Aluprint takes first Speedmaster XL 75 under subscription into operation
Plans for significantly enhanced efficiency and productivity
Digitization ensures Aluprint remains competitive
Market launch of subscription program results in high demand
Producing bottle and food labels for well-known food and drink manufacturers, Vrútky-based Aluprint s.r.o. has made a name for itself far beyond the borders of its native Slovakia. To remain competitive in this dynamic market segment and continue meeting the growing demands of its predominantly international customers, the company intends to use the extensive digitization of all workflows to further improve its productivity, quality, and process efficiency.
This has led Aluprint to make use of the subscription model being offered by Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). The integrated offering consists of a Speedmaster XL 75, all consumables, the Prinect Production workflow, and all services required for smooth operation, including consulting.
Aluprint is expecting to make further significant progress with the efficiency of its quality assurance operations thanks to the Prinect Inpress Control 2 high-end color measuring system that also forms part of the package. The company took its new Speedmaster XL 75 into operation in April, which makes it the first user to operate a press of this kind under the subscription model.
“As an international packaging producer, our top priority is meeting exacting customer requirements relating to quality, flexibility, and absolute reliability. We focus on achieving this goal,” says Vladimir Veselovský, Managing Director at Aluprint. “However, we realized that our long-standing partner Heidelberg has an even better understanding of the printing process than we do, which means it is able to boost our efficiency further still. That’s why the company’s subscription model has completely won us over,” he adds.
Market launch of Heidelberg Subscription results in high demand
Heidelberg Subscription is exactly what the industry has been waiting for. “We’re seeing equally high demand for our subscription model from both packaging and commercial print shops, so the international market launch is proceeding according to plan,” reveals Professor Ulrich Hermann, member of the Management Board responsible for Lifecycle Solutions at Heidelberg. “What’s more, the excellent customer response confirms our conviction that the further development of data-driven business models will make a significant contribution to the future viability of our customers and Heidelberg,” he concludes.
About Heidelberg Subscription
The Heidelberg subscription model is following the growing pay-per-use trend in mechanical engineering and moving further away from simply selling presses. Under this Heidelberg model, customers only pay for the number of sheets actually printed. With the new digital business model, all the equipment, all consumables required – such as printing plates, inks, coatings, washup solutions, and blankets – and a comprehensive range of services geared to availability are included in the price per sheet to be charged.
The rollout is going according to plan and is to be expanded. Establishing pay-per-use models in industrial offset printing is the result of the ongoing digital transformation at Heidelberg, and also the company’s software and data expertise. Heidelberg offers customers a smart complete system comprising press, services, consumables, consulting, and software solutions. It is inconceivable that a holistic system of this kind could be managed dependably without big data applications – in predictive maintenance, for example – and the company’s Push to Stop approach to autonomous printing.