Gold distinction at the Packaging Awards 2022

bel has won another Gold award, this time at the Packaging Awards 2022 organized by Boussias Communications, which validates the innovation that Overprint MIS provides by the utilization of technology and the added value it brings to the supply chain of products’ packaging.

At the awards ceremony which took place on Thursday, July 7, the top packages of the year were awarded, as nominated by the judging committee, for their innovation in design, the materials used, the technology used, and the processes, which add value to the entire packaging chain of a product.

“bel, responding to market trends and the needs of its customers in Greece and abroad who have been trusting the company for more than 20 years, presents the new functionality in Overprint that covers the traceability of raw materials and finished products using portable terminals and advanced systems of data collection from production and warehouse sites, thus ensuring its customers the assurance of quality and safety standards”, says Konstantinos Spyropoulos, Global Sales & Business Development Director of bel.

bel received the Gold award for Overprint’s integrated solution on Data Collection and Traceability in the category of Production management systems and quality control in printing.

The safety and quality of food and pharma require a reliable traceability system from printing and packaging companies. Built with innate agility and extensive data management capabilities, Overprint MIS provides different ways to log material consumption and waste in production, either manually or through automated data collection terminals on the production floor.

Traceability is achieved via management by LOT numbers, barcodes and/or RFID tags, and through data collection devices that replace the way data is logged and verified, with quality assurance and automation in warehouse and logistics processes. Automation can be achieved by applying Industry 4.0 and JDF standards to the print lifecycle.

By leveraging the capabilities of the internet, continuous connectivity and information exchange are enabled. The digitization of processes and workflows allows a business to exchange information more efficiently, empowering the interaction between people and equipment. This increases overall efficiency, enabling service delivery at speed, ease of access, and convenience.

The derived benefits of the integrated solution on Data Collection and Traceability provided by Overprint MIS, are increased production efficiency, elimination of bottlenecks and human errors, increased quality, and savings of time and manpower.

The solution is in operation at print and packaging companies that own Overprint MIS.

Implementation of Overprint MIS at the University of West Attica

The implementation of Overprint MIS at the Hellenic Graphic-Media Research Lab – GRAPHMEDLAB of the University of West Attica opens up new opportunities. Following an open tender for the supply of a management and print production planning system – graphic arts MIS software, bel was selected for the supply, implementation, and training of Overprint.

bel is a pioneer, Greek producer of specialized software and services and integrated IT solutions, servicing with absolute consistency and quality since 1998 the printing and packaging industry in the Greek and global market.

The Hellenic Graphic-Media Research Lab – GRAPHMEDLAB develops initiatives and collaborations in the wider field of science and technology of graphic arts, printing, and packaging with all relevant communities and industry bodies in Greece and abroad.

The implementation of the integrated Overprint MIS system completes a range of material-technical infrastructure meeting the research and educational needs of the laboratory, providing additional benefits, such as:

  • the practical application of integrated management of print production, in the individual production stages (prepress, printing, finishing – bookbinding and carton packaging), as implemented in all industries (either commercial printing, publishing, carton packaging, labels, or paper cups),
  • the education and familiarization of students with the modern standards and new technologies (such as Industry 4.0, automated data collection and processing, Internet of Things (IoT), and Machine Learning) used in the industry, thus preparing them for the labor market, and
  • new opportunities for research collaborations in the context of digital transformation and industry development.

“We are pleased that Overprint MIS was chosen by the University of West Attica, a system that has been established in the Greek market, and that we contribute to the development and modernization of the pathway of the Graphic Arts Technology. We believe that the important know-how we possess, will benefit both in educational and research level”, says Konstantinos Spyropoulos, Global Sales & Business Development Director of bel.

“The implementation of bel’s system – that is designed and produced in Greece, allows the development of close cooperation between the educational units and especially the pathway of the Graphic Arts Technology through our research laboratory, with the innovative applications and technologies that exist in the industry segments and the printing and packaging industry. The familiarization of the students of the graphic arts, printing and packaging science with the modern technologies and systems applied in our companies is absolutely necessary, so that our new graduates of Graphic Arts Technology, are well prepared for their successful entry into the labor market after completing their studies.

In addition, the implementation and operation of the system will allow the development and promotion of research and innovation in the fields of holistic transformation of the Greek converters and producers with the use of modern digital applications at many levels, as well as in the context of digital transformation,” says Dr. Anastasios E. Politis, Director of the Laboratory of Graphic Arts Technology and Visual Communication Media – GRAPHMEDLAB of UniWA.

Printing Awards 2022: bel wins the Gold award for Overprint’s Control Center

bel wins the Gold award in its category in the Printing Awards 2022 organized by Boussias Communications for the second time in Greece. Leading representatives of the printing & packaging industry gathered in the awards ceremony which took place on Wednesday, December 1st at the Radisson Blu Park hotel in Athens. Specifically, bel received the Gold award for the integrated solution of Overprint’s Control Center in the category Production management systems and quality control in printing.

“It is a great honor and pleasure to win the Gold Award for Control Center at the Printing Awards. The award seals our strength in the market and the achievement of our goals, utilizing data from the entire production workflow, automating processes, and connecting people and equipment. The awarding to Overprint MIS shows the recognition of the efforts of all our people and the way in which bel envisions the development of its products around the 3 pillars: digitization, automation, connectivity. The Printing Awards is an important establishment which provides a platform for the promotion of innovative and successful projects. Our customers are the ones who inspire us and drive us every day to aim higher,” says Konstantinos Spyropoulos, Global Sales & Business Development Director of bel.

Having acknowledged the challenges faced by its customers, bel has listed some of their requirements, as follows: comparing cost estimation calculations versus actual production costs of job orders, accurate and on-time information on production times (and therefore costs) data, elimination of errors arising from manual data entries either due to incorrect quantities (e.g. consumption of print materials) or incorrect entries (on start/end times, job set-up /production, stoppages, reasons of stoppages e.g. due to maintenance, breakdowns, lunch breaks, etc.)

Therefore, it identified the need to automate communication and data logging throughout all production stages, which will be able to provide the system with data and information in an automated and reliable manner.

The solution to this was given by Overprint Control Center, an integrated system for the automated collection and processing of production data through the integration of PLCs on production equipment (printing machines, cutting systems, folders, gluers, etc.) regardless of type and manufacturer.

The PLCs monitor on-line and continuously record all critical parameters of the production process, to achieve real-time monitoring, such as:

  • Start time, end time and duration of production stages
  • Start time, end time and duration of equipment set-up stages
  • Average operating speed of equipment
  • Equipment status (set-up, operation, stoppages)
  • Start time, end time and duration of equipment stoppages
  • Consumed and produced quantities

eliminating the need for manual data entries and thus eliminating human errors.

Nowadays, there is a newly established environment where digitization, automation, and connectivity play an important role in today’s value chain. Overprint MIS and the aforementioned Overprint Control Center automation solution have been developed and designed upon the principles of the 3 pillars of our vision of The Connected Converter which are: Digitization – Automation – Connectivity.

The main outcomes that derive out of the benefits of the automated communication and data logging throughout all production stages are increased production efficiency and profitability, competitive agility, and improved ability to serve customers.

The integrated automation solution for data entry, Overprint Control Center, with the integration of PLCs and their connection to the Overprint MIS system has been successfully installed in printers & converters in Greece, Turkey, Poland.

 

 

Our vision: THE CONNECTED CONVERTER

This year’s iarigai – IC annual scientific conferences jointly took place in Athens, Greece during September 19-24. They covered innovation and evolution in research, industry and education of the graphic communication, print, media, and packaging sectors.

bel was one of the sponsoring companies invited to deliver a keynote speech and shared its vision on The Connected Converter.

Having acknowledged the challenges that converters face, bel provides optimum solutions and services that make it easy for converters to leverage data across the entire production workflow, seamlessly automate processes and connect people and equipment.

We take pride in developing our flagship product, Overprint MIS, around these 3 pillars: Digitization – Automation – Connectivity.

Digitization

Digitization of the processes and workflows enables your business to exchange information more effectively, empowers interaction between people and equipment, enables the collection of data, provides an end-to-end view to all connected parties, establishes trends, and makes better & faster decision-making.

This in turn increases overall efficiency, making your business more agile, delivering services at speed, ease of access, and convenience. More importantly, it allows your print business to be driven by data and you, as a business owner, to make fact-based decisions.

 

Automation

By automating every production step and process, your entire production line runs smoothly. The benefits when automating your workflow are raising your output, additional increase of short runs production, eliminating bottlenecks & human errors, increased quality, savings of time and manpower.

Converters can start small in automation steps and include additional levels of automation as their business grows, or as people are getting familiar to the automation process. Management Information Systems should be developed for this task, whereas you can bring automation to key touch points in the production workflow. Automation can be added on every individual task by applying Industry 4.0 and JDF standards to the print lifecycle.

 

Connectivity

In the newly established environment information exchange should be on the spot, decision-making needs to be based on data and done fast, bottlenecks and errors to be eliminated. This means that the supply chain for the conversion of a product should be connected in a seamless way leveraging the internet capabilities, allowing continuous connectivity and exchange of information.

All parties involved to the conversion of a product need to have a complete overview of the production process as well as established ways of exchanging information, workflows for approval of job tickets and processes, etc. Continuous access to online systems allows the management of the workflow, data, and communication channels.

 

The main outcomes that derive out of these benefits are increased production efficiency and profitability, competitive agility, and improved ability to serve customers.

Thus, the entire production line, from the creation of the pdf file to the final product, is connected. In this environment, people and equipment are talking to each other seamlessly, transmitting data online. Eventually, the processes are completed as designed, repeating accurately every time.

Overprint MIS, developed upon the principles of the 3 pillars works as the core management system ensuring an efficient and optimized converting process. Its exhaustive, modular, and strongly customizable architecture makes it an ideal fit for every industry segment.