Highly flexible automation and imposition solutions from Enfocus and Ultimate are often critical elements in a consulting group's aggressive mission to move production houses from offset to all-digital operations. By using Enfocus and Ultimate products, +Smart Automation and Intellapath Consulting can configure 21st Century digital production hubs that utilize existing hardware and software, with no foreseeable limitations on future requirements.
As project leader David Zwang explains in a free case study/whitepaper released by Enfocus and Ultimate, +Smart Automation and Intellapath are able to substantially optimize printers' existing investments. The whitepaper is available for download now at: http://www.enfocus.com/resources/Enfocus-and-Ultimate-White-paper
For example, the consultants looked at a variety of ways to utilize the featured PacRim book printer's existing Novavision PrintVis ERP system, which employs JDF/JMF to streamline integration with third-party systems. However, despite the existence of a JDF/JMF standard, "every vendor usually has a slightly different implementation of the standard," Zwang says. After several options were tested, PrintVis was integrated into the solution via an engineered connection with Ultimate imposition. "Ultimate was the only one that could get the job done," he says.
"Forward thinking organizations, like this one, have started the migration to varying degrees," explains Zwang. "However, even with recently purchased hardware components, most production houses are not equipped to handle increasing demand for new applications and services across every segment. In this case, the PacRim book printer needed to prepare for books of one and just-in-time delivery."
Making plants future-ready using existing investments
Greg Goldman, Intellapath partner, explains that +Smart Automation and Intellapath start with an evaluation, and move to proposed recommendations for infrastructure and process changes that make the most of companies' existing investments. He says that the PacRim book printer covered in the Whitepaper is exemplary of the process his team follows to make a plant "future-ready".
Zwang also says that the areas requiring change or optimization at the PacRim site are typical of many production houses. These include:
• Bridging gaps in job ticketing and automated workflow functionality
• Further transition from offset to digital production
• Increased productivity and reduced waste
• Increased process connectivity with clients
• Development of cost-effective print-on-demand services
• Delivery of end-to-end publishing solutions to clients
Enfocus Switch: Standard Operating Procedure
There are many reasons why Zwang brings Enfocus Switch to most, if not all, plant optimization projects. Switch is a scalable automation solution that reduces the number of touch points associated with sorting, routing, and receiving files. It easily integrates with other systems through a number of built-in features. It includes support for inbound and outbound communication of production files, customer communication, and metadata.
Switch also uses configurators, which are API-driven integrators for certain third-party applications. It also supports the use of hot folders, and includes a variety of scripting support options for more advanced workflow customization.