As most people already know, times are not as usual. Physical events turn into virtual events, and sometimes just too much of too much information. However, in the week of October 19th till 23rd, Heidelberg delivered their Innovation Week. INKISH was invited to Wiesloch the week before to prepare some of the things you can already experience online.

Heidelberg is presenting new solutions, supposed to be shown at drupa 2020, but now we have the opportunity to talk to Heidelberg staff while watching. Heidelberg takes a major step towards light-out/fully automated production, and they state that their objective is machines twice as productive as of today. Amazing technology.

This film is delivered in a partnership between INKISH.DACH and INKISH Sweden. Great work.

The Innovation Week is a good replacement for the trade shows, which are currently not possible and allow us to demonstrate our customers the innovations we prepared for them, which help them to boost their business, to improve their productivity and help to master their business.

What are the key take-aways for anyone attending the Innovation Week?

I believe they’d take away a lot of know-how to improve their production, how to improve quality and how to improve productivity.

What is the agenda for the Innovation Week?

We start till Friday with three sessions a day. Typically, one would be an overview, a presentation-style of thing, and second one will be a demonstration of a machine or a process or including several machines. And the third one will be an extra talk. Where several people sit around a table or stand around the desk and discuss the subject in depth. So we we have to take care that our customers don’t fall asleep. That’s why we get very fast and short sessions of one hour and a half, one hour and 40 minutes, the three together. And after that, the one-to-one discussions can take place locally, remotely, obviously. But in the countries, in the local languages. We have some 250 people waiting for the customers to call in.

We also saw a premiere of the new push-to-stop technology

Push-to-stop was introduced four years back, at the last DRUPA and we brought push-to-stop to the next level. End to end. Why end to end? Because coming from the machine alone does not solve the problem. So we have to start from the PDF file and we have to end in the finishing and in the delivery. And we have to bring that all together. No system breaks in between. Software that connects to each other. Automation that supports it. And that’s what we are showing here. We have made big progress in late logistics, which is a bottleneck. If you go up to 20 chops per hour on a machine like this behind us. Therefore, we use 20 touch points in the whole plate logistics. Nobody is really touching the plate anymore until it is in the machine back in the trash. Nobody is really touching it. We have here as well – a dry sheet. With a waste extractor where we make sure that we have a waste free pile for the delivery, for the finishing. Which is then moved over by an automated transportation system directly into the folder. Folded, push-to-stop, all signatures one by one. And new as well. World-premiere here as well. Our Piece Taker Robotics, that is taking the signatures and piling them up on the pile here.

What would be the main customer benefits with this technology?

We see what we want with push-to-stop. We want to double the output in the industry. And if you just imagine that you can have the double output with the same fix cost. What that will do with your top line and with your profit. That maybe already answers: What is in? How big the potential is here. And some of our customers are already on a good way there. And we want to help our other customers to get there as soon as possible with the right offering.

When does this technology launch and goes to market?

Like you see it here, it is shipping next year. Yes, but the parts of it are already available. So Two Part Generation, the 2020 Generation of the Speedmaster is already shipping. So we are in the market with that. We have to play to get to a system already there. Which offers? I would say 80 percent of the automation here. And for those who have 20 chops and more per hour, we have to wait until next year until we have placed the unit in serial production.

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