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Peter Sommer, Member of the Elanders Board, and Andreas Weber, Head of Value, met in Waiblingen, near Stuttgart, to discuss their ideas. Their meeting resulted in the #Think!Paper initiative.

 

#Think!Paper — Edition 1, Volume 1. | German Version

 

“We are launching an initiative that highlights the importance of print not only in but also for the digital era. What counts is not what we do or how we do it, but rather why print delivers sustainable success. The focus needs to be on the unique benefits that professional print production delivers. And that applies whether you’re looking at the past, present or future!” – Peter Sommer and Andreas Weber

A special kind of summit on print and transformation: Peter Sommer, Member of the Elanders Board, and Andreas Weber, Head of Value, met in Waiblingen, near Stuttgart, Germany. This European city is a major hub for the most dynamic solutions portfolio for print and demonstrates with high volumes and strong profits just how big a contribution print (based on digital printing) can make in the digital age. 

“I find it astounding and completely incomprehensible how poorly print is portrayed – especially by the print media industry itself. Why is that?” asks Sommer. The meeting picked out core issues that led to the establishment of the Think!Paper initiative. These points also represent the key thrust of the Think!Paper activities, offering a constructive and critical basis for further discussion.

Taking stock

The print media industry is underselling itself and taking far too little interest in what is going on elsewhere. It likes to keep to itself. There is usually little more than speculation about the challenges set by the digital age. Many positive aspects go unnoticed, and there is a failure to grasp the opportunities that change could bring.

Core arguments

Status quo: The industry has built its own funeral pyre and is fervently stoking the fire beneath it. However, the prospects for print shops in the digital age are far better than the image the industry is presenting, both within and beyond its own ranks.

The mistake being made is that print shops and print buyers are following false prophets.

Clarification: Print is a perfected medium with a pedigree, potential and the capacity for profitable new business. 

Consider the facts:

  • Print represents an exceptionally valuable form of communication – made by people, for people!
  • Improved functionality is exponentially increasing the benefits that print offers in the digital age.  
  • Print isn’t just about duplicating data – it can package text, images and special effects in a very special, highly personal format that moves people profoundly. 
  • As a communication medium, print has the most lasting effect and can therefore be used to great advantage. 
  • As part of the marketing mix, print is constantly raising the bar and creating new potential for customer relationships in the most effective ways possible.
  • And, when it comes to transformation – if anything has to change, then it is how print is handled as a premium product.

Paradigm: Print was, is and will remain an indispensable catalyst for cultural, social and economic developments. That is something ‘digital leaders’ such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple have long since recognized. Indeed, these giants of the digital age are highly adept at using print to their benefit. 

Plea: Print will continue to be a winner in the digital era, if it can strike the right balance between what is useful on a technical level and people’s real needs. The facts are on the table. Now is the time to communicate them clearly and comprehensibly! Let’s put the beauty and diversity of print in the right light!

Aims and measures

We are kicking off creative conversations that cut to the chase with a clear focus. This is how we want to present a vivid and forward-looking picture that highlights effective solutions for using print in all types of communication where it can harness its full potential and strengths. 

We are kindling enthusiasm for innovative and exceptional communication solutions that use print.

We are reinforcing business development with print by identifying and integrating areas of the market that have so far been under-utilized but can rapidly and effectively benefit from innovation solutions using print. 

We are organizing round tables, VIP events and social media-based interactive communication using print.

We are providing clear and concise concept papers as part of the new Think!Paper activities. These include elements such as dossiers, reports with analyses, and guidelines for top decision-makers in business.

We are launching a global ideas competition. 

We are setting up and managing the international “Think!Team”, an interdisciplinary panel of experts.

 


 

Note

A number of hand-picked partners have already been found for Think!Paper, including first and foremost Mondi Group, GT Trendhouse 42 and DRUCKMARKT. More news to follow shortly.


Contact

If you are interested in the Think!Paper initiative or want to get involved, please get in touch:

Twitter @PrintDigitalAge

Andreas Weber (coordination) via LinkedIn

Hashtag: #PDA #printforthedigitalage #creativity #printinnovation #transformation

 


 

#Think!Paper the key facts at a glance

What we do

We evaluate and profile print and its proponents as an effective driving force for transformation – across all industries!

Our mission

We show, first and foremost, that print is by no means driftwood in an ocean of transformation (with Titanic-style effects) but rather a solid anchor for the ‘tsunamis in our heads’!

Our USP

We are bringing together the brightest minds to form interdisciplinary #Think!Teams with a global outlook. 

We are building up the finest pool of expertise with a clear focus on interaction, discourse and sustainable conversations.

We are reinforcing the bedrock of any successful ‘digital’ transformation – proficient, dynamic and meaningful communication.

Benefits for our partners

We help our partners make new and market-relevant discoveries that inspire them and inject new energy into their development.


 

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Revealing: Great conversation about the Heidelberg Assistant at the pharmaceutical service provider D.O.G. GmbH in Darmstadt, Germany. Photo: Heidelberg

 

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value | German Version

 


“For me, Heidelberg Assistant is a tool that is very important to our digitization strategy, one that is indispensable for the future.”— Andre Gass, IT specialist and senior executive at D.O.G. GmbH in Darmstadt


 

Managing processes with the aid of digital communications creates transparency in real time for complex technical procedures and takes industrial print production to a whole new level. This was the most important insight gleaned from the follow-up meeting with D.O.G. GmbH in Darmstadt. 

The aim of the meeting was to examine the use of the Heidelberg Assistant as a central digital management platform in a highly specialized print shop. D.O.G. was represented at this meeting by senior executive Andre Gass, who, as a qualified IT specialist, deals primarily with the Heidelberg Assistant and intelligent data analysis for the operational and technical management of the print shop. Tom Oelsner, Head of Innovation at the Heidelberg Digital Unit, also attended the meeting on behalf of Heidelberg.

 


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Precision and reliability based on flexibility and innovation

D.O.G. GmbH is a family business and has specialized in work for customers in the German and European pharmaceutical industry and the cosmetic and airline sectors since it was founded in 1996. The solutions in its portfolio include sophisticated print products and services such as packaging inserts, booklets, standard labels, piggyback labels, outserts, folding cartons, labels for folding cartons, design and consulting services, logistics, and engineering. Everything at D.O.G. is genuine precision work, which is monitored by customers through audits. Founder and Managing Director Johann Gass has ushered in a new era so that his company can meet the requirements of the digital age in the best way possible. Three of his children have also joined the team. D.O.G. runs production operations at two sites in western Darmstadt and has been using the Heidelberg Assistant since June 2018. 

The Heidelberg Assistant is a universal web platform that allows various users to digitally manage all the relevant aspects of a print shop. These aspects include, for instance, the printing technology in use (including performance measurement and predictive monitoring), support, purchasing through an eShop, and administration. The combined use of Heidelberg IDs and customer-/employee-specific dashboards supports personalized access to the system and allows companies to integrate all specific components in a customized and scalable way. The Heidelberg Cloud ensures the best possible connectivity and provides an optimum means of sharing data and knowledge. After being launched initially in Germany, Switzerland, the USA, and Canada, the project was rolled out in Japan in July 2018. And there are more countries to come. The platform has an open design and can even integrate products from other manufacturers. The basic version is available to all customers free of charge.


 

Useful to customers from day one!

“Following the launch with around 30 customers in December 2017, it is clear that industrial customers with an affinity for services and cutting-edge equipment draw particular benefit from the Heidelberg Assistant. Right now, there are already over 200 customers using the Assistant. There’ll be 500 by the end of the year,” Oelsner states confidently. The aim is to make both the platform and Heidelberg Cloud meet the highest security standards.

Oelsner sees his collaboration with IT specialist Andre Gass as the perfect opportunity to put the platform through its paces and make sure it continues to evolve. Thanks to the modular design of the Assistant, new customer requirements can be integrated as add-ons as necessary. A new release goes live every three months. “The capacity utilization is very high right from the start. There are many customers who use the Heidelberg Assistant several times a week, some even daily,” explains Oelsner.

 

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Tom Oelsner, Head of Innovation at Heidelberg Digital Unit, is pushing the digital transformation forward. Photo: Andreas Weber

 

This high intensity of use appears to be rather consistent across the individual markets, although market penetration has progressed furthest in Switzerland: “The Assistant offers the widest range of applications for customers with machines connected to the Heidelberg Cloud. In Switzerland, around 50 percent of this customer group already uses the Assistant, mainly to boost productivity and get advance warning of potential failures.” The feature in highest demand appears to be the service status, which, thanks to its traffic-light system, can be checked at a glance. 

The ability to customize the platform makes it particularly appealing to users – this even includes assigning names to machines and photos of installed machines and print shop employees. 

Oelsner explains: “It’s really important to us that we can put the customer at the very heart of what we do. That means we make it possible for our customers to give their staff exactly the support they need for their respective tasks. For instance, employees can select the events for which they would like to receive a messenger or email notification. “Do you still use the telephone or do you use the Heidelberg Assistant?” That has to be the question we ask customers – because they can now track service processes, spare part deliveries, predicted failures, and productivity 24/7 without having to make a single call. 

The many benefits of digital communication and smart automation

Managing maintenance operations has to be a key focal point for industrial print shops, as Gass is well aware. The Assistant automatically generates a maintenance calendar, which helps customers find the best way to incorporate various machines into production planning. After all, downtimes lower productivity and so, in principle, should not occur unless scheduled. Maximizing the availability of production systems is important, first and foremost, in giving print shops the flexibility they need when plans change because the customer has moved a deadline. Workflows must always be designed to achieve maximum productivity. 

“Digital communication with Heidelberg Service, either through the Assistant’s messaging system or the eCall functions [for instance, the machine automatically reports and documents signs of faults], really takes a lot of weight off our shoulders. Nothing gets lost, and all processes are always running at optimum level,” Gass explains. He appreciates the platform’s clear structure, transparency, and user-friendliness. 

“Our core values of reliability, commitment to quality, flexibility, and innovation are fully reflected in the Assistant, which helps us considerably when it comes to doing the best possible job in the interest of our customers,” adds Gass.

Gass worked very closely with the Heidelberg Assistant while preparing for the installation of a new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106-2-P. “We take a very methodical and structured approach to everything we do, and always push ourselves to the limit when it comes to performance and quality. This is because customer requirements, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry, are extremely high.” Gass has been very impressed by the way Heidelberg makes the premium technology of its hardware and software both transparent and simple to use. 

“We’re really benefiting from everything the Assistant is making possible because reaching a high level of digitization is very much a priority, not just for us but also for our customers. This is because one of our core missions is to create the best possible interfaces to our customers’ highly diverse systems,” explains Gass. Orders are sent to the print shop digitally and can then be managed and monitored on an entirely digital basis and optimized using process management where appropriate. 

 

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Andre Gass (left) and Tom Oelsner enjoyed their conversation. Photo: Heidelberg

 

As a result, it may become necessary to create an interface between the Heidelberg Assistant and the ERP system at D.O.G. for future use. Oelsner adds: “A system connection is already being tested for error messages. This allows the customer’s system to send an XML file to the Assistant for electronic processing without an employee having to fill out a new form.”

However, it is important to make full use of the wide range of options already available first, primarily with regard to the platform’s add-on options, and particularly those relating to performance measures. The basic version of the Assistant provides the customer with KPIs. Additional options for more detailed analysis can be agreed in a separate contract.

Important outcomes: Speed, error prevention, convenience functions

Gass has been impressed by the integration of the Heidelberg eShop, which is tailored to the specific needs of his company: “We have preconfigured shopping lists, and it only takes a few clicks to put together the right order. The eShop range adapts to our requirements and selects the consumables we actually need. Incorrect orders are now a thing of the past. Even today, the Heidelberg eShop is already designed to work fast.

According to Oelsner, it takes an average of 70 seconds to place an order using shopping lists. In the future, the necessary order volumes will be calculated on a predictive basis using key data from production and the customer will be advised on when to place an order, so that no surplus stock has to be stored in the print shop.

With the exception of a completely autonomous ordering process, which will be available in future configurations of the Assistant, the print shop could not have chosen a more dependable procurement system. 

 

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Andre Gass, IT specialist and senior executive at D.O.G. GmbH in Darmstadt puts digitization in the focus to strengthen the printing business.

 

There is another feature of the Assistant that Gass finds particularly practical – users can intervene if necessary, and are not solely reliant on automation. Oelsner goes on to discuss the feedback he’s gotten from many customers: “All kinds of additional documents, such as text, images and video, can be sent to Heidelberg using the service system, even an audio file of a rattling sound, which would be difficult to explain otherwise.” 

For Gass, this represents a significant improvement to communication and a noticeable increase in the speed and quality of troubleshooting. He also believes it is important the system documents what it does, so as to create transparency for the management team. 

Gass summarizes his experience with the Assistant: “For me, Heidelberg Assistant is a tool that is very important to our digitization strategy, one that is indispensable for the future. What’s more, everything we’re familiar with in terms of modern digital communication through social media in our private lives is also offered by the Assistant for our business matters: Messenger and chat functions, notifications, and much more. Everything is recorded automatically in timelines and can be researched later on.”

 


 

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Screenshot from D.O.G.’s website. 

 


 

My take – times are changing. And that’s perfect!

In the print business, there is still a lot that can be done much better as part of a smart digitization strategy driven by IT expertise. This is particularly true when tech manufacturers, like Heidelberg in the case of the Heidelberg Assistant, create innovative, scalable and interactive platforms that print shops can use in structured, personalized and creative ways. 

At D.O.G. in Darmstadt, they aren’t just aware of this – they’re actively integrating it into their new business strategy, making it an important part of this new era in the company’s management. This is all the more fitting, as D.O.G. aims for the highest level of quality and precision based on its clearly defined company values. 

Digital communication at every step in the industrial print manufacturing process is a must if you want to take a modern approach to business operations and the concerns of end customers. 

If all necessary business communication between the tech manufacturer and the customer in the printing industry can be optimized to such a degree, then everyone wins – with mutual benefits, profitable growth and sustainable development in business activities! —Andreas Weber

 


 

About the author

Andreas Weber has been a print expert and internationally renowned business communication analyst, coach, influencer, and networker for over 25 years. His activities focus on transformation for the digital age and include lectures, management briefings, workshops, analyses, reports, and strategic advice. – His blog www.valuetrendradar.com inspires readers from over 150 countries worldwide.

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#Think!Paper — Edition 1, Volume 2

”I believe Think!Paper’s stance of recognising the role of print in a digital age will help address this  issue and fill an incredible void in knowledge in an ever-shifting communication environment.”

 

By Fraser Church

 

I applaud the initiative of Think!Paper. This addresses a number of issues that have become prevalent in recent years particularly in the communication industry. 

Today’s marketers have been brought up on digital and social media as being the default form of customer communication, with the much-heralded cry of “digital first” becoming increasingly common. However, the question is whether they are listening to their customers, or whether they are getting carried away on the digital wave whilst at the same time being influenced by perceived efficiencies based more on cost than actual return on investment.

Brands are increasingly focussing on Customer Experience and optimising the customer journey; however, to do that properly, marketers need to recognise that a decision to make a purchase is as much emotional as rational these days. Brand trust, values and relationships are increasingly important in a world where there is a narrowing in product differentiation. As part of building that relationship, it is important for brands to understand which media to use when and for which messaging. 

Print is perhaps the most trusted medium.

Remember the phrase “I would like to see that in writing”. So, when something needs consideration, or has to be seen as authoritative, print can be a great medium. Print Is also the only channel that can impact on one of our most important senses of touch. Indeed, in my later years at Paragon I spend considerable time persuading clients of the value of increasing the production values of their printed output, and thus cost, to help subliminally re-enforce brand values. 

You could for example question whether a Tiffany shopping bag is perhaps an accessory as much as a means of getting goods home. At the same time, you have to be careful not to over play your hand; for example, charities would never use a coated stock, as this would seem to go against their environmental and cost saving credentials (even though recycled paper can cost more!).

But this does not mean everything should be printed.

Email is a great means to deliver offers, newsletters and access to the depth of content that the online environment can provide. Mobile, whilst being often seen as an invasive medium, is perhaps the best way to remind people of a medical or retail appointments, or increasingly keep them up-to-date in real time about their purchase deliveries; and with the advent of 5G networks they will increasingly deliver richer experiences. Apps are a great way for people to manage their life, for example online banking or travel. Whilst social media lets us reach audiences at pace, in an informal and engaging manner.

The issue is that whilst a digital revolution is undoubtedly taking place, interested parties have been perhaps a bit blinkered. The Print Industry has tended to take great pleasure at criticizing digital media whenever it can. On the other hand, the digital communication industry has just ignored print as irrelevant. It is not either or. It is not one or the other. The true power is recognising how brands can use all of the media to their best advantage, optimising customer journeys and building long-term relationships. I believe Think!Paper’s stance of recognising the role of print in a digital age will help address this issue and fill an incredible void in knowledge in an ever-shifting communication environment.

Finally, what about Digital Transformation?

Digital Transformation is often misunderstood. It is not about making sure that all communication is sent via email or mobile; it is about using technology to make it more efficient for businesses to both operate and deliver more engaging experiences for the customer. It is an innovation enabler, allowing new business, operational and communication models. 

However, this does not preclude print, and it should always be considered as a channel to be used to undertake specific roles. For example, whilst comparison websites may help you find the best mortgage, and banks want you to complete applications online, the issuing of printed legal document, welcome pack and annual statements can provide reassurance and feeling of security for customers. 

Also, we should remember that not all consumers are digital natives and a considerable proportion of the population have grown up enjoying and trusting print as a media.

So, whilst Digital Transformation will be responsible for creating a number of digital only brands such as Uber, the majority of companies partaking in digital transformation will still find there is a role, and a productive one at that, for print in their business model.

 

 


About Fraser Church

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Fraser Church is an independent communication consultant and also General Manager of CPX Group — a co-operative of nine of the world’s largest and most innovative print and digital communication companies.

Fraser, who has a degree in Economics, started his career in consumer marketing working for a number of the UK’s leading brands. He then transferred his allegiances to the agency world as a director of RMP a data driven one-to-one communication agency specialising in customer loyalty in the retail sector.

He cut his teeth in the new digital world by setting up a dot.com company in 1999, providing consumers with an online resource for ordering catalogues and brochures. Fraser subsequently moved on to create some of the world’s earliest and most successful variable digital print applications for DSI who eventually became part of the Paragon Group.

Fraser was most recently Head of Creative Development at Paragon, particularly enjoying spending time with clients evangelising about how print plays an important part in customer journeys in an ever-increasing digital world.

He currently became a member of our #Think!Team to support the #Think!Paper initiative and to enrich knowledge sharing.

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Aufschlussreich: Praxisgespräch zum Heidelberg Assistant beim Pharma-Dienstleister D.O.G. GmbH in Darmstadt

 

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value | English Version

 


„Heidelberg Assistant ist für mich ein wichtiges und für die Zukunft unverzichtbares Tool im Rahmen unserer Digitalisierungsstrategie.“ — Andre Gaß, Diplom-Informatiker, Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung bei D.O.G. Gmbh, Darmstadt


Prozessmanagement durch digitale Kommunikation schafft in Echtzeit Transparenz bei komplexen Technikabläufen und hebt die industrielle Print-Produktion auf ein neues Level, so lautet die wichtigste Erkenntnis auf dem Praxisgespräch bei D.O.G. GmbH in Darmstadt. 

Ziel des Treffens war es, den Heidelberg Assistant als zentrale Plattform für Digitales Management einer hochspezialisierten Druckerei unter die Lupe zu nehmen. Gesprächspartner waren seitens D.O.G.-Geschäftsleitungsmitglied Andre Gaß, der sich als Diplom-Informatiker v. a. mit dem Heidelberg Assistant und der intelligenten Datenanalyse zum Betriebs- und Technikmanagement der Druckerei beschäftigt, sowie seitens Heidelberg Tom Oelsner, Leiter Innovation bei der Heidelberg Digital Unit.


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Präzision und Zuverlässigkeit auf Basis von Flexibilität und Innovation

D.O.G. GmbH ist ein Familienbetrieb und seit der Gründung im Jahr 1996 spezialisiert auf Kunden aus der deutschen und europäischen pharmazeutischen Industrie sowie Kosmetik und Airline. Das Lösungsangebot umfasst anspruchsvolle Druckprodukte und Dienstleistungen, wie z. B. Packungsbeilagen, Booklets, Piggybacks, Outserts, Faltschachteln, Faltschachtel-Kennzeichnung, Etiketten , Konzeptions- und Beratungsleistungen sowie Logistik und Engineering. Alles bei D.O.G. ist echte Präzisionsarbeit, die durch Audits von Kunden überprüft sind. Gründer und Geschäftsführer Johann Gaß hat den Generationswechsel eingeleitet, um seine Firma den Anforderungen ans Digitalzeitalter bestmöglich gerecht zu werden. Drei seiner Kinder sind an Bord. Produziert wird an zwei Standorten im Westen von Darmstadt. Seit Juni 2018 ist der Heidelberg Assistant bei D.O.G. im Einsatz.

Der Heidelberg Assistant ist eine universelle, Web- Plattform zum digitalen Management aller relevanten Aspekte eines Printbetriebes durch unterschiedliche Nutzer: für die eingesetzte Druckereitechnik (inkl. Performance Messung und Predictive Monitoring), Support, Einkaufen per eShop und Verwaltung. Per Heidelberg-ID und kunden- resp. mitarbeiterspezifischen Dashboard wird sichergestellt, maßgeschneidert auf das System zugreifen zu können und alle spezifischen Komponenten individuell und skalierbar einzubeziehen. Für bestmögliche Konnektivität sowie optimalen Informations- und Wissenstransfer sorgt die Heidelberg Cloud. Nach den Startmärkten Deutschland, Schweiz, USA, Kanada folgte im Juli 2018 derProjektstart in Japan. Andere Länder folgen. Die Plattform ist offen angelegt und kann auch Produkte anderer Hersteller einbeziehen. Die Basisversion steht jedem Kunden kostenfrei zur Verfügung.


Vom Start weg für Kunden nützlich!

„Nach dem Start im Dezember 2017 mit rund 30 Kunden zeigt sich, dass Service-affine, industriell orientierte Kunden mit modernstem Equipment besonders vom Heidelberg Assistant profitieren. Derzeit nutzen schon über 200 Kunden den Assistant, Ende des Jahres werden es 500 sein“, zeigt sich Tom Oelsner zuversichtlich. Maßgabe ist, die Plattform wie auch die Heidelberg Cloud höchsten Sicherheitsstandards folgen zu lassen.

Tom Oelsner sieht gerade in der Zusammenarbeit mit Andre Gaß als IT-Spezialisten optimale Voraussetzungen, den Praxiseinsatz auf Herz und Nieren zu überprüfen und konstant weiterzuentwickeln. Da der Assistant modular aufgebaut ist, lassen sich je nach Bedarf neue Kundenanforderungen als Erweiterungen integrieren. Alle drei Monate wird ein neues Release produktiv gesetzt. „Der Nutzungsgrad ist von Beginn an sehr hoch. Viele Kunden verwenden den Heidelberg Assistant mehrmals wöchentlich, einige sogar täglich“ wie erläutert Tom Oelsner.  

 

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Tom Oelsner, Head of Innovation bei der Heidelberg Digital Unit, treibt die Digitalisierung bei Heidelberg und seinen Kunden klug und umsichtig voran. Foto: Andreas Weber

 

Bei der hohen Nutzungsintensität gebe es kaum Unterschiede in den einzelnen Märkten, die Durchdringung ist in der Schweiz aber am weitesten fortgeschritten: „Für Kunden mit Maschinen mit Heidelberg-Cloud-Anbindung bietet der Assistant das breiteste Anwendungsspektrum. In der Schweiz nutzt bereits ca. 50% dieser Kundengruppe den Assistant, insbesondere auch um Produktivitätssteigerungen zu erreichen oder Ausfallvorhersagen einschätzen zu können.“ Am Gefragtesten sei der Servicestatus, der per Ampelsystem gekennzeichnet übersichtlich einsehbar ist. 

Besondere Akzeptanz entsteht durch die persönlichen Anpassungsmöglichkeiten; das reicht bis hin zur Vergabe von eigenen Maschinennamen und Fotos der installierten Maschine inklusive den Druckerei-Mitarbeitern. 

Tom Oelsner führt weiter aus: „Wir legen viel Wert darauf, kundenzentriert agieren zu können. D. h. wir ermöglichen unseren Kunden, die Mitarbeiter in ihren jeweiligen Aufgabenstellungen passgenau zu unterstützen. Beispielsweise kann jeder Mitarbeiter die Ereignisse auswählen zu denen er eine Mitteilung per Messenger oder Email erhalten will. “Telefonieren Sie noch oder nutzen Sie schon den Heidelberg Assistant?“ – das muss unsere Fragestellung an Kunden sein – denn die Verfolgung von Serviceprozessen, Ersatzteillieferungen, Ausfallvorhersagen und Produktivität ist jetzt ohne Rückruf 7×24 Stunden für den Kunden nachverfolgbar. 

Hoher Nutzen durch digitale Kommunikation und smarte Automatismen

Im Fokus muss bei industriellen Druckereien vor allem das Wartungsmanagement stehen, wie auch Andre Gaß betont. Der Assistant erstellt automatisiert einen  Wartungskalender, der hilft, unterschiedliche Maschinen optimal in der Produktionsplanung einsetzen zu können. Denn Stillstandszeiten senken die Produktivität und sollten im Prinzip nie ungeplant auftreten. Wichtig ist eine maximale Verfügbarkeit der Produktionssysteme, um v. a. auf Planänderungen durch Terminverschiebungen seitens der Kunden flexibel reagieren zu können. Die Produktivität muss stets maximal ausgelegt sein. .

„Die digitale Kommunikation mit dem Heidelberg Service über das Messagingsystem des Assistant oder auch über eCall-Funktionen [die Maschine meldet und dokumentiert z. B. automatisch Hinweise auf Störungen] entlastet uns erheblich. Es geht nichts verloren und alle Abläufe gestalten sich stets optimal“, erläutert Andre Gaß. Ihm gefällt die klare Struktur, Übersichtlichkeit und Einfachheit in der Bedienung der Plattform. 

„Unsere Kernwerte‚ Zuverlässigkeit, Qualitätsorientierung, Flexibilität, Innovation‘  finden durch den Assistant eine hundertprozentige Entsprechung, die uns entscheidend hilft, unseren Job im Interesse unserer Kunden bestmöglich auszuführen“, ergänzt Andre Gaß.

Andre Gaß hatte sich im Vorfeld der Neuinstallation einer Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106-2-P intensiv mit dem Heidelberg Assistant beschäftigt. „Wir gehen bei allem, was wir tun, sehr planmäßig und strukturiert vor, und arbeiten Leistungs- und Qualitätsmäßig stets am obersten Limit. Denn die Kundenanforderungen gerade im Pharma-Bereich sind extrem hoch“. Die Art und Weise, wie Heidelberg seine Premiumtechnik bei Hard- und Software nutzbar und transparent macht, sowie die Einfachheit im Handling findet Andre Gaß sehr beeindruckend. 

„Was durch den Assistant nunmehr möglich wird, kommt uns sehr entgegen, gerade weil nicht nur wir, sondern auch unsere Kunden auf einen hohen Digitalisierungsgrad entscheidend Wert legen. Denn eine unserer Kernaufgabe ist es, unsererseits die bestmöglichen Schnittstellen zu den heterogen Kunden-Systemen zu schaffen“, erläutert Andre Gaß. Aufträge kommen so auf digitalem Weg zur Druckerei und können dann in der Druckerei durchgehend digital gesteuert, überwacht und durch Prozessmanagement ggf. optimiert werden. 

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Andre Gaß (rechts) im Gespräch mit Tom Oelsner. Foto: Heidelberg.

Für die Zukunft könnte daher wichtig werden, sogar eine Schnittstelle vom Heidelberg Assistant zum ERP-System bei D.O.G. zu schaffen. Tom Oelsner ergänzt: „Eine Systemanbindung bei Störungsmeldungen ist bereits im Test. Hier kann das System des Kunden einen XML-File an den Assistant zur elektronischen Verarbeitung übergeben, ohne dass ein Mitarbeiter ein Formblatt neu ausfüllen muss.“

Doch zunächst gilt es, die vorhanden vielfältigen Möglichkeiten auszuschöpf en. Vor allem auch im Hinblick auf die in der Plattform vorhandenen Zusatzoptionen, gerade im Hinblick auf Performance-Maßnahmen. Der Assistant liefert in der Basis-Version die Kennziffern, zusätzliche detaillierte Analysemöglichkeiten können gesondert vertraglich vereinbart werden.

Wichtige Effekte: Schnelligkeit, Fehlervermeidung, Komfortfunktionen

Die Einbindung des Heidelberg eShop, der exakt auf die Bedarfe seiner Firma zugeschnitten ist, begeistert Andre Gaß: „Wir haben Einkaufslisten vorkonfiguriert und kommen mit wenigen Klicks zur richtigen Bestellung. Das eShop-Angebot stellt den Kontext zu uns her und selektiert die Verbrauchsmaterialien, die wir auch tatsächlich brauchen. Es kann nicht mehr zu Fehlern bei Bestellungen kommen. Schon heute ist der Heidelberg eShop auf eine schnelle Abwicklung ausgelegt.

Laut Tom Oelsner benötigt ein Bestellvorgang mittels Einkaufslisten im Schnitt 70 Sekunden. Zukünftig werden die notwendigen Bestellmengen anhand der Produktionskennziffern vorausschauend berechnet und dem Kunden zur Bestellung empfohlen, so dass keine überschüssigen Bestände in der Druckerei gelagert werden müssen. Abgesehen von einem komplett autonomen Bestellvorgang, wie es ihn in einer späteren Ausbaustufe des Assistant geben wird, könne die Beschaffung durch die Druckerei nicht sicherer erfolgen.  

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Andre Gaß, von Hause aus Diplom-Informatiker, setzt auf Digitalisierung im Print. Foto: Heidelberg.

Andre Gaß findet die Möglichkeit beim Assistant, sich nicht nur auf Automatisierung zu verlassen, sondern im Bedarfsfall auch persönlich einbringen zu können, äußerst praxisgerecht. Tom Oelsner ergänzt, was er von vielen Kunden zu hören bekam: „Über das Servicesystem kann jede Art von Zusatzdokument wie Texte, Bilder, Video an Heidelberg übermittelt werden, sogar als Sounddatei mit einem Klappergeräusch, das sonst nur schwer erklärbar wäre.“ 

All das, so Andre Gaß, bedeute ein entscheidendes ‚Mehr an Kommunikation‘ und steigere nachvollziehbar die Geschwindigkeit und Qualität der Störungsbeseitigung. Insbesondere auch die Dokumentation dessen, was sich getan hat, ist ihm wichtig, um dem Management Transparenz zu bieten. 

Andre Gaß resümiert: „Der Heidelberg Assistant ist für mich ein wichtiges und für die Zukunft unverzichtbares Tool im Rahmen unserer Digitalisierungsstrategie. Und: Alles was man im Privatleben aus der zeitgemäßen digitalen Kommunikation per Social Media kennt, bietet der Assistant für unsere Geschäftsbelange: Messenger- und Chat-Funktionen, Notification und vieles mehr. Alles wird automatisch in Chroniken erfasst und recherchierbar.“

 


 

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My Take: Die Zeiten ändern sich. Und das ist gut so!

„Im Print-Geschäft kann im Rahmen einer klugen, von Informatik-Fachwissen getriebenen Digitalisierungsstrategie noch vieles wesentlich optimiert werden. Gerade wenn Technikhersteller wie Heidelberg wie im Falle des Heidelberg Assistant neuartige, skalierbare, interaktive Plattformen schaffen, die von Druckereien in strukturierter, personalisierter und kreativer Form genutzt werden können. 

Bei D.O.G. in Darmstadt wird das nicht nur verstanden, sondern aktiv in die neue Geschäftsstrategie integriert und bildet einen wichtigen Baustein im Generationswechsel bei der Unternehmensführung. Das passt umso besser, als D.O.G. auf Basis seiner klar definierten Unternehmenswerte die Marschrichtung auf höchstem Qualitäts- und Präzisions-Level vorgibt. 

Digitale Kommunikation über alle Prozessschritte bei der industriellen Printherstellung hinweg ist dabei ein Muss, um die Betriebs- und Endkunden-Belange zeitgemäß gestalten zu können. 

Wenn alle notwendigen geschäftlichen Dialoge zwischen Technik-Hersteller und Druckerei-Kunde dermaßen optimal gestaltet werden können, gewinnen alle Seiten, um sich gegenseitig zu befruchten, profitabel zu wachsen und die Geschäftstätigkeiten nachhaltig auszuweiten!“ — Andreas Weber


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Seit mehr als 25 Jahren engagiert sich Andreas Weber als international renommierter Business Communication Analyst, Coach, Influencer und Transformer. Seine Aktivitäten fokussieren sich auf ‚Transformation for the Digital Age’ via Vorträgen, Management Briefings, Workshops, Analysen & Reports, Strategic Advice. — Mit seinem Blog www.valuetrendradar.com inspiriert er Leser aus über 150 Ländern der Welt.


 

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