Muller Martini’s Finishing 4.0 philosophy shows that it is possible to produce customized and variable print products cost-effectively and efficiently using means of mass production. In other words, it is possible to produce customized books, brochures and magazines with high added value at low prices per copy and stay competitive. The time is not only ripe to talk about connectivity and workflows in the graphic arts industry but also to offer specific solutions.
What is Finishing 4.0?
In short, it is about having an efficient supply chain so that production costs can be kept low despite increasing customization of products. The global boom in photo books, which are mainly produced in runs of one copy, is a prime example of that. The structural change in our industry, which is taking place much faster than anyone imagined, shorter run sizes, and the capabilities of modern digital and offset printing presses make a seamless and touchless workflow essential in many cases today.
How does it work?
Production systems are needed that are capable of setting themselves up fully automatically for each new product based on digital job data and launching production with the absolute minimum of manual interventions. Changes to the process need to be detected and neutralized. That calls for a seamless workflow, a high degree of automation and precise machine construction. We optimally coordinate those three components and ideally enable a touchless workflow. That allows our customers to keep their production costs low despite shorter runs and increased product variety.