Take business cards, as an example. When the job arrives as a PDF via a storefront or Web-to-print solution, there are several things you will want to check in every business card job. Why not automatically run all business card jobs through a routine preflighting workflow that can check and correct trim box settings, ensure that fonts are embedded, and find and correct any color space anomalies or spot color issues? Once the job passes preflight, it is automatically directed to a print queue based on which printer is most appropriate, both in terms of availability (load balancing) and capability (paper stock loaded, finishing, etc.).
Late-stage imposition can also be automated based on the sheet size at the destination printer. This relieves operators from having to perform boring, repetitive tasks and to focus on exception processing. To the extent exception processing can be accomplished at or near the point of print, the more efficient it will be.
This same concept can be applied to any number of other job categories you may establish in an automated workflow. As an added benefit, automatic, triggered communications can be sent to internal or external email addresses to ensure efficient status updates. This eliminates phone calls and running around to find the status of a job, and makes the entire process much more convenient for your workers and your customers alike.
The final aspect of an automated and integrated workflow that should be considered is optimization of print devices, regardless of who the manufacturer is. These days, few shops are dedicated to a single manufacturer, and multi-vendor environments are common. A successful and efficient centralized and integrated workflow will specifically address each digital press with two-way status communication that sets the stage for automating processing and queuing of jobs.
Taking Workflow to the DFE
EFI (Booth 2602) was founded more than two decades ago to develop technology that reduces waste and improves productivity in the creation, management, and distribution of printed and electronic products and communications. The company’s Fiery family of products clearly addresses that mandate. The new Fiery Workflow Suite is especially beneficial for businesses that see increased productivity as the key to profitability.
Fiery Workflow Suite includes modular applications for job submission, prepress, makeready, color proofing and management, and output management. Fiery Workflow Suite modules also integrate seamlessly with the Fiery DFE, of course, but also with EFI’s Digital StoreFront Web-to-print and eCommerce solution, the company’s PrintSmith Vision, Pace, and Monarch print MIS systems, and the Fiery Dashboard, which provides cloud-based monitoring of Fiery Driven systems. Combined, this delivers a fully integrated workflow from job submission and business management to scheduling, preparation, and production for a new level of productivity.
Many of the modules have been part of Fiery for some time, although updated periodically to address changing customer and market needs. But what makes this an even more powerful workflow option is the addition of three new applications:
- Fiery JobFlow: Advanced prepress automation solution integrates tools for PDF conversion, preflight checking, correction, and editing of PDF files, image enhancement, document imposition and job approval. Funnels submitted jobs to a Fiery DFE or to Fiery Central print production solution through configurable workflows. Incorporates Enfocus PitStop Pro 11, the industry’s leading preflight solution for PDF workflows. (A 30-day free trial is available at www.efi.com/FieryJobFlow.)
- Fiery JobMaster: Advanced makeready software that offers intuitive document assembly including fully visual tab insertion and design, page-level ticketing, page numbering, finishing, scanning, and late-stage editing features. Speeds up design and job submission processes using a flexible in-RIP solution with interactive and fully visual job previews. (Take a virtual tour of Fiery JobMaster at www.efi.com/FieryJobMaster.)
- Fiery Central: Balances production output by splitting color and black-and-white pages, and by routing all or part of jobs to the most productive and cost-efficient printers including automated re-routing on error. Works with EFI’s Digital Storefront and MIS/ERP and scheduling solutions for accurate production reporting and seamless job submission.
The new technical advancements available reinforce what is possible today with workflow. Take it to the DFE for less cost and more profit, for more productivity and fewer errors, and for happier customers and employees.