KBA – Koenig & Bauer AG


The Koenig & Bauer AG, better known as KBA, declares itself to be the inventor and oldest manufacturer of printing machines. The company is based in Germany for more than 190 years now and has become a worldwide leading manufacturer for printing machines with high quality.

It was in 1814 that the daily newspaper “The Times” printed on a steam-driven printing machine for the first time. The founder, Mr. Friedrich Koenig, developed the cylinder printing machine. Thanks to their innovative printing machines, KBA is global market and technology leader in the following fields of printing: banknotes, sheet-fed offset in large format, packaging, newspaper and steel plate. KBA does have a diversified know-how and the largest product range of all manufacturers of printing machines.

The core competence of KBA remains the sheet-fed offset print.

Sheet-fed offset print

The diversified product range starts with the format 36 x 52 cm and ends with the format 151 x 205 cm.

All used KBA sheet-fed offset printing machines

35 x 50 50 x 70 70 x 100 100 x 140 to 180 x 200
Genius 52UV Rapida 66 Rapida 104 Rapida 145
Rapida 74 Rapida 105 Rapida 164
Rapida 75 Rapida 106 Rapida 142 / 130 - 162a
Rapida 76 Rapida 185 / 205


In addition to the sheet-fed offset print, KBA also offers different categories of web offset printing machines.

Web Offset Printing machines

Newspaper offset print Job printing
Cortina C16
Continent C32 – C80
Comet C32 SG – C56 SG
Commander CL
Commander CT
Commander 6/2


Digital print

The RotaJet 76 of KBA is a press for digital printing for on-demand jobs as well as individual print jobs with up to four colours. .

KBA offers a wide range of upgrades, so that you are able to adjust your sheetfed  offset press to your individual orders. These various updates are classified into short setup times and high printing quality.

Upgrade short setup times

Collecting sheets backward The traversing sheet triggers a push button and the sheet is guided back to the feeder pile via suction belt. It is not necessary anymore to remove the sheet from the feeder table manually.

Impression cylinder washing device The ErgoTronic control panel regulates the impression cylinder washing unit which is cloth-based: a sensor controls the consumption of the cloth.
Dynamic Inking Control The dynamic inking control minimizes the paper waste by up to 80 %.
By the overmodulation of the printing units, an area coverage of under 5 % can be achieved already after 120 sheets.

ErgoTronic ACR The ErgoTronic enables the printer to adjust the register which then will be automatically controlled by a camera. The automated system realizes differences in registers and transfers the needed values to each printing unit.

For using the automatic entirely, it is necessary that a special defined measuring field is exposed. The camera is able to send any kinds of detail to the control panel in fiftyfold magnification.

Flying JobChange With Flying JobChange, KBA gives you the possibility to prepare unimplemented printing units for the next order during the printing process.

The module is suited mainly for 1/1 colour print with a four colour printing machine with perfecting.

Main requirement for this module is the extra equipment Plate Ident.

LogoTronic Professional LogoTronic is the interface between management system and printing machine. The module guarantees the perfect transfer of the presettings of the printing machine.

The LogoTronicProfessional module consists of further components such as SpeedWatch and PressWatch. These enable an analysis of the current print job.

The module is linked with the central data base, so that the printer is able to inform his customer about the order status at any time.

Plate Ident The Plate Ident system identifies the various printing plates and does the presetting of the register.

The identification is made by a camera in the plate duct with measuring points. The system generates the presetting of the printing units automatically.

Plate Correction Programme When starting the programme, the control panel automatically opens the plate cylinder protection and positions the plate cylinder in that way that the correction screws of the plate bars are accessible to the printer.

The system facilitates the handling of your printing machine and reduces the setup times in between the print job.

Ductor Blade Chamber The additional ductor blade chambers are recommended for the change between UV and dispersion coatings.

They reduce downtime of your printing machine and enable the cleaning outside of the printing machine.

Clean Printing The Clean Printing System stops the inking rollers of the plate cylinder at the end of the print job and cleans the blankets with 20 sheets.

The system minimizes the cleaning time or even replaces it.

Suction Roller ASP – Automatic Suctionring Positioning With this system, the printer does not have to adjust the suctionring in the delivery manually. Instead, he enters the required adjustment at the control panel, which will be adopted automatically by the Automatic Suctionring Positioning system (ASP).
Quick plate change The software upgrade for the fully automatic plate change reduces the program sequence by 50 % to approx. 3,5 minutes.
Washing unit Impact System The Impact washing system enables you to wash the blankets and rollers simultaneously to the speed of roller washing.
CleanTronic The CleanTronic enables the UV-interdeck dryer to rest in stand-by-modus during the washing process.

It consists of a shutter system with flexible reflectors. When the production stops, the shutter covers are closed and the UV lamp turns down to 30 % of power. When the printing process is continued, the shutter covers open automatically and the production temperature of the UV lamps is fully available immediately.


Upgrades Quality

DensiTronic Densitronic is used for densitronic quality control with special measuring tapes.

These measuring tapes can be installed between 3 and 23 mm from the back edge and the front edge of the sheet. The measurement takes 4 to 8 seconds and is fully automatic.
DensiTronic Professional DensiTronic Professional is like DensiTronic a 2D measuring and control system for print quality.

In comparison to DensiTronic, DensiTronic Professional comes with several innovative upgrades , such as a combined detector head with densitometer and spectrometer.
Impression switching at 5.000 sheets/h This is a system which immediately gets the machine to the presetted speed and at the same time minimizes the waste of paper at the beginning.
Ink Agitators The ink agitators stirs the colour constantly in order to prevent any colour to get viscous.
Ink unit temperature control The ink unit temperature control prevents the temperature in the ink unit to vary too much. This would have an effect on the quality of production. The cooling, which consists of a water-glycol-mixture, flows via holes into the ink duct and three rubbing cylinders. The water can be used for cooling or for heating: you can easily adjust it to the status of the printing process and to hold the temperature on a constant level.
KBA Jackets This is a refined impression cylinder especially for the perfecting. Its modified surface increases the durability of the cylinder and improves the impression quality at multi-coloured jobs. The cylinders can be adjusted to each requirement up to a maximum paper thickness of 0,5mm.
KBA LongDamp With LongDamp dampening filter system, the service interval to change the filters is extended. It is sufficient to exchange the filter only after 18 weeks and to clean the dampening tanks even only after 40 weeks.
QualiTronic The QualiTronic is a powerful system for the inline-sheet inspection. This is especially important for you when you would like to convince demanding customers with your top quality and constant control and monitoring.

At a speed of 18.000 sheets/h, the inspection system recognizes 100% of all faults: no matter if they are colour dashes, scraps, paper defects or faults in colour. So you can interfere before the faulty sheet comes to the delivery.
Qualitronic ColorControl ColorControl is an additional equipment for the QualiTronic, which regulates the ink zone chambers automatically. These zone chambers regulate the colour in the ink ducts so that the reproduction is like the original and the printing quality is constant.
QualiTronic Professional QualiTronic Professional is a combination of inline-sheet inspection and inline-colour measurement. The system guarantees the inspection and colour measurement on each sides of the sheet.
Riding Roller (dampening unit) This chromic riding roller optimizes the dampening solution. This is recommendable for a high colour-water-balance.


Maschine Add-ons

BDE - Interface
The PPS-system sends the following data to the printing machine: - order list, order number, order name, comment, customer, partial orders with length and width of sheet, printing protocol. During the production, the printing machine transfers the following data to the PPS-system every minute: - order number, partial order number, number printing protocol, number of copies, date, time, net sheet, gross sheet, speed in sheets/hour, production start and end, automatic plate change at start and end, order start and end, times of start and end of impression cylinder, blanket cylinder, plate cylinder and roller washing.
Lightweight Package This package converts print substrates with a minimum thickness of 30g/m².
Gallery venting If the temperature in the printshop is very high, this system lowers the temperature level under the gallery at the drive side.
Timed impression cylinder washing The timed washing of the impression cylinder guarantees that washing bar does not touch the gripper system after the first washing, avoiding contamination. Only one clean blanket gets in touch with the grippers. With clean grippers the register stability is maximised.
Hybrid package With this Hybrid system, you can use colours on mineral oil basis and UV basis at the same time. This is a surplus in quality and enables you to realize dramatic spot finishings.
Camera package The camera system supports the printer in controlling the sheet travel within the printing machine. Any instabilities will be identified at an early stage. Thanks to the quad function, up to 4 pictures of the camera can be shown on the monitor.
Capacitive optical double sheet control This capacitive optical double sheet control is used for thicker materials and suitable for up to 1.2 mm cardboard. Depending on the thickness of the material, the printing machine automatically switches from capacitive to optical.
Carton blowing Package This carton blowing prevents the sheet to get into contact with the blanket cylinder or other components of the printing machine avoiding smears and scratches. The carton blowing is as effective as the synchronized blow air systems but much more energy-efficient.
Cooling of main switch cabinet This cooling of the main electronic cabinet prevents an overheating and assures the equipment dependability. Additional filters minimize the contamination of parts in the main cabinet.
Slitter ICS With this longitudinal cutting system ICS, you do not need an extra cutting machine. This is timesaving especially when it comes to small runs of paper and carton print.
Conductivity and pH value This is a control system for monitoring the water and dampening quality. The pH-value-measurement controls the right pH-value at a certain dosage of the dampening solution.
Nonstop pallets These nonstop pallets are absolutely necessary in order to keep the right distance, when you use a feeder with nonstop-feature.
Eco package The retrofitting with eco dampening unit, eco washing unit and eco powder sprayer is the qualification for the “emission certified” label.
Performance Upgrade RA106 Includes the following hardware and software upgrades:
  • Setting of feeder pile from control panel
  • feeder side and sheet regulation
  • order change program
  • package control with capacitive sensor
  • improved dampening controlling

Update existing CIP link and LogoTronic Professional:
  • order list with CIP link
  • CIP3 preview in order list
  • pallet labels
  • transfer of all CIP3
  • contents in the order mask

installation, putting into operation and instruction
Anilox Roller The anilox rollers do have different structured surfaces for individual requirements. Different thicknesses of lacquer coat are possible.