Esko’s Automation Engine is a packaging prepress workflow server. It sits at 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.
Prepress workflow automation with Esko’s Automation Engine ensures increased efficiency and throughput and saves time and money.
Esko’s prepress automation server 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.
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 packaging prepress workflow to take advantage of all the data that is already there, avoiding double entries.
Automated prepress workflow software is only useful if it’s connected to the rest of your company. 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...
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.