New production software from Canon

Canon Europe has announced version 6 of its PrismaProduction workflow system as well as a new offering, PrismaSimulate Ultra, for simulating production outcomes and estimating ink usage.

Canon’s range of Prisma software is designed to work with its production printers, such as this ProStream 1800.

Canon sells a range of Prisma-branded software covering job preparation and prepress functionality. PrismaProduction 6 is its main workflow tool and will automatically adjust the orientation and layout of files to optimise their production as well as allowing documents to be edited without having to go back to their original software.

Canon says that it has improved the pre-press capabilities, and added tools for better data optimisation to allow web-fed and sheetfed inkjet and toner presses to run at their full speed, regardless of file sizes. It will work with a variety of print file formats including PDF, AFP, line data, PCL, Postscript, PPML, LCDS, RDO and VIPP files. It runs on SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server), which allows for better separation between the application software and the operating system to help print businesses keep customer data safe as well as making it easier for them to comply with their own and industrywide security standards.

The system has been trialled at Continentale Krankenversicherung, a German company based in Dortmund that provides health insurance. Michael Engemann, Head of Production Control at the company, explained: “When we tested the upgraded version of PrismaProduction, it turned out that our production operation worked so seamlessly with the new version that our decision was made to stick with this new version. We forgot that it was a new version, because it just worked.”

He added: “For us, PrismaProduction is easier and more reliable to use than our previous proprietary solution. Additionally you don’t have to check whether all the data is still there or whether the printer has swallowed data when it comes to data security. So we really do see a benefit in the reliability and stability that the system offers.”

Canon has also announced a new program, PrismaSimulate Ultra, which is a replacement for the older program, TrueProof. It’s made up of two separate modules. One of these, the Universal PDF Estimator, gives customers detailed ink consumption predictions for Canon’s web-fed inkjet presses to produce more accurate quotations. It can compare this against actual ink and media consumption improve on quotations and ink-related settings. It can help create reports with detailed estimates of the ink and media consumption based on engine-specific data, which can be exported to other management applications for further analysis.

The second, the Printer Simulation Packages, works with PrismaProduction, and offers layout proofing and production simulation for Canon’s web-fed inkjet and some toner presses to check the layout, registration and printability of each file before printing to cut down on errors and waste. PrismaSimulate Ultra is sold on a subscription basis.

Jennifer Kolloczek, Planning, Marketing and Innovation Senior Director for Canon Europe’s Production Printing, says: “Print businesses are under pressure to respond faster and more efficiently, while having the flexibility to meet customer demands. At the same time, they face challenges such as a shortage of skilled labour, a demand for shorter run-lengths and an increase in resource costs. As many research houses highlight, automation and end-to-end workflows will be key investment areas for print businesses in the coming years in order to meet these challenges by enhancing process optimisation and increasing productivity. With graphic arts and business communication print applications incorporating and being triggered by more data about consumers, security has also become a top priority for many PSPs.”

Kolloczek added: “We want to help print service providers make their operations as easy and as seamless as possible, so they can be ready to adapt to any market demand and know they can securely manage their customers’ data. Alongside the automated features within our digital print and existing Prisma workflow solutions, our customers can rely on the new PrismaProduction and PrismaSimulate Ultra process efficiency tools to help them expand their business into new market segments and confidently offer a broad range of print applications to graphic arts and business communications print buyers.”

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