Increase Your Workflow Efficiency Through Smart Optimization
Friday, June 21, 2019
Press release from the issuing company
By Patrick Kerr, WW Product Manager, Kodak Software Division, Eastman Kodak Company.
As the industry continues to undergo a major transformation, no printer can afford to ignore opportunities to optimize processes and improve efficiency. Ever shorter runs are the norm today, bigger orders are divided into several smaller jobs with differentiated content and time schedules, while web-to-print portals mostly generate a large number of small jobs and personalized products are on the increase. That all adds up to higher-than-ever requirements and an even heavier workload for your prepress. More files have to be processed and more plates and / or digital print jobs delivered to the pressroom in less time, to prevent the presses from standing still. The workflow and its potential for optimization are taking center stage. This is where the key lies to improving the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) of your printing operations. Mass optimization represents an attractive option here that can help you raise the efficiency of your workflow sustainably and hence save time and money.
Mass optimization drives efficiency
The first step on the journey is file optimization, which ensures that all files and content supplied by the customer can be reproduced without any problems or errors in all printing processes relevant for the job. PDF preflight is a typical file optimization software, and printers using a KODAK PRINERGY Workflow System are in the envious position of having the most robust automatic preflight technology as an integral element of their workflow.
Preflight software automatically checks the files against selected preflight profiles, which can be either based on industry standards or user defined, and reports any nonconformances or errors. Preflight+, which includes the preflight power of callas pdfToolbox, is integrated in KODAK PRINERGY Workflow. Not only does it identify errors and problems; it also corrects the files automatically where possible. And that’s not all – in conjunction with PRINERGY Workflow’s Rules Based Automation feature it can automatically send notifications to the person whose job it is to optimize the files in the event of a serious problem. In addition to this, for instance, Rules Based Automation can also cause the problematic files to be moved to a specific directory.
Incidentally, Kodak-style file optimization covers not just production but also customers. Printers who offer customers the option of collaboration via the KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal, which docks onto PRINERGY Workflow, can use INSITE to automatically provide them with preflight reports generated by PRINERGY’s Preflight+. Any essential improvements that have to be carried out at the customer’s end can thus be completed quickly and in a targeted way at the lowest possible cost.
The fast and reliable way to optimized press sheets
KODAK PRINERGY Workflow users can choose Dynamic Print Planning – one of the innovative PRINERGY Cloud Services – as a convenient solution for automated production planning and creation of press-ready, cost-efficient layouts. Dynamic Print Planning leverages the computing power of PRINERGY Cloud and artificial intelligence to generate the press layouts along with a manufacturing plan that makes optimum use of the available press capacity in minimal time. In case of last-minute changes to the printing conditions, Dynamic Print Planning can supply an updated plan in next to no time.
This advanced, high performance sheet optimization solution is closely integrated with PRINERGY Workflow. Job ganging workflows can thus be configured with different levels of automation, including fully automatic processes based on a pool of jobs received either online or via a MIS system or else created in the traditional way.
Don’t wait any longer!
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