Koenig & Bauer: Oct 19, 2022 / NewsReturn of the Cortina User Workshop

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  • A look back at the 16th Cortina User Workshop in St. Gallen
  • Busy agenda on waterless printing challenges
  • Operational benefits of the waterless Cortina still effective today
  • Latest Cortina User Workshop with Peter Benz

[Link]A popular gathering: more than 100 participants accepted invitations to this year’s 16th Cortina User Workshop (2)

After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cortina users and industry partner vendors around the world were finally able to relaunch their annual get-together this year. At the 16th Cortina User Workshop in St. Gallen, Switzerland, they shared their experiences on various aspects of the waterless offset printing process. The workshop was, at the same time, the occasion to bid farewell to Peter Benz, the “father” of this much appreciated lecture series.

Participants were invited to share their thoughts on current issues and developments in the run-up to the workshop itself. On this basis, Koenig & Bauer prepared a comprehensive and diverse program of analyzes and news for the two-day event, which was attended by more than 100 users and partners. Topics covered ranged from recent developments at Koenig & Bauer to new supplier industry findings and market challenges. Numerous presentations sparked lively discussions, once again underscoring the importance of face-to-face conferences like this one. In the future, a number of roundtable working groups will also be added to the workshop.

[Link]Thomas Potzkai, Head of Service at Koenig & Bauer, explained the key elements of the Exceeding Print Group strategy (3)

Topics presented and discussed included predictive maintenance, technical innovations for the Cortina press, energy saving measures and the development of a new pneumatic distributor roller, as well as insights from experiences with peeling problems of plates, long-term testing of anilox rolls and other advances in printing. plate technology. The agenda also offered an overview of developments in the paper industry, challenges faced by ink manufacturers and quality improvement processes in newspaper printing as they relate to energy costs. and materials.

A central understanding that emerged from the two-day workshop was that the benefits of the Cortina waterless press remain as effective as ever today. In cooperation with QI Press Controls, for example, a closed-loop color control solution was realized for Cortina user Coldset Printing Partners (CPP) in Paal-Beringen, Belgium. The CPP’s Cortina press sections were installed in 2018 and the IDS-3D closed-loop color control system went live a year later. The conclusion reached in the presentation given by QI Press Controls, that no other series of coldset/heatset presses are better suited for closed loop control solutions, met with overwhelming approval during the Cortina user workshop.

[Link]Handover: Peter Benz (middle), former Cortina project manager at Koenig & Bauer, with his successor Georg Zitterbart (left) and Thomas Potzkai, department manager at Koenig & Bauer (1)

For Peter Benz, the former project manager responsible for the Cortina press at Koenig & Bauer, this was his last user workshop. Nicknamed “Mr Cortina” by his colleagues in the industry, the Swiss national took his well-deserved retirement at the end of last year after a career dedicated to advancing waterless newspaper printing. “The Cortina series today is a highly developed solution which, in my view, continues to offer the optimal combination of economic efficiency, quality and durability,” said Peter Benz in a conversation on the sidelines of the ‘workshop. Responsibility for the Cortina series will now pass from Peter Benz to Georg Zitterbart. And the Cortina User Workshop will also be back in 2023, this time with Rodi Media from Diemen in the Netherlands as host and partner.

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