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Bayerns Staatsminister Joachim Herrmann gratuliert Onlineprinters-CEO Dr. Michael Fries zum 600 000. Kunden. Foto: Onlineprinters GmbH

(Neustadt an der Aisch, Onlineprinters)  – Für die Onlineprinters GmbH mit ihren beiden Marken diedruckerei.de und Onlineprinters beginnt das neue Jahr mit einer Erfolgsmeldung: Das Unternehmen hat im Jahr 2016 insgesamt 100.000 neue Kunden gewonnen und konnte im Januar 2017 seinen 600 000. Kunden begrüßen. Der Bayerische Staatsminister Joachim Herrmann gratulierte den beiden Geschäftsführern Dr. Michael Fries (CEO) und Dirk A. Müller (CFO) zu diesem Erfolg. „Ich freue mich, mit der Onlineprinters GmbH ein Unternehmen zu besuchen, das sich seit Jahren kontinuierlich positiv entwickelt und Innovationsstärke unter Beweis gestellt hat. Das zeigt, dass die Digitalisierung auch traditionellen Branchen wie dem Druckgewerbe, entscheidende Impulse geben kann“, sagte Joachim Herrmann gleich zu Beginn seiner Betriebsbesichtigung bei der Onlineprinters GmbH im mittelfränkischen Neustadt a. d. Aisch.

Ein Blick hinter die Kulissen

Der Minister nutzte die Gelegenheit, um einen Blick hinter die Kulissen des E-Commerce-Unternehmens zu werfen, das sich in den vergangenen dreizehn Jahren aus einer mittelständischen Druckerei zu einem der europäischen Marktführern im Onlinedruck entwickelt hat. Beim Gang durch die Produktionshallen konnte er die imposanten Acht-Farb-Offset-Druckmaschinen, hochmodernen Schneidearbeitsplätze sowie die Weiterverarbeitungsanlagen besichtigen. Onlineprinters-CEO Dr. Michael Fries betonte: „Wir haben 2016 über 2,1 Milliarden Druckprodukte hergestellt und von unserem Firmenstandort in Neustadt a. d. Aisch aus in 30 Länder geliefert. Am Rande der Metropolregion Nürnberg haben wir ein europaweit führendes digitales Geschäftsmodell entwickelt. Für das laufende Jahr steht nicht nur weiteres Umsatzwachstum, sondern ebenso die Erhöhung der Profitabilität auf unserer Agenda.“

Größter Arbeitgeber im Landkreis

Auch das Mitglied des Bayerischen Landtages, Hans Herold, der Landrat des Landkreises Neustadt a. d. Aisch-Bad Windsheim, Helmut Weiß, sowie der Erste Bürgermeister der Stadt Neustadt a. d. Aisch, Klaus Meier, konnten sich ein Bild von einem der größten Unternehmen des Landkreises Neustadt a. d. Aisch machen. „Wir werden in den nächsten Jahren weiterwachsen. Das bedeutet auch, dass wir einen steten Zufluss von qualifizierten Mitarbeitern benötigen. Seit 2016 bilden wir deshalb verstärkt selbst aus. Das hat den Vorteil, dass der Nachwuchs aus den eigenen Reihen von vornherein mit unseren Arbeitsabläufen, die sich stark von denen einer konventionellen Druckerei unterscheiden, vertraut ist“, erklärt Dr. Michael Fries.

Ausbau der Internationalisierung wird fortgesetzt

Nach dem Einstieg der beiden neuen Investoren Bregal Unternehmerkapital und Project A Ventures wird für das laufende Jahr 2017 ein zweistelliges Umsatzwachstum, eine Steigerung der Profitabilität und die Aufnahme neuer Produkte ins Angebot angestrebt. Dr. Michael Fries kündigt an: „Auch unsere Internationalisierung werden wir weiter vorantreiben. Im Januar wird unser tschechischer Webshop online gehen. Dabei wird es 2017 aber nicht bleiben. Schon jetzt gibt es unsere Onlineshops in zehn Sprachen. Mittlerweile machen wir mehr als die Hälfte unseres Umsatzes im Ausland, dieser Trend wird sich in den nächsten Jahren verstärken.“

Über das Unternehmen

Die Onlineprinters GmbH zählt zu den größten Onlinedruckereien Europas. Unter dem Motto „Drucksachen einfach online bestellen“ vertreibt das Unternehmen über 15 Webshops Druckprodukte an 600.000 Kunden in 30 Ländern Europas. International ist das Unternehmen unter dem Markennamen Onlineprinters bekannt, in Deutschland tritt es als diedruckerei.de auf. Das Produktsortiment umfasst 1.400 Drucksachen von Visitenkarten, Briefpapier und Flyern über Kataloge und Broschüren bis hin zu großformatigen Werbesystemen. Das Erfolgsrezept der Produktion individueller Drucksachen im Sinne der Industrie 4.0 basiert auf drei Säulen: dem Online-Vertrieb, einer vollintegrierten Produktion von Bestellung bis Versand und dem Sammeldruck. In Letzterem werden auf sogenannten Sammelformen mehrere Druckaufträge gemeinsam produziert, was Kosten minimiert und die Umwelt schont. Kunden stehen Optionen wie Blitzdruck (Produktion am selben Werktag), Overnight-Lieferung, klimaneutrale Produktion und freie Formateingabe bei ausgewählten Produkten zur Verfügung. Die Onlineprinters GmbH beschäftigt 650 Mitarbeiter. Das Unternehmen wurde von den Publikationen DIE WELT, COMPUTER BILD, FOCUS und Handelsblatt für seinen deutschen Onlineshop ausgezeichnet.
 
Klicken zum Videobeitrag „Blick hinter die Kulissen von diedruckerei.de“

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Wenn sich die Besten der Besten treffen, sollte man dabei sein. Am 1. Dezember 2016 folgten der Einladung von Canon (Schweiz) AG in Wallisellen bei Zürich hochkarätige Experten zur 2. Swiss Crossmedia Conference. Im Fokus: Eine zukunftsweisende Standortbestimmung aus verschiedensten Perspektiven, wie neue, interaktive Formen der Kommunikation mit Medien auf breiter Basis den Geschäftserfolg messbar stärken.  

Vorweg: Crossmedia bezeichnet nicht mehr nur eine innovative Technik, die von Eliten bedient wird, sondern Crossmedia beschreibt ein nachhaltig wirksames und damit unverzichtbares Geschäftsprinzip, das den Menschen und seine spezifischen Bedürfnisse in den Mittelpunkt rückt. Dazu bedarf es zielführender Konzeptionen, die sich souverän der neuesten Technologien bedienen, ohne sich dem Diktat der Technik beugen zu müssen. Erreicht wird dies, wie das der Kommunikationsexperte Andreas Weber, Value Communication AG, Mainz/Deutschland, in seinem Eröffnungsvortrag darlegte, auf drei Ebenen:

  1. Der eigenen Transformation des Denkens. 
  2. Der Identifikation geeigneter Innovations-Lösungen und dauerhafter Partnerschaften.
  3. Der Verpflichtung, das Kundenerlebnis in den Mittelpunkt zu stellen und dauerhaft anzureichern. 

„Keine Frage. Crossmedia ist ein hoch komplexes Thema, in das man sich gründlich einarbeiten muss. Denjenigen, denen das gelingt, eröffnen sich neue Welten“, so das Fazit von Michael Eugster, Mitglied der Agenturleitung bei Rembrand AG. Für Eugster zählt, Menschen emotional zu berühren, zu begeistern, zu gewinnen durch die Kraft der zielgerichteten Personalisierung und der Kreativität im Dienste der Marke und ihrer Kunden sowie vor allem im Einklang mit den Möglichkeiten der Technologie. Dem pflichteten in ihren Praxisreferaten auch Bernhard Kobel, Geschäftsleitungsmitglied bei Stämpfli AG, der überzeugende Ergebnisse bei Dialogmarketingkampagnen für die Bewerbung von Ferien vorstellte, und Dr. Joelle Loos-Neidhart, Neidhart + Schön Group, bei, die ihre Dienstleister-Erfahrungen im Crossmedia teilte. Beide haben seit der 1. Swiss Crossmedia Conference 2015 eine Kooperation gebildet, um den Markterfolg von Crossmedia durch intensive Kooperation und Kompetenzbündelung in Form einer skalierbaren Marketingportal-Lösung voranzutreiben.

 

 

Von hohem Wert für die Konferenz-Teilnehmer war, dass Christoph Clermont, Director Engineering bei EFI DirectSmile, einen Einblick in die neuesten Technologie-Entwicklungen gab. Er zeichnete eine konkrete Vision in die crossmediale Zukunft der Technik, die bisherige Hürden überwinden kann, um modular neu strukturiert und höchst flexibel auf gewachsene Kommunikationsanforderungen im Digitalzeitalter zu reagieren. Wie das schon heute aussieht, zeigten die Präsentation von Querfeld1 der Rohner Spiller AG, die dynamische Kommunikationsplattformen mit maximaler Automation entwickeln, sowie die exklusive Vorstellung eines Sales Akquise-Tools für Canon (Schweiz) AG, das Sigi Alder und Falk Dörner realisiert haben. Damit ist der Zugang von Crossmedia in die Vertriebskommunikation erfolgreich vollzogen. Ein echter Meilenstein.

Die Referenten zeigten auf, wie mit Crossmedia Dienstleistungen neue Kunden angesprochen werden können und wie bestehenden Kunden mit neuen Dienstleistungen zu mehr Erfolg in ihrer Kommunikation verholfen werden kann. Mit zukunftsweisender Kommunikation über mehrere Kanäle hinweg.

Fazit: Die 2. Swiss Crossmedia Conference konnte den Erfolg der Auftakt-Veranstaltung im Jahr 2015 bestärken und sogar noch übertreffen. So umfassend und facettenreich ist das wichtige Thema Crossmedia bis dato noch nicht zugänglich gemacht geworden. Der Erfolg der zweite Swiss Crossmedia Conference und das positive Feedback motiviert diesen Event in den kommenden Jahren zu wiederholen.

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


By Andreas Weber, Head of Value

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

The wallscreen becomes the cockpit


Thomas Fleckenstein of Lokay Druck


Cool! Vegan print products!


Push to Stop at Pruskil


Thomas Kerndl of Pruskil


Christian Aumüller explains ways of optimizing work


Printing plate robot at Aumüller


Printing plate robot at Aumüller

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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




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

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

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

By Şükran Ceren Salali and Andreas Weber, Head of Value



INTRO

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


How did you end up in Amsterdam?

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

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

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

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

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




What kind of challenges you faced during this process?

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


What are the future plans for PastBook?

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


About the interviewee




Can we learn who is Stefano Cutello?

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

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

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

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



About the company

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

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

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





OUTRO

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

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

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

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

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





Photos: Heideldruck. Photo collage: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Frankfurt am Main, Germany

 

When the control station of a large-format Heidelberg printing press can be used like a smartphone, it calls for a closer look. For the first time, intuitive operator guidance has been complemented by intelligent automation of the press. The main requirements when developing a product: top quality, maximum productivity, and cost effectiveness strengthen small and large print shops alike, securing them analytical, organizational, and operational advantages. 

Rainer Wolf, Head of Sheetfed Product Management at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (for short: Heideldruck), provides an insight into the “reboot” of offset printing aimed at enabling perfect interaction between people, processes, machines, and materials for perfect results at the push of a button.

 

Interview: Andreas Weber, Head of Value | German version

Please watch our real-time Twitter Report to get the best out of the End of Oct. 2016 Push to Stop Press Tour — amazing best practice cases. 

 

Heideldruck presented a “reboot” of offset printing at drupa 2016, with a strong focus on digitization. What does this mean?

Rainer Wolf: Well, first of all, it’s not just our products that have changed, Heidelberg as a company has also successfully repositioned itself. Our exhibition at drupa 2016 under the motto Simply Smart showed how digital integration adds concrete value and what the smart print shop of the future will look like. Digitization, automation, flexibilization, and market orientation will all be interlinked. We are confident of achieving this goal since we have integrated innovations from the digital world like big data, cloud services, eShops, automation tools, and so on and by so doing are raising industrialization in printing to a new level. Offset printing offers the greatest potential for unexpected momentum, since it is regarded as a “saturated, mature market” shaped by “analog” technologies. But that is not the case!

Why do you say that?

Rainer Wolf: The days of analog offset printing are long gone. Now we have intelligent, digital real-time analyses for productivity and production control as well as a new concept for the press control station with multitouch operation similar to that of an iPhone, including widgets and apps that can be used via the Prinect networking platform. We call the philosophy that underpins this “Push to Stop” – it is an holistic, integrated approach to digital networking and automated production that enables print shops both small and large to offer up-to-date services as a smart print shop on the basis of autonomous and guided printing.

How was this received by customers?

Rainer Wolf: The new approach has been very well received. There has been no negative feedback about our Push to Stop philosophy. On the contrary, Push to Stop is now an integral part of communication with our customers and has been actively requested since drupa 2016. And that’s despite the fact that Push to Stop isn’t a product; it’s a philosophy or a new way of thinking that can deliver significant improvements in business and production processes. It is on this basis that we look for solutions. Overall, we find that there is also particularly high demand for digitization in offset printing in the emerging markets like India or China, so it’s not just in the Western world.

What concrete improvements are required? What challenges are your customers facing?

Rainer Wolf: On the one hand, we are seeing a clear trend towards shorter runs, in other words the job change rate per hour/shift is going right up. On the other hand, print shops have been under considerable cost pressure for years, and fighting continuous price erosion. Add to this the continuous increase in costs for paper, power, consumables, and so on. So print shops need to keep cutting overheads and further reducing their production costs with intelligent, integrated solutions.

[NOTE: See also the ValueTrendRadar analysis Opportunities for value creation with printing]


 

Photos: Heideldruck, 2016

What does this mean for your customers and for Heideldruck?

Rainer Wolf: We’re focusing on the issue of “cost pressure” and fast makeready times, and have identified huge potential for improvement through our Push to Stop concept and analyses. It’s no longer enough to consider process steps in isolation if we want to achieve improvements, instead we need an integrated approach in terms of relevant standardization opportunities. The focus is on automated production as a way of preventing bad decisions and eliminating mechanisms of disruption. It is very important to closely analyze with customers how the number of touchpoints, in other words manual interventions during job fulfillment, can be reduced. State-of-the-art technology is not the only way to greater effectiveness, it can also be achieved by optimizing interaction between people and machinery.

How do you determine the effectiveness of a print shop operation?

Rainer Wolf: What’s important is the level of output and the workload associated with this. When looking at print shops as high-performance production operations, the “Overall Equipment Effectiveness” (OEE for short) is an important indicator. In other words, measuring and assessing what a press is actually producing. In theory, a Speedmaster XL 106 running around the clock, 365 days a year, can produce almost 160 million printed sheets per year [this is equivalent to 1.44 billion printed pages, or 2.88 billion DIN A4 printed pages with a perfecting press]. In practice, Speedmaster XL customers in Western Europe “only” achieve around 40 million sheets per year on average. That’s just a quarter of what’s possible. The reason for this is that there are too many friction losses and coordination problems that need to be eliminated in the overall job processing and production process (including pre-media). Our aim with Push to Stop is to win back some of the unused 75 percent and achieve an OEE factor of 50 percent. That represents a doubling of the current average. And we know it’s possible, because a small number of print shops are already doing it. They are achieving 70 to even 90 million sheets per year. This greatly increases profitability since much more can be produced at lower costs.

So new tools and technologies are important. But it takes more than that. What else, exactly?

Rainer Wolf: What is needed are exact analyses of all workflows coupled with practical experience. Digitization opens up wide-ranging possibilities. So what the customer needs to do is define very specific priorities. In this context, we have managed to secure first-class practitioners for our teams who analyze customers’ workflows and processes and match them with our technical solution possibilities.

And what do these expert practitioners do differently?

Rainer Wolf: They look at things from a different perspective; they review the actual workflows and then assess how technology can provide the best support. — The starting point is an analysis of the consistency of all the workflows in an operation in order to determine how many touchpoints there have been to date and which ones need to be/can be eliminated. For example, makeready times of just 2 minutes with 60 start-up sheets can be realized by making proper use of our tools and coordinating our paper, ink, and other consumables. These are outstanding numbers! — We are also asked: What do smooth approval processes for printing look like? — Or when talking about prepress: What is a good order for printing plates to reach the machine? It’s our job to make sure that customers can operate their Speedmaster at full speed, even with shorter runs and up to five or even ten job changes per hour.

 

 

Source: Heideldruck

 

What does that mean for the future?

Rainer Wolf: Our customers’ productivity has just about doubled in the last ten years. Similar gains in productivity will be possible in the coming ten years, enabling customers to achieve lasting improvements in their competitiveness. Some innovative companies, particularly from the online print sector, are already in a position to do this. But there are also opportunities to be had for companies that specialize in niche markets, since productivity pays off there too.

So if done correctly, digitization in offset printing has the potential to bring about a paradigm shift in the sector In your opinion, are there any hurdles to be overcome?

Rainer Wolf: Digitization is the first step on the path to the industrialization of printing. Therefore senior management needs to be acutely aware of our customers’ engagement with the changes in the market. The dynamism of the processes that happen before printing in particular is unbelievably high. It’s not just the mode of production that’s changing, but also how print jobs are placed. The big question is then: who is ultimately the right printing partner? Our Push to Stop philosophy is a significant help. Because as I have said, what is needed at the outset is not a big investment in technology, but rather a fundamental rethink, analysis, and networking (via Prinect). No one can go back and start with a blank sheet. Instead it’s a question of formulating a statement of intent — and then consistently optimizing processes and workflows in order to make better use of capacities. What we’re talking about isn’t really continuous improvement, since this only optimizes subprocesses. Push to Stop makes it possible to take bigger steps, almost in the sense of a quantum leap.

Digitization is becoming a management issue. What about the employees?

Rainer Wolf: It goes without saying that it’s very important to get the employees on board and allay any fears they might have about the impending changes. The expectation is that digitization will increase output while reducing workload. Push to Stop will help the employees to cope with this higher output. The autonomous, intelligent machine knows exactly and on demand the most effective way to work. The role of the printer is changing, involving less active operation of the machine and more production monitoring, quality assurance, and making sure that production runs without any problems. This is something we have to get used to. For us at Heidelberg, this means that we need to make sure that the printer can achieve this high level of output on a sustained basis and count on the machine and its assistance systems.

Last but not least: what’s the most exciting/important thing about the Heidelberg innovations for the offset printing market?

Rainer Wolf: Good question! The Push to Stop concept is unique, so it’s the main driver in terms of the strategic direction. In terms of technology, Hycolor Multidrive is one of my favorites because it lets us execute multiple processes simultaneously and makes us much faster, especially when it comes to complex makeready processes. For example, Hycolor Multidrive has reduced the time needed to wash the rubber blanket, impression cylinder, and ink rollers to just two and a half minutes.

But my real highlight is Intellistart 2, the software that brings Push to Stop to the press. For the first time, multiple follow-up orders can be prepared and released while production is still underway. In addition, processes are automatically started when changing jobs – and then run on their own. Intellistart 2 organizes all of this automatically and the printer is even shown a timeline on the Wallscreen XL with exactly which processes are currently underway, what needs to be done manually, and how long it will be until production starts. Seen in this way, Intellistart 2 is the right product at the right time for taking the first step into the age of Push to Stop.

Thank you for this interview.

 

 

About the interviewee


Rainer Wolf, Head of Sheetfed Product Management at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

Rainer Wolf, a qualified printing technology engineer, has learned about printing from the bottom up. After training and working as an offset printer, he spent four years studying at the Stuttgart College of Printing (1994 to 1998) and also worked as a management assistant in a well-known print shop in Southern Germany. Since 2000, Mr. Wolf has held various positions within the Product Management at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Key roles have included Market Intelligence as well as Head of Product Line Strategy. In 2014 he was nominated to the Board of Directors of Heidelberg Graphic Equipment Shanghai (HGES). He has been Head of Sheetfed Product Management since April 2015.


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Fotos: Heideldruck. Bildcollage: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Frankfurt arm Main

Wenn der Leitstand einer großformatigen Heidelberg-Druckmaschine nutzbar ist wie ein smartes iPhone, sollte man genauer Hinschauen. Erstmals wurde der intuitiven Bedienerführung eine intelligente Automation der Maschine zur Seite gestellt. Die Maßgabe bei der Produktentwicklung: Höchste Qualität, maximale Produktivität und Wirtschaftlichkeit stärken kleine wie auch große Druckereien, die sich analytisch, organisatorisch und operativ Vorteile sichern. 

Rainer Wolf, Leiter Produktmanagement Sheetfed bei Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (kurz: Heideldruck), gibt Einblicke in die „Runderneuerung“ des Offsetdrucks, um ein perfektes Zusammenspiel von Menschen, Maschinen, Materialien und Prozessen zu nutzen, damit perfekte Ergebnisse auf Knopfdruck möglich sind.

Hinweis: Siehe auch den Expertencheck zu Push to Stop in der Praxis.

 

Interview. Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Heideldruck zeigte auf der drupa 2016 den Offsetdruck „runderneuert“ und ganz im Zeichen der Digitalisierung. Was ist darunter generell zu verstehen?

Rainer Wolf: Zunächst, nicht nur unsere Produkte, das ganze Unternehmen Heidelberg hat sich erfolgreich neu aufgestellt. Unter dem Motto Simply Smart haben wir auf der drupa 2016 gezeigt, wie digitale Integration konkreten Mehrwert bringt und wie der Smart Print Shop der Zukunft aussieht. Digitalisierung, Automatisierung, Flexibilisierung und Marktorientierung greifen ineinander. Wir sind überzeugt, dass wir dieses Ziel erreichen, da wir Innovationen aus der Digitalwelt, wie Big Data, Cloud-Services, eShops, Automatisierungs-Tools  etc., integriert haben und damit die Industrialisierung im Druck auf ein neues Level heben. Das größte Überraschungs-Momentum können wir im Offsetdruck erzielen, der allgemein als „gesättigter, reifer Markt“, geprägt durch „analoge“ Technologien angesehen wird. Aber: Das ist mitnichten so!

Warum? 

Rainer Wolf: „Analog“ ist im Offsetdruck kaum noch etwas. Intelligente, digitale Echtzeit-Analysen zur Produktivitäts- und Produktionssteuerung werden eingesetzt, ebenso wie ein neues Konzept für den Maschinen-Leitstand, der per Multitouch-Bedienung fast schon wie ein iPhone agiert, inklusive Widgets und Apps, die über die Vernetzungsplattform Prinect nutzbar sind. Die Philosophie, die wir dabei zugrunde legen, nennen wir „Push-to-Stop“ — ein ganzheitlicher, integrierter Ansatz zur digitalen Vernetzung und automatisierten Produktion, der kleinen wie großen Druckereien erlaubt, ihre Leistungen als Smart Print Shop durch autonomes und navigiertes Drucken zeitgemäß zu etablieren.

Wie wurde das bei den Kunden aufgenommen?

Rainer Wolf: Unser Neuansatz wird sehr gut aufgenommen. Es gibt keinerlei negatives Feedback, das unsere Push to Stop-Philosophie in Frage stellt. Im Gegenteil: Push to Stop ist nunmehr ein fester Bestandteil in der Kommunikation mit unseren Kunden und wird seit der drupa 2016 aktiv nachgefragt. Und das, obwohl Push to Stop kein Produkt ist, sondern eine Philosophie oder eine Art neues Denken darstellt, um Geschäfts- und Produktionsprozesse signifikant zu verbessern. Auf dieser Basis wird nach Lösungen gesucht. Wir stellen insgesamt fest, dass gerade auch in den Schwellenländern („Emerging Markets“) wie Indien oder China hohes Interesse für die Digitalisierung im Offsetdruck besteht, also nicht nur in der westlichen Welt.

Was muss konkret verbessert werden? Welcher Situation sind Ihre Kunden ausgesetzt?

Rainer Wolf: Zum Einen: Wir sehen einen klaren Trend zu kleineren Auflagen, das heisst die Jobwechselrate pro Stunde/Schicht steigt erheblich. Zum Anderen: Druckereien stehen seit Jahren unter erheblichem Kostendruck und kämpfen gegen einen stetigen Preisverfall an. Aufwendungen für Papier, Energie, Verbrauchsmaterialen etc. steigen aber kontinuierlich. Es gilt also weiter an der Kostenschraube zu drehen und über smart integrierte Lösungen die Produktionskosten weiter zu senken.

[HINWEIS: Siehe auch die ValueTrendRadar-Analyse Perspektiven in der Wertschöpfung mit Print

Was bedeutet das für Ihre Kunden und für Heideldruck?

Rainer Wolf: Wir setzen am Punkt „Kostendruck“ und schnelle Rüstzeiten an und haben durch unsere Push to Stop-Konzept und Analysen große Verbesserungs-Potenziale identifiziert. Um Verbesserungen zu erreichen, genügt es nicht mehr, Prozessschritte isoliert zu betrachten, sondern ganzheitlich im Sinne relevanter Standardisierungsmöglichkeiten vorzugehen. Der Fokus liegt darauf, automatisiert zu produzieren, um dadurch falsche Entscheidungen zu verhindern oder Störmechanismen auszuschalten. Ganz wichtig ist es, mit Kunden exakt zu analysieren, wie die Zahl der „Touchpoints“, also der manuellen Eingriffe bei der Auftragsumsetzung reduziert werden kann. Höhere Effektivität entsteht nicht nur durch modernste Technik, sondern durch das optimierte Zusammenspiel von Mensch und Maschine.

Wie ermittelt man die Effektivität eines Druckereibetriebs?

Rainer Wolf: Das Maß aller Dinge ist die Höhe des Outputs und des damit verbundenen Aufwands. Für Druckereien als Hochleistungs-Produktionsbetriebe ist die „Overall Equipment Effectivness“ (kurz: OEE) eine wichtige Kennzahl. Das heisst, zu messen und zu bewerten, was eine Druckmaschine tatsächlich produziert. Mit der Speedmaster XL 106 sind theoretisch bei Rund-um-die-Uhr-365-Tage-Betrieb knapp 160 Millionen Druckbogen pro Jahr zu produzieren [das entspricht 1,44 Milliarden, bei einer Wendemaschine 2,88 Milliarden DIN A 4-Druckseiten]. In der Praxis erreichen in Westeuropa die Speedmaster XL-Kunden im Schnitt „nur“ rund ca. 40 Millionen Bogen pro Jahr. Das ist nur ein Viertel des Möglichen. Der Grund: Im Gesamtablauf der Auftragsbearbeitung und Produktion (inklusive pre-media) gibt es zu viele Reibungsverluste und Abstimmungsproleme, die beseitigt werden müssen. Mit Push to Stop zielen wir darauf ab, einen Teil der nicht genutzten 75 Prozent zu adressieren und einen OEE-Faktor von 50 Prozent zu erreichen. Das ist eine Verdoppelung zum heutigen Schnitt. Und das geht, wie uns heute bereits einige wenige Druckereien vormachen. Sie erreichen schon 70 bis sogar 90 Millionen Bogen pro Jahr. Damit steigt die Profitabilität ganz erheblich, da wesentlich mehr zu geringeren Kosten hergestellt werden kann.

Neue Tools und Techniken sind demnach wichtig. Aber es braucht mehr. Was genau?

Rainer Wolf: Es bedarf exakter Analysen aller Abläufe  gekoppelt mit Praxiserfahrung. Durch die Digitalisierung sind die Möglichkeiten breitgefächert. Es braucht also ein klares, kundenspezifisches Setzen von Prioritäten. Und: Wir konnten erstklassige Praktiker für unsere Teams gewinnen, die alle Abläufe und Prozesse bei Kunden analysieren und mit unseren technischen Lösungsmöglichkeiten abgleichen. 

Und was machen diese Experten aus der Praxis anders?

Rainer Wolf: Sie kehren die Betrachtungsweise um, und prüfen die tatsächlichen Abläufe und bewerten dann, wie Technik am besten unterstützen kann. — Ausgangspunkt ist die Analyse der Durchgängigkeit sämtlicher Abläufe in einem Betrieb, um zu ermitteln, wieviele Touchpoints es bis dato gibt und welche eliminiert werden müssen/können. Durch den richtigen Einsatz unserer Tools sowie aufeinander abgestimmte Materialien wie Papier, Farbe und andere Verbrauchsmaterialien können zum Beispiel Rüstzeiten von nur 2 Minuten bei 60 Anlaufbögen realisiert werden. Das sind echte Spitzenwerte! — Hinterfragt wird zudem: Wie sehen reibungslose Freigabeprozesse für den Druck aus? — Oder bezogen auf die Vorstufe: In welcher sinnvollen Reihenfolge kommen die Druckplatten an die Maschine? Im Ergebnis gelingt es uns, dass Kunden auch bei kleineren Auflagen und bis zu fünf oder gar zehn Auftragswechseln pro Stunde ihre Speedmaster mit Vollgas fahren können.

Was heisst das für die Zukunft?

Rainer Wolf: In den letzten zehn Jahren hat sich die Produktivität bei unseren Kunden in etwa verdoppelt. In den kommenden 10 Jahren können unsere Kunden ihre Produktivität nochmals verdoppeln und dadurch ihre Konkurrenzfähigkeit nachhaltig ausbauen. Einzelne innovative Firmen, v. a. aus dem Online-Print-Sektor, können das heute schon. In Summe bieten sich aber auch Chancen für Firmen, die sich auf Nischenmärkte spezialisieren, denn auch in der Nische zahlt sich Produktivität aus.

Richtig verstanden, leitet die Digitalisierung im Offsetdruck einen Paradigmenwechsel in der Branche ein. Gibt es aus Ihrer Sicht Hürden, die zu nehmen sind?

Rainer Wolf: Die Industrialisierung im Druck kann durch die Digitalisierung erst richtig beginnen. Entsprechend muss auf der Führungsebene die Auseinandersetzung unserer Kunden mit Änderungen im Markt stark ausgeprägt sein. Die Dynamik vor allem in den dem Druck vorgelagerten Prozessen ist unglaublich hoch. Nicht nur die Produktionsweise, auch die Art und Weise, wie Druckaufträge entstehen, ändert sich. Die spannende Frage lautet dann: Wer ist am Ende der richtige Druckpartner? Unsere Push to Stop-Philosophie hilft entscheidend. Denn wie gesagt, sind zunächst keine hohen Technik-Investitionen notwendig, sondern gründliches Nachdenken, Analysieren und Vernetzen (via Prinect). Keiner kann auf der grünen Wiese alles neu aufbauen. Vielmehr gilt es, ein exaktes Zielbild zu formulieren — und anzufangen, sich konsequent mit Prozess- und Ablaufoptimierungen zu beschäftigen, um Kapazitäten besser zu nutzen. Dies weniger im Sinne von kontinuierlichen Verbesserungen, denn dadurch werden nur Teilprozesse optimiert. Mit Push to Stop gelingt es größere Schritte zu machen, beinahe im Sinne eines Quantensprungs.

Digitalisierung wird zur Chefsache. Wie steht es um die Mitarbeiter?

Rainer Wolf: Es ist natürlich sehr wichtig, die Mitarbeiter mitzunehmen und ihnen die Angst vor den anstehenden Veränderungen zu nehmen. Die Erwartungshaltung ist, durch die Digitalisierung mehr Output bei weniger Aufwand zu schaffen. Push to Stop hilft den Mitarbeitern, das Mehr an Leistung zu bewältigen. Die autonome, intelligente Maschine weiss exakt und auf Abruf, wie am Effektivsten gearbeitet wird. Die Rolle des Druckers verändert sich — er bedient die Maschine immer weniger aktiv, sondern überwacht die Produktion, stellt die Qualität sicher und sorgt dafür, dass die Anlage störungsfrei produzieren kann. Daran muss man sich gewöhnen. Für uns bei Heidelberg heißt das: Wir müssen dafür sorgen, daß der Drucker dieses hohe Leistungsniveau nachhaltig erreichen und sich auf die Maschine mit ihren Assistenzsystemen verlassen kann.

Last but not least: Was ist für sie persönlich das aufregendste/wichtigste an den Heidelberg-Neuheiten für den Offsetdruckmarkt?

Rainer Wolf: Gute Frage! Das Push to Stop-Konzept ist einzigartig, steht also ganz oben und gibt strategisch die Leitlinie vor. Bezogen auf die Technik ist Hycolor Multidrive einer meiner Favoriten; denn dadurch können dir technisch viele Prozesse simultan ausführen und sind speziell bei aufwändigen Rüstvorgängen wesentlich schneller. Es braucht beispielsweise gerade einmal 2,5 Minuten für Gummituch-, Druckzylinder- und Farbwalzenwaschen dank Hycolor Multidrive.

Mein absolutes Highlight ist aber Intellistart 2, die Software, die Push to Stop an die Druckmaschine bringt. Erstmalig können mehrere Folgeaufträge bereits während der laufenden Produktion vorbereitet und freigegeben werden. Zusätzlich werden beim Auftragswechsel Prozesse automatisch gestartet, die dann selbstständig ablaufen. Intellistart 2 organisiert das alles automatisch und der Drucker bekommt am Wallscreen XL sogar ein Zeitstrahldiagramm angezeigt, an dem er genau sieht, welche Prozesse gerade ablaufen, was er manuell machen muss und wie lange es dauert bis die Produktion startet. So gesehen ist Intellistart 2 ein Volltreffer zur richtigen Zeit, um den ersten Schritt ins Push to Stop-Zeitalter zu machen.

Vielen Dank für das Gespräch. 


Zur Person

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Rainer Wolf,  Leiter Produktmanagement Sheetfed bei Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

Der diplomierte Drucktechnik-Ingenieur Rainer Wolf hat das Drucken von der Pike auf gelernt. Der Ausbildung und Arbeit als Offsetdrucker folgten von 1994 bis 1998 das Studium an der Fachhochschule für Druck in Stuttgart sowie eine Geschäftsführungs-Assistenz-Position in einer renommierten süddeutschen Druckerei. Seit dem Jahr 2000 ist Rainer Wolf im Produktmanagement der Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG mit verschiedenen Aufgaben betreut. Market Intelligence wie auch die Leitung Produktlinienstrategie sind wichtige Stationen. 2014 wurde er Mitglied des Board of Directors der Heidelberg Graphic Equipment Shanghai (HGES). Im April 2015 wurde er zum Leiter Produktmanagement Sheetfed bestellt.


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Two high-lights: Heideldruck’s Gallus label printing business makes good progress. — Global launch of PROKOM will strengthen KonicaMinolta’s business community approach.

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 14 October 2016

Welcome to another roundup with 33 news articles posted during the past week, plus Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog added on Friday: ‘An Environmental Declaration for Print’, which this week briefly explains the circular economy and that the graphics industry could be making a massive satement about its contribution to this. Please don’t miss it. On Friday, UPM Raflatac and Labelexpo Americas announced they had partnered to provide a solution for exhibitors to responsibly manage their waste at the show, as well as ongoing.

In our Technology Guides section you will find the 10th article in this new Wild Format series for 2016/2017 called ‘The Art and Science of Very Fine Drops’ by Sonja Angerer, complete with an illustrated PDF which can be downloaded. In Online Features this week we have a report in Chapter 02 from the recent Gallus Innovation Days in Switzerland, which saw the successful world premiere of the new Gallus Labelmaster machine platform for label and packaging printing; and then in Chapter 07, two additions from Andreas Weber, head of Value, with a commentary entitled Print is a dynamic growth market. But print doesn’t sell itself!’; and then a summary analysis which examines the ‘Prospects for adding value with print’. Illustrated PDFs of both can be downloaded.
Upcoming events mentioned this week include K 2016 in Düsseldorf from 19 to 26 October, from Mimaki on Monday; and on Thursday, InPrint in Milan from 15 to 17 November.

Monday’s headlines were led by UPM at WPE in Vienna last week, and then on Tuesday, news from Manroland Web Systems with the launch of its new 16-page Geoman e:line newspaper printing press at the event; and Kodak with faster CTP for newspapers. Tuesday saw Canon SA (and Europe) lead the news with the launch of a new ImageRunner Advance series of A3 colour high-end multifunctional printers. On Wednesday, we had UPM Raflatac in Poland with a new coating line for its Wroclaw factory to meet increased demand for its products; while Thursday saw Mimaki launch a new breakthrough in digital inkjet textile printing with a transportation belt at Viscom Italy, which also took place last week. To round off the lead headlines on Friday, System Brunner announced that its Instrument Flight has received a worldwide first ‘G7 Press Control System Certification’.

Orders and installations during the past week included Hybrid Software with the 500th seat of its PACKZ to Fusion Flexo in the UK; then Panaprint in the USA with System Brunner and QuadTech. On Tuesday, Gallus with the 400th ECS 340 label press at Relieves Egara in Barcelona, Spain; while Vale Press in the UK, will take delivery of a new Stahlfolder BH66 buckle machine in the New Year. On Wednesday, Bokbinderiet Johnsen celebrated its new Muller Martini Diamant MC 60 bookline, a first in Norway, with a customer Open House.

Thursday saw Imprimerie Bailly in France add X-Rite eXact-based colour control; Frisco Printing and Graphics in the USA add Heidelberg’s new Versafire CV; Muller Martini with a Primera MC saddle stitcher with Motion Control for two key customers in Switzerland; and Technotrans in the UK at trade printer Walsh Colour, as it switches to H-UV with three new Komori presses. On Friday, Duplo UK announced deals topping £400,000 from The Print Show at the NEC last week: to QuadGraphics, Latham Direct, and Jones and Brooks. Heidelberg UK revealed that PPS Print has upgraded from Xerox to Versafire CP for its digital printing; and lastly, Flexoshop in the UK now uses Asahi AWP water-washable flexographic plates.

As my tailender for this week: PRP in the UK announced that it has been awarded the contract to manufacture 1200dpi LED print heads for the Kodak NexPress, as the culmination of a successful three-year joint development programme with Kodak.

That’s it for another week, but you will find more if you scroll down carefully.
My best regards, 

Mike Hilton



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Mon 10 October…   
UPM participates at the World Publishing Expo 2016
UPM to focus on newspaper publishing and commercial CSWO printing at the World Publishing Expo in Vienna this week…

The Art and Science of Very Fine Drops: PDF to download
Wild Format Technology Guide No 10. Inkjet is unique amongst printing technologies, there is no other option to print on such a wide varieties of substrates with such efficiency. By Sonja Angerer…

PROKOM sets its sights on going global
PROKOM, the independent community of Konica Minolta production printing users’ at The UK Print Show with KM this week…

Mimaki solutions for the plastics industry at K 2016
Digital thermoforming, membrane switches and printing on plastics to be highlighted in Düsseldorf from 19 to 26 October…

Hybrid Software announces sale of 500th seat of PACKZ
Hybrid Software has announced the purchase of the 500th seat of its PACKZ native PDF editor by trade shop Fusion Flexo…

Panaprint powers web and sheetfed with System Brunner
Panaprint in the USA powers colour accuracy with System Brunner Instrument Flight and QuadTech to G7 standards…

Tue 11 October…   
Canon announces new imageRunner Advance series
Canon unleashes outstanding quality document production with new A3 colour C7500 series high-end multifunctional printers…

Manroland announces new 16pp Geoman e:line at WPE
Manroland Web Systems presents the new 16-page newspaper printing press Geoman e:line at World Publishing Expo in Vienna…

Kodak’s faster CTP at World Publishing Expo Vienna
Kodak announces new CTP options offering newspaper printers more productivity, efficiency and sustainability at WPE…

ImagePerfect vinyls receive HP Media Certification
View these and other ImagePerfect media on the Spandex stand (E3) this week at The Print Show 2016 at the NEC…

Gallus ECS 340 No 400 heads for Barcelona
At the Gallus Innovation Days in September, the 400th ECS 340 was sold to the Spanish label printer Relieves Egara…

Vale Press buckles up for take off with Stahlfolder!
Vale Press will take delivery of a new Stahlfolder BH66 buckle machine in the New Year to support its new Speedmaster XL 75-5…

Wed 12 October…   
UPM Raflatac to add new coating line at Wroclaw factory
UPM Raflatac expands its asset platform in Wroclaw, Poland to meet the label stock demand growth in Europe…

PRP awarded Kodak NexPress print head contract
The contract to manufacture 1200dpi LED print heads is the culmination of a successful joint development programme…

IDC MarketScape and Vendor Snapshot both cite Ricoh
Ricoh’s a leader of document workflow services, says IDC, helped by Ricoh SA’s customer commitment…

Manroland Web STORE a resounding 24/7 success
Web offset printing companies have embraced Manroland Web Systems’ completely renewed e-Commerce offering…

EFI at the Tecnargilla tradeshow in Rimini, Italy
EFI Cretaprint ecosystem brings bigger digital advantages in tile decoration at Tecnargilla in Rimini and at Cersaie in Bologna…

New Muller Martini Diamant MC 60 bookline in Norway
Open house at Bokbinderiet Johnsen provides impressive demo of the new Muller Martini Diamant MC 60 bookline…

Thu 13 October…  

Mimaki breakthrough in digital printing for textiles
The new Tx300P-1800B with textile transportation belt is ideal for samples, short production runs, custom orders, even on thick, sheer and elastic textiles on show at Viscom Italy 13 – 15 October…

Retrofit or new? Asks Matthias Heißler, Manroland Web
Manroland Web Systems retrofit trends and solutions directly from the newspaper printing market…

The world of industrial printing at InPrint Italy 2016
From 15 to 17 November at the MiCo exhibition centre in Milan, with pre-registration on the Website for free entry available now…

Imprimerie Bailly’s X-Rite eXact-based colour control
Closed-loop solution improves control and efficiency throughout the entire offset production process, saving time and money…

New Versafire CV doubles productivity for Frisco
Frisco Printing and Graphics Center doubles productivity and expands applications with new Heidelberg’s Versafire CV…

Start of a new era with Muller Martini Primera MC
Even before its world premiere at drupa, the Primera MC saddle stitcher with Motion Control sparked enthusiastic response…

Walsh Colour Print takes control with Technotrans
The trade printer opts for Technotrans peripherals as it switches to H-UV with three new Komori presses…

Fri 14 October…
G7 Certification for System Brunner Instrument Flight
System Brunner Instrument Flight: receives worldwide first G7 Press Control System certification…

Gallus Innovation Days a hit with world’s label printers
World premiere of new Gallus Labelmaster machine platform for label and packaging printing in St. Gallen, Switzerland…

UPM Raflatac strives to keep label waste from landfills
UPM Raflatac and Labelexpo Americas partnered to provide a solution for exhibitors to responsibly manage their waste…

Print is a dynamic growth market. But print doesn’t sell itself!
A commentary by Andreas Weber, head of Value with optional PDF to download…

Value Analysis – prospects for adding value with print
Executive summary analysis by Andreas Weber, head of Value…

Duplo secures new customer deals at The Print Show
Duplo UK has signed deals topping £400,000 and bagged an impressive pipeline of sales leads from The Print Show…

PPS moves digital to Versafire CP from Heidelberg UK
PPS Print moves to Versafire digital technology to benefit from Heidelberg’s Prinect workflow through a single RIP…

Flexoshop Colchester moves to Asahi AWP plates
UK-based Flexoshop spurs business growth with Asahi Photoproducts AWP water-washable flexographic plates…

Lead articles from Friday in previous update… 

The Print Show 2016 prepares a tasty buffet
The main course may be missing from regional and national shows, says Gareth Ward, but there are plenty of morsels to sharpen any appetite for manageable investment…

Intec to unveil ColorCut 500 at The Print Show
Intec Printing Solutions to debut of the ColorCut digital die-cutter for sheet labels and packaging at the NEC next week…

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 2016
Only 41 articles so far this year, with well over 70 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years in our Archives.

Technology-related Chapter 02

Latest Gallus Innovation Days a hit with label printers from around the world
World premiere of new Gallus Labelmaster machine platform for label and packaging printing…

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

Print is a dynamic growth market. But print doesn’t sell itself!
A commentary by Andreas Weber, head of Value…

ValueTrendRadar Analysis – prospects for adding value with print
Executive summary analysis by Andreas Weber, head of Value…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

An Environmental Declaration for Print
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 14 Oct

Previous…   
Newspapers and Change
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 07 Oct

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016
This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017 of new guides. The first ten can now be found in this special section in the Index on the Home Page of our Website. All have illustrated PDFs for downloading.

10… The Art and Science of Very Fine Drops
Inkjet is unique amongst printing technologies, there is no other option to print on such a wide varieties of substrates with such efficiency and ease. By Sonja Angerer

FESPA Newsroom
The FESPA Newsroom can be found via the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Federation News in 2016

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index. It is divided into the following Chapters for your convenience and ease of use… but you must scroll down to view each Chapter when you visit the Newsroom

drupa daily to download as PDFs
These eleven jam-packed drupa daily news issues are ready to read now. They contain hundreds of superb articles, interviews, features and news. You can download each one complete as a PDF…

drupa 2016 Exhibitors’ at show + post-show News (in alphabetical order)
Latest additions of 86 in total are now in alphabetical order can be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors (also in alphabetical order)
The series of over 240 pre-show articles can be accessed in our drupa Newsroom in alphabetical order.

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

Decisive impulses for the global print industry at drupa
drupa 2016 was a resounding success with excellent business deals concluded in an outstanding investment climate…

drupa ante portas Blogs 2016
Includes the tenth and final article in this series from Andreas Weber in Mainz, Germany…

drupa 2016 Expert Articles – and more
Includes the eleventh and final article in this series from Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO and president of Koenig & Bauer (KBA) and drupa president 2016…

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