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Experts verify results: Well-known experts from Europe and the U.S. on the Push to Stop tour at the end of October 2016 stopped off at Lokay Druck in Darmstadt, Druckerei Pruskil in Ingolstadt, and Aumüller Druck in Regensburg. The tour proved that drupa innovations from Heideldruck not only work well in practice, but also boost added value in print many times over from a standing start. For more on Push to Stop, see the ValueDialog “Quantum leap through digitization in offset printing” with Rainer Wolf, Head of Sheetfed Product Management at Heideldruck, which covers all technical aspects, modes of operation, and benefits of the new automation solutions.


By Andreas Weber, Head of Value

When it works, it really works. Unveiled at drupa 2016 and now already tried and tested in practice, intelligent, automated machine technology is catapulting industrial print media production to an unprecedented level of performance. “Print is a data-driven business. We have direct access to data volumes of over 20 terabytes,” says Thomas Kerndl, Technical Manager of Druckerei Pruskil in Ingolstadt. And this is entirely necessary, because at peak times Pruskil’s presses require up to 400 printing plates per hour to ensure full capacity utilization with fully automated job changes. With this in mind, the print shop purchased the latest Speedmaster XL 106 (an eight-color perfecting press), including comprehensive software, from Heideldruck at drupa 2016 and took this into operation in September 2016. It produces top-quality short and long runs for brand organizations, especially in the automotive sector. The way I see it, just four weeks of using the Push to Stop philosophy has as good as turned Pruskil’s press operators into the coolest of DJs – not disk jockeys, but data jockeys with full control over print production. They no longer experience avoidable stress. The pressure now passes to the assistants, who have to work at top speed to supply the necessary printing plates at the presses.

The wallscreen becomes the cockpit


Thomas Fleckenstein of Lokay Druck


Cool! Vegan print products!


Push to Stop at Pruskil


Thomas Kerndl of Pruskil


Christian Aumüller explains ways of optimizing work


Printing plate robot at Aumüller


Printing plate robot at Aumüller

A huge wallscreen console provides a transparent overview of the entire job and manufacturing process. The press controls the process independently and calculates the optimum production method – not just for one job, but for up to 30 jobs in series simultaneously. During high-speed production at 18,000 sheets per hour with less than 100 startup sheets – and after printing roller cleaning and automatic plate changing (in less than three minutes for PSO-compliant jobs!) – press operators can view upcoming jobs/check them in real time and ensure they keep the press operating. 

“Controlled by intelligent software, the press makes the better decisions,” stresses Lokay Druck’s General Manager and Head of Marketing Thomas Fleckenstein. He goes on to explain that autonomous printing is not simply a means to an end, maximizing efficiency in production, but also offers new opportunities for new markets and applications. Nearly ten years ago, Lokay was the first attested environmentally friendly print shop in Germany. It has maintained its premium green credentials and has now also become one of the first innovative smart print shops. Automation opens the way for new service offerings when producing short and medium-sized runs in real time. “We’ve recently even started offering vegan print products!” reveals Fleckenstein. This is proving extremely popular with Lokay customers who consider sustainability and the environment to be important, and also with new customers.

A big fan of Push to Stop, Christian Aumüller combines technology innovation with lean management and an impressive corporate culture. Photo: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Germany


Smart print requires smart organization
Long-established company Aumüller Druck focuses not only on relevant technical innovations, but also on lean management and a corporate culture geared toward staff, partners, and customers. Long-standing partners include the leading online print shop Flyeralarm and Heideldruck. Together, they develop application solutions that help achieve huge productivity gains. In addition to the pressroom, postpress operations are also highly automated so as to be able to turn the huge quantities of items produced by Aumüller’s presses into final products without any bottlenecks.

It should be pointed out that the primary purpose of robotization (stacking up to 1,500 printing plates each day, for example) and automation is not to make people superfluous or to cut costs, but to reduce the “touchpoints”, that is to say the number of manual interventions in workflows and processes. Christian Aumüller, who runs the business together with his brother Stefan, stresses that they have established their own methodology/system for incorporating technology innovation optimally and thus effectively into all process steps. The theory behind this is that optimizing the design of the man-machine interfaces determines the overall success and the maximum benefit for customers. 

Aumüller conducted the first Push to Stop field test a whole year ago at the end of 2015, always based on actual production tasks. Heideldruck recorded the findings and took them into consideration. Such a comprehensive “reboot” of sheetfed offset printing would otherwise never have been ready for practical application in such a short time. Christian Aumüller stressed that the Push to Stop field test enabled new options to be identified that the technical development and product management professionals at Heideldruck were unable to discover under laboratory conditions. “We’re proud to have made such progress with automation in print and given a further big boost to our production output – not only for long runs, but also for the ever more important short runs,” he says. 

In the process, Aumüller has demystified the industry importance of digital printing for the on-demand printing of short runs. “Based on five or so jobs of just 200 sheets, our Push to Stop Speedmaster offset printing technology is cheaper and faster than digital printing! We also enjoy the huge benefits of autonomous printing for long runs,” he adds.

To sum up, autonomous “Push to Stop” printing has successfully established itself and will continue to develop. New dimensions are opening up regarding the specific benefits and possible uses at print shops. It is no longer printing capacities that are being sold. Instead, customers are benefiting from unique high-speed and high-quality services in real time that increase the value of print and enable it to meet the demands of the digital age.


See also the multimedia ValuePublishing real-time report on the Push to Stop tour at the end of October 2016 with brief comments, visual impressions, and live videos.




Link: https://storify.com/zeitenwende007/valuecheck-automation-via-push-to-stop-in-practice

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Ergebnisse im Expertencheck: Push-to-Stop-Tour Ende Oktober 2016 mit namhaften Experten aus Europa und den USA bei Lokay Druck, Darmstadt, Druckerei Pruskil, Ingolstadt, und Aumüller Druck, Regensburg belegt, das drupa-Innovationen von Heideldruck nicht nur Praxis-tauglich sind, sondern aus dem Stand heraus die Wertschöpfung im Print vervielfachen. —Siehe zu Push-to-Stop den ValueDialog mit Rainer Wolf, Leiter Produktmanagement Sheedfed bei Heideldruck “Quantensprung durch Digitalisierung im Offsetdruck” mit allenTechnik-Aspekten, Funktionsweisen und Nutzen der neuen Automatisierungslösungen.


Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value


Wenn’s läuft, dann läuft’s. Zur drupa 2016 vorgestellt, jetzt bereits in der Praxis bewährt: Die intelligente, automatisierte Maschinentechnik katapultiert die industrielle Printmedienherstellung auf eine nie dagewesene Leistungsebene. “Print ist ein Daten-getriebenes Geschäft. Wir haben Datenmengen von über 20 Terrabytes im direkten Zugriff”, so Thomas Kerndl, Technischer Leiter der Druckerei Pruskil in Ingolstadt. Das braucht es auch; bei Pruskil müssen in der Spitze bis zu 400 Druckplatten pro Stunde den Maschinenpark füttern, damit die Kapazitäten mit vollautomatisiertem Auftragswechsel ausgeschöpft werden können. Damit dies gelingt, hatte man auf der drupa 2016 die neueste Heideldruck Speedmaster XL 106 (eine Achtfarben Wendemaschine) inklusive umfangreicher Software gekauft und im September 2016 in Betrieb genommen. Gefertigt werden in Top-Qualität sowohl Klein- als auch Großauflagen für Markenunternehmen sowie speziell für den Automobilbereich. Mein Eindruck: Seit man bei Pruskil in nur vier Wochen die Push-to-Stop-Philosophie umgesetzt hat, ist der Drucker an der Maschine quasi zum ‘coolen DJ’ im Sinne des Data Jockey geworden, der während der Print-Produktion Regie führt. Vermeidbaren Stress hat er nicht mehr, eher die Helfer, die wieselflink Druckplatten an der Maschine platzieren müssen.

Wallscreen wird zum Cockpit.

Thomas Fleckenstein, Lokay Druck

Cool! Vegane Drucksachen!

Push-to-Stop bei Pruskil

Thomas Kerndl, Pruskil

Christian Aumüller erläutert Wege zur Arbeitsoptimierung

Druckplatten-Roboter bei Aumüller

Druckplatten-Roboter bei Aumüller

Eine riesige Wallscreen-Konsole macht den gesamten Auftrags- und Herstellungsprozess transparent. Wobei die Druckmaschine den Prozess eigenständig kontrolliert und die optimale Produktionsweise berechnet. Und dies nicht nur bei einem Auftrag, sondern bei gleichzeitig bis zu 30 Aufträgen in Serie. Sprich: Während nach Druckwalzenreinigung und automatischem Plattenwechsel (bei Jobs im PSO-Standards in unter drei Minuten!) bei weniger als 100 Anlaufbögen High-Speed mit 18.000 Bogen pro Stunde produziert wird, kann der Drucker die nächsten Aufträge sichten respektive in Echtzeit prüfen und sicherstellen, dass er die Maschine am Laufen hält. 

“Die per intelligenter Software gesteuerte Druckmaschine trifft die besseren Entscheidungen”, betont Thomas Fleckenstein, Geschäftsführer sowie Head of Marketing bei Lokay Druck. Autonomes Drucken sei nicht nur Mittel zum Zweck, um maximale Effizienz in der Produktion zu erreichen, sondern biete neue Chancen für neue Märkte und Anwendungen. Vor fast 10 Jahren war Lokay die erste testierte “umweltfreundliche Druckerei Deutschlands” und hat sich nachhaltig auf Premium-Niveau etabliert. Heute ist man einer der ersten als neuartiger Betriebstypus: Dem “Smart Print Shop”. Kleine und mittlere Auflagen in Echtzeit zu fertigen, ermöglicht durch Automation neue Leistungsangebote. “Wir bieten neuerdings sogar vegane Printprodukte!”, so Fleckenstein. Das kommt bei der auf Nachhaltigkeit und Umwelt bedachten Klientel von Lokay sowie Neukunden sehr gut an.

Push-to-Stop mit Leidenschaft: Christian Aumüller setzt auf Technik-Innovation im Einklang mit Lean Management und hoher Unternehmenskultur. Foto: Andreas Weber, Mainz



Smartes Print benötigt die smarte Organisation

Beim Traditionsunternehmen Aumüller Druck stehen nicht nur relevante technische Innovationen im Fokus, sondern auch Lean Management und eine auf Mitarbeiter, Partner und Kunden ausgerichtete Firmenkultur. Langjährige Partner sind die führende Online-Druckerei Flyeralarm sowie Heideldruck. Gemeinsam entwickelt man Anwendungslösungen, die helfen, die Produktivität enorm auszuweiten. Neben dem Drucksaal ist die Weiterverarbeitung hochautomatisiert, um den gigantischen Output des Dtuckmaschinenparks bei Aumüller ohne Stau zu Endprodukten verarbeiten zu können.

Beachtenswert: Roboterisierung (wie beim Stapeln der bis zu 1.500 Druckplatten pro Tag) und Automatisierung dienen primär nicht dazu, Mitarbeiter überflüssig zu machen oder Kosten zu sparen, sondern die “Touchpoints”, sprich die Zahl der manuellen Eingriffe in den Arbeits- und Prozessabläufen zu reduzieren. Christian Aumüller, der mit seinem Bruder Stefan die Geschäfte leitet, betont, dass man eine eigene Methodik/Systematik etabliert habe, wie man Technologie-Innovation optimal und somit wirkungsvoll in alle Prozessschritte einbindet. Motto: Das beste Design der Schnittstellen Mensch-Maschine-Abläufe entscheidet über den Gesamterfolg und den Maximalen Nutzen für Kunden. 

Bei Aumüller fanden bereits vor einem Jahr, Ende 2015, erste Feldtest im Rahmen des Push-to-Stop statt; immer in Verbindung mit aktuellen Produktionsaufgaben. Die Erkenntnisse sind von Heideldruck aufgenommen und berücksichtigt worden. Sonst wäre eine solche umfassende “Rundum-Erneuerung” des Bogenoffsetdrucks nicht in so kurzer Zeit praxisreif gewesen. Christian Aumüller betonte, dass durch den Push-to-Stop-Feldtest neue Optionen identifiziert werden konnten, die sich den Technik-Profis in Entwicklung und Produktmanagement bei Heideldruck unter “Labor-Bedingungen” nicht offenbaren konnten. Dazu Christian Aumüller: “Wir sind stolz darauf, die Automation im Print so weit voranzubringen, um unsere Produktionsleistung nochmals deutlich zu erhöhen. Und das nicht nur bei Grossauflagen, sondern auch bei den wichtiger werdenden Kleinauflagen.” 

Und ganz ‘nebenbei’: Aumüller hat den Digitaldruck für On-Demand-Druck von Kleinauflagen in seiner Branchenbedeutung entmystifiziert. “Bei Auftragsserien von rund fünf Jobs mit einer Auflage von nur 200 Druckbögen unterschreiten wir mit unserer auf Push-to-Stop ausgerichteten Speedmaster-Offsetdruck-Technik die Möglichkeiten im Digitaldruck bezüglich der Kosten und steigern die Geschwindigkeit! Und gleichzeitig nutzen wir die enormen Vorteile des autonomen Druckens für hohe und große Auflagen.”

Fazit: Autonomes Drucken im Sinne von Push-to-Stop ist erfolgreich etabliert und wird sich weiter entwicklen. Den individuellen Vorteilen und Nutzungsmöglichkeiten bei Druckereien eröffnen sich neue Dimensionen. Verkauft werden nicht mehr Druckkapazitäten, sondern Kunden bieten sich einzigartige High-Speed- und High-Quality-Services in Echtzeit, die den Wert von Print steigern und für die Anforderungen im Digitalzeitalter fit machen.


Siehe auch den multimedialen ValuePublishing-Echtzeit-Bericht von der Push-to-Stop-Tour Ende Oktober 2016. Mit kurzen Kommentaren, Bildimpressionen und Live-Videos.


Link: https://storify.com/zeitenwende007/valuecheck-automation-via-push-to-stop-in-practice



“We live in an amazing Era of exponential growth. The technology for all of this exists already, it’s not fantasy. I cannot wait to make it part of my life and being able to contribute to it.” A statement given by Stefano Cutello to summarize what he experienced at “Mobile Photo Connect” in San Francisco end of October 2016. — That’s smart. Because Stefano already contributes a lot. — The conference attendees liked his approach: “Send your pictures on FB Messenger at PastBot, and you’ll get a beautiful PastBook photo book automagically created for you! Meet our PastBot: http://past.io/2ePYg8g

Great timing to be able to run a ValueDialog to get the full story of PastBook. And it’s a real success story!

By Şükran Ceren Salali and Andreas Weber, Head of Value



INTRO

We have thousands of photos online. We might even forget some of those exist since they are all scattered around different social media. In order to collect and relive our precious moments with our loved ones, photo books are unique and personal. Founded in 2012, PastBook specializes in turning social media memories into high-quality, hassle-free photo books. PastBook developed Photo Book and PastBook for Instagram Photo Book apps in 2016; apps geared specifically for mobile users, that collect Facebook or Instagram photos and create high-quality digital or printed photo books in less than 60 seconds. Also, you can upload photos from Dropbox, Picasa, Google Photos and Flickr.

Short after its foundation, PastBook has been nominated for various awards. In 2015, PastBook named the 3rd fastest growing tech company in the Netherlands. Later in May 2016, the company was featured by Facebook as a business success story. Also, in September 2016, PastBook has been nominated for the prestigious Rising Star Award 2016 which is part of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50. 

That’s why we decided to learn the story behind a fast growing company with easy-to-do tools and cool features that will make you relive your moments in a beautiful way!


INTERVIEW: Let’s hear the company’s success story from the founder and CEO of PastBook, Stefano Cutello!

Turning social media memories into high-quality, hassle-free photo books: How did you come up with the idea for PastBook?

Stefano: One day my father was showing me his photo album of him in his younger days and then I asked myself that “will I ever be able to provide that same emotional experience to my children?” The answer was of course “no”, because despite I have plenty of more photos than my father – all of them are scattered everywhere on different social media and devices. I was using Facebook, from the days it has launched, and I realized almost a big part of my life is there. That’s was the problem I wanted to solve for myself and it turned out to be a problem that many other people have. So PastBook was born with the mission “to help people to relive their memories”. At that time it was all still just an extra time project for fun; the first product we made was a huge poster that users were able to create in 1 click: you select a year and you get 12 columns with everything you posted that year; so, it was in the same way we create the book of one year that you can relive your Facebook and Instagram moments of a selected year, by that we provide you a unique place where you can easily rediscover them online and offline.

We asked a few friends to try it out and it all became viral in 24 hours, we received many e-mails from journalists and it ended up at, for instance, Wired and Corriere della Sera. That was the moment I felt that this was my next train, and I jumped on it.


How did you end up in Amsterdam?

Stefano: When I decided to jump on that train I had to make the tough decision to quit eBay.

Rationally, there was no reason to do that: I had my nice long term job, and high salary – and just a few months before I just moved to live together with my girlfriend to a new house.

Still – I didn’t want to live with the regret to do not have tried. So went all in with PastBook: worst case, I would have learned plenty of new things.

So I started to apply for any kind of accelerator and incubator around the world, I didn’t care that much where to go: I was not looking for the money, I was more looking for getting in an environment that would have supported me to build my company. My plan B was to move directly to US and find my way there. 

In March 2012 I got into Rockstart Accelerator that was based in Amsterdam and within one month from my resignation – everything started.




What kind of challenges you faced during this process?

Stefano: Almost everything. (laughs). — Before my decision, all my friends were telling me “don’t do it”. But, I prefer to try and see than to regret not trying. 

I had this big mission: I wanted to grow bigger and bigger but not much was concrete. Then I said, well, a powerful way that I can make my big vision happening is that I have to make it clear for my customer what the product is and what we expect from them. We shifted by making a super clear proposition; “making beautiful photo books less than 60 seconds”. That’s when we actually started selling and growing.

I think, in 10-15 years, people will ask “if something happens to me, what will happen to my memories on Facebook?, “Will I ever be able to allow my kids one day to go back to the memories of me online which even I don’t remember where I have all of them that right now?”. That’s why my goal now is to build up a big, solid and sustainable company that can be there and this is why we have this motto: “Relive Your Memories with PastBook”.

Even though I faced big challenges, my passion and hard work enabled me to handle it in the best way, and it works well right now. It’s still the same challenge, even though you grow, you still embrace the challenge. There is always bigger goals that inspires me to work more and more. One thing is to go from 1 to 10 customers, when you get there then you have to go from 10 to 1000, and then 100K and so on: you never stop and the challenges are always there at any stage – you just keep raising the bar. 


What advice would you give to people looking to start a company?

Stefano: I don’t like to give advice but one thing is for sure; you can’t start a company if you are not passionate about what you do. 

I would have had thousands of reasons to give up. It would have been easier if I’d stayed in eBay rather than working 14 hours a day. But I have a passion that drives me. We set this vision, worked hard and we think big now, but compared to where we want to go, we are still at the beginning. I’d say keep pushing, never give up. Always think big, but move a small step at the time – fast.


PastBook has a culturally diverse team. How important is this that your customer profile and workforce mirrors this diversity?

Stefano: The diversity we have now was not my intention in the beginning, that somehow happened during the way but I really liked it. I was working with an international team in eBay as well. It is nice because if you want to build an international company, it’s core to have different point of views and culture. That’s also why I keep asking people to talk in person rather than using our chatting system at the office, the personality of each of us should interact. I don’t really care where somebody is from, male or female, and younger or older. I just tried to get the best people that I can get. I want to make this company bigger and I cannot make it happen if everything has to depend on. I only have 24 hours a day and I cannot be the expert of every single area. So I need the best people around me for each of those areas to complement me. If you want to build a top class company, you need to have top class people who work for you.


What are the future plans for PastBook?

Stefano: Our long term vision is providing a place where all your memories are, and you can relive them in every way that you can think of, now is a photo book, but soon might be something else, even not printed. 


About the interviewee




Can we learn who is Stefano Cutello?

Stefano: I’m a product guy and an engineer inside. I opened my first company – a web agency specialized in web site design and IT consultancy – when I was only 18, in Italy, but I started working in IT way before since my first years at high school. My education background is in computer science, but I dropped the university because I was learning way more in the real world working for big IT companies than studying theory – that I knew already – on books. 

Almost all the companies I worked for were offering me to join them as an employee, but I was always refusing because I liked switching from project to project, making my own career and learning new things every time. 

One of the companies in my client portfolio was eBay. After just a few months of consultancy, eBay also offered me the opportunity to become an employee and that was the only time I said yes: the team in eBay Italy was still small, international it was a kind of a dream job for me, and a new experience. So, I sold my previous company and started to work for eBay only. Moving from having your own company with a lot of different clients, working for 24/7 weekend and night to satisfy each customer – to becoming an employee, I ended up having a lot more free time than before. 

As a techie, I like to spend my free time building things, just for fun. I had no intention of building a start-up. Problem is that when you have plenty of ideas and you are able to make them, you keep moving from one project to the other, ending nowhere. One day, with a colleague of mine who has a similar background, we said: let’s share our ideas and pick one to work on, promising each other that we’ll stick to it until we make it done. That idea was PastBook. 



About the company

PastBook collects all your memories in one –safe– place, detached from each social network, providing you with a unique experience to easily relive and share, either on-line, through a tablet or offline through a pdf or even in a tangible way, a printed book. PastBook’s algorithm automatically highlights your memories based on their vibrancy, keeping them chronologically organized. PastBook will let you easily rediscover and customize your past in an easy, fast and time saving way. You can create photo books in different styles for weddings, memorials, graduation and so on. PastBook’s new PastBot feature is very cool: You can send your pictures on Facebook Messenger at PastBot, and you will get a beautiful photo book automagically created for you! 

Read PastBook’s blog, follow PastBook on Twitter  and Facebook, or learn more at https://www.pastbook.com. Also here you can find one of the videos of the series of Ceren’s Tips on PastBook’s YouTube channel.

For more information about the company, please contact: Stefano Cutello, CEO and founder of PastBook, +316 38123898 or stefano@pastbook.com





OUTRO

Stefano’s analysis of “Mobile Photo Connect” conference is worth to get added. 

One of my favorite quotes by Robert Scoble: “Mind blowing shit is coming. It’s here” 

Tonight [25 Oct. 2016] I had the luck to assist to the Tech in Motion fireside chat between Robert Scoble “Scobleizer” and Myriam Joire and I saw how the future is gonna look like. Sooner than you imagine. 

  • Mixed reality experience that will make impossible to your mind to understand what’s real and what’s not – you’ll have to remove your glass to get back to earth.
  • Space sensors that will be able to feel the pressure of your hands on the floor from 50cm distance or that will be able to detect the heartbeat of the person you are looking at.
  • Eye sensors that will look at your eyes instead of looking at what you’re looking at to enhance the experience of what you are focusing on
  • Drones that are able to map a 3D model of a room in a matter of seconds and be smart enough to do any action in that room recognizing not just walls, but any objects in the room and be autonomous in handling them
  • Ecommerce experiences where the moment you “walk” to a shop, you’ll not find any shelf; you’ll just ask for a pair of Levi’s and a any possible model will appear in front of you already fitted by your size and preferences; or where you walk into a supermarket, you watch a tomato and you’ll see the supply chain of that tomato, letting you make a more wise choice on the most healthy one, also better understanding the difference in prices
  • Brands that will embed VR experiences in each of their product, so that the next time you’ll watch at your Nike you’ll see some special things coming out of your shoes
  • TVs that will mainly have the function of getting a 3D sensor in your home so that your living room can be mapped
  • Entertainment will be watching abut of your windows and see a “live” show happening in your garden
  • Driving will be sitting on the main seat in a Tesla (that you don’t necessary have to own) that will bring you wherever you want. Uber, Lyft, taxi and truck drivers will lose their job, but with the right regulations they’ll be able to have enough time to learn new things and get back to market: AI will destroy plenty of jobs but AI and VR will also create plenty of opportunities, unlocking learning experiences never possible before (think about Matrix)
  • You will not need a monitor anymore, you’ll have as many as you want, virtually
  • Market insights: It will be a war between Apple and Google, maybe Microsoft too. Facebook with its Oculus has to catch-up. Apple new upcoming Siri will make “virtual assistant” finally an everyday thing. The new iPhone will not be a phone anymore and most probably will be a glass that will interact with whatever you’ll point it to.
  • Memories will always be available for you to literally relive them like the first time and be part of them, interact with them, change them.

Last but not least: We live in an amazing Era of exponential growth. The technology for all of this exists already, it’s not fantasy. I cannot wait to make it part of my life and being able to contribute to it.