH based in Ottersweier has invested in a complete package from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) consisting of two of the latest 2020 generation of Speedmaster XL 106 presses and a Subscription Smart contract with supplied consignment warehouse. By doing so the company sees itself as well-positioned for the digitization of its processes, and altogether would like to increase its overall equipment efficiency (OEE). B&K has direct access to the various services via the Heidelberg Assistant digital portal.

The new fits perfectly into this digital environment. “The response from my printers has been only enthusiastic,” reports Jörn Kalbhenn, Managing Director and owner of B&K, in summing up his experience with the first Speedmaster XL 106 installed recently. The world’s first ten-color perfecting press with coating unit impressed from the get-go with its innovative Push to Stop operating concept and the many intelligent assistants. In particular, the latest Speedmaster generation provides a systematic way of minimizing the operator-dependent and process-dependent time losses and significantly increasing effectiveness – all the way up to autonomous printing.

The 220-strong workforce at B&K operates a two-shift production schedule for items like envelopes for magazines including Fokus, Bunte, Elle, Freundin, and TV-Spielfilm published by nearby Burda Verlag. The possibilities offered by inline die-cutting and finishes with fluorescent inks or drip-off coatings are used here. Industrial customers and agencies from the region and all of Europe continue to value B&K’s quality and delivery reliability. The company is one of the biggest sticker manufacturers in Europe and produces coloring and school books for children.

Since full production got underway in June, the already has over three million sheets on the totalizer. “We operate the press at a rate of 18,000 sheets per hour for straight printing and perfecting, which means the jobs go into postpress and are on their way to the customer faster. This saves us up to four hours a day,” explains Kalbhenn. A special feature of the press is the perfecting device’s location after the fourth printing unit, which means that printing of 4/4 colors plus spot colors plus coating is possible. This is often used for envelope production for well-known publishing houses.

Win-win situation with Subscription Smart and consignment warehouse
Passion meets innovation

Masahiro Kaneko

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