Develop Switch Configurator for streamlining book production workflow

Enfocus, Müller Martini team up


Enfocus Switch is an automation solution that enables any business to connect their investments in technology into efficient flows by automating repetitive tasks, while improving productivity and efficiencies. Müller Martini is a global leader in delivering postpress equipment for its customers and developing and manufacturing print finishing systems and machines. The company has used the openness of the Switch solution to create a Configurator that lets users streamline their book production workflow.

Müller Martini’s product manager for Connex, Andreas Aplien, says, “More and more, book printers are producing shorter runs – sometimes just one copy. To succeed in this new paradigm, it is critical for printers to control and automate their production processes. Adding the Switch Configurator to our solution makes this level of automation possible, giving printers the technology they need to profitably produce small volumes of books.”

Müller Martini’s Connex LineControl for SigmaLine supports book printers with several key functions, including job management for print finishing and printing press; imposition of PDF data based on the options and requirements of print finishing; control of the connected printing presses from speed through to the definition of the run size; automatic reprinting of an ejected product during production without manual intervention; automatic switching of the SigmaLine from format to format without manual intervention; and production of variable data via PDF/VT right down to runs of one copy.

To build on the strength of this solution, Müller Martini created a new Configurator that uses the power of Switch to capture prepress data and uses that data as part of the workflow. The Configurator allows the user to set up production flows for specified products that will then create a job setup file for the Connex LineControl. This job setup file will be imported and, based on the data from Switch, Connex LineControl will do the imposition, the press and postpress presetting and automatically start the production of products.

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