An integrated workflow concept based around Prinect and
incorporating everything from prepress to postpress has enabled
Liechtenstein company BVD Druck + Verlag AG in Schaan to boost its
sales significantly without additional equipment or staff. In 2006
alone, the offset sector increased sales considerably with an
additional 580 jobs. This achievement gave the company top spot
ranking at the CIPPI Awards 2007 in the category "Biggest
improvement in efficiency and customer focus through process
Founded in 1927, the print shop specializes in high-quality
commercial printing in short to medium runs. Integration has been
given higher priority since 2002. "We are looking to maximize
throughput and optimize quality," states BVD's CEO Peter
Göppel. "That means combining the administrative and
production aspects of our jobs in a single system," he adds.
The company opted for a solution from Heidelberg. Following a
six-month test phase, the phased introduction of a complete Prinect
solution started in 2004. "We have a single Heidelberg contact
for our entire workflow - a crucial factor in making the complexity
of the complete integration process manageable," sums up
Using consistent data throughout the print shop
The complete Prinect workflow now networks all BVD's
job preparation, prepress, and pressroom operations, thereby
combining all job-related administrative and technical data.
Whereas JDF data from the various job stages had to be laboriously
reconciled in the stand-alone solutions previously used, the
central JDF management made possible by Prinect dispenses with the
need for the time-consuming synchronization process. Job data is
completely consistent throughout the workflow and can be used for
each process step. All staff in prepress, press, and postpress can
depend on reliable monitoring of production at all times and gain
easy access to this data.
Greater productivity right along the line "Integration and networking have a positive impact on
all the print shop's business areas," says Göppel.
The benefits of workflow automation can be seen in various areas of
prepress. Jobs can now be set up faster, and PDFs are imported
automatically and processed quickly. Automatic impositioning and
ripping also make processes much simpler.
Göppel estimates the time saving at the prepress stage
is five minutes per job. Reliable data improves reliability in the
pressroom and prevents press stoppages. Transferring data from
prepress and Prinect Prinance significantly cuts makeready times,
while the use of color presetting data has cut paper waste by up to
five percent. Prinect Prinance enables prepress staff to cost a job
on various machines in advance before deciding on the actual
production process and setting it up on the system. Automatic
actual costing based on production data calculates the efficiency
of a job. "We have used all the released capacity for
additional jobs - an excellent example of the fact that greater
productivity does not automatically mean job losses,"