manroland’s automated maintenance – Maintellisense

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manroland's automated maintenance – Maintellisense

manroland web systems has redefined its service and takes the complete support and service range into consideration, adding more value. This means holistic support – from consultation through to the right spare and wear parts in original quality, training, classical repair service and upgrade and automation solutions and on to maintenance and servicing of the printing systems, as well as offers and recommendations for once again improving uptime and performance. All innovations in this category aim directly at reducing costs and increasing flexibility and productivity, focused on customer value, and not only for manroland web systems technology and product users but for the complete sector.

It is not only about relocations or reconfiguration; the company has already started realizing upgrades and retrofits for competitor presses and is successfully offering more. In 2016, manroland web systems started attracting market attention with retrofits for third-party presses. For the first time, a complete e-retrofit was carried out on a GOSS press in the USA, which the company believes will be succeeded by many more.

Servicing third-party presses is not the only highlight of the new service structure–the newly designed and enhanced 24×7 online platform for spare and wear parts–the manroland web store was completely relaunched in 2016. The platform is now even more user-friendly and has registered immense customer growth in the first months after the relaunch. From mid-2017, manroland web systems has planned to open the manroland web store as a diverse marketplace for the entire industry.

Market-X will be the new benchmark of the B2B online stores, where also sub-suppliers will be able to market their products. An expansion of the platform for used parts and presses is already scheduled.

Automated maintenance – Maintellisense
The service contract sector is also evolving – manroland web systems offers comprehensive service contracts with all significant services for the complete life cycle of a press; in short, service next generation. The focus lies on developing new concepts with automated solutions in the spirit of Industry 4.0. This means that the solutions ensure increased machine efficiency and thereby reduce the total costs. manroland web systems applies the Industry 4.0 concepts to the field of predictive maintenance. Because every printing system failure costs money, including overcautious maintenance, the focus now is on modern technologies that will soon be able to help replace spare and wear parts only when necessary, but always in time. As a press manufacturer, manroland web systems has sufficient data and resources to do this and therefore increase the productivity of its customers and lower their costs.

The project name, Maintellisense, is derived from the words maintenance, intelligence and sense – this is what needs to be intelligently connected. The idea is generating even more automatically serviceable “smart data” from the “big data” which manroland has already collected in different areas of the company. The first expansion stage of the new automated service philosophy is already being tested with pilot customers. Further expansion stages and information about Maintellisense will follow in the next weeks.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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