The Software Component in Production Inkjet
Capturing the full value of any production inkjet investment requires more than purchasing and installing the hardware. The last thing any business wants is for its expensive inkjet equipment to sit idle or underperform. This is where a good and efficient workflow is essential. Without the right software and system adjustments to maximize the return on investment, plants can’t get the most from their equipment purchase — or efficiently manage all of the downstream processes.
“Your choice of workflow software has a direct impact on your goals of high quality, consistency and productivity,” said Mark Gallucci, manager, technology marketing, commercial software & CTP, at Agfa Graphics.
“Print service providers need to consider the business value of software they use to pair with their inkjet device,” added Ed Worsfold, vice president of marketing at Messagepoint.
“Print providers need to consider efficiencies in three key areas: human, workflow and device,” pointed out Scott Scheidenhelm, senior manager, product marketing, commercial and industrial print, Ricoh. “Software should look to automate where it can, taking work off of human beings’ plates so they can focus on other things and get more done. It should make the movement seamless from step-to-step in the production process. And it should provide the maximum value for devices’ runtimes. Similar approaches to finishing and imposition can add even more efficiency.”
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Denise Gustavson is the Editorial Director and Special Projects Editor for the Printing & Packaging Group, which includes Printing Impressions, packagePRINTING, In-plant Graphics and Wide-Format Impressions magazines, among other brands. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Wide-Format Impressions.