Keep jobs flowing
The more manual touch points you have in your print production processes, the more these interventions affect throughput and accuracy. With RICOH® ProcessDirector workflow software, you can keep jobs moving with complete integrity. And view and control all of your jobs using a browser-based interface.
Turn up the volume
Do you want to increase productivity or take on new applications or offer your customers new capabilities? All are possible with RICOH ProcessDirector. It’s ideal for high-volume print shops, where you can automate reprints, track every document and create reports for billing or compliance.
Ease into automation
Start small or customize RICOH ProcessDirector right away with optional modules that build on these base capabilities:
Save time, save money
Our powerful print manager helps you reduce labor costs. For example, the built-in viewer allows you to visually jump to any individual document, so you can reprint only that single piece. And the preview print function lets you print a sample of pages for approval, as a step within a workflow, with full tracking for auditability.
Log in and control jobs from anywhere
The web-based user interface has a dashboard that runs on embedded web server software. You can manage jobs among multiple printers, prioritize jobs, move jobs to underutilized systems, and a lot more, from a single point of control.
Build workflows in a snap
Just drag and drop icons to create visual diagrams that represent the flow of jobs in your system. When you automate business rules, jobs are sent through workflow branches. You can even include manual steps to track activities such as quality assurance.
Ready to grow? Just add a module
RICOH ProcessDirector offers more than 10 optional modules, such as PDF Mailroom Integrity, SLA management, multisite management, inkjet ink tools and more. Additionally, there are more than 15 optional extended features available through professional services. And, special features for critical communications . Need more options? Either you or Ricoh can configure custom components.
Capture postal savings
When you improve mail logistics, you get a quick payoff. With RICOH ProcessDirector, you can apply Intelligent Mail® barcodes, commingle jobs with similar characteristics and sort envelopes electronically into post office-ready groups. RICOH ProcessDirector also can be integrated with standard postal software packages, such as BCC and TEC Mailing, to automate address hygiene, bulk mail sortation, NCOA processing, CASS/PAVE processing and more.
Keep it simple with vendor neutrality
RICOH ProcessDirector installs on top of your existing server platform running IBM AIX, Red Hat or SLES Linux, or Windows. It controls IPDS™ printers, most vendors’ inserters, third-party composition software and other Ricoh products. We use standard, documented architecture and interfaces so that you can manage your own software and hardware according to your IT policies.
New! Drag-and-drop workflow builder
There’s no need to build workflows from scratch—too time consuming! With RICOH ProcessDirector, you can drag and drop icons to build simple or complex workflows quickly. Visual diagrams represent the flow of jobs through your system. When you apply conditional logic to automate business decisions, you set up the rules that send jobs through workflow branches automatically. For example, you can specify logic that will drive jobs that are over a set page count to print automatically on continuous feed printers and route smaller jobs to your cutsheet devices.
Connectors for Xerox and Kodak cutsheet devices
The printer connectors improve your ability to manage cutsheet devices from Xerox, Kodak and Ricoh. Functionality includes bin pulls, media catalogs and tray mappings. You can set up job properties, such as finishing, in RICOH ProcessDirector and JDF job tickets and use these properties to search for and schedule jobs with similar requirements, produce these jobs more efficiently and improve device utilization.
When these devices are managed by our workflow software, you can use any of them for printing or reprinting and to help maintain 100 percent integrity. This is essential for critical communications—documents that must be produced perfectly because they are regulated, customized or personalized.
Advanced, logic-based finishing
Turn up efficiency by bringing together data, logic and finishing. Part of the PDF Mailroom Integrity Feature, the RICOH ProcessDirector Acrobat plug-in lets you set up finishing rules visually. Imagine mining information, such as a recipient’s name or club member status, from a multi-document print job and dynamically setting up the paper on which it prints. Or, what if you could easily find the document boundaries within a print job? Then, for example, if the document is greater than a certain number of pages, invoke it to be perfect bound and staple documents with fewer pages. Or, set up subset stapling and logic-based media substitutions based on a sample file, and then automatically apply those rules every time that type of work comes through RICOH ProcessDirector.
Document-level print management
After you use the logic-based finishing support to set up the media, finishing, and binding requirements for every document, RICOH ProcessDirector can use this knowledge to further improve productivity. For example, all the documents to be bound can be peeled out of the job and run separately and on a different time table.
Database-driven process control
RICOH ProcessDirector includes an embedded IBM® DB2® database, a powerful engine that lets you expand your output operations and grow without adding overhead cost.
Print Services Facility™ (PSF) print driver
Run jobs on third-party and Intelligent Printer Data Stream™ (IPDS™) printers from within RICOH ProcessDirector. You can send jobs to the printer of your choice.
Access to third-party programs
Include other programs, like page formatting and document manipulation software, in your print workflow process. They can be installed on the RICOH ProcessDirector server or on remote Windows, AIX or Linux servers.
1. Requires InfoPrint XT.
Reduce ink usage
Use the optional InfoPrint Ink Suite with the InfoPrint 5000 roll-fed inkjet system to improve color output quality, lower ink usage, increase ink estimating accuracy and improve productivity. The Ink Savvy feature optimizes print, image and graphic resource files. The Ink Estimation feature automates ink usage estimates and produces ink usage/cost scenarios. Enfocus PitStop server integration provides a standard step to call PitStop server and automate the process that prepares files for print.
Streamline mail logistics
The optional PDF Mailroom Integrity feature helps you manage and control print and mail processes using native Adobe® PDF. You can manage PDF jobs at a document level with tools that include:
Fine tune output management with data insights
The optional Reports feature helps you with capacity planning, production efficiency measurement, and problem determination. Collect data about job events, user actions and printer activity, and generate reports based on the data. Use the supplied standard reports or build customized reports if you prefer.
Stay on top of deadlines
The optional Service Level Agreement (SLA) feature helps you make sure that jobs meet the performance commitments because it sets job checkpoints that let you track the progress of jobs anytime. The software also can make predictions about which printers to use, and the Expected Work tool lets you to track SLAs for jobs that haven’t yet arrived.
Index AFP files with ease
The optional AFP Indexer feature lets you create page groups and indexes (named groups and Tag Logical Element structured fields) in Advanced Function Presentation™ (AFP™) files. When you view an AFP file that contains page groups and indexes, you can navigate in the file to find pages containing specific index values. You can also reprint all the pages in one or more page groups.
Add barcodes, make simple edits to AFP documents
Sometimes the AFP datastreams that you receive from mainframe systems or outside customers need minor changes before they can be printed. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to make these changes at the application level. Using the optional AFP Editor, you can take AFP datastreams into a visual tool and make changes like creating new barcodes and hidden areas so data, like old barcodes, does not print.
Simplify insertion and reconciliation
The optional Inserters feature automates the insertion of printed documents and other inserts, such as marketing materials, into envelopes. You can prepare print jobs for insertion, write and send control files to inserter controllers, receive results files from inserter controllers and interpret them to determine the insert status of each document in the job, and automatically or manually reconcile the job and reprint any damaged documents.
Control and track individual documents
The optional Manufacturing Optimization feature expands your document workflow beyond controlling and tracking print jobs to controlling and tracking individual documents in a print job. With no application changes, you can change the way the individual documents are processed, using business rules to indicate what processing to do. Split documents in the print job into subset print jobs, and sort them based on document-specific information like address data, or group them into subset print jobs based on data in the document. Without Manufacturing Optimization, the data in an AFP file is all one large unit, so the tasks that you can do with it are limited.
Let transforms do their magic
The optional transform features allow Adobe PDF, GIF, TIF, SAP, JPEG, PCL, PostScript® and Metacode1 print data to be easily utilized within the system.
Link print production to composition
When you compose documents outside of your print production workflow, you don’t have a single point of control through which to manage your work against SLAs and centralize reporting. The optional Designer feature links your workflow to the GMC Inspire composition tool so you can control the composition process and know that the workflow steps are happening on time and errors are tracked.
Unite multiple print production sites
The optional Command Center feature provides a combined view of all jobs and assets in multiple locations. You can easily identify bottlenecks and move work from one site to another to better manage deadlines and keep devices busy.
Fine tune output management even more
If you’re looking for even more ways to increase efficiency, lower postal costs and improve print control, check out the optional extended features of RICOH ProcessDirector that are delivered by our professional services team.
1. Requires InfoPrint XT.
|System Requirements (windows, other OS)|
Minimum hardware requirements:
1. 12 MB RAM required for Inserter or Manufacturing Optimization features.
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