Performance advisory

News Digest: Week commencing 10th May 2021 – a quick run through of all the stories from this week that didn’t merit a post in their own right, and this week includes new analytics software, the first Indigo 35K and several new wide format installations.

Heidelberg has introduced Performance Advisor Technology, or PAT, an AI-based process consulting tool that can automatically offer contract customers specific, straightforward instructions for improving their operational procedures. Essentially, Heidelberg has added an an artificial intelligence module to the Heidelberg Cloud, which collects data from the roughly 13000 Heidelberg presses and associated equipment already connected to the the cloud from its current user base of 3100 worldwide. This module monitors a series of measurements that record the current performance of this equipment, visualizing anomalies and displaying various recommendations for customers. 

Tom Oelsner, head of Digital Innovation in the Heidelberg Digital Unit, stated: “The focus of our activities in this area is on improving customer performance. At the same time, the company benefits from the enhanced scalability of its new data-driven business models.”

Agfa is to work with Hybrid Software to develop new OEM products.

Agfa has announced an OEM partnership with Hybrid software, which is now part of the Global Graphics group. Agfa already uses Global Graphics’ RIP technology, though mainly with its Arkitex newspaper workflow, rather than the flagship Apogee and Asanti workflows, which are based on Adobe PDF Print Engine. 

Andy Grant, global Head of Software at Agfa, stated: “We are pleased to be able to extend our existing relationship with Global Graphics thanks to Hybrid Software’s offering. We see this alliance as a logical next step, and as a way to build upon our existing technologies to develop innovative and customer-oriented solutions for our current as well as future market segments.”

CCL Industries, a multinational company specialising in label, security and packaging solutions, has installed its 100th HP Indigo digital press, which happens to be the world’s first Indigo 35K. The new machine will be installed at the CCL Label Healthcare facility in Montreal, Canada. 

Geoffrey T. Martin, president and CEO of CCL Industries, commented: “We have collaborated with HP for more than 15 years in the development of digital printing and workflows in the packaging industry and we are delighted to have reached such a significant milestone with HP Indigo. Their technology continues to be a vital component in our moves to connect digitally with our customers and consumers on a global basis.”

Graphicscalve, based in Bergamo in Italy, has expanded with a new wide format printing division. The company, which operates offset and digital printing, recently acquired a new site in Costa di Mezzate and has set this up to produce high quality interior design and visual marketing solutions. This includes investing in three new printers from Fujifilm – a 1.6m wide Acuity LED 1600R roll-fed printer, plus its larger cousin, a 3.2m wide Acuity LED 3200R and an Acuity Select flatbed.

Sigma Labels, a label printer based in the United Arab Emirates, has installed a new AWP-2530 AA flexographic water-wash processor from Asahi Photoproducts and started using its CleanPrint AWP water-washable flexographic plates. This has allowed Sigma to bring the platemaking in-house, saving it time and boosting its overall productivity from 750 to 950 jobs per month. The company runs a Bobst M5 440 mm and two Bobst Mx370 mm flexo presses. 

Spectrum Graphics, a family run design and printing service based in Kent in the UK, has installed a Canon ImagePress C9010VP dry toner printer to overcome difficulties with its existing product range and the service it was receiving from suppliers. The new device will help it grow into new markets as well as some long term financial savings.

Digipress, a print and design company based in Oxford, UK, and offering offset, digital and wide format services, has bought a Durst P5 350 hybrid wide format machine. Steve Jackson, a partner in Digipress, says that the speed of the P5 has allowed the company to win new business, noting: “It’s a machine that is extremely versatile and we are running it at very high speed with great quality and productivity. The opportunities have come in thick and fast because everybody wants fast turnarounds.”

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