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Impostrip OnDemand Automation integration with Enfocus Switch assures increasingly complex printing projects can be delivered on time and on budget

Enfocus is pleased to announce the availability of highly automated imposition workflows via Enfocus Switch, thanks to the integration with Impostrip OnDemand Automation from Ultimate Technographics. Impostrip OnDemand Automation empowers Switch users with the flexibility and dynamic intelligence needed to automate imposition flows to meet today’s demand for shorter runs, varying output sizes, multiple different orders each day and ease of finishing. Impostrip users gain an increased return on investment, while Switch customers receive new capabilities and benefits.

"This new partnership will bring significant benefits to the user community," says Joanne David, President and CEO of Ultimate Technographics. "Adding Impostrip OnDemand Automation to Enfocus Switch creates a platform where automatic preflighting and other processes can be linked to form one unified process addressing all types of printing projects. Ease of integration has always been important to us, and Switch connectivity achieves that goal."

"Crossroads was conceived to provide an integration platform for users looking to resolve their automation challenges with minimal effort and cost, and by not tying them to a single-solution offering or vendor. With Ultimate now joining the Crossroads community, mutual customers benefit from the additional integration choices given to them," comments Angelo Manno, Enfocus Global Account Manager Crossroads and OEM.

"Switch easily integrates with Ultimate's Impostrip OnDemand Automation out-of-thebox, thanks to the Impostrip OnDemand configurator. The configurator will come standard with Switch and is also available through the Crossroads web portal. To ease the integration and support efforts even further, sample flows are provided to help build customer flows that maximize print production automation all the way to imposition."

Powerful imposition capabilities on demand Impostrip OnDemand Automation gives users peace of mind by ensuring consistency from one project to another - without operator intervention or having to search for files or apply extra settings. It optimizes every aspect of prepress imposition workflow with tools that are easy to use and highly versatile, and provides numerous advantages:
  • Enhances the quality of each print for improved profitability
  • Optimizes production for store-fronts by grouping various orders of different quantity and sizes automatically taking advantage of digital press width
  • Increases margins for on-demand books by grouping and stacking books together automatically
  • Intelligent booklet configurator allows automatic production of variable booklets for finishers
  • Tracking capability using dynamic content barcode generator for multiple component projects
  • Provides automatic control over page positioning, banner sheet and markings to maximize efficiency
  • Optimizes PDF output capability for personalized books and campaigns using PDF/VT or PDF optimized for high speed
  • Connects to MIS or storefront for workflow automation making short run jobs more profitable via JDF/XML
  • Enables easy upgrades to Impostrip OnDemand Scalable, allowing over 100,000 pages to be printed in less than 10 minutes.

Ms. David adds: "Impostrip OnDemand Automation provides users with production efficiency to deliver short runs on time, all the time. Users get full control over page position, variable gutters, bleeds, page-spread, page scaling, sets of marks, and barcodes or banner sheets for best quality. Its intelligent stacking options allow a more efficient production flow for e-books, personalized books or a book with a print run of just one."

"With Switch connectivity, we move closer to universal open prepress automation," Ms. David concludes. "Users can now manage more prepress tasks from a single platform, expanding the possibilities for monitoring tasks and reporting production data back to management. Our customers will be able to add new tools to improve the quality of their prints, while continuing to leverage all the advanced features of our software solutions."

Ultimate Technographics invented digital imposition with the first release of Impostrip in 1989, and has continued to play a leading role in the market ever since while offering the most innovative and progressive imposition products. Ultimate today leads in imposition and finishing automation software solutions. The company has a rich history of providing and integrating imposition technologies into hardware and software workflow solutions for print industry leaders including Avanti, Duplo, Glunz&Jensen, HP, Muller Martini, Ricoh-InfoPrint, Xerox, and others.

Enfocus provides modular and affordable tools safeguarding job quality and enabling automation throughout the complete production chain. Innovative solutions improve communication between design and production while enhancing productivity and predictability through automation of routine tasks. Step-by-step deployment dramatically increases added value without forcing users to completely rethink their way of doing business. Well-known brands include Instant PDF, PitStop and Switch. Enfocus is a business unit of Esko and has its headquarters in Gent, Belgium.