Koenig & Bauer offers inventory tracking app

Koenig & Bauer has developed a new ProductionApp for use on mobile Android devices to help manage inventory of press consumables.

Correcting the quantities of inks in the stores using the ProductionApp

The app makes uses of the NFC function that is integrated into many modern smartphones. The idea is that printers will add NFC tags to the storage locations for the various consumables such as inks, coatings, blankets or powder. Similarly, NFC tags can also be added on the shop floor, say for a particular print unit. The app opens automatically when it detects a tag and can display relevant information such as the quantity remaining. It can show when a particular print unit needs more ink or how much ink is required for the current job. When a press operator tops up the ink he can scan the batch code for that ink.

The app links to a database that records when consumables are used on a job-by-job basis, and reduces the remaining stock levels accordingly, sending out a warning email to the person responsible when the stock falls below a set level. In the future, there will be a direct online link for re-ordering.

As well as ensuring that the printer is kept fully stocked with consumables, this app can also be used to monitor how those consumables are used and whether or not they have met their expected service life. It also follows that this could be a useful early warning of potential problems if, for example, a press was working its way through too many blankets.

The system uses Koenig & Bauer’s LogoTronic Professional as the production management system. It’s primarily meant for use with the Rapida offset presses and is an extension of the Rapida LiveApp and its maintenance manager but can also be used to track consumables for other devices such as the adhesive for a folder-gluer.


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