Linemark Printing Puts Heidelberg Prinect Performance Benchmarking to WorkAugust 20, 2012
ROI Says It All
While Prinect Performance Benchmarking places Linemark’s performance in context with other print manufacturers operating similarly configured presses, the company previously had enlisted Heidelberg’s Print Color Management color consultation program (PCM) to ensure reliable continuous operating performance.
“With that effort, we focused on reducing our makeready times and makeready waste,” Ashton reported. “As a result, we’ve been able to slash our makereadies on the XL 105 from 45 to 15 minutes, and it now takes us 100 sheets (three pulls) to come up to color, down from 300 sheets (5 pulls). 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.”
Linemark Printing is a fast-growing, $20 million commercial printer specializing in rapid project schedules and on-demand production. Markets served include promotional and association work, as well as verticals like healthcare, finance, banking, education, and more. Services range from creative and prepress to offset and digital printing, to bindery and finishing, mailing, database management, and shipping.
“Heidelberg has been an exceptional partner for us,” Ashton said, citing the many competitive advantages its innovative technologies have afforded the company over the years.
Halfway through its free 12-month trial of Prinect Performance Benchmarking, Linemark fully expects to become a paid subscriber in due course. In the meantime, the company is reviewing the metrics and making hay of the valuable information the program has yielded so far.
“We anticipate a very favorable cost-benefit ratio once we’ve completed our analysis,” Ashton said.
OEE Methodology Yields Results
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 their presses are performing below, at, or above the average production of the peer group. Grounded in OEE methodology, the easy-to-use, secure, web-based tool for capturing and analyzing production data is the first and currently the only such tool available to printers.
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 occurs within 24 hours after the application has been submitted.