Leading high-end commercial and packaging printer yields 50% decrease in makeready times and rates Instrument Flight as industry changing technology.

2020-04-15 Locarno, Switzerland – Ever since it was established in 1986, Cedar Graphics has had a firm focus on delivering high-end quality printing at its expansive Hiawatha, Iowa facility. But in today’s world of printing in which designers and ad agencies are constantly pushing the envelope with creative artwork, intricate four-color builds, and massive ink coverage, Cedar’s owners rely on their knowledgeable employees and array of advanced technology, including their Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 LED perfector press with Instrument Flight color control technology from System Brunner, which anchors its pressroom.

“Our Rapida 106 four-over-four press has flat out knocked the socks off of our customers,” says Scott Burnett, production manager at Cedar Graphics. “Whether it be during tours from our annual Think to Ink open house, or during requested customer press checks, our customers all walk away impressed at how quickly the Rapida 106 press matches the desired color reference and how effortlessly the press reaches top speeds of up to 18.000 sph. Not only has this allowed us to continue to exceed our customers’ expectations, but word of mouth has spread and we have been contacted by new customers that we weren’t currently servicing.”

When the press was installed in 2017, it distinguished itself with ground-breaking automated features that have proven to provide Cedar with massive gains in productivity and additional capacity. “Our makeready times have decreased by 50% and we’ve seen a reduction in makeready stock by 35% to 40%,” says Burnett. “We’ve also been able to eliminate two shifts (four operators) and repurpose those employees in our digital pressroom, thus allowing us much needed capacity in that area.”

QualiTronic with Instrument Flight: unparalleled added value

With a goal to offer complete customer satisfaction, the new Rapida 106 LED has allowed Cedar to enhance and improve on the markets and high-end customers that it serves. Its makeready technology advancements, like DriveTronic SPC, and QualiTronic in-line color control with Instrument Flight, lets Cedar gain even more efficiencies, quicker turn times, and higher quality to its customers.  “We’re now driving in new customers from the pharmaceutical market to print on 40# stock to short run packaging in which we are printing on 24 pt. board,” says Burnett. “We accomplish this production by perfecting four-over-four at high end speeds up to a maximum of 18,000 sph.”

When asked which of the many features on press have helped Cedar the most, Burnett is quick to point out the Koenig & Bauer QualiTronic with System Brunner Instrument Flight. The QualiTronic system, he says, has amazing quick to color capabilities as well as the consistency of color from first sheet to last sheet. It is second to none, he adds.

System Brunner Instrument Flight is industry-changing technology

In Burnett’s estimation, System Brunner Instrument Flight software is industry-changing technology. Never before has a printer been able to measure and control gray balance inline on press, he says. It measures every sheet for Density, TVI (tone value increase), CMY-Gray Balance, Tonality and more. Instrument Flight then takes these measurements, calculates the color correction in each ink key and will raise or lower through QualiTronic the density in each color across the sheet to keep the press in perfect Gray Balance based on the standard the press operator has entered into the software. “Instrument Flight is an amazing color control software that gives us the ability to keep our print jobs in a completely higher level of color stability,” says Burnett. “It allows us to achieve and maintain true color at all times.”

Plus, the press has given Cedar the means to produce work that they couldn’t have done before. Recently, the firm received a very difficult print project for a catalog that contained four color gray builds both in the product itself and the background color as well, recalls Burnett. By utilizing the System Brunner Instrument Flight software on its Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106, Cedar’s skilled press operators were able to control color via gray balance and keep the four-color gray builds looking consistent throughout the catalog. “Controlling color by density alone is something that would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, before,” he says.

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Press contact:
System Brunner AG, Switzerland
Daniel Würgler
T: +41 91 759 73 00
M dwuergler@systembrunner.com

About System Brunner
System Brunner, based in Switzerland, global technical leader in color and process control, quality assurance and standardization, develops and markets systems for the printing industry and has been pioneering standardization of printing processes for more than 35 years. System Brunner’s competence is founded on an in-depth knowledge of printing processes and highly sophisticated measuring, interpreting and evaluating methods. Instrument Flight® technology is the worldwide 1st G7® certified automated press control system. System Brunner serves the printing industry together with worldwide leading partners in sheetfed- and web offset printing.

Further information can be found at www.systembrunner.com


Press contact
Koenig & Bauer (US/CA)
Eric Frank
T: 469.532.8040 or 800.532.7521
M eric.frank@koenig-bauer.com

About Koenig & Bauer
Koenig & Bauer (US) is located in Dallas, Texas and a member of the Koenig & Bauer Group, which was established over 200 years ago in Würzburg, Germany. Koenig & Bauer’s claim, “We’re on it.” gets to the heart of Koenig & Bauer’s values and competencies for all target groups. The group’s product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, post press die cutting, folder gluers, inkjet presses and systems, flexographic presses, commercial and newspaper web presses, corrugated presses, special presses for banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, glass and plastic decorating.
Further information can be found at www.koenig-bauer.com

Cedar Graphics achieves 30% increase in productivity and increased customer satisfaction with its Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 and Instrument Flight from System Brunner.

Instrument Flight® screen with Koenig & Bauer console 2. The Hexagon graphs show in real time the actual Gray Balance, TVI and Solids at a glance in different ink keys of the sheet. Closed loop color corrections are calculated in each ink key with priority to CMY-Gray Balance and Tonality, according to the selected control priority.