Bobst rewards inventor employee Fred Rostalski

Bobst Inventor Award for Smart GPS 2.0

Fred Rostalski Bobst Bielefeld
L to R – Jean-Pascal Bobst CEO of Bobst Group and Fred Rostalski, Engineer at Bobst Bielefeld Photo Bobst

A Bobst employee Fred Rostalski has been recognized for his groundbreaking new work around print efficiency. Rostalski, an engineer at Bobst’s Bielefeld center, received the prestigious Bobst Inventor Award for the ‘Method for determining print parameters of a print machine and test stand’ (Smart GPS 2.0) developed and submitted for patent in 2021.

“We’re trying to leverage our highly innovative culture and reward proactivity in every area,” said Leonard Badet, head of Group Technology. “It is important that our employees are experts in their respective fields, and that we tap into that expertise. The Bobst Inventor Award brings clear benefits to the business, but perhaps most importantly, it positions the group at the forefront of quality innovation, and as the leading thinker in the print and packaging industry.

“Fred epitomizes what this award is all about. He continues to go above and beyond to make things easier for printers, and his work on this patent very much falls into the category of processes and technologies that can directly boost a business. As businesses implement efficiencies, so too are they making improvements to the printing technologies that support them.

“A quick glance at the previous winners, and how their respective innovations continue to mirror the evolution of the wider industry, is testament to the talented, forward-thinking team we have in place.”

Led by Sigrid Wagner, Group IP director, the award scheme was launched in 2020, making Rostalski the third person to have received the Bobst Inventor Award, after Nick Copeland in 2020, and Matthieu Richard last April. The annual award is sponsored by CEO, Jean-Pascal Bobst, and aims to thank recipients for their contributions to a strong Bobst intellectual property portfolio through quality inventions, and to increase the awareness on the importance of IP.

Inventions by contracted Bobst employees and awarded a patent for the first time in 2021, were considered, with the winner adjudged to have had the greatest impact, in terms of commercial value for Bobst and its customers, technical advantages, and scope of marketability.

Rostalski’s groundbreaking invention uses high-resolution camera scans to determine information about the cliché relief and ultimately improve the quality of pad printed products. The invention allows the print image to be visualized in advance and pre-setting parameters for the press to be determined, tested and corrected.

Through this invention, the work of pre-setting the print image and correction of the printing parameters is front loaded into the plate mounting process, thus reducing press cycle times for pre-setting, and in-turn enabling greater longevity in run times.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.


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