Automation Engine: Prepress Workflow Automation - Esko

Automation Engine sets a new standard for prepress workflow automation

Automation Engine sets a new standard for prepress workflow automation. It is a modular workflow server with dynamic workflows that are easy to set up and operate.

At the heart of your prepress

Automation Engine serves as the heart of any size prepress production operation. It enables unparalleled workflow automation with rock-solid quality control. Automation Engine comes with extensive business system integration capabilities and is highly scalable.

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.

Automation Engine workflow

Automation Engine Pilot

Efficient client application tools

The Pilot is the primary client tool  that runs on Mac and PC, and offers an easy and intuitive interface for any operator or administrator that needs complete access to the system. Shuttle allows you to launch a workflow straight from the editing application (ArtPro, DeskPack, PackEdge…). Shuttle greatly simplifies overall operation and reduces the number of required workflows.

The Device Manager moves operational control upstream to the prepress department. Flexo platemaking and digital finishing operations are better integrated with the prepress workflow. Operators use Device Manager to monitor job statuses, and to manage and prioritize the queues of all connected devices.

Automation Engine viewer

Job organization and data management

A job in Automation Engine represents a production order that organizes the data storage for the job but also the job’s metadata, its link to order ID, due date, customer info, Customer Service Representative contacts…

Besides these administration attributes, a job can also contain the graphical specifications like barcode, inks, RIP options… This job information can be used in any workflow to take advantage of all the data that is already there, avoiding double entries.

Automation Engine MIS ERP

Linking with external systems (MIS,ERP)

Automation Engine is able to obtain information from external systems through SQL queries, XML or XMP data… This data populates job information and workflow parameters, using values that already exist. Examples include step & repeat data, barcodes, colors to be used, etc.

All job information is kept in an internal database, which can be archived for future use. Order administration systems can be linked through an MIS integration project.

Information and data are centralized, which reduces operator intervention. Savings are achieved by measuring and billing consumables, proofs and plates.

Automation Engine Connect is a toolkit that allows integration from a third party product with an Esko component (WebCenter, Automation Engine or ArtiosCAD). Read more here.

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