Grafschafter Nachrichten upgrade and retrofit on site

MGWS ControlCenter enhances work efficiency

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The new operator interfaces of the central console at the Grafschafter Nachrichten.

The intuitive ControlCenter from manroland Goss web systems (MGWS) will control the print jobs at the Grafschafter Nachrichten in coming time. The technology offers benefits such as user-friendly operator interface combined with gaining additional production relevant information. The ControlCenter interface has been implemented on the existing press, meaning that the existing console, including the embedded keyboards, remain in place. A central touch-screen based ControlPad complements the control system. It virtualizes and controls all integrated components and displays their current status, which makes all product-relevant information centrally visible, in real-time.

Corrections of settings are carried out directly on the touch screen. Furthermore, it is now possible for the MGWS TeleSupport Center (TSC), to perform remote diagnostics. In addition, IDCμ, the fastest ink and dampening solution control system in the market, is also in operation in Nordhorn. Ink control can be left completely up to the IDCμ module allowing a small team of press operators to work on the press at new levels of accuracy and efficiency.

The benefits of this comprehensive retrofit include converting the control system that facilitates improved system performance with reduced downtime. IDCμ also contributes to a reduction in labor and material costs. It is possible because the retrofit secures press availability for many years to come, and simultaneously reduces operating costs significantly.

Maik Hofsink, head of operations at the Grafschafter Nachrichten, is delighted with the supplied control system and the new, highly intuitive control console operation of his newspaper printing press. During a Technology Forum in April in Nordhorn, a small group of branch experts from within the German speaking regions were introduced to how upgrades and retrofits of existing systems could increase their printing efficiency onsite. During the Technology Forum titled ‘Innovations in Newspaper Printing,” a live demonstration of the virtualized PECOM system was held in the printing hall at Grafschafter Nachrichten, along with providing comprehensive information on the technical implementation of the virtualization.

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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