Contract composition can be worthwhile
The German SAPRO company in Gutenacker, near Frankfurt, produces more than 2500 pages weekly for magazines and daily newspapers, making it one of the most highly productive composition companies in the German print media industry. Directors Markus Schulz and Wilfried Wehnert and their team have built up an efficient composition and layout production that is growing continually.
The company’s customers include the Mittelrhein publishing house in Koblenz (Rhein-
Besides the main company in Gutenacker, SAPRO also has two subsidiaries in Koblenz and Mülhein/Kärlich. The ad-
CaslonFlow from Gradual Software provides the link here. SAPRO stays in contact with the remote offices via a dedicated line. Data is received via e-
Responsible for designing workflows and for the entire IT division at SAPRO is Markus Schütz. The 30-
As Schütz explains, CaslonFlow not only steers the files in the workflow, but also initiates conversions, e.g. from EPS to PDF and vice versa, carries out data checks via Enfocus Pitstop Server, sends control messages and manages data transmission via FTP. Schütz continues: “In the case of one customer, we did the data input by the number of colours in the subsequent newspaper print. It is especially important to the customer for his workflow in the printing plant that the colours are re-
CaslonFlow also passes on the data to the own-
SAPRO uses Cicero and QuarkXPress systems for ads and layouts. A workflow system that only allows homogeneous workflows is “unthinkable for us”, adds Schütz. The company must satisfy a wide range of different requirements for the publishing houses and for this reason decided in favour of a highly flexible tool. “It should make no difference to the customer how we do production – we adapt.” In order to remain as flexible as possible, SAPRO also works with solutions such as Asura and Solvero from OneVision that guarantee the quality of the output files. The result is either a finished PDF or, depending on the publishing house concerned, an EPS file.
SAPRO uses a simple but very effective workflow for the Rheinische Post. This mainly involves colour conversion. The customers use the in baskets with names such as “2C” or “3C” to have his ads converted into the correct colour combination. SAPRO takes over these EPS or PDF files to carry out the corresponding correct colour conversion and correct naming of the colours. After conversion, a new EPS or PDF is automatically produced and returned to the customer via FTP. A simple, but enormously effective workflow – especially when the volume of production data or newspaper pages respectively is taken into consideration that SAPRO manages daily.
Markus Schulz sums up: “Workflow is the mainstay of our production, in which we wholly adapt to the requirements of our customers. The tool we uses for this is CaslonFlow.” For the future, IT administrator Markus Schütz would like to see CaslonFlow further developed in the direction of load balancing and cluster capability. This would enable more valuable time to be saved.
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