Xiaoying Ma of Ryerson wins

Sinapse simulator-based contest

Sylvia Xiaoying Ma was the winner of the Sinapse simulator-based productivity contest held on 8 July 2015

For the last few months contestants all over the US have been solving production problems on the Sinapse SHOTS Sheetfed simulator that integrates the Heidelberg Speedmaster
user interface. Contestants see the problems, analyze the possible causes, decide how to solve the problems and see results and cost of their action orinaction.

The contest was open to all International Circle members, graphic communication printers and schools of North America and the simulator was supplied by download. Appalachian State University from North Carolina and Ryerson University from Toronto, Canada were the two finalists.

The final round of the contest cosponsored by Sinapse, Printing Industries of America, Calpoly, International Circle, GCEA and Print ED, took place at California Polytechnic State University, USA on 8 July 2015, during the International Circle Conference.

Sunny Turner, from Appalachian State University, Boone NC, USA and Sylvia Xiaoying Ma, from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, competed over the internet in front of the conference participants who could follow the competition on large screens with Jim Workman from the Printing Industries of America commenting on the event.

Their task was to solve four sets of print problems and the winner was chosen on the basis of best quality and optimum productivity (simulated time and waste). Exercises got harder and harder to solve and concerned registration, inking, blankets and various mechanical
issues. The winner was Sylvia Xiaoying Ma from Ryerson University.

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