Partium, a web app for spare parts from Manroland Goss

Makes part-identification easier

Partium, a new web application from manroland Goss, provides an online search solution for parts via mobile or a PC.

Manroland Goss printing systems are complex. In some cases, they consist of up to 40,000 parts that are installed in up to 500 assemblies. Depending on the press type, this results in up to 10,000 consumable parts that have to be replaced regularly. The effort required to research spare parts via catalogs and parts lists seems unimaginably large.

A new web application from Manroland Goss, Partium, provides an online search solution for parts. Parium can be used via mobile and a PC.

Manroland Goss says it offers easy parts identification via Partium app using combined image, semantic text and parts list search. Web application for desktop and mobile speeds up reordering of spare and wear parts with patented machine learning. The Call-an-Expert function enables direct contact with Manroland Goss experts via Partium app in case of queries.

With between 5,000 and 10,000 consumable parts, depending on the type of press and series, it is difficult to maintain an overview. With the Partium app, Manroland Goss provides a remedy for confusing and time-consuming identification processes. Since February, customers have been able to use the Partium app to identify the required spare part or contact an expert directly.

Identify by image

The Partium image search makes it much easier to identify the parts the consumer is looking for. The Partium app recognizes the spare parts in their disassembled and assembled state and subsequently enables precise search results through filter options such as designation, dimensions, weight and parts list information.

The search function goes beyond simple image matching. Rather, the patented AI technology “understands” the technical concept of the part being searched for and its intended use. Based on millions of parts data analyzed in advance, the customer quickly receives an accurate search result – without any descriptions of the product they are looking for.

Semantic text search

In addition to image search, Partium  enables a smart search by text input. With just a description of the spare part being searched for, the text recognition already finds the product. Numerous filter options according to ID, brand name and dimensions of the spare part allow a quick search, but also individual machine types can be selected. This way, the application ensures that the search result is compatible with the desired machine. Users can find the right spare part quickly and easily, without having to know the exact product designation.

Parts list search

In addition to text and image searches, Manroland Goss customers can also navigate to the spare part they are looking for within their Manroland press. Via aggregates and assemblies, the customer gets to the stored material numbers. An additional filter option further limits the product suggestions in addition to the press-specific navigation, thus improving the results. The parts list search is particularly recommended for customers who already know the machine or assembly of the article they are looking for.

Contact the expert

Parts identification is not possible? A real Manroland Goss expert is available to assist customers with parts identification. Contact is also established simply by clicking in the Partium app to save additional email correspondence. Customers submit up to five photos and enter additional supplements via a text box. Based on the customer’s entries and filter settings, the expert recognizes the customer’s approach and develops a targeted solution. The customer is then contacted via eMail or phone.

New – extension to web application

In addition to the mobile solution, Manroland Goss now offers Partium as a web application for desktops. This runs on the most popular Internet browsers and can be accessed with the same user data as the mobile version. This allows customers to make optimum use of Partium’s various functions: they can use the AI-powered image search quickly and easily via tablet and smartphone, and maintain an overview of the parts list search and semantic text search on large desktop screens.

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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