Archive for 'Product Briefing' Category

Canon’s New Integrated Workflow Automation Package

Last updated: Thursday, February 25, 2016

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company Canon has a new integrated workflow automation package called PRISMAdirect that is really worth a look if you’re a small to mid-size commercial printer or an in-plant. It is kind of unique in that it provides a single, integrated way to get the core [...]

EFI Announces New Workflow Automation Solution

Last updated: Thursday, February 11, 2016

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company Yesterday EFI announced a new workflow automation solution called JobFlow 2.2. I had a chance to review it prior to launch and find it to be a solution which many small to mid-sized in-plants and commercial printers will find useful due to its simplicity [...]

Print eCommerce Versus Web-to-print

Last updated: Thursday, June 11, 2015

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company One great thing about being in this industry for the past several decades is that I’ve had a chance to witness and participate in the birth and evolution of some of the technology and services. One that has perhaps changed the most is how [...]

EFI Fiery GAPPE – Unearthing Print Production Problems Before They are Problems

Last updated: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company We hear a lot about workflow automation, but today I’m going to discuss some tools designed to help your operators do their jobs quicker and more efficiently. I’m looking at EFI’s Fiery Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition (GAPPE). GAPPE provides tools to help operators [...]

Avoiding color shift across the space-time continuum

Last updated: Monday, September 8, 2014

OK, I’ve been watching too many Star Trek reruns, but there still is an industry-wide challenge with maintaining color consistency across space (devices and locations), time (day to day and shift to shift) and even a third dimension: people (multiple color managers). How do you do this in a way that is efficient and cost-effective [...]

If you need to digitally print a LOT of books, you should check this out

Last updated: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I recently did a product briefing on Canon’s Oce PRISMAproduction Professional Book Module and it is a pretty impressive automated digital book production workflow solution. The catch is that you probably need to be digitally printing many hundreds or thousands of books per week to justify the investment. However, you should read on if you [...]

Are you STILL wasting time in make-ready?

Last updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014

I am constantly amazed at how much time is wasted on doing everyday types of work in print shops. Yes, I said wasted, because there are tools and automated processes out there which will do much of the time-consuming, mundane work for you. So, if you’re still laying out business cards or postcards by hand, [...]

Avanti Slingshot: Beyond Just Print MIS

Last updated: Monday, June 23, 2014

I recently had a chance to review Avanti’s Slingshot print MIS system and was quite impressed. Their solution is built upon the premise that the print and marketing services business is increasingly reliant upon multiple lines of business. In other words, the customer goals for this industry are to quote, accept and fulfill orders rather [...]

ESKO Automation Engine – Bringing Efficiency to Packaging & Signage Workflows

Last updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014

Packaging, label, signage and display workflows have different needs than those for document production yet automation is equally critical for this type of work. I recently had the opportunity to have Dries Vandenbussche, Product Manager Server Platforms at ESKO show me ESKO’s Automation Engine workflow solution. It comprehends the differences needed to support these types [...]

What Do YOU Want in 2014?

Last updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014

It’s that time of year when we look back, take stock of what worked (and what didn’t work) last year, and plan for the future. So let me share what I’ve learned about you, dear readers, and ask you to confirm that we’re moving in the right direction. We grew this year … a lot. [...]