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Transparent business processes in print-on-demand workflows

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CeBIT 2001 - The Java-based Prinalyze database renders all business processes on the Quickmaster DI 46-4 transparent • Open interfaces to industry software • Retrofittable software solution The Quickmaster DI 46-4, Heidelberg's globally successful 35 x 50 cm digital offset press with direct imaging of printing plates, is ideal for horizontal integration into the printshop workflow in its drupa 2000 generation. The new Java-based Prinalyze database provides printers with greater transparency of business processes. Prinalyze is a new front-end database system with open interfaces to various industry software systems. It is available as an option and can be retrofitted to existing machines. Prinalyze records and evaluates all the DI system’s operating data. Following the complete integration of the Quickmaster DI 46-4 into the content workflow, users now have a platform for digital integration of business processes. Quickly changing market requirements and price pressures mean that the print on demand sector in particular finds itself facing ever new challenges. Users for their part are developing new strategic goals in order to be able to make quick structural changes to their sales organization, internal production flows and management processes. Business management and technical applications need to be able to communicate with each other in order to ensure optimum business processes over the long term. Greater transparency for business success The Prinalyze database records all machine and RIP processes, collates these for specific jobs and then evaluates them. This gives users even better financial control over their jobs and job structure. What job profiles are best suited for maximizing profits on the Quickmaster DI 46-4 and which are less suited? This is a question that can now be answered very precisely using the highly-accurate data analysis features. All operational and order data are recorded by the system. Prinalyze provides Quickmaster DI users with a means to optimize job tracking over the entire workflow and to maintain an overview of the status of all orders currently being processed, together with utilization levels. This provides a transparent picture of the order situation at any given time, identifies which jobs are assigned to which orders, indicates how orders are structured and improves organization. Prinalyze tools The Prinalyze performance spectrum is made up of various tools. Firstly, the ConfigTool preconfigures the default values such as units, hourly rates, paper price, grammages and proofer used. The OrderTool is used to assign individual jobs to an order, the ReportTool evaluates, searches for, interrogates and corrects data records, while the StatusTool provides an overview of the current status of the Quickmaster DI system. Prinalyze is a Java-based database for any number of Java clients on Mac, PC or Unix systems. No browsers are required for display purposes. The SYLK standard format enables data to be exported to popular office applications. The host interface provides a link to DataControl, Printy32 and WinKAAR/Prinance. An interface to the Job Definition Format (JDF) will be available in the next release (upgrade feature). The StatusTool provides the user with an overview of the current status of the Quickmaster DI system. OrderTool ensures high transparency — the individual jobs are uniquely assigned to an order.