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.
The client's existing Enfocus PitStop Pro software, along with the newly purchased PitStop Server, works with Switch to set up preflight profiles that check incoming files, or action lists that identify PDF objects and fix files.
"Switch is made to connect and automate production components and operations that no one expects to be able to connect. David Zwang and his colleagues understand how Switch can be utilized, to maximize existing hardware and software and the way they can work together; effectively creating custom 'super-solutions'," says Elli Cloots, Enfocus Director of Product Management. "This PacRim project is a great example."
Ultimate's Impostrip OnDemand Scalable imposition application
To maximize the level of automation to work with the existing Novavision PrintVis ERP system, and to fulfill increased volumes while accommodating a viable growth path; the team typically selects Ultimate's Impostrip OnDemand Scalable imposition application.
Impostrip OnDemand Scalable's unique architecture for load balancing allows for the addition of as many imposition engine instances as needed to support concurrent volume requirements. The automation features of Ultimate OnDemand Scalable are designed to be flexible with page sizes and other document attributes, and supports various imposition requirements of a mixed digital and offset production facility.
Since the initial installation, functionality has improved significantly due to the introduction of an Impostrip OnDemand configurator for Enfocus Switch.
Joanne David, President and CEO, Ultimate Technographics, says, "Impostrip OnDemand's engine offers a great level of automation facilitating the use of JDF extensions in order to complete the connectivity with PrintVis MIS. Enfocus Switch using the Impostrip configurator streamlines the work through all the steps in the most productive way. The benefits are real for the customer.''
The company also now utilizes CGS' ORIS Press Matcher as its color server. More details about ORIS, as well as other technologies' contributions to the success of the organization's digital transition, can be found in the whitepaper/case study.
The company reports great success with technology implementations, and is now maximizing profits and increasing growth by overcoming the challenges during its transitional phase from offset to digital.
The organization has been able to increase responsiveness to clients; reduce production labor costs, thereby allowing staff to focus on growth areas and spend less time engaging in repetitive, non-productive activities; shorten cycle times and decrease waste; all with minimal capital outlay.
Zwang concludes, "This forward-thinking company is now able to sufficiently support both current market demands as well as be prepared for future changes, with the implementation of this 'smart' technology."