Printing and Media.

Planned. Tracked. Automated. Analysed. Optimised. Understood.

LYNQ is reinventing MES (manufacturing execution system) software tailored to the global print and media industries as they remain integral parts of communication, education, and cultural expression, despite the rise of digital media.

LYNQ MES adaptation in print and media manufacturing companies has helped remain relevant and competitive in an era of digital media being customisable and personalised.


MES in the Print and Media industry.

MES provides print and media manufacturers with tools and insights to optimise production processes, improve quality, reduce costs, and stay competitive. Through automation and real-time visibility, better decisions can be made and operations can be improved.

  • Improve efficiency.
  • Reduce costs.
  • Minimise loss.

For print and media manufacturers, MES solutions can significantly reduce costs by streamlining operations, reducing waste, and optimising resource utilisation. By using these insights and tools, production practices can be more economical and sustainable.

On average, a print and media manufacturer of 50 resources (employees plus machines) could save $28,000 per month by using LYNQ MES. ROI calculator >>

Key features.

  1. Advanced planning and scheduling.

    Control complex production schedules, auto-schedule production, allocate resources for optimum productive hours and track the performance of your entire manufacturing operation against production targets. Advanced planning and data analysis tools for the print and media industry. Plan >>

  2. Data collection.

    Collect data on the production line, how efficiently it is performing and identify where losses are occurring. Effective shop-floor data capture software enables a manufacturer to know exactly what is happening, in real-time, for end-to-end traceability of raw materials, components and assembly, improving defect detection and quality control at every step.  Track >>

  3. Automate production.

    With automatic data capture from machines, standardised workflows, accelerated business processes and smart quality control. Access and report on manufacturing data in the click of a button to streamline operations, work as productively as possible and reduce manual intervention. Automate >>

  4. Analyse data.

    Gain intelligent insight into your print and media manufacturing data. Know exactly what is happening at every stage of production and be able to use this data to make process improvements; saving time and increasing production. Build reports with ease and view data dashboards on operations via any connected device. Analyse >>

  5. Optimise manufacturing.

    Gain tools to communicate more effectively via instant messaging. Move away from paper based systems with online jobs, online schedules and a plan that is accessible by everyone via laptops or tablets. Identify and address issues promptly with automatic alerts and notifications, connecting shop-floor employees with management. Optimise >>

Cost of paper.

Cost of paper.

Paper prices fluctuate and in some regions, prices have fallen, for example, the FRED Index in the US for wood pulp crashed from a record high in mid-2019 but as with most commodities, commercial or trade paper prices have risen year on year and paper is the biggest cost to affect printing profitability.

An MES linked to an ERP system can reveal the yield per square metre of different paper grades, to calculate if the total cost of printing a dearer paper stock is cheaper per unit area.

The Challenge Series: How do I analyse manufacturing data?


Printing is inherently wasteful; paper manufacture is carbon intensive and waste at printers can be high. They also have to battle defects, overproduction, transportation, waiting, inventory, motion and processing. But if they use lean methods and new technology, printing companies can expect benefits including reduced human effort; better use of capital investment; improved use of time; lower raw materials requirements.

Planning complex print schedules using MES systems can help printing companies with high variability in volume and sheet sizes.

Moving Towards Greener Manufacturing
Productivity is among the priorities for print.

Productivity is among the priorities for print.

Printing needs to focus on three Ps: Productivity, profitability and promotion. First among these, in a low margin industry squeezed by competition, digital media and paper costs, every page counts.

Interfacing the job visualisation software with the rigorous job categorisation of MES will help printers to maximise every minute of each shift, and allows analysis like ink yields per job.

Challenge Series: How do I gain intelligent insight into our manufacturing operations data?
Future of print vs digital.

Future of print vs digital.

Who knows? Newsagents’ shelves are still full of consumer magazines, although there are fewer titles today than 10 years ago. It is likely that the gradual shift from print to digital media will continue, especially with greater environmental pressure to drop printed media. But some believe print will always have a place and digital technology should make it more profitable if it can reduce the carbon miles.

The principles of an MES system will work for a traditional manufacturing company that moves into digital services or “manuservices”. If the product is code, text and images, the inputs still need scheduling and tracking, and computer and workforce utilisation can still be tracked.

Planning for the Unplannable

“LYNQ MES, delivered one of the best training experiences I have ever had and I have worked in manufacturing for 30 plus years. The attention to detail, thoroughness, and accuracy brought to the table was wonderful.”

Ed Hanrahan, Bodypoint, Vice President Operations. Read full story

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