The print industry is currently embracing the change through the adoption of Industry 4.0. This is driving productivity while ensuring and verifying the quality of the printed materials. Combined with the seamless integration with the business decision making this creates the smart manufacturing facility. At the heart of this change we see the fully featured Prinect Business Intelligence Platform that evaluates and analyzes all the companies production functions not as separate activities but as the linked process workflow components of an intelligent factory that follows the principles of Industry 4.0 and fully integrates the business aspects.
In Industry 4.0 we are seeing with the fourth industrial revolution the use of cyber–physical systems. These are effectively systems and processes which communicate with each other machine and/or humans, both inside and outside company boundaries, collaborating to provide a smart production system throughout the whole value chain. This builds on the individual IT capabilities of individual systems, using the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud to provide connectivity and integration. This facilitates big data to be collected, analyzed and acted upon so that systems can utilize simulations and models to adapt, reconfigure and carry out steps in the manufacturing process, autonomously in many cases, to drive quality and productivity, ultimately impacting profitability.
To facilitate this change, Prinect removes the obstacles by integrating production processes and making them trackable and measurable from the initial customer inquiry through to delivery and invoicing. As a job passes through the stages of production, Prinect knows where it is, who is doing what to it, how close to schedule it is moving along, and what kinds of costs and time it is accumulating as it progresses. Now your company has a continuous feed of real-time information that it can use to:
Drive productivity and up-time
Optimize consistency and repeatability
Reduce waste and inventory
Prinect is a true Business Intelligence Platform that will significantly impact the future strategy and profitability of companies. The discussion and value proposition are now centered on how to rewrite the business operation as a whole rather than focusing on individual manufacturing centers such as estimating, prepress, press, digital, and postpress.
Prinect now connects all parts of the manufacturing process. Consider a car manufacturing operation, where changes to the production process are never made on the whims of individual employees. Instead, the impact of each change is analyzed to ensure that it will not degrade productivity or, worse, lead to costly failures and potential recalls. The same philosophy should apply to print manufacturing environments, where the use of materials, software, and equipment must be measured throughout the complete production cycle.
Validated performance gains achieved by customers using Prinect include:
Two-thirds reduction in processing time per operation through integrated workflow and re-use of data
Abundance of process steps eliminated in prepress with the help of Prinect’s Smart Automation features
Forty percent increase in the number of jobs processed by the same personnel using Prinect
Print production is transforming, resulting in the smart factories of tomorrow being the reality of today. Systems are available from manufacturers that leverage Industry 4.0 throughout the whole production cycle that offer significant improvements to the manufacturing process and strength is gained from having the complete approach across all manufacturing areas. This is redefining the marketplace and cost structure. Exploiting these systems for business allows reduced manufacturing costs and cycle times, while increasing productivity and quality assurance, all of which drive profitability.