Agfa to release new version of Arkitex Production workflow software for newspaper printers

Arkitex Production Version 4.0 takes the next step in streamlining and automating newspaper print production workflows to save newspaper printers time and money. The latest version focuses on a tighter integration with press management systems for just-in-time plate delivery, and incorporates multi-tenant capabilities as well as improved planning and tracking. Also, deployment in the cloud guarantees smooth business continuity.

Multi-tenant capabilities. Arkitex Production 4.0 supports multiple tenants on a single server, enabling them to access and benefit from the same software modules (such as RIPs, imposition, ink pre-sets, etc.). Each tenant has its own users and permissions, plate layouts and products, and can only see their publications and templates. This becomes important in view of both local centralization and cloud workflow solutions where multiple sites can share hardware and resources while maintaining data security and workflow control.

Just-in-time plate delivery. As a result of worldwide declining run lengths, consolidating of print sites, and increases in outside jobs, the number of press runs and the frequency of plate exchanges is increasing. Arkitex Production 4.0 can be integrated more tightly with a printer’s press-management and plate-stacking systems, enabling just-in-time delivery of plates to a press. This way, plates can be produced in a shorter time frame and arrive at the right moment at the right press tower. The press operator – who in many cases is responsible for both pre-press and press – can manage the entire workflow from one place. This includes automatic optional release of plates as soon as stacker bins for the next press run become available. This increases press efficiency and reduces idle press time.

Improved planning, tracking and fan-out compensation. The updated Arkitex Production GUI contains many improvements in planning, status communication and workflow tracking. With a single mouse click, the new Edition Planning Wizard now enables operators to use an existing product template to instantly create a new edition plan. Plan automation can automatically create a template-based plan for a defined number of days before production. These templates differ by day of week and, once a plan is created, users can modify the specific plan to adjust for specific differences. In addition, production monitoring and tracking functionality from a single view has been enhanced. New visual indicators notify an operator of an action that may need to be taken, such as a plate approval. The ability to easily filter various queues by criteria such as page count, page version, job status or time range, is another benefit that allows users to more easily focus on critical work. Finally, to accommodate for web growth, the fan-out functionality that shifts and scales separations per press position, also received an upgrade allowing for more precise image adjustment.

Cloud-based for guaranteed business continuity. Arkitex Production is available both on-premise and as cloud-based solution. “Cloud-based services offer huge benefits,” said Jeff Cord, Product Manager for Newspaper Software at Agfa. “Newspaper printers don’t need to spend time or money on IT infrastructure, server maintenance or software updates. Systems are monitored and optimized 24/7 by experienced IT people and Agfa newspaper workflow experts. Uniform and standardized operations lead to better print quality, higher process efficiency with less downtime, guaranteed system stability and business continuity. By the way, Agfa’s cloud infrastructure is also used to host all of our hospital software solutions worldwide.”

Rainer Kirschke.

Dedicated to newspaper printing. “More than ever, a streamlined, reliable and automated workflow is absolutely crucial for newspaper print sites to deal with daily challenges and keep their competitive position,” said Rainer Kirschke, Market Manager for Newspapers at Agfa. “We are committed to supporting the newspaper printing industry. Arkitex Production Version 4.0 contains numerous features that will increase operational efficiency and reduce costs.”

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