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Avanti Slingshot receives prestigious JDF certification

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Press release from the issuing company

Becomes the only JDF-certified cloud-based Print MIS in the market today 

TORONTO – Avanti Computer Systems Limited, a leading provider of Print MIS solutions, today announced that Avanti Slingshot passed the rigorous CIP4 certification testing and it is now an officially JDF-certified product.

The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Postpress Organization or “CIP4” is a not-for-profit standards association, whose mission is to foster the adoption of process automation in the printing industry. Printing Industries of America (PIA), on behalf of CIP4, tested Avanti Slingshot against the JDF Specification and awarded Avanti certification for both MIS to Prepress and Integrated Digital Printing. 

Avanti’s continued R&D investment is evident in the company’s decision to build Avanti Slingshot from the ground up as a cloud-based Print MIS platform. The product was launched at Print 13 and is the winner of numerous awards, including two of this year’s Graph Expo MUST SEE ‘EMS awards. Avanti achieved its first JDF certification in 2008 for its Avanti Classic - Graphic Arts Management System.

“The guiding force behind the future direction of Avanti remains an unwavering commitment to provide the best possible service to our clients”, said Patrick Bolan, president and CEO, Avanti. “We are driven by our desire to innovate for our customers, so that they can benefit from information in ways not even imagined.”

JDF bridges the communication gap between prepress software, press and production equipment, and a printer’s Management Information Systems (MIS), thereby streamlining the overall production workflow. In short, it provides an environment where all the software and equipment in the print shop can “speak the same language.”  Streamlined implementation of integrations between JDF-certified systems enables precise communication, thereby reducing multiple “touches” on print jobs and eliminating the possibility of human error. As a certified Print MIS, Avanti Slingshot provides fully automated integration into the industry’s leading prepress and digital printing systems, thereby reducing overall integration costs and rapidly improving ROI.

“JDF Product Certification allows printers to integrate software and hardware seamlessly into their existing JDF-enabled workflow”, according to Dr. Mark Bohan, vice president, Technology and Research, Printing Industries of America (PIA). “Recognized for focusing on third-party integration and cloud technology, Avanti has completed many JDF projects, making them one of only a few leading companies in North America with real-world JDF experience.”

Visitors to last week’s Graph Expo 15 experienced Avanti Slingshot’s latest release, winner of two prestigious MUST SEE ‘EM awards for the modules: Grand Format Estimating and Automated Press Sheet Optimizer.

For those unable to attend Graph Expo, Avanti is hosting a live “Graph Expo Recap” webinar featuring the winning modules on Wednesday, September 30th. Individuals can register for the Avanti webinar here.


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