TJ Forsythe Describes Ironsides Technology Software for Automated Document Tracking and Accountability at the Inkjet Summit

TJ Forsythe Describes Ironsides Technology Software for Automated Document Tracking and Accountability at the Inkjet Summit

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TJ Forsythe, Business Solutions Executive, describes the Ironsides Technology centralized command-and-control dashboard for real-time printing work-in-process visibility. The software manages document tracking and accountability to ensure 100% distribution compliance. It also automates reprints, reducing production time and human error.

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Cenveo Selects Ironsides APT for Document Compliance  Across Print and Fulfillment Operations

Cenveo Selects Ironsides APT for Document Compliance Across Print and Fulfillment Operations

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Global Solution Provider implements automated production tracking software to provide process transparency to its customers and ensure that all printed communications meet SLA and regulatory requirements.

STAMFORD, CT March 28, 2019 — Cenveo, a provider of world-class solutions in the areas of envelopes, custom labels, commercial print, content management and publisher solutions, announced today they have implemented Ironsides APT™ (Automated Production Tracking) software to ensure document integrity of printed communications across multiple production lines and equipment. Ironsides APT allows Cenveo to provide real-time document tracking and process transparency to support customers’ strict compliance and regulatory requirements. The investment in Ironsides APT allows Cenveo to expand existing services and applications within industries requiring high levels of document transparency, including healthcare, travel leisure, financial and utility industries.

“Ironsides APT’s ability to integrate into our platform and work seamlessly with a wide variety of production print and finishing equipment made this the ideal solution for our clients’ ever-increasing information and data security needs,” said Cappy Childs, President of Cenveo’s Print Group. “As we continue to expand our technology platform, the Ironsides implementation ensures data integrity reporting will always be available to our clients at the piece level regardless of the hardware or production environment used to produce it.”

Ironsides APT software is designed to help print and communication providers such as Cenveo meet strict customer and regulatory requirements. Its open architecture and device agnostic framework easily integrated into Cenveo’s multi-vendor production environment for automated job and piece level tracking across all print, bindery, insertion, hand assembly, and sorting processes.

With this software implementation, Cenveo is able to consolidate data from multiple systems using the Ironsides APT Dashboard for centralized reporting on production allocated across multiple facilities. The dashboard contains a device monitor, SLA Manager, and detailed operational reporting tools that deliver real-time measurement and analysis of job, machine, employee, and facility performance. Cenveo’s production staff and management can use this information to identify and fix potential bottlenecks and optimize production performance.

“We are honored to work with an industry leader like Cenveo and be aligned with their organizational goals to deliver full transparency to the customer communication process,” said T.J. Forsythe, Vice President of Sales at Ironsides Technology. “The Ironsides APT solution offers Cenveo a valuable tool for tactical operations management and business growth. As industry regulations continue to tighten around customer communications, Cenveo is well positioned to meet evolving market requirements in an agile and efficient manner.”

 

About Ironsides Technology

Ironsides Technology is a software development and integration company, providing business intelligence and end-to-end integrity tracking solutions to document factories, commercial printers, mail fulfillment and packaging industries. Ironsides Nor’Star System combines real-time data collection with automated production monitoring, reporting and cost analytics to provide for real-time tracking, visibility and cost analysis for all work in process as it moves through a production workflow, from prepress, production, finishing, sorting, mailing and shipping. The Nor’Star System ensures 100 percent distribution, SLA compliance, reprint automation, and provides robust operational reporting to help inkjet, continuous-feed and cut sheet printing customers better manage their businesses. 

Based on an open and scalable architecture, Ironsides Technology easily integrates with web inspection systems and post print in line and off-line bindery devices. Ironsides Technology also supports appropriate camera technology and tracking solutions in the finishing and insertion environment. The end result is a best-of-breed automated document factory (ADF) tracking strategy to ensure personalized client packages are processed efficiently and with the highest level of accuracy and compliance.  For more information visit www.ironsidestech.com

About Cenveo Worldwide Limited

Cenveo Worldwide Limited, headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, is a leading global provider of print and related resources, offering world-class solutions in the areas of envelopes, custom labels, commercial print, content management and publisher solutions. The Company provides a one-stop offering through services ranging from design and content management to fulfillment and distribution. With a worldwide distribution platform, we pride ourselves on delivering quality solutions and service every day to our customers.

For more information please visit us at www.cenveo.com. Inquiries should be directed to Cenveo Communications at (203) 595-3660 or Cenveo.Communications@Cenveo.com.

Software developer and integration company Ironsides Technology has launched a new business intelligence system at Hunkeler Innovationdays

Software developer and integration company Ironsides Technology has launched a new business intelligence system at Hunkeler Innovationdays

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The US-headquartered developer’s Nor’Star System is intended to provide commercial printers and document manufacturers with valuable insights into their business and print production costs for improved decision-making.

Nor’Star combines real-time data collection with automated production monitoring, reporting and cost analytics in one central command and control dashboard.

The company said the platform would enable document professionals, printing, mailing and fulfilment centres to understand true production costs of each job, from pre-press through production, finishing, bindery, sorting, packaging, shipping and mailing.

Speaking to PrintWeek at Hunkeler, which is taking place until Thursday (28 February), in Lucerne, Switzerland, Ironsides chief executive and founder Bill Riley said: “Nor’Star’s USP is that we can literally communicate or integrate with any of the devices here at Hunkeler.

“It’s not a proprietary system that’s focused on printers or inserters, it’s really open to any kit that a customer might have on their floor.

“You see print shops that are bringing in all kinds of kit and it’s good to have a tool that can work with anything.”

The Nor’Star System includes Ironsides’ existing APT (Automated Production Tracking) and adds two new platforms; Ironsides AOT (Automated Order Tracking), which monitors and reports on the pre-press process, and Ironsides ACA (Automated Cost Analytics), which provides real-time cost analysis.

The system is commercially available with immediate effect direct from Ironsides’ UK team and Riley said pricing is at the lower end of the market and “competitive.”

He added: “It requires a bit of analysis before installation, every customer has a different type of estimating process and we need to marry it to that.”

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Ironsides Technology Launches Nor’Star Business Intelligence System at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019

Ironsides Technology Launches Nor’Star Business Intelligence System at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019

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Ironsides Nor’Star combines automated production tracking, productivity reporting and cost analytics in one platform helping commercial printers maximize efficiencies and drive profitability.

Westford, MA. February 25, 2019 –  Ironsides Technology, a leading provider of automated production business intelligence for the printing, mailing, fulfillment, and packaging industries, today announced the release of the Ironsides Nor’Star System, a business intelligence offering designed to provide commercial printers and document manufacturers with valuable insights into their business and print production costs for improved decision making. Ironsides Nor’Star combines real-time data collection with automated production monitoring, reporting and cost analytics in one central command and control dashboard. Document professionals, printing, mailing and fulfillment centers are able to understand true production costs of each job, from prepress through production, finishing, bindery, sorting, packaging, shipping and mailing. Ironsides Technology is launching the Nor’Star System at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019, February 25-28 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

“Commercial printers operate in a just-in-time manufacturing environment,” said Bill Riley, CEO and Founder of Ironsides Technology. “Increased short runs and tight turnaround times mean that production floor conditions are always changing and jobs are not always run on the most efficient equipment or split across multiple devices. This makes it impossible for managers to plan each job for maximum efficiency and profitability. The Nor’Star System is designed to adapt to any production print environment providing data in real-time across all systems and devices. This, combined with powerful business analytics and reporting, allows management and production supervisors to track actual costs compared to estimates in order to better understand margins and improve facility profitability and efficiency.”

The Nor’Star System builds on Ironsides Technology’s strength in connecting and collecting data across multiple systems and production technology. The Nor’Star System includes Ironsides APT™ (Automated Production Tracking) and adds two new platforms, Ironsides AOT (Automated Order Tracking) that monitors and reports on the prepress process and Ironsides ACA (Automated Cost Analytics) that provides real-time cost analysis.  In one centralized command and control dashboard, the Nor’Star System provides the insights required to track job performance and compliance as well as actual costs and profitability, which are key concerns for business executives.

The Nor’Star System consists of three software platforms and are device agnostic.  

NEW – Ironsides AOT (Automated Order Tracking) provides real-time visibility to all prepress activity. Track each customer, project type, quantity, due date, approval and other data points throughout the prepress workflow. Detailed reporting helps prepress managers identify potential bottlenecks and understand where and why rework was required. Ironsides AOT’s auditing capabilities help ensure that customer SLA, compliance and regulatory requirements are met through the prepress process.

Ironsides APT (Automated Production Tracking) monitors and reports on individual pieces and complete jobs being printed, finished, mailed and shipped across all brands of continuous and cut sheet printers, ink jet printers, inserters, finishing and bindery equipment. Ironsides APT tracks job performance, pieces and productivity by device, operator and job, providing the information necessary to optimize production schedules and delivery performance. Ironsides APT allows for 100 percent distribution compliance, providing assurance that all jobs down to the piece-level have been assembled correctly, accounted for, and are fully compliant with industry required rules and regulations.

NEW – Ironsides ACA (Automated Cost Analytics) is a real-time cost analytics tool that helps document factories understand the true costs of each job from the time an order is placed. Using automated data collection and cost analytics, Ironsides ACA is able to calculate the cost of manufacturing for each job, contract and client. Automatically compare estimates with actual costs to identify the types of jobs, customers or shifts that are more efficient and profitable. Commercial printers and document factories have greater insight into their margins allowing them to make more informed business decisions to drive growth and better serve customers. 

For more information about Ironsides Nor’Star System visit http://www.ironsidestech.com

About Ironsides Technology

Ironsides Technology is a software development and integration company, providing business intelligence and end-to-end integrity tracking solutions to document factories, commercial printers, mail fulfillment and packaging industries. Ironsides Nor’Star System combines real-time data collection with automated production monitoring, reporting and cost analytics to provide for real-time tracking, visibility and cost analysis for all work in process as it moves through a production workflow, from prepress, production, finishing, sorting, mailing and shipping. The Nor’Star System ensures 100 percent distribution, SLA compliance, reprint automation, and provides robust operational reporting to help inkjet, continuous-feed and cut sheet printing customers better manage their businesses. 

Based on an open and scalable architecture, Ironsides Technology easily integrates with web inspection systems and post print in line and off-line bindery devices. Ironsides Technology also supports appropriate camera technology and tracking solutions in the finishing and insertion environment. The end result is a best-of-breed automated document factory (ADF) tracking strategy to ensure personalized client packages are processed efficiently and with the highest level of accuracy and compliance. 

 

For additional information please call us at + 1 (978) 589-8299 or email Info@ironsidestech.com

Ironsides Technology Saw Strong Growth in 2018 for Automated Production Tracking Software

Ironsides Technology Saw Strong Growth in 2018 for Automated Production Tracking Software

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Ironsides Technology Experienced 33 Percent Growth in 2018; Xerox Veterans Rob Coate and James Hansen Join the Ironsides’ Team

Westford, MA. January 21, 2019. –  Ironsides Technology, a leading provider of automated production tracking software for the printing, mailing, fulfillment, and packaging industries, announced it had a strong year with 33 percent growth driven by the high demand for automated production technology in the offset and inkjet printing markets. To meet the increased demand and ensure continued customer success, the company has expanded its sales and product team with the addition of two Xerox industry veterans, Rob Coate and James Hansen.

“2018 was a great year for Ironsides with significant new customer growth through both our direct and channel sales,” said Bill Riley, CEO and Founder of Ironsides Technology. “With the number of short print runs increasing, inkjet and offset printers are running thousands of jobs every week making it impossible to manually track each job down to the piece level. Ironsides APT software allows printers to integrate all aspects of the production workflow from pre-press, printing, inserting and mailing in order to track each item in real-time through the production workflow. This improves operational efficiency while ensuring 100 percent document integrity that every job is assembled correctly and meets the customer’s SLA requirements.” 

Ironsides Technology Expands European Management

Digital printing and automated document factory (ADF) expert, Rob Coate will consult and advise on Ironsides’ product strategy for Nor’Star, a new production software suite that provides end-to-end traceability of individual jobs through the entire workflow process. While at Xerox, Coate was instrumental in driving their European transition to a services-led organization, establishing a network of Transactional Print and Mail Service Centers that managed national accounts. As part of this group, Coate designed and built an operating platform to rapidly transform legacy print jobs into full-color, transpromotional communications, leveraging the latest production inkjet systems, advanced document composition software and Ironsides APT™ (Automated Production Tracking) for print job and mail piece tracking. 

Ironsides Technology named James Hansen, vice president of sales for Europe responsible for leading the company’s aggressive growth strategy in the region. Hansen has more than two decades of success in the production print industry selling Xerox DocuPrint and Docutech, continuous feed and inkjet technology.  At Xerox, Hansen was the Industrial Inkjet Specialist for Central Europe, Israel, Turkey and Greece. He also led the largest installation of Xerox Inkjet technologies and Ironsides APT software at Capita plc, UK’s leading provider of business process outsourcing. 

“We are extremely excited to have both Rob Coate and James Hansen join the Ironsides’ team,” continued Riley. “They have a depth and breadth of knowledge that is unmatched in the industry. This will benefit our customers as they look to optimize their production processes. As a former customer, Coate’s decision to join the company speaks to the product’s strength. He will be instrumental helping us grow the Nor’Star suite and Ironsides APT platform to meet to needs of customers today and in the future.”

About Ironsides Technology

Ironsides Technology is a software development and integration company, providing workflow automation and enterprise-wide integrity tracking solutions supporting all production devices and processes. Ironsides Automated Production Tracking (APT) is designed to automate manual and recurring operational processes. Based on an open and scalable architecture, Ironsides APT provides real time end-to-end job and piece level tracking, visibility and accountability through all production steps to ensure 100% distribution, SLA compliance, reprint automation, and robust operational reporting to help inkjet, continuous-feed and cut sheet printing customers better manage their businesses. 

Ironsides Technology easily integrates with web inspection systems and post print in line and off line bindery devices. Ironsides Technology also supports appropriate camera technology and tracking solutions in the finishing and insertion environment. The end result is a best-of-breed automated document factory (ADF) tracking strategy to ensure personalized client packages are processed efficiently and with the highest level of accuracy and compliance. 

For additional information please call us at + 1 (978) 589-8299 or email Info@ironsidestech.com

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