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The FCS 100 Finishing Communication System, Efficient Job Planning

Press release from the issuing company

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) presents the FCS 100 production and information system at the Print 01 trade show in Chicago. The system is used in cutting-edge industrial printshops with finishing operations and bookbinders. The FCS 100 allows more efficient job planning, the transmission of press programs and online collation of precise production data for business management evaluation. The advantages of a completely digital workflow feed into the finishing stage, include reliable delivery, fast processes with improved quality of folded products, complete control via the job management function, and immediate access to data for actual costing of jobs. A network with software modules for individual requirements The FCS 100 controls finishing operations within Prinect, the modular Heidelberg concept for end-to-end workflow solutions. With Prinect, Heidelberg is responding to one of the key needs of the graphic arts industry – networked production. The Compufold Workflow (CFW) software module allows folding to be directed on the screen. Folding programs are calculated for existing machine configurations and are sent straight to the folder. The operator loads the program into the folder, which displays all the settings data required for user guidance or automatic presetting at the ready. Compufold also creates a job-specific configuration plan for the folder and precise setting instructions for the slitter shafts. These can be printed and inserted into the job folder as operator instructions. The Production Data Management (PDM) software module controls the job planning process and collates the production data. Jobs are sent to the folder online. The folder constantly transmits current performance data, counter readings and statistical values, e.g., remaining production time based on net output. This data is useful in job planning. The operator can also enter job-related problems, such as static charge buildup on the signatures, printing faults or cutting errors, directly into the folder. This data is available for precise costing of jobs. Seamless workflow implementation with the DCT 2000 digital folder control system The FCS 100 can link to the DCT 2000 digital folder control system from Heidelberg. This allows automatic presetting, which cuts setup times dramatically. In conjunction with the mechanical functions of the Stahlfolder devices, the DCT 2000 provides complete support to users through the control functions: Learning mode, Electronic setup operations, Network control and Electronic sheet feed monitoring.