OneVision’s automation software version 20.1 gives print service providers the tools they need to create a customised, dynamic file workflow and automate the preparation of print data.
The software allows dynamic file processing by using order data. Workflows run entirely automatically through the powerful use of attributes. At the same time, the system allows for manual intervention, ensuring a maximum in flexibility when it comes to workflow handling and control.
Personalised print products, printed in small print runs and at high quality, at minimal cost and delivered in the shortest possible time are the top priorities to make customers happy. As a result, print production is faced with new challenges: overnight print jobs must be prioritised, fluctuating order entries have to be balanced out, and peak times have to be managed efficiently while using materials as sparingly as possible. To achieve this, it is important to have a constant overview of the key performance indicators of production and to be able to rely on a smooth data workflow from order entry, prepress, and printing to embellishment and finishing.
View the status of jobs at a glance in a production ‘live ticker’ – this is what the new Actions view in the workflow management system Workspace offers. The exact progress per file (‘running’, ‘waiting’ or ‘scheduled’) and the module is displayed. The user can see at any time the exact status of the file within the assembly line or which module is currently processing the print data.
Workspace can route and prioritise print jobs based upon various parameters such as delivery date, substrate, colour, etc. This enables print service providers to keep their delivery dates for express and overnight print jobs and save their margins since everything is being automated through Workspace, and no manual work is involved.
By using the module Edit Properties, the management of assembly lines can take the level of automation to an even higher level. In Edit Properties rules can be defined using job parameters to further automate the production planning and finishing processes. Edit Properties may, for example, use the property ‘page format’ to calculate the area of files. This information can be used in the following modules. As a result, the nesting would only be triggered if a defined net area is exceeded.
The prepress package of OneVision software offers a wide range of new applications as well: by extending the ‘Generate Bleed’ functionality, cut lines are now intelligently created both inside and outside of intersecting cut lines.
In some workflows, such as the production of large format flags, it is necessary to place certain objects (e.g. eyelets) several times in one file. With the optimisation of the module Custom marks, this can now be generated automatically.
With regard to Variable Data Printing (VDP), OneVision’s development team has extended the Asura prepress package. Service contract customers can now download a VDP template editor free of charge, which allows using job parameters as well as external data to create variable data files.
New developments have also been made regarding ink saving. Depending on the selected ICC profile and the maximum amount of ink applied, Inksave now automatically reduces the maximum value for primary colours, enabling ink savings in book and transactional printing as well. In addition, optional colour corrections with special consideration of skin tones significantly improve brilliance.
In the field of ‘Automated Image optimisation’ version 20.1 of the ‘Amendo Extension’ package allows users to overlay and merge images. Photoshop channels are automatically recognised with the ‘Merge Images’ functionality and used as masks when merging two images. This is especially helpful when selected image areas only need to be optimised, or cut out and placed on other backgrounds.
The new features of the OneVision software Generation 20.1 enable print service providers to design their production workflow flexibly, stably and securely according to their needs while taking the level of automation of their print data preparation to the next level.
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