The Chicago Tribune contracted GIS for the dismantling and preparation for shipment for all of the production equipment at Chicago Tribune’s Freedom Center North facility. The 115,000-square-foot facility housed hundreds of collator stations, hundreds of hopper loaders, automatic palletizers and auxiliary postpress equipment. Following GIS’ dismantling and preparation for shipment, the vendor shipped the equipment to Chicago Tribune’s nearby warehouse. The project was completed in one week, GIS said.
Canon U.S.A. Announces PRISMAsync Remote Manager for Monitoring Production Workflows
The PRISMAsync Remote Manager provides customers with the capability of remote monitoring, remote job management, queue management and press management to help print shops maximize efficiencies.
To help avoid idle time, customers can benefit from the real time status overviews and alerts provided by the new multi-engine PRISMAsync Scheduler from a single screen. The PRISMAsync Scheduler functionality provides a clear visual guide of the jobs scheduled for up to five presses, which allows operators to plan production schedules one shift ahead for added efficiency. At a glance, print shop managers and operators can see the ‘time to completion’ for jobs, based on relevant job settings and process parameters. And, to help achieve non-stop productivity, upcoming interventions are color coded so operators can load media and toner and unload print output before a press stops.
Remote Job Management
To provide expanded flexibility, the PRISMAsync Remote Manager allows production staff to easily submit jobs of print-ready PDF, PostScript and PCL files via file import or drag-and-drop functionality. Another time-saving capability users can benefit from when using the PRISMAsync Remote Manager is the ability to edit job properties remotely. Now an operator can have full control over job settings, including page level editing if page programming functionality is enabled.
Remote Queue Management
Operators can actively manage and prioritize the print jobs in the queues or PRISMAsync DocBoxes with the ability to reroute jobs from one digital press to another directly from PRISMAsync Remote Manager. The expanded capability of remotely changing job priorities, holding, reprinting or rerouting print jobs provides users the flexibility needed to accommodate dynamic deadlines.
Remote Press Management
Operators and shop managers can now check the status of loaded media and other consumables remotely to help ensure the press is prepared to support the projects in its queue. Advanced system, media and workflow settings of each connected press can be directly accessed from PRISMAsync Remote Manager.
For added flexibility, multiple operators can conveniently access the production schedule around the clock and from anywhere in the world. The platform independent Web-based tool is available on an HTML5 compliant browser on Microsoft Windows and Apple iOS with no additional software installation required on their workstation.*
The PRISMAsync Remote Manager functionality is a standard feature on the imagePRESS C800/C700 series and will be available on the following additional Canon digital presses in early 20151.
- imagePRESS C7011VPS Series of production color digital presses
- imagePRESS C7010VPS Series of production color digital presses
- varioPRINT 135/120/110 production monochrome digital presses
- Océ VarioPrint 6000+ Series production monochrome digital presses
Field upgrades will also be available to existing customer using the presses outlined above.
†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
*For specifications of PRISMAsync Remote Manager, including system requirements to run the Web-based tool, please refer to the product specification sheet and operation guide as made available by Canon U.S.A.