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Ricoh unveils MIS and archiving enhancements to award-winning Critical Communications solution suite

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Press release from the issuing company

RICOH ProcessDirector and RICOH ProcessDirector Express now integrate with Avanti Slingshot Connect and deliver archival capabilities seamlessly within workflow 

MALVERN, PA – Ricoh Americas Corporation today announced new enhancements to RICOH ProcessDirector and RICOH ProcessDirector Express, the workflow backbones of its award-winning Critical Communications solution suite. These vendor-neutral, flexible solutions now have capabilities to archive print jobs and send production updates directly to print MIS systems via the Avanti Slingshot Connect feature. With these additions, users can now work more intelligently with more control over and access to the information contained in their print jobs.

RICOH ProcessDirector and RICOH ProcessDirector Express now offer capabilities to archive print jobs as a step in their workflow. This seamless archive solutions integration ultimately increases efficiency, makes completed job information more accessible and frees up time normally spent on file management. Users can quickly and easily search for a document or job using the indexed properties. After retrieving a job, they can view it, reprint it or take other actions. These steps enable operators to use their time more efficiently as they're now managing fewer files in their production system on a daily basis.

Users can now also send production updates to their MIS system using RICOH Process Director and ProcessDirector Express, unifying and simplifying how they track jobs. The Avanti Slingshot Connect feature enables printers’ MIS systems to send jobs and JDF information directly to the workflow for production management. This intuitive integration enables the Ricoh software to provide job status updates related to specific workflow steps, time duration and pages printed to Avanti. By melding these systems, customers can use Avanti to manage the business-level processes, such as inventory management, cost accounting and advanced scheduling, and they can leverage the power of ProcessDirector to manage the production of their critical communications output. 

“Print service providers, in-plants and others are looking to keep costs down and grow revenue by taking advantage of new demands from their customers. These demands often require a level of compliance and integrity that illuminates the need for more efficient, error-free workflow processes,” said John Fulena, Director, Professional Services and Solutions Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “These new additions to the Critical Communications solution suite are the latest step in our mission to provide customers with flexible tools to improve their workflow and gain peace of mind in the process. It also demonstrates how customers are benefiting from our strategic investments in companies like Avanti Computer Systems, as we integrate features of their leading MIS solution further and deeper into our solutions to enhance ease of use and drive down production costs.”

Benefits and features of the Critical Communications solution suite include:

Improve throughput and increase device utilization by enhancing output management

100% output integrity and reporting requirements can be achieved with tracking and compliance tools

Help eliminate human errors, automate manual tasks and reduce labor costs through automated workflows 

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At GRAPH EXPO 14, Ricoh will showcase its entire Critical Communications solution suite, components of which were the winner of the 2013 MUST SEE ‘EMS Best in Category award and the 2014 MUST SEE ‘EMS award in the software category. Visitors to booth #1931 will be able to see Avanti integrated with RICOH ProcessDirector, and also experience the Critical Communications solution suite in a real life environment producing personalized documents and collateral with integrity and efficiency.

To learn more about how the Critical Communications solution suite can help make your business more efficient and give you peace of mind by accurately producing customized and regulated documents, watch this video series

For more information about Ricoh’s Critical Communications solution suite, please visit www.ricoh-usa.com/critical


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