TORONTO, – Avanti Computer Systems Limited, a leading provider of Print MIS and Web-to-Print solutions and Ultimate Technographics Inc., the Monteal-based leader in imposition software and the inventor of digital imposition, are excited to announce their new integration partnership. Avanti's Print MIS (Management Information System) integrates with Ultimate's Impostrip imposition technology, enabling printers to optimize their production workflow from production planning to the prepress and finishing stage.
The objective of this joint Avanti/Ultimate partnership was to develop a high level of integration that would provide print professionals with a simple to deploy cost effective yet powerful solution, without needing to invest in IT resources or programming. With the exponential growth in the print on demand and short-run printing market, print providers need to automate as many touch-points as possible in order to remain profitable.
"As more and more book printers move to print on demand (POD), everyone is looking for ways to streamline the workflow. Historically, sharing information between estimating, prepress and bindery has been very difficult, resulting in the reentry of information which is both redundant and prone to human error," says Patrick Bolan, President and CEO of Avanti. "Through this integration partnership, we now offer a complete web-to-print-to-finish automation platform which provides an immediate ROI."
Ultimate's Impostrip OnDemand Automation solution for digital printing and Impostrip client-server for hybrid printers are both integrated with Avanti. Ultimate's XML Director triggers the imposition no matter how complex, from the job ticket generated by Avanti's MIS. Once the job is created in Avanti, the job ticket is consumed automatically by Impostrip XML Director Module, which imposes and creates the final PDF for print with all the elements required such as dynamic barcode, marks, etc. and automatically sends the PDF to the selected press. Simultaneously, and again automatically, a JDF job ticket is produced and sent to the selected finishing device through JMF communication.
"We are excited about our new partnership with Avanti, says Joanne David, President and CEO of Ultimate Technographics. It is the first MIS system that has fully completed the integration of our Impostrip OnDemand automation software which connects to our Ultimate Bindery for finishing automation. This 'off the shelf' connectivity between the Avanti system and Impostrip, is designed to take advantage of the most advanced imposition features needed in a modern prepress department today, allowing more versatility, better optimisation for various presses, more automation in post-press and, therefore, greater profit margins on short runs."