After ads and planning, the Kenyan publishing group now orders the entire prepress workflow
A completely integrated production workflow for print products: this is the target that The Standard Group in Nairobi, Kenya, is actively pursuing. After both the planning and production workflow as well as the ad workflow and editorial solution were ordered in October 2013, this has now been expanded to include the integration of the prepress workflow, whereby the central system is ppi Media's output management system OM.
An overview of the prepress workflow
OM receives all of the relevant planning and production information for print publication from PlanPag. The individual tabloid pages in PDF format that OM receives from production are automatically imposed on double-truck plates by means of page pairing. Bending information on the plate assists with the sorting. In its load balancing and "first needed, first out" principle, ppi Media integrates two Dainippon Screen thermal imagesetters as well as two RIPs in the workflow.
ProofStation and OM portal also used
ProofStation, including five Proof clients, as well as OM portal together with jobEntry were also ordered. Installing ProofStation enables, among other things, the Editorial Department to view imposed pages once again before they are released for the last time. In future, OM portal will make it easier for The Standard Group's print customers to upload data and release their print products. The increasing amount of planning and production required for new print jobs is administered, checked and carried out at the printing house. Integrating the customer in this process reduces errors and replaces manual steps.
Sam Shollei to speak at ppi's Open Days
ppi's Open Days, its annual event for customers, will take place this year on June 23-24. Sam Shollei, the CEO of The Standard Group, will be one of the speakers. In his lecture, he will present the newspaper market in Kenya as well as the new production processes in Nairobi.