Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., today announced the technology introduction of its new system management software, Production Control System (PCS), which will be formally exhibited at GRAPH EXPO 16.
PCS is a powerful end-to-end software solution designed to help simplify order intake, streamline workflow, maximize productivity, maintain order persistence, and provide real-time displays to gauge on-time performance of large and small work volumes. It is the latest expansion in Canon Solutions America’s automated production workflow software portfolio designed to meet faster turnarounds and provide dynamic planning and flexibility for digital production.
Due to the inevitable restructuring of the print industry as a result of new technology, printing items such as books on digital presses is not only beneficial in reducing overproduction, but is also becoming a growing necessity. A digital press allows for book manufacturers the flexibility to cater to a broad spectrum of their customers’ needs, such as printing one copy of a book, or several copies associated with a specific order number. Such practices pave the way for faster marketing time, prevent titles from going out of print, reduce inventory costs, and offer the ability to personalize each copy if needed. PCS supports all the functions of a digital press, and accounts for the many disruptive changes the evolving book industry faces, further allowing for a streamlined print process. This intuitive rules-based workflow will allow users to completely automate order submission and document preparation, while providing intelligent job management and fulfillment of printed and non-printed items.
Additionally, PCS provides automated workflow processes and tracking to drive profitability by helping to steadily reduce the cost of short run digital production. It takes control of job management by implementing adaptive and efficient workflows, aligning supply with short-run demand, reducing inventory-associated costs, risks, and distribution costs, and expanding service offerings to build market share, all while acquiring new customers. The centralized control system it provides is positioned to automate production of high volume, short run jobs which will in turn generate greater efficiency and optimized productivity.
“PCS is a legitimate game changer for book manufacturers and commercial printers,” said Lisa Weese, senior manager, Product Marketing, Production Print Solutions, Canon Solutions America. “Now, more than ever, it’s expected that they are able to both handle faster turnaround times and be flexible while remaining fully efficient at the same time. PCS equips book manufacturers with the right tools to exceed their customers’ expectations. Users of the new technology can expect to expand service offerings, build market share, reduce inventory, and, perhaps most importantly, increase profitability with PCS’s adaptive and automated workflow.”
To learn more about Canon Solutions America’s Production Control System, be sure to visit the Canon U.S.A. booth during GRAPH EXPO 16 in Orlando, Florida.