RealObjects PDFreactor + Pimcore streamline assembly of 240+ page metal fittings product catalog for web and print

Pollmann & Sohn is a 5th generation family owned business located in Kierspe, Germany. It manufactures high-quality fittings and connectors made of steel, stainless steel, nonferrous metals and aluminum, which are used in a wide range of industries. The core assortment is continuously adapted and extended to meet new market requirements. The company is well-known for its constant stock of inventory and fast delivery of products. Competent and experienced sales staff uses various tools to present the product portfolio to customers and prospective buyers. A very important sales tool is the annually published comprehensive product catalog, which features more than 3,000 building fittings and connectors.

Printing automation

Because of the large product variety tremendous work and manpower was required to create, layout and publish the product catalog manually. Changes in product data easily led to inconsistencies in sales and marketing materials.

Pimcore partner Basilicom (Berlin) advised Pollmann to create a Pimcore based web-to-print solution with a set of preconfigured templates, RealObjects PDFreactor as rendering engine and various configurable output formats. Structured data from the Pimcore PIM is the foundation to create the Pollmann catalog nowadays. It is a single-source-publishing approach. The efforts required to produce the catalog decreased significantly. At the same time the catalog quality increased, as processes are now based on the latest, complete product data. With the new system the completeness of data records can be monitored as well.

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About RealObjects

RealObjects (, founded in 2000, provides W3C standard-compliant, cross platform software tools for electronic publishing, content authoring and web-to-print.

Its W3C standards-based publishing solution PDFreactor is an industry-recognized flagship product, which is used for server-side conversion of HTML to PDF whenever electronic and typeset-quality print output of business content is required. It is the perfect printing component for web applications, incl. database publishing, web-to-print, PIM, DMS, MDM, DAM, WCMS, VDP etc.

RealObjects products are used by about 3000 corporate customers in over 40 countries, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises, educational institutions as well as government and nonprofit organizations. Several OEM and VAR partners as well as major accounts have deeply integrated RealObjects technology into their toolsets and solutions.