The training programs at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) started on Sept. 1, 2017 – 99 young men and women began their training/cooperative education degrees at one of the company’s four sites in Germany. In line with the “Heidelberg goes Digital” strategic orientation, the industry leader is also increasingly focusing its training on the issue of the digital transformation. For example, the company is providing mechatronics engineers with targeted training in using the View2Connect virtual collaboration and communication platform, which facilitates completely digital assembly planning among other features. Digital workstations for trainees in various corporate departments are planned for the future.
Worzalla, an employee-owned printing company specializing in high-quality custom products, recently completed their second year of “Print University.” Held over the course of two three-day periods in April and May, Worzalla hosted more than two dozen publishing professionals at their headquarters in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, for an immersive program to educate those in the publishing industry about the book manufacturing process.
“After speaking with many of our customers, I noticed that many had never witnessed the book manufacturing process in person,” said Richard Letchinger, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Worzalla. “I knew that if we could offer our customers the opportunity to learn more about the work we do to get their books on bookshelves across the country, we could build more collaborative partnerships across the industry. Thus, Print University was born.”
The curriculum for Print University covers each step of the printing process from start to finish, including:
•Pre-press which includes file prep, pre-flight and color theory.
•Four-color web offset and sheetfed printing which include platemaking.
•An overview of the paper making process as well as an introduction into the most common paper used in book manufacturing.
•A complete review of book finish capabilities which includes perfect and hard case binding, case making, and foil stamping.
•A review of Worzalla’s commitment to Environmental Health & Safety and social compliance corporate responsibility.
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