Manroland launches production and nishing software
News & Tech: What are MasterQ’s functions?
Stadler: MasterQ sorts, groups, and verifies incoming print orders from various sources and determines the optimal production sequence. The system is especially suited for users of one or more digital printing systems and digital finishing lines, such as FoldLine and FormerLine.
For the future, there will be an additional integration to offset systems, what enables dynamic job changes from offset to digital printing. This futureoriented feature will be completed and supported by an automatic and jobspecific imposing of print data.
At Ifra World Publishing Expo, manroland web systems announced the launch of MasterQ, which allows for the synchronization of MIS systems, prepress, or web2print applications with the printing systems and finishing processes. Master Q was developed for digital printing of ultra-small print runs where efficiencies can be realized from planning production sequences.
News & Tech asked Alwin Stadler, digital manager for manroland web systems, about the new software. News & Tech: How does the technology work?
Stadler: The order definition created by MasterQ contains all information required for automatic presetting. The prepared jobs are relayed to the digital printing systems and the print finishing control (such as WorkflowBridge). In return these provide MasterQ with status and process information.
News & Tech: What format is used and will it work with offset printing?
Stadler: General order parameters, such as color printing mode, printing substrate, and format are taken into account as well as specific features for each print job, such as necessary finishing system changeover times. This way, every order is automatically allocated the most convenient slot in the processing queue and directed towards the optimally suited production line. In the future, production on a web offset press can also be included.
News & Tech: Is there a MasterQ installation and if so where?
Stadler: The first installation with all the available workflow modules—MasterQ - automated Imposer and the PressMonitor to create reporting information was taken into production at GGP Media in Poessneck, Germany—a book production site from the Bertelsmann group. This company is one of the biggest book production sites in Europe and has been working with digital production systems for years. With this installation, the company exchanged the existing finishing system and workflow from one of our Swiss competitors to now a FormerLine finishing system with the complete workflow from manroland.
The next installation of this new level of workflow solution will be installed in the beginning of 2018. Details on this project will be presented soon.
Alwin Stadler, digital manager, manroland web systems.