Hamburg-Germany-based EyeC’s new Workflow Integration, Pre-press Operations and Studios can now incorporate EyeC Proofiler Graphic – the company’s PDF proofing technology – into workflow systems such as Esko’s Automation Engine. The EyeC Workflow Integration automates quality control in the pre-press stages. The workflow system automatically activates the inspection process and the EyeC Proofiler Graphic retrieves the order data as well as inspection parameters of the respective job from the workflow system. It automatically inspects the entire contents of the PDF file – including text, graphics, Braille, as well as 1D and 2D codes – against one or more approved files, and then reports the inspection results back to the workflow system.
With EyeC Workflow Integration, printers, design agencies and other users can verify their entire pre-press process – including one-up files, step-and-repeat files and various other file versions. The quality of the print files are verified throughout the process while corrections can be made quickly and securely. Companies can also choose the level of automation that best fits their needs. The semi-automatic inspection allows for a subsequent manual approval of the inspection results in the user interface of the EyeC Proofiler Graphic. With full automation, the workflow can inspect and release files automatically if they match the approved artwork, with the operator only intervening when errors are detected. For example, the plate making can be automatically initiated if the data is consistent with the approved file.
“The integration of our solution into workflow systems allows for an integrated, standardized, and automated quality control procedure,” said Ansgar Kaupp, CEO of EyeC. “This allows employees in the pre-press process to quickly and easily ensure that all necessary changes to the print files are applied and nothing has been accidentally modified. The integration increases not only security, but also the efficiency of quality control.” Founded in 2002, EyeC technology ensures quality throughout the entire printing process – from the first artwork file to the finished product. Its product portfolio includes file-to-file comparison for artwork revision control and prepress applications, as well as print-to-file inspection systems for press sample testing, and 100% print quality control of products such as folding cartons, labels, leaflets, or flexible packaging. “The market’s most intelligent algorithms ensure that the systems show only relevant defects,” said EyeC. “With EyeC products, users avoid recalls, keep production costs and material waste in check and optimize their quality control. Worldwide, there are over 1,600 EyeC inspection systems in use, mostly by printers, pharmaceutical companies and branded-goods manufacturers. The company currently has international sales partners in more than 20 countries worldwide.