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Cimpress maximises production with sPrint One

Cimpress has selected industrial artificial intelligence company PerfectPattern’s sPrint One technology, to maximise print production efficiency within its European upload and print portfolio of businesses.

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Cimpress is the parent of mass customisation businesses including Drukwerkdeal, Exaprint and Pixartprinting

sPrint One dynamically calculates a complete print plan, including the print form layouts, in seconds. Utilising artificial intelligence, it finds the most time and cost-efficient production schedule and method.

sPrint One combines sheet optimisation with capacity planning. It uses the job data as well as actual production and paper costs to find the most cost-efficient production method. For printing on an industrial level such as online printing, gang forms are an important option in print planning. The ability to combine various print products allows the sPrint One algorithm to dramatically reduce production costs.

Cimpress’ upgrade of technology comes at a time of progressing digitisation. With the printing industry evolving from a traditional market characterised by large print runs and high margins to a market dominated by online-based customer-specific mass production, conventional print planning has its limits. It just cannot provide the required dynamics.

In a mass customisation environment such as online printing, flexible yet stable processes and the highest possible degree of automation are essential. With sPrint One, we enable our businesses to exploit latest technologies to optimise their print planning

Dr. Christian Maas, vice president of marketing and technology for Cimpress’ European upload and print businesses says: “In a mass customisation environment such as online printing, flexible yet stable processes and the highest possible degree of automation are essential. With sPrint One, we enable our businesses to exploit latest technologies to optimise their print planning.”

Although sPrint One makes life easier at printing houses when a machine fails, or an employee is unavailable, a report by the consultancy firm PwC found that 30% of jobs in Britain were potentially under threat from breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI). The report revealed that 1.2 million jobs in manufacturing were under threat.

However, until now, adapting the latest planning to new requirements has been a time-consuming task. Now printers can simply update the basic data and click to update the planning and can also react quickly to unexpected high-priority orders and changes in the priority of orders, making the new system a welcome asset to printing companies like Cimpress.

Fabian Ruchardt, chief executive officer of PerfectPattern says: “We are very pleased that Cimpress, one of the most important players in the web-to-print arena, has chosen our technology.”

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