Kodak integrates PerfectPattern’s sPrint One Technology

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Kodak integrates PerfectPattern’s sPrint One Technology
PerfectPattern’s sPrint One technology is the basis of the Dynamic Print Planning capabilities offered by Kodak’s Prinergy Cloud Services.

On 2 November 2017, Munich-based PerfectPattern announced that Kodak has integrated the sPrint One technology developed by PerfectPattern into its Prinergy Cloud Services. The announcement says that based on innovative algorithms and leveraging artificial intelligence, sPrint One makes the planning of print jobs a snap, combining capacity planning and sheet optimization. The launch of the new Prinergy offering, called ‘Dynamic Print Planning,’ is the result of a strategic partnership of Kodak and PerfectPattern that began in the middle of last year.

sPrint One is a solution for dynamic print planning and sheet optimization with automated creation of a detailed manufacturing plan and a cost optimized set of print ready production layouts—seamlessly integrated in the Prinergy workflow. During the fully automated planning of the print jobs, all influencing factors as well as the complexity of their relationships—including printing machine, material, color, costs, deadlines and others—are taken into account by sPrint One.

“What previously took hours of mostly manual work can now be done in a few moments,” says Robert Meissner, PerfectPattern’s managing director – Product Management. “This enables printing houses of any size to bring efficiency and quality to an unmatched level.” According to Meissner, sPrint One makes it very easy and efficient to calculate large job pools. It also provides the flexibility to respond quickly to changing production requirements.

“PerfectPattern distributes its sPrint One technology exclusively through technology and sales partners,” says Fabian Rüchardt, managing director – Business Development at PerfectPattern. “We are very pleased that with Kodak we have found one of the leading providers of solutions for the printing industry as our first global partner.”

“The industry is moving toward smaller, more frequent print runs which create margin and delivery challenges for print service providers,” said Allan Brown, vice president and general manager of Kodak’s Unified Workflow Solutions. “The Prinergy Cloud Services new Dynamic Print Planning capabilities provide them [capability] to produce a greater number of orders with the same resources. By eliminating potential human errors from the project planning process, this offering can reduce 40% of the labor costs per project and dramatically increase an operation’s agility.”

More information is available at http://www.perfectpattern.de/en.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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