Ricoh has announced a new software tool, TotalFlow BatchBuilder that is designed to allow print jobs to be batched together in the most efficient manner. It will work in any print environment regardless of the hardware so can schedule short-run digital work from multiple sources for centralised job control. Individual jobs can be opened and downloaded as PDF files.
It uses XML mapping capabilities to group jobs based on incoming JDF job ticket information. It can also output JDF information and will integrate with most MIS and web-to-print systems. It can be integrated with existing solutions to filter, schedule, view and batch jobs, based on pre-set variables, which can be either fully or semi –automated.
It will work with most printers, regardless of vendor, including cut sheet and continuous feed printers. It will even work with wide format printers where work can be grouped by the substrate choice.
Ricoh has also updated its ProcessDirector and ProcessDirector Express programs, which form the backbone of its workflow system. These can now gain a new Avanti Slingshot Connect feature that allows them to exchange production updates with MIS systems. Print jobs can also be archived directly from within the workflow, and jobs can be retrieved by searching on its indexed properties.