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. The history of prepress actions in these archives can be used for relaunching jobs or for statistics purposes. 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.
MIS integration also allows for automated step-and-repeat or imposition. Milestones can be communicated to the business system to report on the status of prepress jobs: “data arrived”, “approved”, “plates ready”…
Reduce the administrative overhead, especially in environments where job runs are becoming shorter, but job overhead stays the same, like in digital print.