Leading Oral Health Product Manufacturer, Ultradent, Takes Steps to the Future with Critical Manufacturing MES

Ultradent Products, a private, US-based manufacturer of leading professional dental products, has selected Critical Manufacturing’s Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to enhance its manufacturing operations. Ultradent’s innovative products are trusted by dental professionals in the US and throughout the world to help improve oral health globally. Visit www.Ultradent.com.

Ultradent’s manufacturing facilities are highly vertically-integrated and incorporate many interdependent manufacturing capabilities, such as weighing and dispensing, mixing, injection molding, primary package filling, kitting, laboratory, CNC machining, assembly, printing, and other specialized operations. There are many manual operations, as well as automated equipment and robotics throughout the operation to ensure efficiency and tight tolerances. Ultradent also has an ongoing robust pipeline of new, innovative products and product improvements at all times.

Ultradent adheres to good manufacturing practices, strict medical device practices, and pharmaceutical documentation standards. Each manufactured lot requires a unique batch or device history record to demonstrate that each product is manufactured in accordance with its design specification, or Device Master Record (DMR).

The new MES will provide fully electronic Batch Records (eBR) and electronic Device History Records (eDHR), including critical process parameters and critical quality attributes to streamline production while ensuring the highest product quality. While the MES eliminates paper in manufacturing, it will also enable shop floor to top floor visibility and provide actionable insights to manufacturing processes in order to support continuous process improvement.

The Critical Manufacturing MES is a state-of-the-art, highly-configurable and modular MES/MOM platform, designed to enable the benefits of a smart factory, based on the Industry 4.0 manufacturing model. The Critical Manufacturing MES is well-suited for medical device manufacturers, and with its special weigh and dispense capabilities, it is well-suited for both batch chemical formulations as well as discrete manufacturing. The MES will also integrate into existing PLM, ERP, LIMS, and control systems using very little code.

Chuck Anger, VP of Operations at Ultradent said: “The Critical Manufacturing MES will augment our vertically-integrated manufacturing operations at Ultradent. We want a path to the benefits that smart manufacturing offers. The new MES will enable us to increase efficiency, make adherence to quality procedures more robust, and reduce costly paperwork and manual interventions. We will be able to respond more quickly to customer demands and changing order requirements.”

Ultimately, the Critical Manufacturing MES will enable a smooth transition to Industry 4.0, allowing traditional production methods to run alongside smart, dynamic ones. By using real-time data and advanced analytics, continuous process improvements can be implemented, and with real-time analysis of process performance, quality can be built into all steps of the production line.

Mohamed Benkirane, VP Medical Device Practice for Critical Manufacturing said, “The use of electronic records and real-time data will help Ultradent both enhance quality and reduce costs. In addition, our advanced analysis and search tools will enable them to improve manufacturing processes and consistently learn from electronic records. Everyone will benefit – Ultradent, their customers, and their suppliers.”

The Critical Manufacturing MES functions will include recipe and specification management, weighing and dispensing, and manufacturing data acquisition, which will be fed into the eBR for batch chemistries and eDHR for discrete products. The system will give Ultradent a clear view of all shop floor processes with supervisory dashboards and real-time factory floor status.

Chuck Anger concluded, “After a long and well-engineered due diligence process, we selected Critical Manufacturing MES because of its modularity, inherent flexibility to support the many and varied processes we have, and its clear path to an Industry 4.0 production model. We also believe that working directly with the Critical Manufacturing team in Portugal to be an advantage during implementation and for years to come. Our company has grown year on year over the past four decades, but this investment is the start of a particularly exciting time for our business and one, I believe, that will be the cornerstone of our future innovation and growth.”

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InPrint Munich 2019: Fachmesse für Drucktechnologie zur Anwendung in der industriellen Fertigung

Vom 12. – 14. November 2019 findet erneut die InPrint Munich auf dem Münchner Messegelände statt. Die InPrint Munich ist die zentrale Plattform für Hersteller und Anbieter von Drucktechnologie zur Anwendung in der industriellen Fertigung. Führende internationale Unternehmen präsentieren dort hochentwickelte Technologien und innovative Lösungen für das Bedrucken unterschiedlichster Materialen und Oberflächen. Acht Monate vor Messebeginn haben bereits 90 Aussteller aus 14 Ländern ihre Standfläche gebucht. Bei knapp der Hälfte davon handelt es sich um deutsche Unternehmen. Andere Aussteller kommen hauptsächlich aus europäischen Ländern wie Großbritannien, Italien, der Schweiz, Österreich und Belgien. Zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt sind damit bereits rund 70% der verfügbaren Standfläche auf der InPrint Munich 2019 belegt.

Die Nachfrage nach individuell gestalteten Produkten, limited Editions und personalisiertem Design steigt weiter an. Innovative Druckverfahren wie Digitaldruck, Inkjet, Siebdruck und Spezialdruck eröffnen sowohl Fertigungsunternehmen aus einer Vielzahl unterschiedlicher Branchen sowie der Druckindustrie ganz neue Geschäftsmöglichkeiten. Denn sie ermöglichen das direkte Bedrucken von flachen, gewölbten oder zylindrischen Materialien und Oberflächen aus Kunststoff, Holz, Folie, Textil, Glas, Keramik und Metall auf eine kosteneffiziente Weise. Der Einsatz dieser innovativen Druckverfahren reicht vom Funktionsdruck für Automobilkomponenten, gedruckter Elektronik, Verpackungen, Bekleidung und Konsumgüterherstellung bis hin zur dekorativen Oberflächenveredelung von Fußböden, Inneneinrichtung und Mobiliar.

„Die InPrint Munich hat sich über die vergangenen Jahre zur international zentralen Fachmesse im Segment des Drucks zur Anwendung in der industriellen Fertigung entwickelt. Die Messe steht für den Austausch von zukunftsweisenden Ideen, für die gemeinsame Entwicklung von konkreten Lösungen, für wertvolle Partnerschaften und vor allem für neue Geschäftsmöglichkeiten,“ erklärt Nicola Hamann, Geschäftsführerin von Mack Brooks Exhibitions, des Veranstalters der InPrint.

Unter den Ausstellerunternehmen der InPrint Munich 2019 sind adphos Digital Printing GmbH, Agfa, DP Solutions GmbH & Co. KG, FUJIFILM, Global Inkjet Systems (GIS), Hamamatsu Photonics Deutschland GmbH, Dr. Hönle AG, UV Technology, Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG), Memcon Limited, Pall GmbH, PLASMATREAT GMBH, Seiko Instruments GmbH, THIEME, TIGER Coatings GmbH & Co. KG und Wemhöner Surface Technologies. Neben Ausstellerunternehmen, die bereits auf den Vormessen der InPrint Munich in Deutschland ausgestellt haben, sind auch einige Neuaussteller vertreten, unter anderem die Firmen 3M Deutschland GmbH, SPSD, AEWA Technologies GmbH, CHESPA SP. Z O.O., ETS SRL, PROFACTOR GmbH, Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA, SMARTJET S.r.l. Eine aktuelle Ausstellerliste ist auf der Messewebseite verfügbar.

Messeprofil der InPrint Munich
Die InPrint bietet eine gezielte Branchenplattform, auf der sich innovative Hersteller von Druckmaschinen und -systemen, Druckfarben und Komponenten, Anbieter von Vor- und Weiterbehandlungslösungen und Softwareentwickler direkt mit Druckspezialisten, Systemintegratoren und Zulieferern verschiedenster Sektoren der Fertigungsindustrie vernetzen können. Die Aussteller decken die gesamte Wertschöpfungskette der Drucktechnologie zur Anwendung in der industriellen Fertigung ab. Die Schwerpunkte liegen in den fünf Bereichen Spezialdruck, Siebdruck, Digitaldruck und Inkjet-Druck. Die ausstellenden Firmen präsentieren Druckmaschinen und Drucksysteme, Komponenten und Spezialteile, Druckkopftechnologie, Geräte und Chemikalien für die Druckvorstufe, UV-Technologie, Trocknungs- und Curing-Systeme, Be- und Weiterverarbeitungsmaschinen, Sieb-, Digital- und Spezialdrucktinten, Primer und Beschichtungen, Softwarelösungen, Materialien und Bedruckstoffe sowie Dienstleistungen für den Sektor.

Die Messe heißt ein Fachpublikum aus der Druckindustrie sowie einer großen Bandbreite von Industriesektoren willkommen, wie beispielsweise Luft- und Raumfahrt, Architektur und Design, Automobilindustrie, Fußbodenbeläge, Inneneinrichtung, Konsumgüterherstellung, medizinische Geräte, Typenschilder, Oberflächenbearbeitung, Verpackung und Weiße Ware. Die InPrint Munich 2017 zog 3.000 spezialisierte Fachbesucher aus 63 Ländern an.

Allgemeine Messeinformationen
Die InPrint Munich 2019 findet während drei Tagen, vom 12. – 14. November 2019, in der Halle A6 des Münchner Messegeländes, Eingang Ost, statt. Auf der InPrint Munich 2019 wird ein umfassendes Konferenzprogramm erneut fester Bestandteil des Messegeschehens sein. Dies ist bei Ausstellern und Besuchern gleichsam beliebt, um Networking zu betreiben, Fachwissen auszutauschen und Gespräche zu aktuellen Marktentwicklungen zu führen. Umfassende Informationen zur Messe gibt es auf der neugestalteten Webseite der InPrint Munich 2019 zu finden: www.inprintmunich.de

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InPrint Munich 2019: International Exhibition of Print Technology for Industrial Manufacturing

From 12 to 14 November 2019, InPrint Munich will, once again, take place at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. InPrint Munich is the central platform for manufacturers and suppliers of printing technology ready to be integrated into industrial production processes. Leading international companies present highly developed technologies and innovative solutions for printing onto diverse materials and surfaces. Eight months ahead of the show, a total of 90 exhibitors from 14 countries have already booked their stand space. Almost half of them are German companies. To date, 70 % of the available stand space at InPrint Munich 2019 has already been booked.

There is a growing demand for bespoke design solutions, limited editions and individualisation of products. Innovative printing technologies, such as digital, inkjet, screen, and speciality printing allow companies in various manufacturing sectors as well as the print industry to gain competitive advantages. These technologies allow for cost-efficient printing onto flat, curved, and cylindric materials and surfaces made of plastic, wood, foil, textiles, glass, ceramics, and metal. Innovative printing applications can be used for functional printing on automotive components, printed electronics, packaging, clothing, and manufacturing of consumer goods as well as decorative finishing of flooring, interior decorations and furnishings.

”Over the past years, InPrint Munich has become the central international trade fair for the segment of print technology for industrial manufacturing. The event stands for the exchange of pioneering ideas, the joint development of concrete solutions, valuable partnerships, and, most importantly, new business opportunities”, explains Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of Mack Brooks Exhibitions, the organisers of InPrint.

Exhibiting companies at InPrint Munich 2019 include adphos Digital Printing GmbH, Agfa, DP Solutions GmbH & Co. KG, FUJIFILM, Global Inkjet Systems (GIS), Hamamatsu Photonics Deutschland GmbH, Dr. Hönle AG, UV Technology, Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG), Memcon Limited, Pall GmbH, PLASMATREAT GMBH, Seiko Instruments GmbH, THIEME, TIGER Coatings GmbH & Co. KG, and Wemhöner Surface Technologies. In addition to companies that have exhibited at the previous shows in Germany, many new companies will exhibit at this year’s xhibition, including 3M Deutschland GmbH, SPSD, AEWA Technologies GmbH, CHESPA SP. Z O.O., ETS SRL, PROFACTOR GmbH, Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA, and SMARTJET S.r.l. The current exhibitor list is available on the show website.

Exhibition Profile of InPrint Munich
InPrint Munich offers a unique platform where innovative manufacturers of printing machinery and systems, printing inks and components, providers of processing and finishing equipment and software developers meet print technology buyers, system integrators and suppliers from various manufacturing industries. The exhibitors cover the entire supply chain of print technology for industrial manufacturing. The focus will be on the areas of speciality, screen, digital, and inkjet printing. Exhibiting companies will present printing machinery & systems, components & special parts, print head technology, pre-press devices & chemicals, UV technology, drying & curing equipment, equipment for processing & finishing, screen, digital and speciality printing inks, primers & liquid coatings, software solutions, materials & substrates, as well as services for the industrial printing sector.

The show welcomes an expert audience from the print industry as well as a wide range of industry sectors, such as aeronautics and aerospace, architecture and design, automotive, consumer goods manufacturers, decals and front panels, flooring, furnishing and interior décor, medical equipment, packaging and containers printing, surface imaging, as well as white goods and domestic appliances. InPrint Munich 2017 attracted 3,000 specialised trade visitors from 63 countries.

General information about the show
Once again, InPrint Munich 2019 will take place for three days, from 12 to 14 November 2019, in hall A6 of the Munich Trade Fair Centre, Entrance East, in Germany. A comprehensive conference programme will again be an integral part of InPrint Munich 2019. The conference is popular with both, exhibitors and visitors, as it offers the opportunity for networking, knowledge exchange and discussions on the latest market developments. Comprehensive information about the show is available on the newly launched InPrint Munich 2019 website: www.inprintmunich.com

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Geiger deploys DASCOM dot matrix printers in tunnel excavation works

The customer

The Geiger group of companies, based in Oberstdorf in the Allgäu region, undertakes delivery, building, renovation and waste disposal works for its clients in the infrastructure, real estate and environmental sectors. This medium-sized family business, currently managed by the third generation, is active far beyond the boundaries of the Allgäu. The group of companies employs around 2,500 people across more than 50 sites, not only in Germany but also in Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Hungary and Romania.

The Tally T2150s prints for tunnel excavation works

The period up to the end of 2019 sees the construction of the Boßlertunnel, for the new intercity express railway line to Ulm. The Geiger group of companies was awarded the contract to transport away and dispose of the excavated material. 10,000 tonnes of stone are weighed and loaded every day. And this is where the powerful Tally T2150S dot matrix printer with integrated cutter comes in. In special weighing containers, it prints weighing slips and the acceptance documents required for transporting and disposal of the material excavated from the tunnel. At peak times, up to 500 forms a day need to be printed, without affecting the loading process. The entire weighing process, including printing, takes no more than one minute.

Tough use in a tough environment

The construction industry is a tough environment. So you also need a tough dot matrix printer. The Tally T2150S is totally resistant to external environmental influences. Temperature fluctuations or dust present it with no problems. The Tally T2150S just remains cool and unswervingly carries on printing and printing. And it is so user-friendly that it immediately cuts the continuous form and transfers it via a chute system directly to the lorry driver at the weighing station.

The perfect construction site printer

The people at Wilhelm Geiger GmbH & Co. KG are delighted with their extremely versatile power printer. In conjunction with the TallyCom III Ethernet Box, the printer can not only be used by multiple users simultaneously but is also easy to manage. All settings for the printer and interface can be configured from a central location using an internet browser. So it’s no wonder that the Geiger group of companies also want to use the proven Tally T2150S dot matrix printer at other construction sites too.

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International exhibitors present innovative technologies and products for the corrugated and folding carton industry

From 12 – 14 March 2019, the international corrugated and folding carton industry will get together for the 4th edition of the specialised trade fair CCE International at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. On a total of 5,000 mnet exhibition space, 155 exhibitors from 23 countries will present raw materials, machinery, accessories and services for the production and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard, covering the entire production chain. Live demonstrations at the exhibitor stands will give insights into the range of technological developments and current innovations. The most important exhibitor countries are Italy, Germany, China, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The growing online trade and trend towards recyclable and sustainable packaging have a positive impact on the corrugated and folding carton industry: No other material is better known for its sustainability than corrugated and cartonboard. Challenges include the constantly accelerating retail business as well as the increasing demand for digitalised packaging and individualised products. Digital print offers enhanced opportunities to meet these demands. ‘We see enormous potential for digital print on corrugated and cartonboard. The question is how the industry sector can make optimum use of this technology’, says Liljana Goszdziewski, Exhibition Director of CCE International, on behalf of the organisers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions. ‘At this year’s show, visitors will discover the diverse applications of the latest printing and finishing techniques. A key feature of our trade fair is the intense exchange of ideas at the stands, which facilitates the joint development of specific production solutions. We currently see a boost of innovations in the industry, primarily due to digital technologies’, Liljana Goszdziewski continues.

Free seminar programme
Important technology trends will also be covered in the free seminar programme at CCE International 2019. On all three days of the show, industry experts will talk about the key topic ‘Digital Print’ as well as ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Innovative Converting Techniques’, share their knowledge with the audience, and lead open discussions. The many presentations include seminars such as ‘Digital Trends in Corrugated – The Perspective from a MIS’ by the company Kiwiplan Europe, ‘Maximising Folder-Gluer Performance‘ by the company Leary Co., W. H., and ‘Start with Finishing! The Smart Way to go Digital’ by the company Highcon.

CCE International 2019 is highly international
Europe’s only trade fair focussing solely on manufacturing and converting corrugated and cartonboard is, once again, characterised by its high internationality. The European market is booming and therefore attracting manufacturing and converting companies from around the world. On a total of 5,000 m2 net exhibition space, visitors will meet 155 exhibitors from 23 countries. The majority of exhibitors are from Europe, primarily Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Exhibitors from other regions are mainly from China, Taiwan, and the United States.

Exhibition profile
At CCE International, visitors will discover a comprehensive product portfolio and exhibitors covering the entire production chain. The exhibition profile includes raw materials, machinery, accessories and services for the production and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard: Papers – corrugated and carton board; consumables; corrugating line, equipment and components; corrugated and carton converting machinery; design and CAD/CAM; printing processes and equipment; cutting, creasing and die cutting equipment; ancillary equipment; materials handling and warehousing; pallet strapping and handling systems; MIS and plant scheduling systems as well as waste extraction and baling. Thus, CCE International addresses buyers and users of machinery, accessories and services for the production and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard.

Important visitor information
Once again, CCE International will take place alongside ICE Europe, the World’s Leading Exhibition for Paper, Film, and Foil Converting. ICE Europe addresses converters and packaging specialists and presents the entire spectrum of technological innovations for the production and conversion of flexible, web-based materials. A total of 463 exhibitors will showcase their product innovations. All visitors of CCE International and ICE Europe can attend both shows with their tickets.

CCE International 2019 will take place in hall B6 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. ICE Europe 2019 will take place in halls A5 and A6. Both shows will be open on Tuesday, 12 March 2019, and Wednesday, 13 March 2019, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Thursday, 14 March 2019, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tickets for both shows are available in the Online Ticket Shop on the show website. Day tickets are available for €24 online and €38 on-site, season tickets are available for €34 online and €50 on-site.

www.cce-international.com

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Dynamic start into 2018 / 2019: ISRA profits from investments – double-digit growth guidance

  • Revenues rises to 34.2 million euros, up 10 % (Q1 17/18: 31.2 million euros)
  • EBT growth of 11 % to 6.9 million euros (Q1 17/18: 6.2 million euros)
  • Earnings margins remain at high level:
    o EBITDA up 18 %, margin at 34 % of revenues and 31 % of total output (Q1 17/18: 32 % and 29 %)
    o EBIT up 11 %, margin at 20 % of revenues and 18 % of total output (Q1 17/18: 20 % and 18 %)
    o EBT up 11 %, margin at 20 % of revenues and 18 % of total output (Q1 17/18: 20 % and 18 % )
  • Gross margin at 62 % of total output (Q1 17/18: 61%) and 57 % of revenues (Q1 17/18: 57 %)
  • Operating cash flow rises to 4.8 million euros (Q1 17/18: 4.4 million euros)
  • Intense actions to improve efficiency in production continue to be in focus – cash flow expected to increase
  • High  order backlog of around 96 million euros gross (PY: 83 million euros gross)
  • Acquisitions with focus on market and technology expansion at advanced stage 
  • Earnings per share after taxes up 15 % to 0.23 euros (Q1 17/18: 0.20 euros)
  • Dividend increase of 27 % to 0.15 euros per share planned (PY: 0.118 euros)
  • High equity ratio of 66 % (September 30, 2018: 63 %)
  • Outlook for 2018/2019: Low double-digit growth in revenue and earnings – additional inorganic effects anticipated

ISRA VISION AG (ISIN: DE 0005488100) – the TecDAX company for industrial image processing (machine vision) and one of the world’s leading providers of surface inspection solutions and 3D machine vision applications, recorded double-digit revenue and earnings growth in the first quarter of the 2018/2019 financial year to continue on its profitable growth path: With revenues increasing by 10 percent to 34.2 million euros (Q1 17/18: 31.2 million euros) and EBT growth of 11 percent to 6.9 million euros (Q1 17/18: 6.2 million euros), the Company made further progress toward its medium-term target of 200+. The operating cash flow increased to 4.8 million euros (Q1 17/18: 4.4 million euros). With the equity ratio rising by three percentage points to 66 percent (September 30, 2018: 63 %), net liquidity of 1.8 million euros (September 30, 2018: 1.8 million euros) and the available credit lines, ISRA has solid capital resources for future growth opportunities and is optimally prepared for potential acquisition projects. Earnings per share (EPS) after taxes increased by 15 percent to 0.23 euros (Q1 17/18: 0.20 euros). ISRA is continuing its sustainable dividend policy; at the Annual General Meeting on March 19, 2019 the management will propose an increase in the dividend for the 2017/2018 financial year of 27 percent to 0.15 euros per share.

In the first quarter, ISRA confirmed and further extended the high margin level it achieved in the previous financial year: The gross margin (total output minus material and labor costs of production) increased to 62 percent of total output (Q1 17/18: 61 %) and remains unchanged at 57 percent of revenues (Q1 17/18: 57 %). EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation) increased significantly by 18 percent to 11.7 million euros (Q1 17/18: 10.0 million euros), thereby the EBITDA margin improved by two percentage points each to 34 percent of revenues (Q1 17/18: 32 %) and 31 percent of total output (Q1 17/18: 29 %). EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) increased by 11 percent to 6.9 million euros (Q1 17/18: 6.3 million euros), the EBIT margin therefore corresponds to 20 percent of revenues (Q1 17/18: 20 %) and 18 percent of total output (Q1 17/18: 18 %). EBT (earnings before taxes) also improved by 11 percent to 6.9 million euros (Q1 17/18: 6.2 million euros), resulting in an EBT margin of 20 percent of revenues (Q1 17/18: 20 %) and 18 percent of total output (Q1 17/18: 18 %).

The first three months of the current financial year demonstrate the initial positive effects of the recently initiated measures for an increased production efficiency through process and capacity optimization: Inventories in the consolidated balance sheet declined slightly to 36.7 million euros (September 30, 2018: 36.9 million euros). Trade receivables amount to 105.0 million euros (September 30, 2018: 111.8 million euros). Net debt (short-term and long-term liabilities minus cash and equivalents) was eliminated completely in the 2017/2018 financial year – this means the Company is mathematically debt-free, with equity of 201.2 million euros at the end of the first quarter (September 30, 2018: 197.8 million euros).

With more than 25 locations worldwide, ISRA is one of the most broadly positioned providers in the machine vision industry. Its presence in all significant future markets and growth regions represents a further key pillar of its long-term business development alongside its multi-industry strategy. In addition to its existing locations, the Company is currently examining new opportunities for expansion in Great Britain, Eastern Europe, North and South America, as well as in India and South East Asia.

The first quarter of 2018/2019 showed positive business development in almost all regions. The Company recorded double-digit revenue growth in the European markets, with strong customer demand suggesting that the healthy order situation will continue in the coming months. Revenues in Asia were at a similar high level compared to the previous year. Orders from American customers saw similar development. Intensive marketing and sales activities and the strengthening of the regional management team in the US and Brazil are expected to result in increased order momentum in the coming months.

The Industrial Automation segment, whose customer base includes global premium automotive manufacturers and global players from a wide range of industries in particular, achieved growth of 7 percent in the first quarter of the 2018/2019 financial year, with revenues rising to 8.3 million euros (Q1 17/18: 7.8 million euros). EBIT also increased by 7 percent to 1.8 million euros (Q1 17/18: 1.7 million euros) with an EBIT margin at 18 percent of total output (Q1 17/18: 19 %). In addition to innovative 3D machine vision solutions for robot-guided assembly and high-precision 3D metrology, the segment result was driven by the high level of customer demand for the “Touch & Automate” products that are designed for INDUSTRY 4.0. ISRA expects to see additional momentum in the coming months thanks to its extended sales as well as its expanded business focus on smart factory automation and its planned entry into new markets for connected automation using machine vision, which will center on combining the Company’s 3D machine vision expertise with robot automation. To this end, ISRA has already expanded its organization in a targeted manner and intensified its sales activities.

Revenues in the Surface Vision segment increased by 10 percent to 25.9 million euros in the first quarter of 2018/2019 (Q1 17/18: 23.4 million euros). EBIT amounts to 5.2 million euros (Q1 17/18: 4.6 million euros), corresponding to an EBIT margin of 18 percent of total output (Q1 17/18: 18 %). The metal inspection business is continuing to benefit from the complete portfolio strategy – in the current financial year, the management anticipates additional growth thanks to the enhancement of innovative steel inspection solutions for the automotive industry as well as the expansion of new software solutions for the entire metal production process and INDUSTRY 4.0-compatible systems. In the field of glass there are specifically demands for solutions for inspecting display glass and, increasingly, solar and automotive glass. The growth is being supported by intensive marketing and sales measures. With its extended focus on innovative materials, Advanced Materials (formerly Plastics) generated higher revenues than in the same period of the previous year; the Company is currently developing additional applications for innovative materials and extending well-established solutions. Revenues in the printing industry are rising significantly, with the management team being expanded in order to intensify activities in the area of digital print applications. Having implemented design-to-cost measures for the paper industry, the Company is concentrating on high-growth industries such as packaging and is stepping up its marketing and sales activities. In the security business (formerly specialty paper), ISRA is seeing high demand for its portfolio of specialized inspection solutions for high-security paper and printing. New revenue impulses emerge in the solar industry: Several major orders are already at an advanced stage of negotiation and expected to be completed in the near future. In the relatively new business area semiconductor, the Company is intensifying its focus on Asian market following the successful acquisition of strategic orders from leading European manufacturers. Two high-volume projects are currently being negotiated. Service business contributed to the positive business development in the first quarter 2018/2019, again accounting for a double-digit share of revenues. The Company is consequently extending its Customer Support and Service internationally and plans to increase the service revenues above average in its revenue share in the medium term by diversified offers and realignment of the management.

With its profitable results for the first three months of the 2018/2019 financial year and a high gross order backlog of around 96 million euros at present (previous year: 83 million euros gross), ISRA has made a robust start into the new financial year. A key element of ISRA’s growth strategy remains the acquisition of companies that will sustainably advance its technology leadership, market position or expansion into new markets. Several potential target companies from the areas of 3D industrial automation, production analysis software tools and embedded systems are currently being examined – some of them in advanced stages. In addition to the organic and acquisition-based growth, the management sees significant revenue potential in the enhancement of the product portfolio with INDUSTRY 4.0 architecture for the new business areas of smart factory automation and production analytics.

Assuming no significant changes in the global economic conditions, the management is forecasting profitable organic revenue and earnings growth in the lower double-digit range in the 2018/2019 financial year; the potential closure of an acquisition project in the near future could lead to higher overall growth in the current year. The Company is addressing regional and industry-specific fluctuations by intensifying its marketing and sales activities. ISRA’s strategy remains focused on sustainably expanding its global market position through product innovations for industrial automation accompanied by efficiency improvements as well as increasing its revenues to over 200 million euros in the medium term, meanwhile optimizing costs and working capital.

Further information is available at www.isravision.com.

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All4Labels: External Business Partner of the Year for “End2End Synchronization”

At its bi-annual External Business Partner Summit underway at the beginning of February 2019, the Procter & Gamble Company recognized its top-performing external business partners for their outstanding contributions to P&G’s global supply network transformation.

All4Labels has been chosen out of more than 50,000 diverse suppliers from around the world as External Business Partner of the Year for “End2End Synchronization”.

This Award is the highest recognition from P&G which was handed over by David Taylor, P&G’s Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, who asked P&G’s partners to continue to bring their best ideas and innovations to P&G.

All4Labels has been honored for their drive to transform the field of printed packaging. This in particular includes investments in Near-Site-Warehouses which have led to a substantially closer interlocking, shorter delivery times as well as significant increases in supply chain agility. Their outstanding performance in the market environment is the combination of supply chain concepts with technical innovation – especially leading in digital printing capabilities. Accordingly, All4Labels produces labels for two of the world´s largest hair care brands using digital printing.

Adrian Tippenhauer, CEO All4Labels Group: “It honors our mutual outstanding achievements as well as long-standing and continuous dedication to optimize our synchronization with and for P&G.”

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Indian service provider 3D Product Development orders SLM® machine

India’s leading 3D Printing Services Company, 3D Product Development (3DPD) has entered into an agreement with leading Additive Manufacturing Systems manufacturer, SLM Solutions of Germany, to purchase two of its state-of-the-art SLM 280 systems. In India, 3DPD has been a pioneer in 3D Printing and allied services for last 18 years.  3DPD continues to be market leader and continues to diversify into latest technologies year-after-year. SLM Solutions of Germany is a leading Metal AM System manufacturer in the world. With this partnership, 3DPD and SLM Solutions look to offer the best-in-class Metal AM technology to Indian Industry.

“3DPD has always led from the front by offering the latest 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions to the Indian Industry. With the addition of Metal AM from SLM Solutions, once again 3DPD will be in a unique position to be the only Indian Company offering both plastic and metal additive manufacturing solutions to Indian market. SLM Solutions’ selective laser melting systems, along with their superior support, are well known to offer the best-in-class quality and throughput,” says Dr. Mukesh Agarwala Managing Director of 3D Product Development.

For SLM Solutions the cooperation with 3DPD is a milestone to further expand into the Indian market. "India has a high demand for innovative technologies, above all due to the constantly growing industrial sectors. SLM® machines enable fast, reliable and cost-effective part production – whether in the medical, automotive or toolmaking sectors, and their flexibility is ideal for a service provider like 3DPD," says Srinivas Shastry from SLM Solutions India.

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Ensono Will Lead Sonoco’s Migration to a Hybrid Cloud Environment to Support Geographic Expansion

Ensono was selected by Sonoco (NYSE:SON), one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, to lead its IT migration from the mainframe to hybrid cloud, leveraging the power of Microsoft Azure and Ensono Cloud, Ensono’s secure private cloud. 

With more than 300 operations in 33 countries and serving customers in 85 nations, Sonoco faced a pressing global need for standardized, consistent quality of support and agility for its IT environment. Prior to its decision to migrate to hybrid cloud, Sonoco partnered with Ensono for nearly a decade, initially leveraging Ensono’s mainframe management services. When Sonoco began to expand its global presence, it relied on Ensono to build a cloud-first strategy. Cloud data centers provide improved reach, allowing Sonoco to bring acquisitions into the IT fold more quickly, reducing the number of disparate IT solutions. As it continues to execute a global growth strategy, a hybrid cloud environment will provide Sonoco with the flexibility to operate consistently and at scale in Europe, Asia and South America. 

Additionally, a hybrid cloud model provides Sonoco with economic value so it can direct costs toward new developments focused on improving customer outcomes, which includes deploying sensors on printing machines to better understand bottlenecks in production, as well as data analytics incorporating IoT-based insights for Sonoco’s clients. 

“Ensono has been a vital partner to Sonoco in our long history of mainframe, network and distributed computing management,” said Ben Chan, CIO and vice president of global IT at Sonoco. “Their flexibility in allowing us to transition between platforms and deep Microsoft Azure managed services expertise furthered our confidence that they will take us in the right direction. Optimizing IT costs and increasing investments toward innovations in IoT and production were key drivers behind our transformation to the cloud, and Ensono’s Azure managed public cloud services allows us to focus on strategic business vision while they do the DevOps work to keep us running.”

Ensono will help Sonoco execute its right workload, right platform global strategy, moving a high volume of applications to the Azure public cloud. Systems that cannot be moved to public cloud or need proximity to systems that cannot be moved will be hosted on Ensono Cloud due to its proximity to their legacy hosted systems.

“Ensono has a unique ability to transition with our clients, adapting their IT systems to their current and future needs. I’m honored Sonoco trusted us to continue managing their IT environment, leading its migration from mainframe to hybrid cloud,” said Jeff VonDeylen, CEO at Ensono. “I have no doubt our private cloud environment and Azure expertise, which was furthered by our acquisition of Inframon last year, will be the best solution to keep Sonoco’s systems high performing for years to come.”

For more information about Ensono’s hybrid cloud services, please visit https://www.ensono.com/hybrid-cloud.

About Ensono

For business leaders managing lots of complexity or disrupting the status quo, Ensono delivers complete Hybrid IT services and governance, from cloud to mainframe, tailored to each client’s journey. Whether you’re leveraging the power of the cloud or modernizing legacy technologies, you’ll be on track to operate for today and optimize for tomorrow. Named a Top 15 Sourcing Service Provider by ISG, some of the world’s most successful companies rely on us to help them be great at what they do. Ensono has over 1,000 associates across North America, Europe and India and is ranked 21st in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our US offices are headquartered in greater Chicago, our UK offices are headquartered in greater London and our DE offices are headquartered in greater Düsseldorf.

For media inquiries in Germany, please contact Maik Bunge at: maik.bunge@ensono.com

For media inquiries outside of Germany, please contact Beth Burghgraef at: beth.burghgraef@ensono.com

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Erste Kombi-Zertifizierung „FograCert VPS + Print Check“

Die Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Press konnte erfolgreich die weltweit etablierte FograCert Validation Printing System Zertifizierung gemäß ISO 12647-8 meistern. Die Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Press erfüllt mit ihrem auf der EFI Fiery basierenden Front End in den getesteten Kombinationen alle Voraussetzungen, um ISO-konforme Validation Prints zu erstellen.

Zusätzlich wurde die Maschine am Standort von Landa in Rehovot (Israel) mit einem weiteren Test auf den Prüfstand gestellt: Eine neue „Kombi-Zertifizierung“ erweitert das etablierte Prüfregime der FograCert VPS, deren Anwendungsbereich sich nur auf den Druck von Einzelexemplaren erstreckt, um den von der Praxis lange geforderten Test der Auflagenstabilität. Dieser FograCert Print Check wurde für die Landa S10 ebenfalls erfolgreich durchgeführt. Somit können von der Fogra beide Siegel für EFI und Landa ausgestellt werden – herzlichen Glückwunsch!

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