Print Design Australia installs workflow software

Print Design Australia (PDA) has installed the Founder ElecRoc workflow software, through Australian Graphic Servicing, citing ease of use across multiple operating systems (OS) within the site.

The 38-year old company, based in North Geelong and specialising in print for education providers, says it invested to streamline its workflow and prepress operations. It has also found that lower skilled operators within the business can handle its prepress work now, giving more flexibility.

It is a family business, with the current management team including founder Jeff Giblin, Dianne Giblin, Dion Beasley and Todd Giblin.

Todd Giblin explains, “We made the decision to purchase the ElecRoc workflow on the basis that the software would provide us with an updated approach to the way we looked at our prepress operations. We identified the potential to streamline our processes using new technologies whilst growing stronger relationships with suppliers that are core to our businesses success.

“The key advantages for us have been the ease at which we can utilise the Founder software. We’re supported in multiple OS environments so we can utilise the client on a number of different workstations in order to spread prepress tasks throughout our staff in order to keep production flowing. Previously prepress was limited to just a couple trained staff members. Nowadays we have a handful of people at any given time that can address prepress related issues and keep production moving.

“The dynamic nature of dealing with a workflow that is constantly being updated and patched is also a huge benefit to us. Our feedback is valued and we’re seeing improvements in user interface and controls quite often.”

The software was supplied by AGS, which Giblin says has been reliable for them over the years, even overcoming programming language difficulties in the installation.

He says, “AGS ticked all the boxes regarding the implementation and installation of the software. They accommodated our request to run our old prepress system side by side until the installation was complete. They were incredibly helpful in troubleshooting network issues we had with one of our on board press computers which was locked to a Japanese Language operation system. Their techs were able to navigate the OS and alter network settings so we could successfully integrate our Ink Volume Setter software.”

For Giblin, the benefits have been immediate and tangible. In his words, “The expertise provided by AGS has allowed us to step back and take a look at our prepress procedures. Since the installation we have noticed that the ease of use that ElecRoc Founder offers has allowed us to cut down on time spent in the prepress stage. We have noticed improvements in stability through all stages of our production process, particularly compared to what we were previously used to. This has shown in our print output which has become much more reliable due to the improvements made within our prepress environments.”

Andrew Dunn, pre-press business development manager, says, “The Founder ElecRoc Integrated JDF/PDF Pre-Press Workflow product is a proven winner, and a new system structure to achieve more stability and higher processing efficiency.

“It has many new modules and functions, a more user friendly interface, and it is easier to operate. Job processing is more secure and file management is easier and more convenient.

“It is the best value workflow software system available anywhere in the word today with more than 3,000 installations.”

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