Heidelberg’s 2012 InterTech Technology Award-winning Prinect Performance Benchmarking is a subscription-based application for printers that have adopted a variety of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement initiatives based on the concept of Overall Equipment Effectiveness or OEE. This approach has been highly successful for increasing numbers of progressive printers who want—not only to stay in business—but also to sharpen their competitive edge, improve their sustainability, and increase profits.
The cloud-based application enables printers to determine whether or not their presses are performing below, at, or above the average production of the peer group. Although the concept of benchmarking is hardly new, the implementation of an easy-to-use, secure, web-based tool grounded in OEE methodology for capturing and analyzing production data is the basis for this breakthrough technology. It is the first and currently the only such tool available to printers.
An End to Guesswork
Without qualified information, a printer can make only an educated guess as to the performance of his machine inventory, putting both his sustainability and profitability at risk. Prinect Performance Benchmarking is the first application for the printing industry that gives printers the ability to visualize their OEE quickly and easily, and compare it with that of other print manufacturers in similar print segments with similarly configured presses. It also enables printers to obtain personalized and objective performance data they can use to improve their performance and efficiency.
“We focused on reducing our makeready times and makeready waste,” reported Dave Ashton, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for Linemark Printing [Upper Marlboro, MD), an early user of the service. “As a result, we’ve been able to slash our makereadies on the XL 105 from 45 to 15 minutes, and we’ve gone from 500 sheets to 300 sheets to come up to color. We received a significant return on our investment. Prinect Performance Benchmarking adds a layer of assurance that we are performing with or above our industry peers in every way.”
Anonymous and Secure
Once Prinect Performance Benchmarking is activated, the Speedmaster press automatically delivers completely anonymous performance data to a highly secure Heidelberg central server, where it is processed for evaluation. These data form the basis of personalized, objective performance reports that can be accessed securely online at any time using a simple Internet browser interface with easy-to-read charts and diagrams. Reports can be saved in the PDF format for printing and storage for future reference.
Press performance is compared to the average performance of all participating presses and also to the highest performing press in the selected peer group. The application analyzes achieved production speeds, waste vs. good sheets, and time efficiency, helping the printer to understand and identify performance optimization potentials in and around the press.
All data are highly encrypted and collected anonymously, protecting the identity and product-specific information of all contributors. Sensitive confidential data provided by the Speedmaster press cannot be accessed by other participating subscribers.
Nothing To It
Because the Prinect Performance Benchmarking application is cloud based, there are no software or hardware components to install or license. All that is required is that the Speedmaster press be configured with a Prinect Press Center operating console running a current version of Speedmaster software, and be connected to Heidelberg’s web-based Remote Service portal. Activation of the service occurs within 24 hours after the application has been completed and submitted.