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After debuting, the Prinect Production Manager at drupa last year, Heidelberg sold its first workflow to commercial printer Petermann GZW in Bad Nauheim, Germany.
The Prinect Production Manager is a new use concept in the form of a rental model within the Prinect business intelligence platform. It enables print shops of all sizes to use every integration function of the Prinect production workflow precisely in line with their requirements, without having to make compromises in terms of the scope of performance.
Companies can use all functions of the Prinect Prepress, Prinect Pressroom, Prinect Digital Print, and Prinect Postpress Manager as and when it needs them. Instead of paying for the individual licenses, it only pays for its actual monthly data usage which is calculated in m2 TIFF-B. The usage fee also includes all automatic software updates so that the workflow is always up to date. Whereas the hardware required is installed at the customer’s premises, some of the selected Prinect components, such as the Prinect Web Shop, are cloud-based.
This makes it possible to achieve digitisation and automation of the production processes for virtually every print shop in terms of technology and economic considerations.
Anthony Thirlby, head of Prinect at Heidelberg says, “Digitising processes is not just something for larger companies. If a print shop wants to remain competitive, this is a topic it needs to address. It is a matter of developing a business model that focuses on the end customers’ requirements with respect to quality, flexibility, productivity, availability, and delivery reliability. This can only be accomplished with digitized, largely autonomous processes that allow the print shop operator to look after the most important thing: its customers.”