Ryerson University Student Wins the Sinapse Simulator-Based Productivity Contest
ST. AUBIN, France—July 10, 2015—For the last few months, contestants all over the United States have been solving production problems on the Sinapse SHOTS Sheetfed simulator that integrates Heidelberg Speedmaster user interface.
Contestants see the problems, analyze the possible causes, decide how to solve the problems and see results and cost of their action (or inaction).
The contest was open to all International Circle members, Graphic Communication printers and schools of North America and the simulator was supplied by download.
Appalachian State University from North Carolina and Ryerson University from Toronto, Canada were the two finalists. Note that Ryerson was finalist at the SHOTS contest in 2012.
The Final round of the contest co-sponsored by Sinapse, Printing Industries of America, Calpoly, International Circle, GCEA and Print ED, took place at California Polytechnic State University in California, July 8, 2015, during the International Circle Conference.
Sunny Turner, from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and Sylvia Xiaoying Ma, from Ryerson University in Toronto, competed over the internet in front of the conference participants who could follow the competition on large screens with Jim Workman from the Printing Industries of America commenting the event.
Their task was to solve four sets of print problems (within a 10-minute limit for each) and the winner was chosen on the basis of best quality and optimum productivity (simulated time and waste). Exercises were getting harder and harder to solve and concerned registration, Inking, blankets and various mechanical issues.
Final score, Canada 3, United States 1.
The winner is Sylvia Xiaoying Ma, Ryerson University, Canada. Read more details about the finals here.
Registration opens in September for worldwide SHOTS and flexo print skills contests with finals at Drupa 2016.
Simulators allow competitors to solve problems on their own location and in their own language with the results coordinated through a cloud-based interface. The Sinapse simulator and its Heidelberg Speedmaster interface is used alongside Heidelberg presses at World skills events. Sinapse is the world’s leading supplier of training simulators for flexo, gravure and offset presses.