CIPPI Awards 2006 Rate Heidelberg Customers Top for Cost-Effective Integration Services

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Software workflow solutions from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) offer users exceptional potential for maximizing savings and productivity, as proven by the results of the CIPPI Awards 2006 recently released by the CIP4 Organization.

The Prinect open and modular workflow system from Heidelberg has enabled Heidelberg customers to achieve outstanding economic benefits - both in combination with third-party workflows and as a complete single-source system. Four of the six top-placed participants use Heidelberg solutions, three of them employing complete systems. The highest net present value (NPV) of all applicants was achieved by Mediahaus Biering from Munich, Germany, which operates a complete system from Heidelberg. The customer’s investment calculations - based on a period of five years leading up to 2007 - estimated that implementing an end-to-end Prinect Color Solutions concept from Heidelberg would result in savings of some 8.3 million Euro. In contrast, the total investment required to achieve these savings is approximately 250,000 Euro.

Heidelberg customers come top in all three CIPPI Awards categories. The CIPPI Awards assess the success of a workflow solution based principally on the number of individual solutions integrated into it. The greater the number of individual solutions, the better the overall performance in terms of integration. As a result, the assessment criteria pose particular challenges for single-source solutions such as the Heidelberg Prinect Workflow with its comprehensive, modular concept. However, from an economic point of view, the print shops entered in the CIPPI Awards that use Heidelberg solutions were able to claim the top positions. The savings and cost advantages calculated by end users were very closely scrutinized by the jury.

druckpunkt Druckerei und Repro, Berlin
The company was able to turn around its productivity and cost-efficiency thanks to the Heidelberg Prinect Printready prepress workflow and MIS Prinect Prinance. Moreover, its production data can now be accessed on demand and provides a transparent means of accurately calculating actual costs. At approximately 3.3 million Euro between 2004 and 2008, the achievable potential savings of the integration solution ranks among this year’s top Awards candidates. The solution took first place in the "Best cost/benefit realization" category.

Mediahaus Biering, Munich
The bulk of this company’s business involves extremely high-quality commercial work. It first began using Prinect Color Solutions in 2003. The standardization of the production process has produced benefits including a significant reduction in make-ready times and paper waste. This illustrates how Prinect Color Solutions benefit quality assurance in a cost-effective manner. By 2007, savings achieved thanks to the Heidelberg color workflow will amount to around 8.3 million Euro. The company won second place in the CIPPI Awards 2006 "Most innovative use of process automation technology in an implementation" category.

Das Druckhaus Beineke Dickmanns, Kaarst-Büttgen
By using a Heidelberg Prinect prepress workflow and Prinect Prinance, the company was able to integrate previously isolated processes and procedures into one end-to-end concept. This increased prepress data security and enabled the company to double job throughput productivity while maintaining the same number of employees. Savings from the Heidelberg workflow are expected to run to a total of approximately 1.4 million Euro between 2005 and 2009. In contrast, the total investment required was approximately 210,000 Euro. The workflow concept took second place in the CIPPI Awards "Biggest improvement in efficiency and customer responsiveness as a result of process automation" category.

"The scale of the yields produced by integrated workflow solutions is being debated in the industry - but the CIPPI Awards 2006 have now proven that Heidelberg integrated workflow solutions give users considerable economic advantages in several areas," comments Jörg Bauer, Head of Prinect Product Management at Heidelberg, referring to how Heidelberg customers performed in 2006.

About CIP4
CIP4 brings together manufacturers, consultants, and end users from the print media industry and related sectors. The primary aim of the organization is to support and develop the manufacturer-neutral JDF and PPF data formats and to introduce them onto the global market. The certification process for products that support JDF, which is being planned by CIP4, will play a significant part in achieving this aim. Further information on CIP4, including membership details, is available on the organization’s website, www.cip4.org.
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