Automatic for the People
For the past several years, the watchword in the industry has been “automation.” The growth of short-run, fast-turnaround digital print work has put pressure on PSPs to pump jobs through the production workflow as quickly as possible, with a minimum of human “touches.” As a result, for all the advances in printing hardware and equipment, much of the real action has been going on in software.
“Automation is definitely a trend that is affecting our customers as their margins are tightening, and their customers want items printed more quickly and cheaply,” says Greg Salzman, President of Aleyant (Booth 542).
In addition to automation, another key aspect of today’s software is migrating it to the cloud. Replacing locally installed, on-premises software with a cloud solution has many advantages.
Stop by Aleyant’s booth to see how the company’s solutions can create an efficient, automated printing workflow. Aleyant’s portfolio comprises a soup-to-nuts suite of software components that can be used together or individually, and can integrate with more than 750 third-party applications via direct API and Zapier. A full range of modules spans the workflow from online design (eDoc Builder), to web-to-print (Pressero), to estimating and production management (Print Job Manager), to automated prepress (tFlow).
To see how these technologies work, join Aleyant on Wednesday, September 13, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm in Room S103bc for a 3-hour lab session titled “Web-to-Print 101: Learn How to Successfully Implement Web-to-Print Storefronts For Your Print Shop.” Attendees will learn the fundamentals of implementing a web-to-print system. At the end of this lab, participants will have built a real-life, simple online storefront.
At the end of the day, automation is about more than increasing productivity and shop throughput. It also allows PSPs to expand their businesses, as well as “future-proof” the enterprise, as today’s automation solutions—especially those that are cloud-based—can change as the business changes.