Solimar Systems bestowed with innovation award by Keypoint Intelligence

ReadyPDF Prepress Server offers multiple advantages

Solimar systems receives Buyers Lab outstanding innovation award in production print

Customers of Solimar Systems, provider of workflow solutions for print production and digital communications, are confirming dramatic time and cost efficiencies using the latest company’s PDF cleansing and workflow optimization software platform, ReadyPDF prepress server.

The successes experienced by these companies have been further acknowledged by Keypoint Intelligence, business intelligence and testing provider of digital imaging and business communications industries, who earlier this month awarded Solimar Systems’ ReadyPDF platform with a Buyers Lab outstanding innovation award in production print. Keypoint Intelligence has been recognized as the industry’s most trusted resource for unbiased information, analysis, and awards due to decades of analyst experience.

Winners were chosen by Keypoint Intelligence’s independent panel of print production analysts based on their ability to improve output quality, enhance productivity, deliver workflow efficiencies, impact sustainability, and advance their product segments in meaningful ways.

Solimar Systems enables organizations around the globe to onboard, make ready, enhance, manage and deliver print and digital communications. For nearly 30 years, Solimar has delivered critical infrastructure to the high volume digital printing industry.

ReadyPDF is designed to overcome the challenges customers encounter with many RIP systems, to fully optimize PDF files for print and digital delivery or archive and to simplify integration into existing workflows providing dramatic advantages for the end-user.

Brian Cox, senior director of software development; BCS architecture at RR Donnelley, Solimar advisory council member states, “RR Donnelley has been a long-time enterprise customer of the Solimar Chemistry platform for print file conversions and post-composition enhancements. ReadyPDF is now benefiting us in our prepress processes as we clean up and improve PDF files prior to production.”

Canadian printer, Gilmore Doculink, recently reported an impressive reduction in processing times. Chris Beech, manager, composition services for Gilmore Doculink and Solimar Advisory Council member, said, “For one particular job, we host and archive 100% of the output and print the content on a color roll press. Pre-ReadyPDF, this application would have a 24-hour turnaround. Using ReadyPDF it takes just 1 hour – the savings are quite incredible!”

Beech continued, “Typically, we saw a 650MB file reduced to just 50MB. Although the ReadyPDF files were smaller, they also contained more content, ensuring there was zero impact on the downstream systems. ReadyPDF also enabled a more streamlined approach, eliminating the need for multiple resources as all files, whether archived or printed, are optimized for print production.”

Echoing the benefits experienced by Solimar Systems’ customers, the reasons ReadyPDF was presented the outstanding ‘achievement in innovation: production printing’ award by KPI were PDF file size reduction, increased automation, streamlined PDF file complexity,

ReadyPDF offers PDF file size reduction up to 14 times as illustrated in lab testing at KPI earlier this year. ReadyPDF provides a cost-effective measure ensuring that the digital front ends or DFEs of high-speed digital presses can process data to keep them running at optimal press speeds.

Increased automation including automated PDF inspection and correction enables printers to automate onboarding of production work, without the requirement for manual intervention. ReadyPDF optimizes resources and fixes structural issues within PDF files so they process more efficiently.

Mary Ann Rowan, chief experience officer, Solimar Systems, commented, “We’re very grateful for the recognition by Keypoint Intelligence. Solimar Systems has been delivering PDF infrastructure for printing and digital use for more than two decades. ReadyPDF fills an important technology gap for high volume personalized content processing and complements our other PDF-centric workflow solutions in our Chemistry platform.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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