Three criteria to maximize your press performance
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Many printing presses are standing still nearly 70% of the time. This downtime is due to lower speeds, long change-overs, unmanned machines and administration time. This is a significant amount of downtime and lost revenue that many people aren’t aware of.
For many operators and print shop managers, it’s difficult to get insight in the performance of their printing press. They can’t look inside and know what’s happening with the press—only what’s going on around it. Yet, with the right insights they can achieve annual savings of up to 10%, improve capacity by 20% and reduce waste by 5% within a year.
Combining sensor technology with the internet (IoT) in printing processes will uncover the hidden potential of machines and can bring up to 30% improvement in performance.
Over the years, MPS has focused on connectivity and digital workflow to improve consistency in print quality and higher productivity. From a global analysis of nearly 100 presses, MPS knows how to maximize your press performance and maximize profitability of your business.
In this blog, we’ll give you three criteria to maximize your press performance.
1. Industry 4.0: get insight in your press performance
To optimize the overall performance of your business, you need more than just improved print quality and higher productivity.
To maximize the productivity and profitability of your business, it’s time to deep-dive into the machine. Industry 4.0 makes this possible by using sensor technology. Hundreds of sensors will provide you with details about the performance of the press. Using the data from the press helps improve the performance by identifying bottle necks. To compare with Formula 1 racing; this is what Mission Control teams do!
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With MPSConnect, you can measure all press activities and human interference of the operator with hundreds of sensors. This information includes speed, power, events, alarm messaging, humidity, temperature, accurate changeover time, web tension of the infeed and outfeed, exact set-up times, waste and more.
Algorithms and software converts this real-time data into an array of reports and charts. This data and the reports give you a clear vision of exactly how your printing press is performing.
Now, your printing press becomes an intelligent machine and a tool for performance improvement.
2. Work with expert teams
Based on data insights via MPSConnect, MPS supports production managers and operators in identifying opportunities to achieve improvements.
From our global analysis of unbiased data from nearly 100 presses, MPS knows many activities on the press can be improved. Focused support from a team of experts can help you shorten job production time and minimize material waste to maximize profits. MPS does this by benchmarking the industry leaders, identifying bottlenecks, gaps, and best practices.
Depending on your MPSConnect package, you will connect with our team of experts once per quarter or month. We’ll give you unopinionated, factual data or more in-depth advice.
3. Implement, review, and improve
Sensor technology, analytics, and performance reports alone will not bring success. You must have the willingness to analyze and interpret the data and implement actions for improvements.
To stay competitive in the market, it’s important for every label printer to get insights into press activities to identify opportunities for production improvements.
With your MPS press and MPSConnect, we put you in Pole Position. But it requires performance optimization to win the race!
Tim Klappe is Managing Director Asia Pacific at MPS and based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.