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Gastkommentar von Michael Seidl, Wien

Vorbemerkung: In unserer aktuellen ValueChecks zum Thema Printfachmedien haben sich bislang Johann Oberauer und Klaus-Peter Nicolay geäußert. Michael Seidl, Verleger und Chefredakteur für Print aus Leidenschaft, bringt seine Sicht der Dinge ein und wirft neue Aspekte auf. — Hinweis: Der Beitrag wurde erstveröffentlicht im Print & Publishing Online-Newsletter, Ausgabe vom 20.12.2017.

Die Medienwelt ist in einer gewaltigen Umbruchphase. Das ist durchaus bekannt. Welchen Wert hat guter Journalismus heutzutage im Kampf mit kostenlosen Online-Diensten, die frech Content anderer grabben? Wie kann ein Magazin heutzutage existieren, wenn die Anzeigenumsätze rückläufig sind und Online-Angebote diese Umsätze bei weitem nicht kompensieren. Die Antwort? Verlage müssen wohl oder übel an den Kosten drehen. Die einen helfen sich damit, indem sie Journalisten kündigen und dann wieder in Form von de facto Einzelverträgen wieder einsetzen. Damit umgeht man mehr oder weniger elegant die kollektivvertraglichen Spielregeln. Oder Medien werden ganz einfach eingestellt (wie aktuell derzeit auch in der Druck- und Medienindustrie hierzulande). Aber was ist die Lösung? Das Problem ist, es weiß in Wirklichkeit niemand so genau. Denn für guten Journalismus braucht es Zeit für Recherche, die immer weniger zur Verfügung steht und demnach die Qualität von Medien leidet.

Viele Unternehmen, auch in der Druck- und Medienindustrie, dieser Industrie, verwenden mehr und mehr Social Media Kanäle, Newsletter oder poppen ihre Webseiten auf. Ich selbst habe dieser Tage reihenweise diese neuen, durchwegs ähnlich aussehenden Newsletter erhalten. Das ist für uns grundsätzlich ja kein Problem, da dies Teil unseres Berufes ist, Informationen zu erhalten und zu verarbeiten. Aber stellen Sie sich nun einen Unternehmer vor, der mittlerweile von vielen Anbietern per Newsletter oder Social Media „digital bombardiert“ wird, um seine Gunst zu erlangen. Kann es sein, dass einige von diesen Empfängern das „digitale Handtuch“ werfen, weil sie einfach überlastet sind? Tut es dann doch nicht gut, wenn es Medien gibt, die aus dem „digitalen Schlachtfeld“ die richtigen Informationen filtern und aufbereiten? Und diese Arbeit sollten sich die Firmen und Konsumenten auch etwas kosten lassen.

 

Michael Seidl ist nicht nur international agierender Print-Fachzeitschriften-Verleger, sondern auch Mit-Initiator und Veranstalter des seit fast einer Dekade ambitioniertesten Print-Wettbewerbs in Europa: Golden Pixel Award. 


 

Marlene Auer, Chefredakteurin vom Horizont [Ausgabe für Österreich], formulierte es kürzlich treffend, indem sie meinte: „Ein Cappuccino in der Wiener Innenstadt kostet je nach Lokal im Schnitt rund vier Euro, ein Abo einer Print-Zeitung rund 20 bis 30 Euro im Monat – mit einer einzigen Tankfüllung eines Mittelklassewagens kann man also schon zwei Monate Zeitung lesen. Digital-Abos sind nochmal günstiger. Ist das viel? Oder nicht viel? Ob etwas Wert hat, bestimmen Markt und Konsumenten. Der Unterschied: Konsumgüter wie Kaffee oder Rohstoffe wie Benzin werden konsumiert ohne großes Nachdenken. Bei Informationen hingegen sitzt das Geldbörserl offenbar weniger locker.“

Sie hat vollkommen Recht mit dieser Aussage, und ich finde sie gut, da ich mir dies auch manchmal denke. Wie viele PRINT & PUBLISHING Abos sind eine Tankfüllung für Mercedes, Audi, BMW und Co.? 

Trotz aller Wehklagen wegen der digitalen Einflüsse auf die Medienwelt… ich meine zudem, dass sich generell in den letzten Jahren die Einstellung und Wertschätzung für Medien und deren Vertreter geändert hat. Das wird bei Einladungen zu Presskonferenzen besonders sichtbar, wo Journalisten immer öfter auf die billigsten Plätze gebucht werden, verbunden natürlich mit der Erwartungshaltung, dass dieser eine möglichst coole Story abliefert. Man habe ihn ja letztendlich eingeladen… Derlei Beispiele gab es genügend in diesem Jahr. Macht das Spaß? Dem Journalisten nicht wirklich und dem Unternehmen, das einlädt, offensichtlich auch nicht, sonst würde es nicht so agieren. Und leider verkommt die Beschäftigung mit „Pressearbeit“ in vielen Unternehmen heutzutage (aus Kostengründen) zu einer Art „oh yeah, we have to do this“. (Journalistische) Beziehungen werden praktisch heute nicht mehr aufgebaut, ja schon … 5.000 Freunde auf Facebook oder 6.000 Follower auf Twitter, das genügt wirklich?

Kollege Andreas Weber hat Recht, wenn er meint, wir benötigen werthaltige Kommunikation über alle Ebenen hinweg, und Print ist integraler Bestandteil davon. Denn schließlich lebt diese – unsere – Branche von Druck und Systemen, die Druckwerke produzieren. Das vergessen leider heute manch namhafte Unternehmen der Zulieferindustrie (Stichwort: Verkaufen via Facebook), aber auch die Informationsempfänger, die es ebenso billig haben wollen. 

Was bleibt, ist die Hoffnung, trotz aller Diskussionen hinsichtlich digitaler Transformation, dass die Leistung von Medien wieder mehr geschätzt und damit bezahlt wird. Denn sie sind genauso Dienstleister, wie viele andere auch, nämlich Informationsdienstleister, die ihren Beitrag für eine aufgeklärte Gesellschaft leisten. Tagtäglich …

Ich wünsche Ihnen im Namen des PRINT & PUBLISHING Teams eine wunderbare Weihnachtszeit und viel Erfolg für das neue Jahr 2018. 



Herzlichst Ihr
, Michael Seidl 

 


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m.seidl(ar)europeanmediagroup.at

EMGroup GmbH
Testarellogasse 1/2
1130 Wien
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World Premiere: Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Member of the Board and Chief Digital Officer at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, started at 12. December 2017 together with Tom Oelsner, SVP Sales Excellence, the go-to-market campaign for Heidelberg.

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value

— Access to German Version —

Think global, act local — this motto could now also apply to print shops, both small and large: regardless of where the owner/manager is, the Heidelberg Assistant as a new, browser-based platform now makes it possible to monitor and manage all important workflows and process steps in-house and not just in the pressroom at all times via a smartphone, tablet, or PC. It also provides many new possibilities, such as the ability to see how your company stacks up against others. And everything needed to keep the production resources up and running is done automatically, from technical servicing and maintenance to ordering materials. This new form of integrated operations management is now a reality, and speeding up the journey of digital transformation. At the same time, Heidelberg is transforming its mechanical engineering business to become a modern, innovative platform operator for the printing industry.

The facts: Heidelberg Assistant launches in four countries

The Heidelberg Assistant is ready for the market. According to Heidelberg, it lays the foundation for taking the business of printed products of all kinds to a new level. The goal is to be able to seamlessly digitize Heidelberg’s collaboration as a supplier with thousands of its print shop customers at all levels. The pilot markets are Germany, Switzerland, the USA, and Canada. Over 30 customers from six countries were involved in the development, backed up by 400 customer surveys — primarily in China. The highlight: the integrated platform approach is making completely new operator models and eCommerce offerings possible, including in traditional printing, allowing print shops to concentrate fully on their core business. At the same time, Heidelberg can assume higher turnover from servicing and consumables in the long term. . The basic version of the Heidelberg Assistant is free of charge for customers, and securely controlled via an individual Heidelberg ID.

“With the Heidelberg Assistant, we’re digitizing collaboration with the customer. The lessons learned from this form the basis for the development of our new digital business models and speed up the digital transformation of the company,” says Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Services and Chief Digital Officer.

 

Video: Heidelberg.

 


 

According to information from the company, the details are as follows:

  1. Digital collaboration with the customer over the entire lifecycle — The Heidelberg Assistant will enable customers to run their processes smoothly and to operate their print shops smartly and efficiently.
    Benefits: Users get a complete overview of the service and maintenance status of their print shop, including data-based failure prediction. By getting access to the biggest knowledge base in the industry, users should also benefit from new performance services that enable them to maximize the potential of their entire value chain. The access to big data performance analytics should offer further potential for boosting productivity.
    Additional benefits: The Assistant will enable Heidelberg to further scale its existing big data applications such as predictive monitoring and performance consulting in the market.
  2. Digitization of the service chain Personal access to real-time access to knowledge base and service.
    Benefits: Customers get secure and personal access to the Heidelberg Assistant, which allows them to call up all information such as the status or productivity of their presses or services availed of in their company, anytime, anywhere.
    Additional benefits: Things like software updates, predictive maintenance messages or contract management and an invoice overview are possible in the system.
  3. Smart eCommerce offering all the way up to new business models The Heidelberg Assistant offers direct access to the new Heidelberg eShop (www.shop.heidelberg.com).
    Benefits: This link creates a smart eCommerce solution, since products can be individually recommended according to customers’ installations and needs. Additional benefits: Consumables and selected service parts are generally delivered within 24 hours.

 

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Photo: Heidelberg.

 

The added highlight: new kinds of operator models

Above all, Heidelberg also sees digitization as the basis for new digital business models. According to the company, two divisions are being introduced for this, both of which follow the win-win principle:

  1. Big Data: The extensive data analysis from the globally installed and networked base of machines and software enables Heidelberg to develop new digital business models. All in all, customers and Heidelberg benefit from the evaluation of a database of over 10,000 connected machine systems and over 15,000 software systems.
    Benefits: According to Heidelberg, an offering consisting of equipment, software, consumables, and service tailored to the exact needs of the customer and its entire value chain can be created based on this.
  2. Subscription: Operator models in which Heidelberg agrees a fixed price with its customers for the printed sheet will also be possible on this basis. Heidelberg provides all the necessary equipment for this.
    Benefits: The customer can concentrate fully on marketing its produces and services. Against the background of a growing number of customers that choose an operator model, increasing sales can be assumed both for customers and for Heidelberg.

 


 

“Spotlight on…—via ValueDialog:  Tom Oelsner, Head of Sales Excellence at Heidelberg, answers questions about the Heidelberg Assistant product launch.

Your project was truly mammoth, involving over 30 pilot customers. What were the biggest challenges?

Tom Oelsner: The biggest challenge was to establish an interactive and agile design process in dialog with selected international customers, and to advance our digital developments in a targeted way. Presenting the Heidelberg Assistant as a prototype at drupa 2016 allowed us to already gather a lot of customer feedback. On this basis, a dedicated team together with customers extended the platform to orient itself fully towards the daily needs of the participating customer employees (from the press operator to the operations manager, buyer, etc. as well as the management). These extensions were quickly designed and rendered tangible using agile development techniques, and then were available without delay for discussion and further tests.

Which criteria/aspects were and are the most important for your customers?

Tom Oelsner: The Heidelberg Assistant supports the customer over the product’s entire lifecycle. The customers are involved in industrial production, so machine availability and productivity are the most important goals. Topics relating to service and maintenance therefore become extremely important. With questions like ‘when will which technician come’, ’when, which materials’, etc. Basically, differentiations are required in the different production areas that our customers represent, which also depend on the type of company and the company/employee structure. For example, we needed to find out whether there are full-time buyers or people performing dual and multiple roles in the companies so that we can ensure that all the employees involved are adequately supported for their specific tasks by their platform account and find themselves. By doing so, we can address complex requirements and ensure tailored role/task-specific use of the Heidelberg Assistant, which can be differentiated by our own sub-accounts.

What is the most exciting thing about the project for you? And how do you see it developing?

Tom Oelsner: The most exciting thing is that for the first time, we have a platform with a variety of real-time interaction options. This allows us to meet the requirements of the platform economy and port them transparently to the print production business. Feedback from customers has been excellent and any possible acceptance thresholds are quickly overcome. Further development will take place in three directions.

1. Scope: Targeting other customers in the four pilot countries to include as many Heidelberg customers as possible or ideally all of them there, as well as extending the platform to other countries like Japan and China.

2. Product integration: To date, all Heidelberg products have been integrated, but not yet to the same depth. Little by little we want to extend the scope of service for all Heidelberg and OEM products and, for example, offer failure prediction beyond sheetfed presses.

3. Innovation: Currently we have over 200 new ideas from the teams, which we’re reviewing from the point of view of technical feasibility and profitability and integrating into new releases. The next release of the current Heidelberg Assistant 1 will come in March 2018, but extremely fast cycles mean that others will follow every three months. Incidentally, the reception internally at Heidelberg, i.e. among colleagues, has been fantastic. This all makes me extremely happy, and shows that we’re on the right path to making the digital transformation a reality.

Thank you very much for this informative interview!


 

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About the interviewee:

Tom Oelsner did a degree in computer science at TU Dresden. He joined Linotype-Hell AG in 1990, working in various software development areas and roles. From 2002, he developed Remote Services/Heidelberg Cloud as a program manager for Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. He was appointed Vice President Enterprise & Services in 2008 and has been promoting digitization projects for Heidelberg and its customers as SVP Sales Excellence since 2010.

 

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When iron stirs emotions: Koenig & Bauer commended for product campaign by Marketing Club Dresden/ Germany. Photo: kba.com

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 15 December 2017

Welcome to a roundup of 15 News items, plus Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris environmental Blog, which this week looks at Kodak, as it hopes to become the leading company for sustainability in the graphics industry.

As the year draws to a close the news has also slowed down, so I shall leave you to browse through this week’s headlines which contain an excellent selection of mixed news once again. Of particular note are the leaders on Tuesday with Baldwin Technology having now finalised the acquisition of QuadTech from QuadGraphics; and then on Thursday we have Leonhard Kurz, as it announces ground breaking test results from INGEDE confirming flawless deinkability for the recyclability of KURZ’ foil-decorated papers and boards. Then Sappi on Friday, as it announces plans to significantly increase the production of dissolving wood pulp at its Saiccor and Cloquet Mills in South Africa and North America by 2020.


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World Premiere: Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Member of the Board and Chief Digital Officer at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, started at 12. December 2017 together with Tom Oelsner, SVP Sales Excellence, the go-to-market campaign for Heidelberg. Read our ValueCheck and ValueDialog report.


The tailender for this week goes to Koenig & Bauer (Monday) for the commendation it received for its current campaign ‘Built for Your Needs. The KBA B2 Presses’ product campaign, at an awards ceremony held at the Marketing Club in Dresden at the end of November.

If you are in the Southern Hemisphere and are due to close for the holidays during the coming week, do take care, stay safe and enjoy your time with your family and friends over the festive season and New Year. Please don’t drink and drive, or text and drive, or even use your cellphone when driving… we need you to stay alive. Have a wonderful Christmas and wish you a very Happy and Prosperous and Successful New Year 2018.

My best wishes and best regards

Mike Hilton


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Monday
When iron stirs emotions at Koenig & Bauer
Koenig & Bauer commended for product campaign ‘Built for Your Needs. The KBA B2 Presses’ at event held in Dresden…

Sun Chemical price increase for Flexible Packaging
High raw materials costs the reason for the increase…

Flint announces price increase for Packaging Inks
Increased, incremental cost escalation forces Flint Group to raise the prices of its Packaging Inks products…

Tuesday
Baldwin Technology acquires QuadTech Inc.
Acquisition creates vision and inspection print technology powerhouse for the commercial, newspaper, labels, packaging, converting and publication gravure industries…

Mimaki to exhibit at PSI 2018 in January
Mimaki to bring a mini promotional product factory to PSI 2018 at Messe Düsseldorf 9 – 11 January

Resource Digital’s Fujifilm Acuity investment pays off
High Wycombe-based wide-format printer impressed with upturn in productivity following Acuity Select HS installation…

Wednesday
Digital transformation of Heidelberg gathers pace

Heidelberg breaking new ground in customer support: Heidelberg Assistant goes into series production…

 

New reader survey suggests print investment opportunities

Vaughan Patterson, product marketing manager for commercial and industrial print at Ricoh SA reports on the recent Two Sides global survey which included South African respondents…

 

Screen Truepress Jet L350UV for Tenovis in Slovenia

Tenovis answers short-run demand and opens up new market opportunities with Screen Truepress Jet L350UV…

Thursday
Kurz cold foil passes deinking test with distinction
Ground breaking test results from INGEDE for the recyclability of foil-decorated paper confirm flawless deinkability…

Streamline Press Leicester chooses ‘Push to Stop’
Streamline seeks ‘world class’ status with Heidelberg investment in ‘Push to Stop’ Speedmaster XL 106-5+L…

Screen and Meccanotecnica to collaborate for books
Companies to collaborate for optimised book finishing using EQUIOS Book Solution with Universe Sewing from Meccanotecnica…

Friday   
Sappi to significantly increase DWP capacity by 2020
Sappi confirms expansion plans for dissolving wood pulp (DWP) capacity at its Saiccor and Cloquet Mills…

FINAT Technical Seminar March 2018, Barcelona
The New World of Labels: FINAT event tackles the technical challenges from 7 – 9 March 2018 in Barcelona…

The first Heidelberg Speedmaster CS 92 in France
Rollin Imprimeur greatly improves cost-efficiency and flexibility with France’s first Speedmaster CS 92…

The lead article from a week last Friday…

Sappi Fashion White grades launched for shopping bags
Unique brand communication with excellent colour reproduction on new grades for shopping bags of the future…

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Online Feature articles 2017
Only 49 articles last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 in 2015, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

VaueDialogue 2017

Previous…      #InfluenceB2B Transformation for the Digital Age
#InfluenceB2B programme leads from innovation to transformation! By Andreas Weber, Head of Value…

Online Features Nov/Dec Chapter 08

Previous…      Comexi and QuadTech collaborate for flexible packaging
Both companies invest in research, innovation and training to better serve flexible packaging printing with closed-loop colour control…

Future solutions for the ‘growth market of packaging printing’
More than 300 customers from around the world attended the Packaging Day hosted by Heidelberg at its Wiesloch-Walldorf plant in November…

Sappi expands speciality and packaging paper capacity
Sappi to acquire the speciality paper business of Cham Paper Group Holding in Switzerland and Italy…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Kodak & Corporate Responsibility
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 11 Dec

Previous…      Sustainability Initiatives
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 04 Dec

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News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

Previous…     Intelligent Printing in Focus
All in Print China to be staged at the new International Expo Center in Shanghai from 24 to 28 October 2018

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Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Vorstand und Chief Digital Officer der Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, gab am 12. Dezember 2017 im Team mit Tom Oelsner, SVP Sales Excellence, den Start für die Vermarktung von Heidelberg Assistant bekannt. Foto: Heidelberg.

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

—Link zur englischen Fassung—

Think global, act local — Diese Devise könnte nunmehr auch für Druckereien – kleine wie große – gelten: Egal wo der Inhaber/Manager sich aufhält: per Smartphone, Tablet oder PC wird es jederzeit über den Heidelberg Assistant als neuartige, Browser-basierte  Plattform möglich, alle wichtigen Abläufe und Prozessschritte im eigenen Unternehmen und nicht nur im Drucksaal zu überwachen und zu steuern. Hinzu kommen viele neue Möglichkeiten, etwa das eigene Unternehmen im Vergleich zu sehen mit anderen. Und alles was es braucht, um die Produktionsmittel am Laufen zu halten, erfolgt automatisch. Vom technischen Service/der Wartung, bis zur Materialbestellung. Diese neuartige Form des integrierten Betriebsmanagements ist nunmehr Realität und beschleunigt die Fahrt auf der „Digital Transformation Journey“ aufs Beste. Heidelberg selbst transformiert dabei sein Maschinenbaugeschäft in der Weise, ein zeitgemäß-innovativer Plattformbetreiber für die Druckbranche zu sein.

Die Faktenlage: Serienstart von Heidelberg Assistant in vier Ländern

Der Heidelberg Assistant geht marktreif an den Start. Damit ist laut Heidelberg die Basis geschaffen, um das Geschäft mit Printproduktionen aller Art auf eine neue Ebene zu heben. Das Ziel lautet, die Zusammenarbeit von Heidelberg als Lieferant mit tausenden seiner Druckerei-Kunden auf allen Ebenen nahtlos digital gestalten zu können. Pilotmärkte sind Deutschland, Schweiz, die USA und Kanada. Über 30 Kunden aus sechs Ländern waren in die Entwicklung involviert, flankiert von 400 Kundenbefragungen — vor allem auch in China. Der Clou: Der integrierte Plattform-Ansatz macht auch im klassischen Druck ganz neue Betreibermodelle und eCommerce Angebote möglich, damit sich Druckereien ganz auf ihr Kerngeschäft konzentrieren können. Gleichzeitig kann man in Bezug auf Heidelberg langfristig von höheren Umsätzen im Servicebereich und bei Verbrauchsmaterialien ausgehen. Die Basisversion des Heidelberg Assistant ist für Kunden kostenlos und wird sicher über eine individuelle Heidelberg-ID geregelt.

„Mit dem Heidelberg Assistant digitalisieren wir die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Kunden. Die daraus gewonnen Erkenntnisse sind Voraussetzung für den Aufbau unserer neuen digitalen Geschäftsmodelle und beschleunigen die digitale Transformation des Unternehmens“, legt Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Vorstand Heidelberg Services und Chief Digital Officer, dar.

 

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Im Detail geht es laut Unternehmensangaben um folgendes:

  1. Digitale Zusammenarbeit mit dem Kunden über den gesamten Lifecycle — Heidelberg Assistant ermöglicht Kunden einen reibungslosen Ablauf ihrer Prozesse bzw. den smarten und effizienten Betrieb ihrer Druckerei.
    Vorteile: Anwender erhalten einen Gesamtüberblick über den Service- und Wartungsstatus ihrer Druckerei inklusive datengestützter Ausfallvorhersage. Zudem sollen Nutzer durch den Zugriff auf die größte Wissensdatenbank der Branche von neuen Performancedienstleistungen profitieren, mit denen sie das Potenzial ihrer gesamten Wertschöpfungskette möglichst vollständig ausnutzen können. Der Zugang zu Big-Data-Performance-Analysen soll weitere Potenziale zur Produktivitätssteigerung bieten.
    Zusatznutzen: Heidelberg kann mit dem Assistant seine bereits eingeführten Big-Data-Anwendungen wie Predictive Monitoring und Performance Consulting weiter im Markt skalieren.
  2. Digitalisierung der Servicekette — Persönlicher Zugang mit Echtzeitzugang zu Wissensdatenbank und Service.
    Vorteile: Kunden erhalten einen sicheren und persönlichen Zugang zum Heidelberg Assistant und können so alle Informationen, wie Status bzw. Produktivität ihrer Maschinen oder über in Anspruch genommenen Dienstleistungen rund um ihr Unternehmen überall und jederzeit abrufen.
    Zusatznutzen: Beispielsweise sind Softwareupdates, vorausschauende Wartungsmeldungen oder das Vertragsmanagement und ein Rechnungsüberblick im System möglich.
  3. Smartes eCommerce-Angebot bis hin zu neuen Geschäftsmodellen — Der Heidelberg Assistant bietet einen direkten Zugriff auf den neuen Heidelberg eShop (www.shop.heidelberg.com).
    Vorteile: Durch diese Verbindung entsteht eine smarte eCommerce-Lösung, da Produkte nach Kundeninstallation und bedarf individuell empfohlen werden können.
    Zusatznutzen: Verbrauchsmaterialien und ausgewählte Serviceteile werden in der Regel innerhalb von 24 Stunden geliefert.

 

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Foto: Heidelberg.

Das zusätzliche Highlight: Neue Formen für Betreibermodelle

Heidelberg sieht die Digitalisierung vor allem auch als Basis für neue digitale Geschäftsmodelle. Hierfür werden gemäß Unternehmensangaben zwei Bereiche angeführt, die jeweils dem Win-Win-Prinzip folgen:

  1. Big Data: Die umfangreiche Datenanalyse aus der weltweit installierten und vernetzten Basis an Maschinen und Software ermöglicht Heidelberg den Aufbau neuer digitaler Geschäftsmodelle. Insgesamt profitieren Kunden und Heidelberg von der Auswertung einer Datenbasis von über 10.000 angeschlossenen Maschinen- und über 15.000 Softwaresystemen.
    Vorteile: Daraus kann laut Heidelberg ein auf den exakten Bedarf des Kunden und seiner gesamten Wertschöpfungskette zugeschnittenes Angebot bestehend aus Equipment, Software Verbrauchsmaterialien und Service erstellt werden
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  2. Subscription: Betreibermodelle, bei denen Heidelberg mit Kunden einen fixen Preis für den bedruckten Bogen vereinbart, werden auf dieser Grundlage möglich. Heidelberg stellt dafür alle notwendigen Betriebsmittel zur Verfügung.
    Vorteile: Der Kunde kann sich voll auf die Vermarktung seines Angebots konzentrieren. Vor dem Hintergrund einer wachsenden Anzahl von Kunden, die sich für ein Betreibermodell entscheiden, ist von steigenden Umsätzen auszugehen, bei Kunden wie bei Heidelberg.

 


Nachgefragt per ValueDialog — Tom Oelsner, Leiter Sales Excellence bei Heidelberg, stand beim Produkt-Launch von Heidelberg Assistant Rede und Antwort.

Sie haben ein echtes Mammut-Projekt gestemmt. Im Team mit über 30 Pilotkunden. Was waren dabei die größten Herausforderungen?

Tom Oelsner: Die größte Herausforderung bestand darin, einen interaktiven agilen Designprozess im Dialog mit ausgewählten internationalen Kunden zu schaffen und zielführend unsere digitalen Entwicklungen nach vorne zu bringen. Durch die Vorstellung des Heidelberg Assistant als Prototyp auf der drupa 2016 konnten wir bereits viel Kundenfeedback sammeln. Ein eigens zusammengestelltes Team erweiterte auf dieser Basis gemeinsam mit Kunden die Plattform, um sich hundertprozentig am Tagesbedarf der beteiligten Kundenmitarbeiter (vom Print-Operator über den Betriebsleiter, Einkäufer etc. sowie die  Geschäftsführung) zu orientieren. Dabei wurden über agile Entwicklung diese Erweiterungen schnell ausgestaltet und greifbar gemacht, die dann sehr rasch zur Diskussion und für weitere Tests bereit standen.

Welche Kriterien/Aspekte waren und sind für Ihre Kunden am Wichtigsten?

Tom Oelsner: Der Heidelberg Assistant begleitet den Kunden über den gesamten Lebenszyklus des Produkts. Es geht um industrielle Produktion, daher sind Maschinenverfügbarkeit und Produktivität die wichtigsten Ziele. Somit nehmen die Themen rund um Service und Wartung eine herausragende Stellung ein. Mit Fragen wie: Wann kommt welcher Techniker, wann welche Materialien etc. Grundsätzlich sind in den verschiedenen Produktionsbereichen, die unsere Kunden abbilden, Differenzierungen vorzunehmen, die auch vom Unternehmenstyp und von der Firmen-/Mitarbeiterstruktur abhängen. Es galt z. B. herauszufinden, ob es Vollzeit Einkäufer oder Doppel- und Mehrfachfunktionen in den Betrieben gibt, damit wir sicherstellen können, dass alle involvierten Mitarbeiter adäquat für ihre spezifischen Aufgaben durch ihren Plattform-Account unterstützt werden und sich wieder finden. Dadurch lösen wir komplexe Anforderungen und stellen einen maßgeschneiderten Rollen-/Aufgaben-spezifischen Umgang mit Heidelberg-Assistant sicher, der durch eigene Sub-Accounts ausdifferenziert werden kann.

Was ist für Sie persönlich das Spannendste an dem Projekt? Und wie wird es sich weiterentwickeln?

Tom Oelsner: Das Spannendste ist, dass erstmals eine Plattform mit einer Vielzahl von Interaktions-Möglichkeiten in Echtzeit entsteht. Damit erfüllen wir die Anforderungen der Platform-Economy und portieren diese in transparenter Form auf das Print-Produktions-Geschäft. Das Kunden-Feedback ist ausgezeichnet, mögliche Akzeptanzschwellen werden rasch überwunden. Die Weiterentwicklung vollziehen wir in drei Richtungen.

1. Reichweite: Weitere Kunden in den vier Pilot-Ländern ansprechen, um dort möglichst viele, am besten alle Heidelberg-Kunden einzubeziehen, sowie für die Plattform-Nutzung weitere Ländern erschließen wie Japan und China.

2. Produkt-Integration: Bis dato sind alle Produkte von Heidelberg-bereits integriert, aber noch nicht in gleicher Tiefe. Nach und nach wollen wir den Leistungsumfang für alle Heidelberg- und OEM-Produkte erweitern und beispielsweise die Ausfallvorhersage auch über Sheetfed-Maschinen hinaus anbieten..

3. Innovation: Derzeit haben wir über 200 neue Ideen aus den Teams, die wir auf technische Machbarkeit und Wirtschaftlichkeit prüfen und in neue Releases einarbeiten. Das nächste Release der jetzigen Fassung Heidelberg Assistant 1 kommt bereits im März 2018, weitere werden dann durch extrem schnelle Zyklen alle drei Monate folgen.

Übrigens: Der Zuspruch intern bei Heidelberg, also aus der Kollegenbasis, ist fantastisch. Das alles zusammen macht große Freude und zeigt, dass wir auf dem richtigen Weg sind, die digitale Transformation Wirklichkeit werden zu lassen.

Vielen Dank für das informative Gespräch!


 

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Zur Person

Tom Oelsner studierte an der Technischen Universität Dresden und schloss als Diplom-Informatiker ab. Seit 1990 war er für Linotype-Hell AG in verschiedenen Software-Entwicklungsbereichen/-Funktionen tätig. Seit 2002 entwickelte er als Program-Manager für Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG die Remote Services/Heidelberg Cloud; 2008 wurde er Vice President Enterprise & Services und seit Oktober 2010 treibt er als SVP Sales Excellence Digitalisierungsprojekte für Heidelberg und seine Kunden voran.

 


 

Mark Schaefer (left) and Andreas Weber at #xug17orlando. Photo: Jeroen van Druenen, Amsterdam, NL.

 

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value

 

Amazing success: #xug17orlando wasn‘t just a best-in-class conference on #multichannel #print #transformation. — Via #InfluenceB2B it became a BLOCKBUSTER attracting experts around the globe. — Read as well the summary of all relevant content topics via my Storify multimedia report: ValueCheck at #xug17orlando — Be. More. Human. All you can learn regarding #Transformation #Print #Multichannel #Masscustomization

So far (10/29 to 11/04) we got for a very special topic like ’multichannel‘ a giant reach on Twitter of more than 1.2 Million and on LinkedIn of more than 110k via my own accounts. And even after the conference ended there is still interaction. Seems that my #influenceB2B Programme works properly! It includes a smart mix of real-time messaging and storytelling including a bunch of live videos, photos, comments, re-tweets a.s.o.. Very special: round about a number of 20 ’silly talks‘ — unplugged live video interviews with attendees, speakers, sponsors and organizers. (Special thanks to Christian Kopocz for doing the perfect camera work). All of them were shown on screen directly to the audience during the sessions, a part was shared via Social Media and Vimeo. So it’s not by chance to got those great stats and amazing feedback.

Can‘t wait to see the stats by others who contributed as well like XUG – The XMPie Users Group Inc., XMPie, Christian Kopocz, Jeroen van Druenen and others. Additional effects were created by Mark Schaefer and Mandy Edwards as leading Social Minds giving presentations and sharing our Tweets.

 

Christian Kopocz reported in the meantime interesting figures covering the total reach by Real Time Tracker checking the hashtag #xug17orlando as well. I made it already part of my chart. 

 

#InfluenceB2B success factors at #xug17orlando

  • At least it was all about having a great and seamless conversation driven by competency, trust and for sure a lot of fun!
  • No briefings and storyboards were needed. All activities happened spontaneously.
  • Almost all conference attendees got involved and became part of the game (so not only as usual the hosts, sponsors and speakers).
  • The intense Social Media work helped to get straight to the point and to showcase in real-time what happened and what was really relevant to the audience.
  • Even the main Round-table was on-the-fly re-organized to adopt the #InfuenceB2B Programme rules. Any single participant got the chance to share the individual expertise and opinions to answer the key question: How to make money with XMPie? The result was a rich collection of Hashtags representing a short&sweet practical guide.

 


Some comments of attendees and supporters

Brian Euclide, President TEC Mailing Solutions LLC, Madison, Wisconsin

— NOT OFTEN — do I leave a conference or a user group meeting with a positive attitude or an optimistic outlook. However, recently I attended the #XMPie User group meeting #XUG17Orlando for the first time and I feel personally compelled to highlight not only this group but the people in attendance. From the very first minutes upon arrival until the last minute at the bar before an early morning flight… I had the opportunity to engage with people like Andreas Weber Helene Blanchette Lori Wisz and of course Inbar Keren Yudasin. I have never left a conference wanting to stay another day! I left so inspired and yearning to go back. Thank you to Jeroen van Druenen & Christian Kopocz for having the #CloudMailingGuys! #Xerox #TECMailing

Mark W. Schaefer, Keynote Speaker, Executive Director Schaefer Marketing Solutions

Agree! This was a first-class event. Very impressive group of attendees. I really enjoyed meeting everyone and hope you’ll have me back some day soon!

Inbar Keren Yudasin, Production Systems Analyst at Fuji Xerox Australia, Sydney

I really liked your Live Videos [my Silly Talks] done in a charming and unplugged mode. It‘s so authentic. And quite important for a better understanding how to benefit from other expert minds to gain a better knowledge

 


Sample for a ’Silly Talk’-live video by Andreas Weber with one of the sponsors, PunchOut2Go. They liked it that much that they published it immedately on their own Twitter account. — Plus the charming talk with lovely guests from France! And the most interesting conversation with Adobe. TX to Mike Zahorik!

 

 

 

 

 


Contact

Andreas Weber could be reached at anytime via LinkedIn!

About

Andreas Weber is an international very well reputated analyst and as well an educator, speaker, influencer and transformer. Since more than 25 years he deals with all major technology inventors like Apple, Adobe, Canon, Google, HP, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, Xerox and many others. He is also in touch with many start-ups and innovative graphic communication service providers around the globe.

Since the very beginning he is a digital communication savvy and online community organizer.

His business activities are dedicated to the ‘Transformation for the Digital Age’ via presentations, management briefings, coachings, workshops, analysis&reports, strategic advice.

 

 


 

 

 


 

#xug17orlando Review via Storify

Even after the conference was over #xug17orlando was still a topic on Social Media. And is still going strong around the Globe!

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Read as well the case study as making-off!

Sorry to say: But #xug17orlando was the best conference I had the pleasure to join in the last years. It was all about my #influenceB2B topics to figure out how to contribute in a very smart and very effective way to the needs for the digital age. And how to master successfully the sustainable transformation journey.

To get anything at a glance we published all relevant insights via Storify. So you will find a comprehensive overview by text, photos and short movies. Very happy that so many qualified and beloved contributors show up as well.

 

 

A super high-light for all of us at #xug17orlando: The presentation by Mark Schaefer, the leading brain for marketing advice who talked in a tailored presentation “From Massmarketing to Masscustomization“. Outstanding. He was one of the great experts giving an interview in that series of ‘silly talks’ I did as a video live report we shared with conference attendees. He hit the point. My favorite quote: “The secret of people to succeed: You just need more of yourself at your best!”

 

 

 



It’s all about having great conversation!

Amazing success: #xug172017 wasn‘t just a best-in-class conference on #multichannel #print #transformation. — Via #Socialmedia it became a BLOCKBUSTER attracting experts around the globe. So far (10/29 to 11/04) we got a total reach on #Twitter of more than 1.2 Million and on #LinkedIn of more than 110k via my own accounts. Can‘t wait to see the stats by others who contributed as well like XUG – The XMPie Users Group Inc. , XMPie, Christian Kopocz, Jeroen van Druenen and others. Additional effects were created by Mark Schaefer and Mandy Edwards as leading Social Minds giving presentations and sharing our Tweets. — My #influenceB2B Programme works!

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The best of the best!

Side kick of #xug17orlando: To get in touch with the best entrepreneurs, like Luis Romo from Mexico. Luis joined because he became currently the latest XMPie customer. XMPie president Jacob Aizikowitz describes Luis like this: “Luis Romo knows a lot about how Print fits in modern business directions. His catalog business is an envy, and it seems to me that his new initiatives are going to be ground breaking. Having XMPie SW at the hands of a team lead by Romo is not only an honor but also a challenge and an opportunity — for him and for us @XMPie. Many of the XMPie customers transformed their businesses, expanding their horizon and refining their business focus; they all learned how to leverage the #DigitalDisruption to their advantage. They are the group that charts the #transformation path for the print industry. Many of them saw the light and the direction, much before any research or industry analysts suggested that this is the direction to take.”

 

 


 

The most interesting #conversation with @Adobe we had so far. #xug17orlando made it happened. It‘s all about the #conversation of #marketing and #creatives. And: #transformation #AI #multichannel #innovation — TX to @prindoz for recording @zeitenwende007‘s #sillytalk. 

 

 


Special thanks to Jeroen van Druenen and Christian Kopocz from the Board of the xmpieusersgroup for their great work. Very well done.

 

 

 

 



 

At a Glance: All relevant Tweets summarized via my Storify Multimedia Report

 

 

 


Editors Darling

Two outstanding videos created ‘on-the-fly’ by the great #xug17orlando partners and attendees from TECMAIL Don’t miss it to watch them, too!

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Value Publishing Mike Hilton 2017 #influenceb2b.001

 

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 20 October 2017

 

Welcome to this week’s roundup of 25 news items (actually 36 if you count the InPrint collection of 12 on Wednesday all rolled into one). You’ll also find Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog titled Eco-nomy’, which this week looks at how the marriage of ecology and economics is becoming increasingly obvious and necessary for business. As a result, developers are constantly moving to offer technologies that reduce product life cycle footprints, as well as perform more efficiently for their customers. Then we have Andreas Weber back in Online Features with his latest piece: #InfluenceB2B — Transformation for the Digital Age. Please don’t miss them.

Good news this week has been rather difficult to come by at times, after last week’s multiple events which gave it a welcome boost. However, there have been some interesting announcements and developments. Heidelberg led the headlines on Monday as it successfully recertified all of its worldwide locations to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for quality and environmental management; while Xeikon has discontinued development of its Trillium liquid toner programme announced at drupa last year. On Tuesday, Ricoh South Africa took the lead with digitalisation in the fore at its new demo facility in Johannesburg; and on Wednesday, InPrint news took the first three spots for a dozen of its exhibitors, including Heidelberg with personalisation as a megatrend, as it prepares to showcase its digital 4D printing solutions for the automotive industry; and then we h ad Sun Chemical on Friday, which also announced its IPEX offerings the day prior.

On Thursday, Smithers Pira brought Heidelberg back into the lead, following its most recent report on leading makes of second-hand presses, which reveals that Heidelberg presses are the most productive in the industry – up to a staggering 66% more productive – producing the lowest cost per sheet. The report is available to download from a link in the article, so you can see for yourself. And to round off the week on Friday, Canon Europe has achieved Greenguard Gold Certification from UL Environment for its Océ Arizona UV inks and Océ Colorado UVgel inks.

You’ll find quite a mixed bag of news in addition to the above if you check out the headlines carefully, including more post-Labelexpo successes from Mouvent, and MPS; as well as post World Publishing Expo from Kodak, which debuted new News CTP offerings, improved newspaper plates and its high-speed inkjet additions for newspaper presses.

Sales and installations this week include Ultragraph with Versafire CP from Heidelberg UK; while Gotha Druck und Verpackung in Günthersleben-Wechmar, Germany, has chosen a Goss Sunday 5000. On Tuesday, Hopkins Printing in Columbus, Ohio has increased productivity by 30% with a new Stahlfolder TH 82-P with pallet feeder; and Dome in Sacramento, California has undertaken a multimillion-dollar investment in a Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 and Rapida 205; while six months on from its Jet Press 720S installation, Kingfisher Press in the UK confirms its progress. On Wednesday, Polish commercial printer BZGraf continues its modernisation with a new eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector from Koenig & Bauer. Thursday saw LR Medienverlag und Druckerei in Cottbus, eastern Germany invest in a FlexLiner inserting system from Muller Martini; and on Friday MP S celebrates the double sale of its hybrid EF Symjet press at Labelexpo in Brussels; and last but not least, Rengel Printing in St Cloud, Minnesota has more than doubled output following installation of a new Speedmaster SX 52 with coater.

What else? New kit from Duplo UK on Tuesday as it adds Esper direct mail solutions to its other brands portfolio; and a tailender from Manroland Web Systems on Thursday, as its introduced MainPad as its new mobile service and maintenance tablet at WPE in Berlin.

That’s all until next time.
My best regards

Mike Hilton

 


 

 


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Monday
Heidelberg locations worldwide recertified to ISO

Heidelberg successfully recertified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for quality and environmental management… 

Xeikon terminates Trillium liquid toner programme
First demonstrated at drupa 2016, the technology has encountered several challenges in bringing it to market commercially… 

Sign & Digital UK back at the NEC next year
New visitor research inspires growth for Sign & Digital UK, returning to the NEC, Birmingham 24 to 26 April 2018… 

Ultragraph opens up new business with a Versafire CP
Ultragraph has replaced a HP Indigo 5600 with a Versafire CP from Heidelberg UK and is winning new business… 

Sunday 5000 press scheduled for Gotha Druck in 2018
Gotha Druck und Verpackung in Günthersleben-Wechmar, Germany, chooses Goss Sunday 5000 to expand portfolio… 

Tuesday
Ricoh SA offers a window into the digitalised future

Ricoh SA has created a new demo facility at its Linbro Business Park offices in Johannesburg, South Africa to provide a window into the digitalised office of the future… 

Hopkins increases productivity with Stahlfolder TH 82-P
Hopkins Printing in Columbus, Ohio increases productivity by 30% with new Stahlfolder TH 82-P pallet feeder… 

Dome Sacramento chooses two Koenig & Bauer presses
Multimillion-dollar investment in Rapida 106 and Rapida 205 sends strong message of momentous growth strategy… 

Kingfisher Press’s Jet Press 720S provides growth
Six months on from Jet Press 720S installation, Kingfisher Press adds new customers and boosts revenue… 

Duplo expands direct mail solutions portfolio
Duplo expands direct mail portfolio with Esper DM-230V Pro Collator and the DM Mini Collation system…

Wednesday
InPrint 2017 Exhibitors’ top stories
Announcements for InPrint in Munich from Bochonow Maschinenbau Polar UV, ColorGATE. Fujifilm UK, Gardner Denver Thomas, GEW, Heidelberg, Dr. Hönle, Hymmen, Memcon, Ushio Europe, Wemhöner Surface Technologies, and EPS with Xaar… 

Heidelberg 4D printing solutions at InPrint 2017
Personalisation as a megatrend – Heidelberg showcasing digital printing solutions for the automotive industry… 

Tonejet direct-to-can at InPrint Munich 2017
Tonejet brings direct-to-can electro-static drop-on-demand digital printing to InPrint Munich, from 14 – 16 November… 

Game changing Mouvent impresses at Labelexpo 2017
Mouvent enjoys sensational debut at Labelexpo 2017 with its groundbreaking digital print innovations… 

Rapida 106 8-colour for Bialostockie Zaklady Graficzne
Polish commercial printer BZGraf continues modernisation with new eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector from Koenig & Bauer… 

Thursday
Heidelberg up to 66% more productive: Smithers Pira
New report from Smithers Pira reveals Heidelberg presses are most productive in the industry and produce lowest cost per sheet… 

Kodak’s extended News CTP portfolio and more at WPE
Kodak helps newspapers achieve more productivity, cost benefits and sustainability at IFRA World Publishing Expo 2017… 

The Manroland Web Systems’ MainPad
Manroland Web Maintellisense takes the next step, with MainPad as its new mobile service and maintenance tablet… 

Sun Chemical offers brighter ideas for low-energy printing
At IPEX 2017, Sun Chemical to present latest innovations for sheetfed commercial and packaging and narrow web label markets… 

A leap ahead with the Muller Martini FlexLiner
LR Medienverlag und Druckerei in Cottbus, eastern Germany, has invested in a cost-cutting FlexLiner inserting system… 

Friday    
Canon Achieves UL Greenguard Gold Certification
Canon Europe achieves Greenguard Gold Certification from UL Environment for Océ Arizona UV and Colorado UVgel inks… 

#InfluenceB2B Transformation for the Digital Age
#InfluenceB2B programme leads from innovation to transformation! By Andreas Weber, Head of Value… 

MPS reports highly successful Labelexpo Europe
MPS launches real-time ‘talk to me’ connectivity platform and celebrates double sale of its hybrid EF SYMJET at Labelexpo 2017… 

Sun Chemical’s unique product range at InPrint 2017
Sun Chemical demonstrates the breadth of its capability in Industrial print applications at InPrint 2017 in Munich… 

Rengel adds new Speedmaster SX 52 with Prinect
Rengel Printing more than doubles output following installation of a new Speedmaster SX 52 with coater… 

The lead articles from a week last Friday…

Muller Martini at the WAN Ifra WPE in Berlin

Exciting look into the mailroom with a pair of VR glasses… 

The success of the Manroland e:line family continues
Styria Media Group and Vorländer have decided for a series of the new Manroland Web Systems newspaper printing class… 

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Online Feature articles 2017
Only 49 articles last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 in 2015, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

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#InfluenceB2B Transformation for the Digital Age
#InfluenceB2B programme leads from innovation to transformation! By Andreas Weber, Head of Value…

Previous…      ValueDialog: Transformation hits Print Technology + Innovation
Heidelberg verified at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, #IAA2017 what Dr. Ulrich Hermann pointed out in the ValueDialog:…

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

Heidelberg 4D printing solutions at InPrint 2017 Munich
Personalisation as a megatrend – Heidelberg showcasing digital printing solutions for the automotive industry…

Previous…      Every second counts at FLYERALARM
Rapida 145: Complete job changes in just two minutes…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Eco-nomy
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 16 Oct

Previous…      LED Fever
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 09 Sep

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  Intelligent Printing in Focus
All in Print China to be staged at the new International Expo Center in Shanghai from 24 to 28 October 2018…

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#InfluenceB2B.001

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value
Analyst | Educator | Speaker | Influencer | Transformer

—German Version—

 

“Everything we need to know is right in front of our eyes!”

 

Over a period of around three decades I have been able to participate in over 550 national and international innovation projects, many of which I was responsible for myself. They always turned out well. For quite some time now, it has been apparent that innovation cannot be the goal, but rather a means to an end. Transformation is the goal. The logical consequence: Beyond Innovation. Transformation wanted — welcome #InfluenceB2B!

 


1. Keep moving!

First of all: I have — with a heavy heart — left Mainz, the city of Gutenberg, after spending around 30 years there. My new home is Frankfurt am Main: The financial metropolis with an ideal infrastructure, multi-cultural, cosmopolitan and innovative — in short, the city has a spirit that inspires.

Nevertheless: I will always remain connected to the values of Gutenberg’s Galaxy. Because despite all the negative talk, it’s more worthwhile than ever before to grapple with the world of print. Hardly any other other cultural technology, hardly any other sector that has penetrated our world so intensively and continuously, has held its ground so well over the centuries when it came to transforming our lives, our culture and our economy. The endless (and often fruitless) debates about the risks facing print due to the Internet have clouded our vision. Print, per se, can be disruptive, and we need to understand that it is a fundamentally important driver of transformation, and not a victim of it!

 


2. Stay ahead!

My basic idea: In order to benefit from the fantastic, irrevocable and irreversible changes of the digital age to the greatest extent possible, we must all find a way to understand transformation not only as the optimisation of existing things through (technical) innovation, but instead that transformation can be used as the sustainable (or better: fruitful) basis for all business activities.

 

 


3. A new world

The things I do are the result of thinking, creative discourse and transformation for the digital age. The hashtag #InfluenceB2B describes it best: an objective that goes far beyond publication and consulting/coaching. Good social skills geared towards smart storytelling, interactive conversations and communities represent the foundation for establishing sustainable relationships outside of one’s own disciplines. ValuePublishing, which I created in the run-up to drupa 2016, takes on a central role here: It became an important tool of an #InfluenceB2B programme which combined blogging, education, keynotes, coaching/advising and community organizing in a targeted manner on a kind of platform. The outstanding network effects are the decisive aspect here.


AW #influenceB2B Value sells

 


4. Transformation as the business

Transformation has strategic and operative dimensions. At the beginning, as already mentioned, we have thinking and discourse, not the actual activity. Those who still think that transformation means finding a ‘digital’ business model with optimised processes and then everything will be good have not even begun to understand the digital age!

Rather, it’s about comprehending the basic nature of transformation and, thanks to a more in-depth understanding, being able to gain new insights:

  1. Transformation requires and supports a sense of community and empathy, in order to establish a connection to reality in the digital age.
  2. The comprehensive insight into new and relevant technologies plus the smart adaptability of the resulting benefits are what actually get transformation moving in a beneficial way — and keep it going.
  3. The efficiency of transformation increases with the uncontrollable dynamics of every economic, cultural and social framework.

 


5. Effective work – amazing results!

My focus is on achieving and also sharing new insights through media-based and personal discourse. This requires a systematic approach which is based on exponential dynamics and not linearity. And the best thing: It works right from the beginning! Above all and precisely because of the outstanding network effects which I achieve with my ‘transformed’ working methods.

Here are a few of the key points (especially for those who like to use statistics):

  • Daily contact with 5,000 to 10,000 active social media users (via tweets and an automated twitter/online news portal that is updated each day)
  • Directly addressing up to 25,000 hand-picked decision-makers in real-time via sustainable storytelling and social conversations
  • Powerful viral effects with maximum interactions through focussed messages (benchmark to date: 6.5 million impressions on a specific topic in a very short time).
  • ValueBlog as a multi-media compendium (ISSN certified) which to date bundles specifically relevant findings in over 400 posts — with high internationality (to date, 90,000 unique viewers on ValueBlog from more than 125 countries, with up to 2,150 viewers per day)
  • Real-time tracking and analysis with targeted evaluation possibilities, a kind of lightning market research on a wide variety of topics — on-demand
  • Increased impact through global partnerships with international specialist groups, user groups, experts, pioneers and companies from a wide range of disciplines
  • And last but not least, the H2H factor: Substantiated know-how from personal meetings with over 120,000 participants from all over the world during talks, seminars, workshops, lectures, executive briefings, etc.

 


6. Where is the beef?

Thanks to my network effects and conversations, no time is wasted with complex acquisition activities or briefings that start at zero. This is a lot of fun, as I can get dynamic things moving without any waste or loss and continually integrate new target people/groups who are interested in innovation topics like transformation. The ‘coverage’ in cultural and creative economies as well as the digital economy is continually growing. 

 


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Conclusion

The move from being a publisher/consultant with offices in Mainz to an initiator of an #InfluenceB2B programme in Frankfurt am Main opens up a whole new series of possibilities. And it works elsewhere as well, as my lecture tour to the mega city of São Paulo, the new hotspot for transformation, confirmed in August 2017. Prior to this trip I prepared my topic with blog posts and discussions with hundreds of new contacts, above all through LinkedIn, which provided me with a specific idea of the expectations there. The result: My business partners and audience were very satisfied (I received the best rating of my career) and I was able to strengthen and also expand my contacts in Latam with exciting new projects.

I have numerous other examples of my successes which I would be happy to tell you about in a personal conversation. Why not contact me, preferably via LinkedIn! — By the way: My business principle has not changed: You can choose between “Rent-a-Brain” on a daily basis or specific projects with a fixed budget. After all, things that prove themselves survive!

 


 

 


 

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Canon Europa hat zu einer neuen Organisationsstruktur gefunden, die bestmögliche Kunden- und Marktorientierung ermöglichen soll. Interessenten und Kunden haben es nunmehr mit einem zentralen Ansprechpartner zu tun, der seinerseits die Koordination mit unterschiedlichen Canon-Experten steuert. Das Customer Experience Center von Canon in Poing bei München repräsentiert als echter Hotspot eine Erster-Klasse-Anlaufstelle für Print-Innovationen. — Am 20. September 2017 wurde zu den Production Printing Days 2017 nach Poing eingeladen. Das dargebotene komplette Leistungsspektrum an Hard- und Software trumpfte mit einer Vielzahl an Anwendungslösungen auf, die von Expertenteams erläutert wurden, damit die Besucher sich durch den wahren Dschungel an Neuheiten durchfinden konnten. Ein guter Zeitpunkt für einen ValueDialog, der Canons „Transformation Journey“ verdeutlichen soll. Mark Lawn, Canon Europe, Director of Graphic & Communications Group, stand Rede und Antwort.

Warum unterscheidet Canon zwischen ‚Commercial Printing‘ und ‚Graphic & Communications‘?

Mark Lawn: Diese Differenzierung bezeichnet unseren Weg, eine Art Profil unseres Auditoriums in einem dynamischen Umfeld zu finden. Viele neue Applikationen finden nicht mehr nur in klassischen Marktsegmenten statt. Nehmen Sie als Beispiel eine Firma wie Amazon, die nicht mehr nur mit Büchern handelt, sondern diese auch selbst druckt und damit zum ‚Graphic Communications Provider‘ geworden ist. Hier müssen wir als Technologie- und Lösungs-Lieferant anders agieren können.

Das heißt, Canon stellt sich darauf ein, mit unterschiedlichen Firmentypen zu tun zu haben, die einerseits eine Geschichte in der Herstellung von Drucksachen haben und im Digitaldruck weiterkommen wollen sowie andererseits Quer- oder Neueinsteiger, die mit Hilfe von Print-Innovationen neue Geschäftsmöglichkeiten erschließen?



Inspirierend: Canon zeigte anhand einer eigens kreierten, fiktiven Marke auf, wie per Omnichannel Markenkommunikation funktioniert. Fotos: Canon Europe (oben), Andreas Weber


Mark Lawn: Ganz genau. Es gibt ausserhalb der klassischen Druckbranche, die sich auf industrielle Fertigung von Drucksachen fokussiert, eine Vielzahl dynamischer Anbieter, die ein breites, crossmediales Lösungsangebot entwickeln für eine Vielzahl an Kunden. Unsere Organisationsstruktur muss sicherstellen, hier jeweils einen zentralen Ansprechpartner zu bieten, der Wissen und Ressourcen bündelt, um individuelle Anforderungen präzise zu erfüllen. Im Bereich Graphic & Communications ist es entscheidend, sich in der Wertschöpfungskette nach vorne bewegen zu können, um zu einem möglichst frühen Zeitpunkt Einfluss auf Kommunikationsprojekte nehmen zu können und Print ins Spiel zu bringen. Also nicht nur mit denjenigen zu agieren, die Druckaufträge vergeben. Hier können gerade kleinere Dienstleister ihre hohe Flexibilität unter Beweis stellen. Das wollen wir aktiv unterstützen.

Dynamik bedeutet Veränderung. Womit müssen wir mittelfristig rechnen? Die drupa 2020 steht schon fast vor der Tür…

Mark Lawn: Pragmatisch gesehen, stellt sich die Frage: Womit beschäftigen wir uns heute? Aus meiner Sicht mit der Darstellung des Möglichen mit Hilfe von Print-Innovationen; es muss die Kluft geschlossen werden zwischen dem Stand der Technik und den Anforderung der Marken/Werbungtreibenden mit ihrer ‚digitalen’ Ausrichtung im Marketing. Hier wissen die wenigsten um den Nutzen von Print in einer vernetzten Welt. Die Print-Branche insgesamt muss sich in der Verantwortung sehen, das rasch zu ändern — vor allem auch mit Hilfe von Experten wie Ihnen als Influencer, im Social Media wie auch in Vorträgen.

Auf die Zukunft projiziert, heisst das, es findet ein Wandel statt vom Print Service Provider hin zum Business Solution Provider? Mit dem Focus auf ein neues ‚Ecosystem‘?

Mark Lawn: Da stimme ich voll zu. Das wird zwingend notwendig sein. Dazu müssen wir aber unser Silo-Denken in der Print-Branche aufgeben. Momentan ignorieren wir noch zu oft den Wandel, den ein Nachfrage-getriebenes Supply-Chain-Management provoziert. Neue Marktpotentiale werden so gut wie gar nicht zur Kenntnis genommen. Und: Wir erreichen mit unseren Botschaften noch nicht das richtige Publikum, um durch passende, neue Leistungsversprechen die tatsächlichen Innovations-Möglichkeiten, die sich mit Print, wie wir bei Canon es verstehen, überzeugend darzulegen. Denn nur so können neue Ideen durch konkrete Anwendungen in wertschöpfende Maßnahmen verwandelt werden. Die Branche muss sich zum ‚Problemlöser‘ transformieren, um jede Art von neuer Herausforderung nachhaltig mit zielführende Lösungen zu bedienen.

Vielen Dank für das Gespräch.


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Mark Lawn beim Pressebriefing in Poing. Video: Andreas Weber




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The Daimler Group in partnership with Heidelberg breaking new ground with a pioneering 4D Printing project for smart. Photos: Daimler AG; Andreas Weber.

 

 

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value | (German Version)

  • #IAA2017 as a serious playing field for innovative Print 4.0 applications with a combination of tablet app, augmented reality, and 4D printing.
  • The Daimler Group breaking new ground with a pioneering project for smart.
  • Heidelberg positioned as an important technology partner for the automotive industry.
  • Car buyers set to be able to custom design certain elements of their car in the future.
  • CONCLUSION: First we had ‘car2go’, now we have ‘print2go’, in other words: a new dimension is being added to print, both functionally and structurally.

It was immediately clear to anyone entering the convention hall decorated by Daimler AG at the IAA 2017 international motor show in Frankfurt am Main: the digital revolution has now also fully gripped the traditional brands in car manufacturing. Huge screens showed in real time the abundance of tweets and video messages pouring in every second. The hot topic ‘Mobility of the future’ kicked off with Daimler’s ‘car2go’ – an extensive car-sharing service based around vehicles provided by Daimler (preferably the smart fortwo model series).

 

 

 

 

 

And the future is already taking place on Level 1 in the FabLab, where the ‘Volocopter’ prototype is showcasing new forms of mobility, which will unfold in the air. ‘Future Mobility’ is explained as follows: “Our digital transformation is in full swing”, confides Daimler. “On the brink of a new age in mobility, we are going beyond our previous understanding of mobility in our experiments and ideas, and are looking for new forms of manufacturing and methods of cooperation.” The objective is to explore the start-up spirit that Daimler has been driving since the invention of the automobile in 1886.

Also presented were 3D printers, which are used in manufacturing. And a real world premiere under the heading “unleash the colour”: with a combination of a configurator app for tablets, augmented reality using 3D glasses, and 4D printing with Heidelberg Omnifire (for printing all kinds of three-dimensional objects), for the first time the car buyer is offered the opportunity to design and individualize certain trim components in the smart themselves and have them printed in real time. It should then be possible to install the parts in the already individually configurable vehicle. First we had ‘car2go’, now we have ‘print2go’, in other words: a new dimension is being added to print, both functionally and structurally. 

‘print2go’ is opening up a new dimension for print

“It is unique and pioneering that we as a print technology company are able to enter into a future-oriented partnership with a car-making giant like Daimler in order to ultimately reinforce differentiating factors and above all customer orientation/loyalty,” says Montserrat Peidro-Insa, who as Senior Vice President Digital at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is driving the digital transformation of the global print industry. The 4D printing technology perfected by Heidelberg more than three years ago offers the perfect basis for this.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Thomas Sommer-Dittrich, who is responsible for development work for the pioneer project at Daimler, for his part emphasized the strategic important of the research project, which was intentionally presented in an early stage at IAA 2017. This is because the application is based on a process that is digitized from beginning to end, but is to be put to the acid test in dialog with visitors to the motor show and experts in terms of its readiness for the market. The motto for the specific presentation is “unleash the colour — custom trims using an innovative printing process”, and it focuses on the benefit for the customer.

 



 

Daimler made the following announcement: “smart fans are creative and love variety. Even now there are barely two smarts that look exactly alike. With unleash the colour, smart offers a look at further ways of individualizing a smart. For example, at IAA 2017 smart demonstrates how digitization and new printing technologies enable individual small series or individual parts to be quickly and easily realized for the interior.”

 



 

The entire process is digitized – from the first design draft to the finished individual trim part, as the Daimler developer Martina Gayduschek competently and clearly demonstrated at IAA 2017. This is how it works: First, customers can design selected trim components for the interior (ventilation nozzles, instrument bezels, and multi-media interface trim) with their own motifs in a configurator app on the tablet. The overall design can be immediately viewed on the tablet and using 3D glasses in virtual reality (VR) to see how the design they have chosen themselves will fit into the car ambiance. Then the design is optimized for printing and printed in color as well as with tactile effects on the surfaces of the real components. The car buyer can then choose between two levels of individualization:

  • choose provides ideas for quick individualization with various design suggestions which can be viewed realistically on a tablet and with VR glasses in the virtual vehicle.
  • create takes personalization a step further: visitors can photograph a motif of their choice with the camera of the tablet. The configurator transfers the motif virtually to the trim components and visualizes it in real time as virtual reality. This enables the visitor to experience the trim components personalized with their motif in the car with the help of a tablet and VR glasses.

The Omnifire 250 digital printing system from Heidelberg was positioned right next to the smart stand in the Mercedes FabLab at the motor show, so that the visitors could see the trim components being printed live and find out about the innovative printing process and the technology behind it. The result was presented to the public in a deliberate way at the smart stand in hall 2, with visitors able to try out the application in a smart using 3D glasses, watch a video on it, and touch prototypes.

All in all, a very concrete experiment that was very well received by the public and thus weathered the acid test. How long more it will take until this is used in practice will be decided by the responsible business divisions at smart after IAA 2017. However, the first test markets for small pilot series have already been defined. What we now need is ‘mobility’ of thought and action in order to integrate technological innovations into the complex processes involved in car manufacturing and marketing.

 


 

“The possibilities of 4D printing are phenomenal.”

 

 

 

 

Statement by Peter Wilhelm Borbet at #IAA2017 (in german).

 

There were also ‘print2go’ applications using Heidelberg-Omnifire technology in other areas. Visitors to wheel specialist Borbet’s stand were able to compare the results with those of conventional pad printing and laser printing. “The Heidelberg technology offers clear advantages when it comes to color reproduction, imaging quality, and productivity,” says owner Peter Wilhelm Borbet. He feels that the future in his specialized and quality-focused business also very clearly lies in fulfilling individual customer wishes. That is why he started exploring the possibilities early on and investigating how mass customization could be integrated into the mass production of wheels with ‘print2go’.

A press release from Borbet for IAA 2017 dated 15 September 2017 stated the following: ”Pad printing, laser technology, and Omnifire 1000 digital printing are ExaPeel processes that leave nothing to be desired in the area of personalization. They enable motifs to be transferred to alloy wheels in order to produce a very personal unique piece. Pad printing and laser technology are ready for series production, Omnifire 1000 digital printing is currently in the test phase in our company. All three processes are durable and colorfast. But the Heidelberg digital printing system in particular really shines when it comes to color variation, because it can handle even complex color gradients with ease. Pad printing offers impressively fast implementation and the laser process can also be used for true-to-template visualization of lettering, embellishments, logos, and the most delicate patterns.” Conclusion: Borbet continues to evolve towards digital printing systems in order to stay one step ahead of its customers’ wishes by providing two things – quality and individualization. 

 


 

 

 

 

Statement by Thomas Wittmann, Ritz Lackiertechnik at #IAA2017 (in german)

 

IAA 2017 also provided an opportunity to meet innovative service providers that have already been working on the individualization of components in the automotive sector for some time now. Thomas Wittmann, Sales Manager at Ritzi Lackiertechnik, was on site and explained how the company has already been printing certain plastic parts for vehicles in large quantities for over two years, both for car manufacturers and for individual car buyers. He talked about a customer who wanted to have his panoramic photo of New York from the Empire State Building on the trims in the interior of his vehicle. This was no problem with digital printing. Tests are currently underway for a major manufacturer on how to use the Omnifire technology to manufacture the bezels for speedometers for special series of a cult vehicle in a sophisticated way. “For us, getting to grips with digital printing and specifically 4D printing from Heidelberg is strategically extremely important because we want to develop new application possibilities that will move our ranges of services along,” said Wittmann.

Conclusion: As well as quality, high productivity, maximum flexibility, and cost-effectiveness are crucial for Wittmann. Unlike with classic painting technology, motifs can be switched in inkjet digital printing without having to change the tools. And all in real time.

 


 

My summary: The times are changing!

IAA 2017 marked a completely new dimension for the medium of printing. We know from the past how digital printing can be used to produce advertising materials for the exhibitors at the motor show. This was therefore a linear transformation of the existing process. With “unleash the colour” by Daimler, we can now see how an exponential transformation can take place. Heidelberg is presenting itself here as a fresh company whose technologies can be integrated into any digitized manufacturing process. Real print innovations in the form of ‘print2go’ (a term that I would like to coin at this point!) are becoming immediate and the direct contact produces added value for the car fan and buyer, integrated into state-of-the-art digital scenarios via a tablet and augmented reality in combination with 4D printing.

The end customer/buyer takes the lead in designing their vehicle and initiates the printing process immediately. More was achieved with this for print than at the same time in Chicago at the leading US trade fair Print17, where, as usual in the industry, the exhibitors’ focus was on explaining and showing (so-called) innovative technologies that have been used for centuries to reproduce content. IAA 2017 now marks the milestone for the transformation of printing and transformation using printing. And ‘incidentally‘, the thesis expressed by Marc Pritchard, CMO of the biggest advertiser in the world, Procter & Gamble, at the concurrently running DEMXCO in Cologne, was brought to life at the highest level: “We are in the process of completing the first stage of the digital media transformation. The next disruption – digital 1-to-1-communication – is around the corner.” — Oops, print is demonstrably one step ahead here. ‘print2go’ has already rounded the corner. And done so in the premium segment ‘Automotive’. The question is: Will even more be possible here in the future?

 


 

Short & sweet: Check out my impressions via ValuePublishing Storify.

 

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Live-Video “Omnifire at the International Motor Show IAA2017”

 


Heidelberg’s great Omnifire video on Youtube

 

 

 


Read as well: Heidelberg’s IAA 2017 press release
(18. September 2017)

 

 

 

 

 


 

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