German-based large-format print producer Thamm has significantly improved its production workflow via the implementation of Enfocus Switch. Working with Switch, the company created a fully automated large-format PDF printing workflow that it said 'practically runs itself'. The result is increased productivity and profitability.
Jörg Kulasik, head of colour management and Rips at Thamm, said: “We decided to thoroughly work out our production process from back end to front. Once we integrated Enfocus Switch into our workflow, a lot changed – and for the better. What is most striking is the time saved. Repetitive processes that had to be done manually are now fully automated – and exactly how we need them to happen.”
He added: “Once implemented we customised Switch according to our requirements to such an extent that our production practically runs itself. It doesn’t matter how big or complicated a job is; Switch controls the entire workflow via a database interface. Errors don’t stand a chance as data is monitored from input through to printing, finishing and dispatch, and sent down the right path. Now we can comfortably handle any job – all the parts simply fit together.”
For Thamm, the greatest benefit of Switch is the open software architecture, which facilitates easy integration, use of metadata and integrated plug-ins from third-party developers. Some of the products used in Thamm’s workflow include Enfocus PitStop Server, callas pdfToolbox, callas pdfToolbox Server, ColorLogic CoPrA, and ColorLogic ZePrA.
“We've achieved a lot in a short time. We check incoming data in terms of printability, we’ve partially automated the conversion of print data into print colour spaces, and we control automated processes directly from our ordering system. We also implemented print data conversion workflows using callas pdfToolbox. For me, Enfocus Switch has no limits, and I’m sure we’ll use it to integrate other tools and functions in the future.”