Heidelberg North America hosts over 100 customers at its Productivity Through Connectivity event

Felix Mueller, President of Heidelberg Americas, engages with the audience at its recent Productivity Through Connectivity event.

Over 100 customers visited Heidelberg’s North American headquarters in Kennesaw, Georgia for its Productivity Through Connectivity event June 20, 2019. The day-long event focused on the digital transformation within the printing industry and how it impacts printers’ productivity. The event kicked off with an insightful presentation on the effects digitalization has had on print shops with an overview of Heidelberg’s Push to Stop technology, Lifecycle Solutions, Heidelberg Subscription, and Prinect Production Manager.

Errol Moebius.

“Here at the Print Media Center Atlanta, we strive to show our customers how they can make their own print shops more productive and efficient,” said Errol Moebius, Director of the Print Media Center Atlanta at Heidelberg. “Digitalization gives our customers the ability to connect their shop via Prinect workflow, which gives them the data needed to turn their company into a ‘Smart Print Shop.’ ” 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 see demonstrations of all the equipment at the center – which included a Speedmaster XL 106, CX 75, Versafire EV and EP, full Prinect prepress, and postpress and packaging products.

Push to Stop technology. One of the highlights of the event was a walk-through of the entire commercial production workflow, starting with Prinect workflow, followed by the Speedmaster XL 106-8P+L with LED, and the Stahlfolder TH 82-P – all driven by Push to Stop technology. With Push to Stop, jobs are autonomously changed over without operator intervention and will continue to print or fold until the operator interrupts it on the Speedmaster or Stahlfolder.

“We recently installed a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106, and we’ve had an incredible experience with ‘Push to Stop’ in our building,” said David Dey, Vice President of Manufacturing at ColorDynamics in Allen, Texas. “However, seeing the Push to Stop demonstration today really showed how beneficial it is to use it throughout the entire workflow rather than just with the press.” 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 and long-term production in easy-to-understand graphics and numbers. “The Prinect Analyze Point uses data that’s automatically generated from the set-up of jobs, from Prinect to the completion of production on our Heidelberg equipment. Production managers and shop 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,” Moebius added. “Deep-dive” sessions were also held to discuss Heidelberg’s newest digital technologies and business models – including Heidelberg Lifecycle Solutions, Prinect Production Manager and Heidelberg’s Subscription Model. Through these new digital technologies and business models, the OEM will be able to have a closer partnership with their customers while, also positively impacting their Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).



Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.