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Heidelberg showcases next stage in automated print media production at drupa 2016

12/09/2015

  • Prinect digital front end ensures intelligent integration of offset and digital printing
  • Further automation of mixed form workflow
  • New Speed Estimator automates costing in MIS
  • New Prinect Portal integrates online applications
  • New Prinect Web Shop facilitates move into online business
  • Automated design creation and precise costing in packaging workflow
  • Automatic paper stretch compensation for reduced plate consumption and shorter makeready times

Since Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) first unveiled the Prinect print and media workflow over a decade ago, the company has further developed the system to create the basis for virtually fully automated print production. Prinect supports media companies in the smart integration of key print product manufacturing processes. As a result, it already delivers many of the elements and technologies currently being discussed in the context of process digitization and thus forms the basis for the smart print shop – the sector’s answer to the question of Industry 4.0.

Heidelberg will be presenting the next stage in automated print media production at drupa 2016, which is taking place from May 31 to June 10 in Düsseldorf. By continuing to digitize processes throughout the value-added chain of media service providers, the company is significantly improving customer loyalty while also making a major contribution to the sector’s further industrialization.

The main innovations relate to the integration of offset and digital printing in a single workflow, further automation of all production processes, integration of commercial processes, and involvement of print buyers in the workflow.

“As in other sectors, the digitization of key processes is progressing rapidly in the print media industry. Thanks to its Prinect print and media workflow, Heidelberg is able to play a leading role in shaping this process so as to ensure enhanced customer benefits,” says Stephan Plenz, Member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment. “Smart integration is the term we use to describe the essential requirement for becoming a Smart Printshop. What that means is not only greatly simplifying communication between media service providers and their customers, but also making order processing far easier and far more profitable.”

Prinect digital front end ensures intelligent integration of offset and digital printing
Automated selection of production concept based on job data and product information
Enhanced process links individual orders from Prinect Business Manager to create production jobs for mixed forms
Speed Estimator automates costing in Prinect Business Manager
New Prinect Portal integrates Prinect online applications
New Prinect Web Shop facilitates move into online business
Automated creation of design structures and precise costing data for packaging
Automatic paper stretch compensation for reduced plate consumption and shorter makeready times
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Matthias Hartung, Media Relations

Matthias Hartung
Public Relations Officer, Media Relations Tel.: +49 (0)6222 82 67174
Fax.: +49 (0)6222 82 9967174

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