Print 4.0 works! The following case studies speak for themselves: After laying out WHY automation is inevitable ("Be brave: automate! The future belongs to the brave… ") and HOW to implement automation ("The Road to Automation"), it’s now time for the ones who already made their business Print 4.0 ready to share their experiences:
Across all segments within the printing industry: Automation is the solution
posterXXL has been producing in Munich since 2004 and is one of Germany's leading providers of photographic services in digital printing. In addition to individualized products such as posters, canvas prints, phone cases and mugs, the range also includes many services for major and business customers. "Since we promise and assure the customer a delivery date at the time of ordering, we need to ensure to meet that deadline. Our production is measured in terms of efficiency by the fact that products are delivered on time", explains Max Baum, VP Engineering of posterXXL. To achieve this, the biggest challenge is "to implement and ensure a mix of full automation and manual intervention. To save time, of course, we want to automate as much as possible," Max Baum continues. In addition, it is necessary "that I can quickly change the process in time without massively disturbing it." Bastian Götz, Department Manager Plates and responsible for OneVision's assembly lines, explains some of the automation steps: "For example, it is set to move data on the server, renamings are being made, sortings, alignments (portrait/landscape), how can I best utilize the plate we want to print on. This all happens through the software. Finally, a nesting is created, a PDF is written, OneVision simultaneously creates a cutting file and passes it on to our following systems.
Flexible automation enables posterXXL to produce on time and therefore satisfied customers.
Paragon Customer Communications Schwandorf GmbH
The dialogue marketing specialist belongs to Paragon Group Limited and, with around 1,300 employees in six countries, is one of the leading companies in Europe for individualized customer communication/direct mailings. The company supports cross-industry retail customers such as Payback, dm, T-Mobile and the Otto Group in the realization of marketing campaigns. In order to implement the order volume of meanwhile approx. 1000 jobs per year with more than 3000 versions in web printing and to cope with the significantly higher number of jobs in digital printing, Paragon Schwandorf relies on automation in prepress and data preparation with the Commercial Print Automation Suite. “Since the software can also be used autonomously, the introduction was very unproblematic. Depending on the area of application, we have integrated the automatisms into the workflow or let them work independently”, explains Andreas Mann, Prepress Manager at Paragon Customer Communications Schwandorf GmbH. OneVision offers us professional and well-engineered software to automate and optimize our daily work in prepress“, concludes Mann.
McClatchy operates 30 media companies in 14 US states with around 5400 employees. The work of journalists from McClatchy's media companies has received many awards, including more than 50 Pulitzer Prizes. Herman Spencer is the Corporate PreMedia Manager of McClatchy Technology based in Raleigh, NC. His responsibilities include the administration of the Asura prepress software, which is used nationwide at the corporate level. Asura is connected to various McClatchy editorial and advertising systems, including CCI and Newsway, and is used to review and normalize graphics, ads and pages. "We trust Asura because of its great workflow flexibility. Asura gives us the assurance that pages, graphics and ads will flow through our system without causing major problems with our downstream processes. Asura was initially only used to prepare files for printing. Over the years, Asura has proven to be a good choice for McClatchy for print and e-editions workflows. The ability to review and normalize PDF files for different media is critical for our e-providers and different printing locations."
The history of Ripon Printers began in 1962 with the printing and publishing of newspapers. Over the years, Ripon Printers has grown into a commercial printer with annual sales of over $50 million. Headquartered in Wisconsin, Ripon Printers uses high-end technology to provide services to catalog manufacturers and publishers throughout the United States. Mike Thorson, Prepress Manager at Ripon Printers, answers the question of whether it was difficult to implement OneVision solutions into existing process and system landscapes as follows: ”From a “working together” with our workflow, it was very easy. We had some basic profiles working within the first couple of days. That said, it does take a while to develop an understanding of all of the options. There are literally hundreds of choices you can make when setting up a workflow. However, once you get started, it builds upon itself and becomes easier and quicker to create new processes.” He adds: “When we initially purchased OneVision Asura Access and Solvero Access software in 2005, one of my employees asked “Why would we waste so much money on a piece of software?” After using OneVision Asura Access and Solvero Access for approximately one year, the same employee declared “This is the best software we have ever purchased”.
Canon Solutions America
As a technology partner of OneVision, Canon Solutiona America knows the benefits of the software very well, especially when it comes to integration with Canon printing machines. Allen Filson, Director Professional Services at CSA: "I can say without a doubt that OneVision's Asura Pro product has been a key product in my ability to automate many different aspects of prepress in the commercial printing and book printing industries. It is not their "preflight" capabilities that I am speaking about; it is their file normalization and correction ability that has allowed prepress automation to exist in these industries even running in conjunction with industry standards such as Agfa Apogee and Creo/Kodak Prinergy. “
Asura helps to streamline and correct incoming PDFs, and in addition their file reporting capabilities allows incoming PDFs to be directed into additional processing steps, or specific correction steps all based on internal page content and what it discovers as files are normalized."
By recommending OneVision software solutions, Canon Solutions has increased the efficiency of many printers.
The specialist in foil printing from Steinheim/Muhr has been using OneVision's Wide Format Automation Suite since the end of 2017. At that time, the print shop had 2 LFP Canon Colorado presses in production. Production could only be expanded, if the prepress activities no longer had to be done manually or if the headcount in the team were significantly increased. The bottleneck was in the data preparation of the PDFs. Since the Wide Format Automation Suite has been in use, a further 7 presses have been ordered in about one and a half years. The production of the constantly increasing orders is running like clockwork...
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The Bavaria-based company is specialized in printing high-quality labels for wine and spirits manufacturers and was confronted with the challenge that the labels are very complex to prepare and the orders usually have a high assortment of varieties. In other words, double the workload in data preparation, the time-consuming manual work steps take over...
By implementing OneVision's Label Automation Suite, processing times could be reduced from 2 hours to 15 minutes! – Of course, without compromises or making any concessions in the design or high quality of the labels. Just by automating the working steps. Benjamin Rüdt of Collenberg, COO of Inform Etiketten says, "By using the Label Automation Suite we have significantly less waste, less material consumption and can work more economically."
Things in common: a solution tailored to their individual requirements
Different workflows run fully automatically or semi-automatically – depending on the customer's wishes and requirements – through OneVision solutions. Customers benefit above all from the ease of use of the perfectly matching tools combined in one solution. Workflows can be created intuitively and modified as required.