W+D North America, Ironsides Announce Partnership, Exhibit at PRINT 13
OVERLAND PARK, KS—July 24, 2013—W+D North America, the North American Sales and Service Company of W+D GmbH, a leading technology and systems solution provider to the mail industry today announced that it has entered into a partnership with Westford, MA, based Ironsides Technology, a software development and integration firm that provides workflow automation and enterprise wide integrity tracking solutions across all production devices and processes.
Under terms of the agreement W+D will resell Ironsides Automatic Production Tracking (APT) technology for use on its mail inserting and production systems. APT is a scalable and open architecture software solution that is designed to optimize productivity and document integrity for print and mail operations of all sizes. Bill Riley, president of Ironsides, stated, “APT is a simple and effective solution that will allow W+D’s new and existing customers to have a real-time status of all jobs and pieces in the production process. The true strength of our system is that we truly are device agnostic, we seamlessly integrate into any piece of mailing, printing, and fulfillment equipment regardless of the manufacturer.”
Shaun Kilfoyle, president of W+D North America, commented, “Ironsides APT is a very innovative technology. With real-time visualization into production, operators will maximize their productivity and better ensure piece level integrity. By incorporating APT Technology on W+D and other production platforms our customers will have maximum flexibility and will improve their profitability and productivity by reducing production delays and overhead cost. We are thrilled to be partnering with Ironsides and look forward to demonstrating their APT technology live on our booth at Print 2013 in September.”
Print 2013, North America’s largest industry trade show, is scheduled for Sept. 8-12 at McCormick place in Chicago. W+D will be located in booth #3922 at the show. In addition to Ironsides APT technology W+D will also be demonstrating the W+D 234 d XL and BB700 S2. The W+D 234 d XL is world’s fastest industrial grade, high speed four-color drop-on-demand (DOD) inkjet envelope overprint press. The W+D BB700 S2 is a servo driven modular direct mail inserter with print first DOD inkjet printing.
Founded in 1913 W+D brings over 100 years of a strong history of excellence in industry-shaping innovations and has its core competence in converting and processing paper, tissue and non-woven substrates, at high speeds and tight tolerances. With its innovative and tailor-made system solutions and services W+D focuses on the entire internal value chain of its customers.
Today W+D is organized in two business segments, Mail Solutions and Hygiene Solutions. Within the segment Mail Solutions, W+D develops and sells system solutions for manufacturing, printing, inserting and packaging of envelope-based mailings while the segment Hygiene Solutions encompasses system solutions for manufacturing and packaging of tissue fold and hygiene non-woven products.
The company has production sites in Germany, Overland Park, KS, Malaysia and China, as well as a global sales and service network.
W+D is a group company of the Körber Group, a German headquartered and foundation owned engineering and technology group which operates worldwide. W+D is integrated in the Division Körber Process Solutions which encompasses Körber’s international system solution partners serving various industries such as the mailing, tissue and hygiene industry.
About Ironsides Technology
Ironsides Technology is a software development and integration firm, providing workflow automation and enterprise wide integrity tracking solutions across all production devices and processes. From print spool through mailing, Ironsides’ solutions reduce the risk of compliance penalties and late fees while reducing the total production cost per piece. Ironsides is headquartered in Westford, MA, and operates an engineering and support facility in Wuhan, China.