German publishing group NOZ/mh:n MEDIEN adds Arketex Cloud workflow across four printing sites, relying on Agfa's cloud-based solution to reduce costs, maximize profits, future-proof operations; NOZ produces 42 daily, 44 weekly newspapers, 29 magazines

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February 2, 2023 (press release) –

Top German publishing group, NOZ/mh:n MEDIEN has implemented Arkitex Cloud workflow across its four printing sites. By relying on Agfa’s cloud-based solution, the company has been able to reduce costs, maximize profits and future-proof operations.  

NOZ/mh:n MEDIEN is one of Germany’s ten largest newspaper publishing groups, with over 3,000 employees. Tracing its roots back to 1844, it consists of around 50 companies at more than 60 locations spread across the northern part of the country. The group produces 42 daily and 44 weekly newspapers, and 29 magazines, at its four large printing sites, which also takes on jobs for external customers.

This is a large-scale operation. At the Osnabrück printing site, for example, two huge modern offset presses print more than 140,000 copies of the newspaper, Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, every day. They also produce numerous other publications and a large volume of promotional and commercial print products.

Step One: Standardization and simplification

Since NOZ MEDIEN acquired mh:n Group in 2016, three more printing sites have been added. These are situated in Büdelsdorf, Pinneberg, and Wittenburg, in Germany. This means that in total, there are 10 computer-to-plate (CtP) systems in operation. In the beginning, different systems from several manufacturers were used at each location. After the merger, the goal was to standardize the functionality, manufacturer support, and local know-how at the printing sites and to use these output systems more efficiently.

As a modular and scalable software solution designed specifically for newspaper printing, Agfa Arkitex Production would give the company several distinct advantages and help unify the group. The Osnabrück site had already had a great experience with the automated workflow software over a number of years. The employees in Büdelsdorf were also familiar with the Agfa system, so the decision was made to roll out Arkitex to the whole group to increase prepress and overall productivity efficiencies.

Step Two: Integration and centralization

The rollout’s main challenge was integrating the different printing presses at the various locations into one uniform workflow. This was easily solved because Arkitex Production 5.0 has been developed to communicate more tightly with the press management. All planning data from each machine is automatically imported into the system. It can also integrate with plate stacking systems to enable just-in-time delivery of plates to the press.

This current version 5.0 also includes a ‘multi-tenant’ function, which allows more user operation with individual views on the same server. This means that each printing site can be fully integrated and managed centrally and share hardware and resources while maintaining data security and workflow control.

The staff noticed the ease of use of the software immediately. Christoph Albracht, System Support Manager at the Büdelsdorf printing center, emphasizes, “Thanks to the intuitive design of the software, the employees accepted it right from the start.”

Accessibility was another plus point. Günter Reichert, System Administrator at Osnabrück, adds, “And with the HTML5 interface, the software can easily be accessed by any user from their laptop or any other mobile device. The interface also made it simple to switch to the Cloud – the users didn’t notice the difference.”

Günter-Reichert – System Administrator

Step Three: Connecting and streamlining

It was in 2021 that the company took the next step and moved to Agfa Arkitex Cloud. This secure cloud-based SaaS solution offers a streamlined workflow enabling NOZ/mh:n MEDIEN to meet tight deadlines better, maximize productivity, and save costs. Other benefits include data security, real-time storage, and 24/7 monitoring, ensuring business continuity and freeing time to spend on strategy and innovation.

The local systems were expanded and moved to Agfa’s ISO-certified mirrored data center, which meant that NOZ/mh:n MEDIEN no longer needed its own high-performance and costly computer hardware. And because all software is stored online, each production site does not have to worry about updating their systems or implementing security updates. As well as reducing IT-related expenses, the company is also saving on energy costs.

By switching to Agfa's Cloud solution, we have gained greater production reliability and consistency. Now, all our printing sites are combined in one network with all prepress systems clearly displayed and accessible 24/7.

Jens Masur

General Manager of all the NOZ/mh:n MEDIEN printing sites

Moving to the Cloud is the best way to future-proof a large printing business like NOZ/mh:n MEDIEN, as it provides increased flexibility of operations and makes it adaptable to changing needs. The Cloud service works quietly in the background and is straightforward to set up and control. Plus, it is backed up by Agfa’s comprehensive service and support.

“High performance, up-to-date software, and rapid scalability are just some of the many advantages of the Arkitex Cloud solution, and Agfa’s employees are always available at short notice if we need any support,” concludes Reichert.

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