Heidelberg Everything is Connected event series draws over 200 customers

Clarence Penge, Vice President of Sheetfed at Heidelberg, discusses the impacts that digitalization is having on print shops.

More than 200 Heidelberg customers from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico visited Heidelberg’s North American headquarters in Kennesaw, Georgia recently for the OEM’s final installment of its seminar/event series titled Everything is Connected. The day-long event focused on the digital transformation of the industry and its impact on printers’ overall equipment effectiveness. It began with an insightful presentation on the impacts that digitalization is having on print shops with an overview of Heidelberg’s offerings – including its Push to Stop technology, Lifecycle Solutions powered by Heidelberg Assistant, Heidelberg Subscription model, and Prinect Production Manager.

Felix Mueller.

According to Felix Mueller, President of Heidelberg Americas, “our digital solutions give our customers the ability to control and optimize themselves intelligently and autonomously – allowing them time to run their business instead of getting bogged down with the day-to-day issues.” Throughout the day, customers participated in a complete Push to Stop demonstration, listened to presentations on Heidelberg’s newest digital technologies and business models, and had the opportunity to demo all equipment at its Print Media Center Atlanta – which included the new Heidelberg Speedmaster CS 92-5+L with LED, Versafire EV and EP, and full Prinect prepress, postpress and packaging products. One of the highlights of the event was a walk-through of the entire commercial production flow, starting with the Prinect workflow, followed by the Speedmaster XL 106-6+L with UV, LE UV and LED, and the Stahlfolder TH 82-P, all driven by Push to Stop technology. With this technology, jobs are autonomously changed over without operator intervention and will continue to print or fold until the operator interrupts it on their Speedmaster or Stahlfolder. To conclude the demonstration, customers received a full production data report from Prinect Analyze Point. Processing operating data from Prinect, Analyze Point provides a comprehensive overview of current job production as well as long-term production in clear graphics and numbers.

“The Prinect Analyze Point uses data that is automatically generated from the set-up of jobs from Prinect to the completion of production on our Heidelberg equipment,” said Errol Moebius, Director of the Print Media Center Atlanta at Heidelberg. “Production managers and owners are both able to use this data to evaluate their productivity to ensure that their business is optimized to help maximize their efficiency and output.”

Deep-dive sessions were held to discuss Heidelberg’s newest digital technologies and business models – including Heidelberg Lifecycle Solutions powered by Heidelberg Assistant, Heidelberg Subscription Model, and Prinect Production Manager. With Lifecycle Solutions, Heidelberg combines consumables with digital and technical services in order to become a partner in productivity for its customers. This intelligent combination of products and services helps customers boost their profits and extend the lifecycles of their equipment. Powered by Heidelberg Assistant (an online portal) customers can now identify and minimize potential production interruptions via intelligent performance management and predictive monitoring.

Through its Subscription Model, Heidelberg provides the equipment and a full suite of Lifecycle Solutions all for a monthly cost that’s based on the number of printed sheets the customer produces monthly. The Subscription Model offers a deeper partnership where Heidelberg is responsible for raising their customers’ performance to the highest levels possible. Customers can focus on producing high quality print jobs, while knowing that their equipment is performing at the highest level of efficiency. Prinect Production Manager is an innovative way of delivering software that gives customers access to all Prinect production workflow products in a simple subscription model. The Production Manager includes technical support for all fixes and upgrades — continuously giving customers the latest version and newest Prinect suite introductions.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.