New software improves production workflow management and overall print shop efficiencies
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today released PRISMAsync Remote Manager a unique multi-engine scheduler and remote management console for expanded control on a customer’s fleet of PRISMAsync controller-driven digital presses. This web-based tool helps shop floor managers and operators manage a high-performing printing operation by providing insight into their production schedules with the ability to upload jobs, edit job properties and manipulate digital press queues from a remote location or workstation with ease.*
“One way to ensure deadlines are met is to have idle machines ready to produce work at a moment’s notice. Another is to effectively manage your presses to run as continuously as possible with properly prioritized work,” said Greg Cholmondeley from Caslon. “Being able to easily and remotely do this for multiple presses and across multiple sites is essential for many digital printing operations.”
“With installations of PRISMAsync-driven digital presses surpassing 11,000 worldwide, Canon has built upon the success of this technology and introduced the PRISMAsync Remote Manager to meet the needs of the market,” said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “By providing a single point of control for multiple presses, the launch of the new PRISMAsync Remote Manager fosters a more efficient workflow, which will help increase the productivity of our customers.”
The PRISMAsync Remote Manager provides customers with the capability of remote monitoring, remote job management, queue management and press management to help print shops maximize efficiencies.
To help avoid idle time, customers can benefit from the real time status overviews and alerts provided by the new multi-engine PRISMAsync Scheduler from a single screen. The PRISMAsync Scheduler functionality provides a clear visual guide of the jobs scheduled for up to five presses, which allows operators to plan production schedules one shift ahead for added efficiency. At a glance, print shop managers and operators can see the ‘time to completion’ for jobs, based on relevant job settings and process parameters. And, to help achieve non-stop productivity, upcoming interventions are color coded so operators can load media and toner and unload print output before a press stops.
Remote Job Management
To provide expanded flexibility, the PRISMAsync Remote Manager allows production staff to easily submit jobs of print-ready PDF, PostScript and PCL files via file import or drag-and-drop functionality. Another time-saving capability users can benefit from when using the PRISMAsync Remote Manager is the ability to edit job properties remotely. Now an operator can have full control over job settings, including page level editing if page programming functionality is enabled.
Remote Queue Management
Operators can actively manage and prioritize the print jobs in the queues or PRISMAsync DocBoxes with the ability to reroute jobs from one digital press to another directly from PRISMAsync Remote Manager. The expanded capability of remotely changing job priorities, holding, reprinting or rerouting print jobs provides users the flexibility needed to accommodate dynamic deadlines.
Remote Press Management
Operators and shop managers can now check the status of loaded media and other consumables remotely to help ensure the press is prepared to support the projects in its queue. Advanced system, media and workflow settings of each connected press can be directly accessed from PRISMAsync Remote Manager.
For added flexibility, multiple operators can conveniently access the production schedule around the clock and from anywhere in the world. The platform independent web-based tool is available on an HTML5 compliant browser on Microsoft Windows and Apple iOS with no additional software installation required on their workstation.*
The PRISMAsync Remote Manager functionality is a standard feature on the imagePRESS C800/C700 series and will be available on the following additional Canon digital presses in early 20151.
– imagePRESS C7011VPS Series of production color digital presses
– imagePRESS C7010VPS Series of production color digital presses
– varioPRINT 135/120/110 production monochrome digital presses
– Océ VarioPrint 6000+ Series production monochrome digital presses
Field upgrades will also be available to existing customer using the presses outlined above.
For more information please visit www.usa.canon.com or contact a Canon Authorized Dealer.
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*For specifications of PRISMAsync Remote Manager, including system requirements to run the web-based tool, please refer to the product specification sheet and operation guide as made available by Canon U.S.A., Inc.
1Will require a software version upgrade. Charges may apply for field upgrades.