ppi Media automates daily newspaper production workflow

Fully automated new rotary printing press at reiff medien

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A fully automated new rotary printing press at reiff medien. Photo ppi Media

After switching to a new rotary printing press, reiff medien now has a fully automated workflow in which it can exchange data between the Pecom printer management system and the PlanPag planning solution from ppi Media.

The local newspaper production teams at reiff medien have been using a new rotary printing press from Manroland since November 2021. During the commissioning process, ppi Media integrated various interfaces to automate communication between the print presetting system and the PlanPag planning solution, which is used for daily newspaper production at reiff medien.

As a result, the machine’s printing options are now transferred to PlanPag so that they can be taken into account during the production process. PlanPag, in turn, communicates the relevant information to ppi Media’s solution for printing form production, OM, which forwards this planning information and additional proofs of the pages and color preset information to Pecom.

By automating the production workflow in this way, various manual processes have been eliminated from daily newspaper production at reiff medien, thus reducing the susceptibility to errors, “We’ve been working successfully with ppi Media for many years. The focus of our cooperation has clearly been on automating and streamlining our production processes. ppi Media has a great deal of expertise and extremely experienced project managers in this field”, says Achim Kara, managing director of reiff Printservice GmbH.

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.

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