PrePress XTensions (Commercial Application - Prepress Service Bureau)
Speeding Through Prepress
PrePress XTensions is a leading service bureau in Mortsel, a suburb of Antwerp, Belgium. The company has provided high-quality file and image preparation for more than a decade and has a staff of 15 highly skilled operators. Most of its business comes from advertising agencies, which prefer to give their work to PrePress XTensions to clean and finalise before forwarding on to a printing house.
Efficiency and Speed with ApogeeX
PrePress XTensions was in the market for an affordable and effective prepress solution that could tie their different systems together into one seamless workflow. They had isolated stations on the preparation floor for most every task: proofing, pre-flight, imposition, etc. - a stop and go process.
"With :ApogeeX, PrePress XTensions was able to connect all of their systems and solutions together and take advantage of advanced prepress automation," said Luc Naets, technical manager. "The result was a network of our systems, where files were seamlessly routed from pre-flight to colour correction to ICC profile checking, and so on."
"PrePress XTensions has been using :ApogeeX for a half year, and it has already realised the time- and labour-saving benefits. One example of how Agfa's :ApogeeX has made our operation more efficient was during a Thursday evening, when a printer called and required 400 A2 film-plates in four days. The PDF that we received was prepped by another bureau in Ghent. This was going to be the first big job that we would handle since installing :ApogeeX."
"Once the files were received, :ApogeeX went straight to work and automatically pre-flighted, colour corrected and pre-checked other file settings. Including the time it took to fix a malfunctioning imagesetter on Saturday, we were still able to complete the job in a total of three days. Generally, a similar job would have taken us an additional day, not including any machine downtime."
":ApogeeX has helped PrePress XTensions speed file preparation by integrating all of our different systems and intelligently routing work to the appropriate task station. It has also provided a common easy-to-use interface from any station and has helped PrePress XTensions become more effective and efficient."