Executive Workflow Module: High-octane transaction environments thrive on automation to increase productivity, contain costs and avoid errors. Also, when print and business managers have more information about processes and performance, they can make better operational decisions. Océ PRISMAproduction and the Executive Workflow module integrate different phases of print production for more automated communications, connectivity and richer business feedback. Users gain more connectivity to other departments, systems and interfaces, such as order entry, accounting, logistics, inventory, shipping and order processing, Users can tap into a broader range of information about their production workflow and better manage the business based on the additional data. In addition to data stream communication, Océ PRISMAproduction workflow can now use inbound and outbound commands across the connected points. Customers gain centralized control over more stages of their printing workflow and related business processes. Complex workflows, including connectivity to external software, can be defined and managed with the user interface. Examples of how this can be used are determining accurate hourly labor rates, creating cost-per-page models, or calculating consumables costs using data from multiple databases. The new module lets users build automated processes for incoming data and also validate production integration from beginning to end to eliminate errors in advance of printing. This saves time, money, and labor, and promotes smoother workflow across the business.
Benefits for Commercial Graphic Arts Environments
Customers in the Graphic Arts market find advantages in the new electronic forms component and Executive Workflow. These users also benefit from the Océ Professional Book Solution and the new JDF/JMF component.
Automated Book Production: Book publishers want to ensure jobs start and finish on time with minimal waste and down time. The Professional Book Solution automates book production through a highly efficient batch, barcode and scanning process. Users can streamline their workflow from order entry through shipping and delivery using JDF/JMF commands, 2D barcodes, and production management tools. This automation helps reduce production costs while maximizing revenue. With automated book publishing, print providers of all sizes and capabilities are better prepared to enter the digital book printing arena or expand on an existing business. The Océ solution delivers the advantages of automation to run lengths as small as one, opening the door for customers to pursue profitable, on -demand business opportunities at a cost-effective level.
Comprehensive JDF / JMF Workflow Communication: Graphic Arts operations depend on the Job Definition Format (JDF) and the Job Messaging Format (JMF) to maintain job integrity and support automation for end-to-end production workflow. New, enhanced JDF/JMF functionality within Océ PRISMAproduction allows greater connectivity with front-end order entry systems and a variety of print engines, both Océ and non-Océ, and post-processing devices for seamless end-to-end job ticketing. This JDF/JMF integration allows centralized production management, resulting in greater flexibility and efficient automation between print processes and other points in the production workflow. IT, MIS and other users can monitor job status and completion, pages printed, errors, reports, performance, and other information that affects order processing. This business knowledge helps them respond more agilely and effectively, resulting in better job control, cost savings and time management.
New Océ PRISMAprepare Version Drives Productivity: In addition to new Océ PRISMAproduction capabilities, Graphic Arts customers benefit from the latest release of Océ PRISMAprepareä software.
One of the most important features of Océ PRISMAprepare Version 5.2 software is the ability to drive the Canon imagePRESS C7010 VPS system with the Océ PRISMAsync controller. This promotes a common front-end interface for production efficiency for Canon, Océ and non-Océ devices, and helps customers unify workflow across monochrome and color devices. Document preparation is enhanced through a new automation tool. Users can record preparation steps in a template, which can easily be recalled for other documents. In addition, pre-recorded templates can be called directly from the command line interface without user interaction, significantly reducing costly, non-billable preparation time. Output flexibility has been expanded with cut-and-stack impositioning, which is often needed for books. Users can also add logos and stamps for manuals, sensitive documents and drafts.
Océ PRISMAprepare v5.2 software is available for immediate implementation in the United States and can be viewed at On Demand driving the Canon imagePRESS C7010 VPS and Océ VarioPrint 6320 Ultra systems. Customer implementations of Océ PRISMAproduction Version 4.04 workflow software functionality start in April 2011.