American Print Shop Significantly Increasing OEE with Smart Print Shop from Heidelberg
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Press release from the issuing company
Satisfied faces among print operators Gloria Gray and Stephen Alsup from Hobby Lobby Printing, who appreciate the high level of automation and ease of operation of the new Speedmaster XL 106.
By the end of 2019, Hobby Lobby will have 900 craft stores in the United States. In order to meet the printing requirements for the future expansion, Hobby Lobby Printing replaced an older press with a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 four-color press with UV technology. The Peak Performance technology together with the right Saphira consumables and the comprehensive analytic capabilities of the Heidelberg Assistant ensures a significant rise in productivity. With the Heidelberg Assistant , Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) customers benefit from full process transparency as well as smart and efficient operation of their print shop – the Smart Print Shop.
Speedmaster XL 106 triples production
Heidelberg Assistant as the gateway to the digital world
Users also benefit from access to the biggest knowledge base in the industry, and get access to Big Data performance analytics to unlock further potential for boosting productivity. With the Assistant, Heidelberg is further scaling its already introduced Big Data applications such as Predictive Monitoring and Performance Consulting in the market.
“Heidelberg has made accessing the data and navigating it really easy,” confirms Dave Dunn. “The data is prepared how we need it, and we use it for our decision-making processes.” Having access to this data has enabled Hobby Lobby to more than double its overall equipment efficiency (OEE) from 19 per cent to over 40 per cent in the last four months.
It has plans to achieve an OEE of 50 per cent in the coming months. “The best thing about the Heidelberg Assistant is that it gives me a complete overview of the print shop,” says Dunn. “I regularly meet with our press operators to discuss possible improvements. It’s great to be able to then show the team the progress that’s been made.”
The Heidelberg Assistant gives Hobby Lobby direct access to the Heidelberg eShop, which recommends and filters the Saphira consumables for the print shop based on its equipment. “In particular for our new UV press, we need to make sure that we order the right consumables so the press doesn’t get damaged,” continues Dunn. “The eShop shows us our customized Saphira consumables list, which is specially tailored to the Speedmaster XL 106. It’s the most efficient and intelligent way of doing things, and stops us buying the wrong items,” says Dunn.
Since the launch of the series two years ago, the Heidelberg Assistant is now being used by almost 2,000 users at over 1,000 customers in nine countries. The digital platform has been named a winner of a Digital Edge 50 2019 Award. This is a prestigious award for digital innovations that boost business success, modernize operations, and improve customer experience, with 50 winners each year.
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