Wick Communications Centralizes Production for Multiple Print Sites with ProImage NewsWayX

Russ Dixon, Production Manager at Wenatchee, Washington, soft proofing post-RIP pages.

Wick Communications selected ProImage, an AGFA company, to streamline its production process from five print sites into a single centralized hub at its Wenatchee plant. ProImage’s NewsWayX workflow management system and several additional plug-ins handle centralization, while each of the print sites will have a custom workflow to handle their unique needs.

Since 2004, Wenatchee’s production facility in Wenatchee, Washington has used the NewsWay workflow and added ProImage’s OnColor ECO ink optimization software in 2009. With this new centralized production process, NewsWayX from ProImage can now be used for all sites without difficult and expensive integrations. , modifications or new software.

NewsWayX and OnColor ECO simplify complex publishing.

NewsWayX controls and manages the production workflow from a variety of front end systems to output. Using a web browser and fully HTML5 compliant, NewsWayX is able to monitor production status from origin and print sites, regardless of location. It supports ICC, PDF profiles as well as Bitmap workflow, imposition and page pairing. Additionally, it easily integrates with editorial and press control systems, providing a single, cost-effective and integrated end-to-end production solution.

ProImage OnColor ECO Ink analyzes and optimizes PDF pages to reduce color ink usage and intelligently applies Gray Component Replacement (GCR) to replace the correct amount of cyan, magenta and yellow ink for color components. black ink, which reduces ink consumption while maintaining the highest print quality and sharpness. The result is perfect printing using less ink. According to Rick Shafranek, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ProImage, Wenatchee’s print site alone was able to reduce ink costs by approximately 20% with the ProImage OnColor ECO module.

Simplified multi-site production

Wick Communications will use Wenatchee’s existing ProImage workflow to centralize production across five additional print sites, as each site will have a custom workflow to handle their specific needs. Plate-ready TIFF files will be sent from Wenatchee’s NewsWayX system to TIFF spoolers for output to local CTP devices for each instance of plate output. Load balancing and color locking are supported, and TIFF files for ink presets or CIP 3 files will also be sent to individual press control systems as needed for production.

Frontiersman, Wasilla, AK, will be licensed Wenatchee-based remote NewsWayX Workflow and ProOut to drive two additional output devices at its Alaska print location. The Sierra Vista Herald in Arizona handles print runs ranging from 2,000 to 15,000 and uses the same setup. The Argus Observer in Ontario, OR, the Madison Leader in South Dakota, and the Montrose Daily Press in Colorado are also linked to the Wenatchee workflow, each with two additional output devices at their respective locations. The Wenatchee plant serves 80 to 100 commercial customers, with print runs ranging from 500 to over 100,000.

Benefits of a centralized system

“One of the main reasons for our move to the centralized system is to increase our web security,” says Scott Green, Director of Production at Wick Communications “Another major reason is the depth of knowledge we will have in our own business for support and therefore the ability to help other print sites using NewsWayX.

Don Judd, CIO of Wick Communications adds, “We were faced with an end-of-life systems issue that required hardware, operating systems and production software upgrades at each of our facilities. Centralizing these systems on a virtualized Hyper-V environment means significant cost savings for the entire business, as we have a much smaller digital footprint to upgrade and maintain, which also means we can use fewer people in fewer hours to keep things running at their peak. ”

When asked why NewsWayX was selected over other workflow systems, Don replies, “Using 1-bit Group 4 TIFF offers a great advantage and allows these systems to be centralized in more remote and rural areas where bandwidth availability is not available.”

Because it is HTML5-based, NewsWayX is fully accessible from any browser-supporting computer platform. In this particular case, the software is hosted on-premises but can also be installed on the AWS Cloud and hosted by ProImage. In the cloud, servers, RIPs and software are maintained by ProImage so versions are always up to date, eliminating costly upgrades.

Customers approve of NewsWayX

The ease of use of the user interface and the fact that customers love the approval portal is another major reason why Brian Koenig, production manager at the Wenatchee plant, endorses NewsWayX. It’s easy to create new customer IDs and passwords for approval managers. It thus allows customers to be autonomous in the downloading and approval of their pages once the production has carried out the initial planning of their work; automate the process. Russ Dixon, Prepress Manager for Wenatchee, explains, “It’s very easy for us to create new layout templates and adjust existing ones, especially compared to previous versions of NewsWayX. We’ve been using NewsWay successfully for about 20 years now, but NewsWayX is the best version so far.

All sites will have their own login to view only their plans and pages, but all NewsWayX features will be available in their own workflow. The single, integrated user interface keeps all users informed of edits and their status. The Web Growth (Fan-Out) plugin for moving and scaling TIFF separations is also included and is one of the favorite features due to its ease of use and efficiency, such as the said Scott Green. The centralized workflow will replace the various local workflows and support previously required at each print site.

Long-term support essential to success

As with any upgrade and modification, technical support before, during and after installation is crucial for a multi-site operation such as Wick Communications. Especially when specific customization needs are required, as is the case with Wick Communications. “The staff at ProImage have been extremely professional and very diligent in meeting our customization needs. Each print shop has its own quirks to solve and challenges to overcome, and so far the team has been responsive and helpful in dealing with these issues,” says Don Judd. Scott Green adds, “The staff have been nothing but helpful in everything we do. And long-time user Brian Koenig says, “Technical support has been top notch throughout years.”

Source: New ProImage America

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