Asia Thinks Digital: Heidelberg Smart Print Shop Concept Successfully Established
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Press release from the issuing company
The print media industry in Asia is facing the same challenges as in other markets: print runs are getting shorter, the number of jobs is increasing, embellishment is becoming more and more complex, and all this with the shortest delivery times and lowest costs. Digitalization is progressing and these advantages are to be implemented internally in processes and externally in communication with print shop customers.
At the end of October, more than 400 customers experienced what this could look like by attending the Commercial Day at the Print Media Center Shanghai, China. Under the motto "Turn Passion into Profit", Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) presented sustainable solutions to make commercial print shops more successful and to guide them on their way to the Smart Print Shop. The fully automated process chain with the Push to Stop philosophy, which is only interrupted manually if necessary, was demonstrated in networked live presentations. This optimized, intelligent production process stands for higher production reliability and thus for more productivity and cost-effectiveness.
The Smart Print Shop is based on the Prinect workflow, which completely networks and automates processes from prepress, digital and offset presses through to postpress. This reduces contact points in the production process and sustainably increases process efficiency.
Push to stop for high throughput
A key component of Heidelberg's Lifecycle Solution portfolio for customers is the Saphira consumables, which aim to maximize the OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) utilization of their presses through maximum quality, productivity and production reliability.
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Print Media Center Shanghai and assembly site
The Qingpu plant is Heidelberg's production site in Asia and is located nearby Shanghai. It assembles Speedmaster presses in 50 x 70 and 70 x 100 format, from four to seven-color models, mainly for the Chinese market and the Asian Pacific markets. More than 380 employees work for production in Qingpu and around 140 for sales and service for Heidelberg East China.
“This is not my first time to visit the Print Media Center in Qingpu and Qingpu workshops. But I like the whole arrangement here, especially the new look of the PMC, the real production environment as a Smart Print Shop, as well as the unique live demonstrations. I’m really glad to join this kind of event which can broaden our horizons and help us generate our business,” this resume was given by one customer after his visit of the Heidelberg Commercial Day.
A Speedmaster CD 102-7+L UV with the latest generation of Image Control produced three very different print jobs showing the wide range of spot colors achievable with the Prinect Multicolor Workflow.
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