Streamlining your prepress workflow
The Esko product prepress integration is intended to automate the complete process from product creation in the CERM MIS Software to the approval of the soft proof by the print buyer.
Automating repetitive tasks saves time and reduces errors. It also allows your prepress operators to focus on added value operations – their real expertise – with operator independent consistency in file handling, naming and storage.
Automated workflow via JDF
Based on the product properties available in the CERM MIS system, JDF instructions are sent via an automatically generated prepress job to Esko Automation Engine.
Dragging and dropping the product artwork file provided by the print buyer stores the file in a shared network location and automatically launches the workflow in Esko Automation Engine. This workflow executes a series of tasks (size check, pre-flight, file optimization, etc.) with the possibility of operator interventions where needed.
Synchronizing artwork status
In this automated process the evolution of the artwork status is bidirectionally synced. Product color details are automatically imported in the CERM MIS to be part of the product description. The generated output files (thumbnail, soft proof, high-res PDF and reports) are automatically stored in the shared product folder structure. There is no file duplication.
Soft proof approval
Finally, the soft proof PDF generated by Esko Automation Engine is submitted to the print buyer for approval. There are several options available to submit the soft proof and register the customer’s feedback. Once approved, the product prepress workflow is completed. The product has reached the point where it can be produced when the customer orders it.
Bidirectional data exchange
The CERM - Esko Automation Engine integration is based on bidirectional JDF-JMF data exchange.