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