It is a new modular workflow server with dynamic workflows that are easy to set up and operate. Automation Engine ensures increased efficiency and throughput and saves time and money. It is, by all standards, an exceptional answer to the daily challenges of print professionals who need to increase quality, reduce errors and drive cost out of the process.
Using database driven job management, Automation Engine serves as the heart of any size prepress production operation.
Through Mac or PC based clients, with a transparent user interface, operators, Customer Service Representatives or administration departments can easily interact with the workflow, and with its extensive conditional automation capabilities.
Automation Engine takes the errors out of the process by allowing users to preset repetitive tasks and make automated decisions within the workflow. When operator interaction is required to ensure quality, the comprehensive checkpoint in the workflow allows for easy access. In addition, interfaces between order administrative systems (MIS or ERP) and prepress production further reduce the manual interaction.
Automation Engine integrates seamlessly with any existing infrastructure, accepting a wide range of desktop publishing formats, supporting RIPs or file servers and all industry standards such as PDF, XML, XMP, SQL queries and JDF/JMF communication.
From an entry-level version to more elaborate setups, Automation Engine is guaranteed to deliver a fast and unmatched return on investment.
Report cards are based on a predefined template that customizes the report card for a specific job, using its attributes, customer information, and details that can be extracted from the database. Even metadata like ink coverage and barcode specifications can be added.
3D PDF files can be generated from the structural data associated with the job. Combined with the graphical data, it gives a 3D view of how the actual job will look like. As in this example the 3D view can even be integrated in the report card.
Operators, Customer Services Representatives or admin staff are able to detect errors early in the workflow, which increases overall quality and reduces costs.
The Viewer handles all common prepress formats, images and RIP data. Check separations, trim and media sizes, compare differences between design files and production files, or check if all corrections have been applied. Compare between the production file and RIPped data. Automated compare tools are available in the workflow for comparison of larger batches of files.
Depending on the number of clients interacting with the system, and the required productivity, Automation Engine comes in different flavours. When additional capacity is required, additional systems can be added to distribute the load, or to serve as failsafe mechanism in case of hardware failure.
The software is equally modular. This allows you to select from a group of functional modules. This way the optimal production system can be configured with the option to add extra functionality later on.