Koenig & Bauer (Würzburg, Germany) has successfully launched its Predictive Maintenance Services for printing press owners. Various workflows have been enhanced and implemented in close cooperation with more than 20 pilot users from the newspaper sector and the commercial-print segment.
The objective of predictive maintenance is clearly defined, according to Thomas Potzkai, Head of Service at Koenig & Bauer: “We use the information contained in already existing press data for automated analyses. This makes it possible to identify and rectify potential problems before they occur.” Service managers are provided with full details of the situation on a given press. On this basis, arrangements can be made for remote maintenance interventions or service calls, whichever is deemed necessary. A technician subsequently rectifies the fault within the framework of a scheduled assignment, averting the risk of unplanned press stoppages. Any necessary downtime is scheduled for an already production-free time period. The customer ultimately benefits from greater production reliability and increased press availability, the OEM pointed out.
It’s possible to assess a wide range of press components – for example the plate changers, the reel stands, or the hydraulic clamping and lubrication systems. Predictive Maintenance applies Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods, such as rule mining or machine learning, to enable precise and automated real-time analysis of all the press data. Even otherwise ‘hidden processes and interactions’ of components or internal networks on the press line are subjected to systematic evaluation. Predictive Maintenance also adds a further dimension to the Koenig & Bauer service concept. Together with spare parts, Visual PressSupport, ad-hoc service calls and an entire program of remote and preventive services (periodic maintenance and inspection), Koenig & Bauer is able to offer its press customers the best possible support. In addition to Koenig & Bauer’s newspaper and commercial web-offset presses, the single-pass digital press RotaJET, and presses of the CorruJET, CorruCUT and CorruFLEX series also benefit from Predictive Maintenance. Similar services are also available for presses supplied by the other business units of Koenig & Bauer.
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