Nor­we­gian pub­lisher man­ag­ing six print­ing plants with cloud-based plan­ning app

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Ame­dia Trykk, Nor­way’s largest lo­cal me­dia pub­lisher, has co­or­di­nated plan­ning at six of its seven print­ing plants with MWM’s Pro­duc­tion Plan­ning Cloud (PPC) app. The pub­lisher’s print­ing plants that span the coun­try 745 miles be­tween the north and south.

PPC is de­signed to sim­plify plan­ning for pro­duc­tion staff and project man­agers by pro­vid­ing an overview of Ame­dia’s pro­duc­tion plants from plan­ning and pre­press through press and mail­room. Ame­dia also uses MWM’s Copy­Track for real-time mon­i­tor­ing of print pro­duc­tion pro­cesses and data col­lec­tion.

The cloud-based soft­ware re­places an ear­lier Java-based edi­tion of the Pro­duc­tion Plan­ning app pre­vi­ously used by Ame­dia. The pub­lisher ac­tu­ally helped MWM de­velop the cloud-based ver­sion. Ame­dia’s Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer Ketil Haug­land man­aged the project with MWM’s Philip Pet­ters­son.

“The Pro­duc­tion Plan­ning Cloud gives us a great sup­port for both our night and day op­er­a­tions,” Ame­dia’s Haug­land said in a state­ment. “The sched­ul­ing and plan­ning has be­come eas­ier, not only for our pro­duc­tion staff and project man­ager, but also made it eas­ier for our ven­dors and cus­tomers.”

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”De­tailed in­for­ma­tion

Haug­land said ev­ery sin­gle job now con­tains de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on the cus­tomer, prod­uct name, edi­tion num­ber of pages, the pa­per grade of the prod­uct, and its cir­cu­la­tion.

The pro­duc­tion plan­ner de­ter­mines how de­tailed the plan­ning should be, down to the folder or print­ing unit and de­ter­mines whether pre­press and mail­room should be planned by line or by ma­chine. Based on the prod­uct de­scrip­tion and equip­ment be­ing used to pro­duce that par­tic­u­lar pa­per, PPC cal­cu­lates pro­duc­tion time and al­lo­cates re­sources in the press­room and mail­room to pro­duce all jobs as ef­fi­ciently as pos­si­ble.

“We eas­ily get a clear view of cov­er­age and ca­pac­ity uti­liza­tion,” Haug­land added.

Cus­tomers can ac­cess PPC via a por­tal where they can up­date pro­duc­tion in­for­ma­tion to re­duce er­rors, sav­ing time for both the client and the print­ing plant.

Plan­ning pro­duc­tion of jobs more ef­fi­ciently has also al­lowed Ame­dia to sched­ule any nec­es­sary main­te­nance on equip­ment dur­ing down time.

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