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Boletín Semanal Noviembre 11, 2018

Fujifilm despacha otra Jet Press 720S para Alemania

Based in Albstadt, southern Germany, Ebro Color is a modern, cardboard packaging print specialist with more than 90 years of history behind it. Founded in 1925, it has continually invested in new technologies over the years and now produces cardboard packaging and display units for a huge range of customers in a variety of sectors, from cosmetics, to food, jewellery and tourism.

Already something of a short-run specialist, offering run lengths as low as 25 units, the company has decided to give itself even more flexibility and lower its costs still further by making its first digital press investment. After a careful decision-making process, it has chosen to invest in the Fujifilm Jet Press 720S specifically for folding carton production, with the press set to go into operation in September 2018.

"Run lengths have been trending down for some time," says company CEO German Brodbeck. "We recently invested in a specialist offset press for short-run work and we've been very happy with it. However, as the trend continues and average run lengths get shorter still, we want to put ourselves in the best possible position to win new short run work and deliver it cost effectively.

"We were also seeing increased demand for personalisation and unique identifiers on printed products, so we knew this meant investing in digital, a first for us. We looked carefully at the market and attended demonstrations for a range of machines. In the end it was a combination of things that convinced us that the Jet Press was the right machine for us.

"First there was the quality. Nothing else quite matched up to it and we became convinced that it is at least as good as offset, perhaps even better. We talked to a few Jet Press users and the feedback we got from them regarding the quality was that it is at near-photographic levels and that customers often request that their work is printed on the Jet Press, even for longer runs where offset would be cheaper.

"The Jet Press users we spoke to were also very positive about the up-time which they said is reliably over 90%. We felt that the quality, combined with the reliability of the machine, represented excellent value for money and we also feel, based on our research into all the technology out there, that inkjet is the future.

"We see significant business growth opportunities ahead with this investment," concludes Brodbeck. "The Jet Press will give us the ability to offer ultra-short-run jobs (down to runs of one) both quickly and profitably, enabling us to produce high quality samples and prototypes, and to seriously target the end user market for the first time."

"The reputation of the Jet Press 720S as a packaging press has been steadily building for some time," says Dirk Mussenbrock, Business Development Manager, Inkjet Solutions at Fujifilm Graphic Systems, Europe. "We're delighted to see yet another print business recognise what it has to offer and we look forward to partnering with Ebro Color as they explore new markets and new business opportunities."

manroland Goss web systems presentan su nueva Mobile MainPad Maintenance Tablet en Augsburg

At the expert panel on the subject of “Digitalisation: A lasting impulse for innovation or a threat to jobs?”, manroland Goss web systems presented its new mobile MainPad maintenance tablet. Together with the development partner XITASO, the Augsburg-based world market leader in web offset printing introduced its new product in the framework of a presentation followed by a panel discussion on 3rd September 2018. The importance of this subject was also underlined by the visit of the Bavarian minister for economic affairs, Franz Josef Pschierer, and further guests of honour.

With its Maintellisense automation strategy, manroland Goss web systems pursues the aim of providing intelligent machines in the near future. This aim requires a central hub for all the relevant information – with the mobile maintenance pad, MainPad, fulfilling exactly this function. How can the time between the occurrence of a malfunction and troubleshooting on complex systems be reduced? To this end, the MainPad offers numerous features – reading and acknowledging all alarm messages at the place of the malfunction, direct access to all necessary documentations and drawings, direct and fast connection to the TeleSupportCenter (TSC) via “remote support calls” and direct video communication with the TSC as well as the fast transmission of documents between technicians on site and the TSC – everything directly on the machine, i.e. at the place of the malfunction.

The MainPad – Hub for all relevant information

The concrete customer benefit is easy to define: The MainPad ensures improved communication through the central provision of all the relevant information and functions (reducing effort and increasing ease of use) of maintenance which leads to a significant reduction of effort and increases ease of use. The MainPad constitutes another important step towards costs reductions and increasing availability.

The new MainPad is part of the ground-breaking “Maintellisense” project. The name of this project is derived from the terms “maintenance”, “intelligence” and “sense” – which have to be intelligently combined in order provide intelligent machinery and “productive maintenance” in future.

Panel discussion on digitalisation in the world of work

The presentation was followed by a high-profile discussion panel with experts around Franz Josef Pschierer, the Bavarian minister for economic affairs, debating the subject of “Digitalisation: A lasting impulse for innovation or a threat to jobs?”. Manuel Kosok, VP Technology & Development manroland Goss web systems, Stefan Schimpfle, managing director of the aitipark start-up centre, Prof. Dr. Jens Brunner, professor of “Health Care Operations/Health Information Management” at Augsburg University, as well as Ulrich Huggenberger, managing partner of XITASO GmBH, joined the Bavarian minister of economic affairs at this panel.

The progress of digitalisation creates challenges, in particular, for traditional medium-sized companies, as a result of which, as Manuel Kosok from manroland Goss web systems explained, we need to understand digitalisation as a continuous task throughout the company. “At manroland Goss, we have employees with extensive experience in conventional engineering. Moreover, at our company, high levels of automation and networking have long been standard. What is important now is that we also incorporate the elements of “Industry 4.0”. In this process, we must make sure that our staff are on board. So far, this change in our corporate culture has been very successful.”

This provides a major benefit for manroland Goss web systems which was also used in the development of the MainPad. For example, the know-how and the long-standing experience were connected and harmonised with the state-of-the-art in digitalisation. As a result, customers are now provided with an all-in-one solution which, with a high level of clarity and ease of use, can concurrently also represent the partly complex working steps and projects and provide support in their execution.