Archives by Tag 'workflow automation'

Barksdale Bets It All on Changing Their Production Processes

Last updated: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company Lots of companies are willing to tweak a process step or two to streamline their production workflows a bit; but who is willing to wholesale rip out existing equipment and processes and suspend business for 3 months to fundamentally change how they do business? [...]

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 [...]

Workflow Trends I Saw in 2015

Last updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2015

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, PODi and Caslon & Company As I look back over research and interviews I did this past year, I see some areas of workflow automation changing and others struggling to catch on. Here’s what I saw regarding MIS solutions, the cloud, workflow automation, and other solutions:

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 [...]

How to Juggle 3,000 Jobs at a Time and Get Everything Out on Time

Last updated: Monday, March 9, 2015

Imagine this: A facility that handles 1,000 digital commercial print jobs per day representing a wide variety of applications with many of them having 3-day turnaround times which include shipping halfway across the country. Now imagine one person trying to schedule all those jobs to be produced on a fleet of presses and bindery equipment [...]

Applying a Solution Mentality Where You’d Least Expect It

Last updated: Friday, November 7, 2014

It is really, really easy to fall into the trap of building and selling “things.” These things could be software programs, printers, binders, business cards, brochures, or even conferences. It seems to be human nature to start by seeing what you can build and to then try to sell (which I translate to mean justify) [...]

Big Plans for Graph Expo

Last updated: Thursday, September 25, 2014

The big US trade show for the printing industry starts Sunday in Chicago and Dave and I will be there getting close to the hardware and software from the industry movers and shakers. All year long I work with workflow vendors and users … but this is the time when those vendors put it all [...]

Automation for the Common Man: A Konica Minolta EngageIT Automation Case Study

Last updated: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We often hear about how companies producing high volumes of specific applications (e.g. online business cards, short-run books, etc.) automate their workflows … but what about the rest of us? What about general commercial printers or in-plants which are more job-shop focused and which handle a wide variety of applications? Is there anyone out there [...]