Modern print shops are faced with a large
variety of orders, frequently changing short-term tasks and medium
to low volumes. While production planning and scheduling systems
are state-of-the-art in many industrial sectors, print shops are
for the most part SMEs and volumes and schedules optimisation, order
processing and allocation of capacities is generally carried out
manually. This can be an extremely difficult task in a sector where
orders and production conditions are constantly changing. Consequently,
delivery deadlines are often not met and customer satisfaction is
This project was aimed at the development
of a shop floor planning and control system for the printing industry.
Several software modules were created allowing the management and
optimisation of production, taking into account deadlines and order
volumes. Allocation of operations to the required machines can be
optimised, and the availability of raw materials can be tracked.
Databases for user-specific administrative data and resources support
these and other functions.
During the project a new company was founded
to market the developed software system. Partners say demonstration
of the software at industry fairs has revealed significant interest
among print shops all over Europe, resulting in a considerable number
of customer inquiries.