Canon Solutions America to Launch New Production Control System at Graph Expo
PCS is a powerful end-to-end software solution designed to help simplify order intake, streamline workflow, maximize productivity, maintain order persistence, and provide real-time displays to gauge on-time performance of large and small work volumes. It is the latest expansion in Canon Solutions America’s automated production workflow software portfolio designed to meet faster turnarounds and provide dynamic planning and flexibility for digital production.
Due to the inevitable restructuring of the print industry as a result of new technology, printing items such as books on digital presses is not only beneficial in reducing overproduction, but is also becoming a growing necessity. A digital press allows for book manufacturers the flexibility to cater to a broad spectrum of their customers’ needs, such as printing one copy of a book, or several copies associated with a specific order number. Such practices pave the way for faster marketing time, prevent titles from going out of print, reduce inventory costs, and offer the ability to personalize each copy if needed. PCS supports all the functions of a digital press, and accounts for the many disruptive changes the evolving book industry faces, further allowing for a streamlined print process. This intuitive rules-based workflow will allow users to completely automate order submission and document preparation, while providing intelligent job management and fulfillment of printed and non-printed items.
Additionally, PCS provides automated workflow processes and tracking to drive profitability by helping to steadily reduce the cost of short-run digital production. It takes control of job management by implementing adaptive and efficient workflows, aligning supply with short-run demand, reducing inventory-associated costs, risks, and distribution costs, and expanding service offerings to build market share, all while acquiring new customers. The centralized control system it provides is positioned to automate production of high volume, short-run jobs which will in turn generate greater efficiency and optimized productivity.
“PCS is a legitimate game changer for book manufacturers and commercial printers,” says Lisa Weese, senior manager, Product Marketing, Production Print Solutions, Canon Solutions America. “Now, more than ever, it’s expected that they are able to both handle faster turnaround times and be flexible while remaining fully efficient at the same time. PCS equips book manufacturers with the right tools to exceed their customers’ expectations. Users of the new technology can expect to expand service offerings, build market share, reduce inventory, and, perhaps most importantly, increase profitability with PCS’s adaptive and automated workflow.”
To learn more about Canon Solutions America’s Production Control System, be sure to visit the Canon U.S.A. booth during Graph Expo 16 in Orlando, Fla.
Agfa and EFI Enhance Hybrid Workflows
While many printing companies use digital presses to cost effectively meet increasing demand for short runs, fast turnaround, and value-added services, many digital presses do not efficiently integrate into offset workflows. Agfa Graphics and EFI deliver one of the most advanced hybrid print workflows available in the commercial market, taking advantage of the strengths of both traditional offset and Fiery Driven digital presses.
One customer who has streamlined its operations with the Fiery/Apogee integration, Hakan Walhed, general manager of Malmö, Sweden-based printing company Skånetryck, conducts preparation tasks such as imposition, media selection and color management for Fiery Driven digital presses right from the familiar Apogee user interface, eliminating touchpoints for production.
“We save up to two hours on busy days,” Walhed says of the integration’s benefits. Plus, the consistent prepress workflow between offset and digital presses with Apogee and Fiery integration helps Skånetryck’s operators achieve a close match in color quality with minimum training.
Agfa Graphics Apogee 10: saving valuable time in prepress
Because Apogee acts as a unique hybrid production hub with connections to CtP for plate imaging and to EFI’s Fiery DFE platforms, it centralizes all prepress tasks and saves print service providers’ valuable time. Apogee 10 features the ability to split parts of a job and send those for digital output, which turns out to be extremely powerful in case of versioning jobs and proofing of (parts of) books with large page counts.