Ironsides Technology Previews Automated Order and Cost Tracking Software at PRINT17

Ironsides Technology Previews Automated Order and Cost Tracking Software at PRINT17

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In the Canon booth, Ironsides showcases how the Nor’Star business process management suite helps print and mailing companies track the true costs of each print job.

Westford, MA. September 6, 2017. –  Ironsides Technology, a leading provider of automated production tracking software for the printing, mailing, fulfillment, and packaging industries, will preview its Nor’Star business process management suite in the Canon booth #1213 at PRINT17 September 10-14 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Building on the success of Ironsides APT™ (Automated Production Tracking) software, Nor’Star will offer automated order tracking and cost analytics to help print and mailing companies track the true costs of each print job to the piece level to optimize production performance. 

“Today’s printers are running more jobs than ever and it is physically impossible to manually track the true cost of each item,” said Bill Riley, President of Ironsides Technology. “Front end planning systems help but are unable to track the actual cost of each job through the entire production print workflow from prepress to print production to bindery to inserting to finish bookmaking. Nor’Star provides the missing link by delivering an automated data collection solution allowing commercial print and mailing companies to connect valuable production and order tracking data with order and cost analytics.”

At PRINT17 attendees will see a technology preview of Ironsides Nor’Star that incorporates Ironsides APT with order tracking and cost analytics software modules that help customers track jobs before print as well as compare job estimates against the cost of each job. Production print operators can learn how Nor’Star order tracking software provides end-to-end traceability of individual items through the entire workflow process. Nor’Star cost analytics provides detailed reports on production costing per job, machine and department (including labor) for document production order related materials.

“By analyzing estimation, planning and actual data with Ironsides unique ability to track individual pieces through the entire workflow process, companies can immediately see how much each job costs to produce and adjust future estimates accordingly,” added Riley. “Nor’Star will allow companies to identify which types of jobs, customers or even shifts are more efficient and profitable. Printers can make more informed decisions when investing in new inkjet print applications to help drive business growth and better serve customers.”

The Ironsides APT is a proven software that can help printers meet strict customer and regulatory requirements while providing a central dashboard for real-time data to ensure each job meets customer SLAs and is produced efficiently and on time.

“Over the past six years we have had a strong partnership with Ironsides APT for piece level tracking and we are excited to have them showcasing the upcoming Nor’Star Suite in our booth at PRINT17,” said Ed Jansen, vice president of Professional Services, Canon Solutions America, Inc.  “Ironsides Nor’Star offers customers the ability to track jobs through the production cycle to help ensure industry compliance. This ability to confidently assure 100% delivery and the added insights into our customers’ business operations and adds value to their investment in Canon production solutions.”

For more information about Ironsides APT, visit www.IronsidesTech.com.  

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. The Ironsides Automated Production Tracking (APT) workflow 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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Ironsides Technology Celebrates 10th Anniversary Offering Automated Production Tracking to Printing, Mailing, and Fulfillment Industries

Ironsides Technology Celebrates 10th Anniversary Offering Automated Production Tracking to Printing, Mailing, and Fulfillment Industries

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Company to host webinar and preview new business process management software with customers over the next few months.

Westford, MA. June 7, 2017. Ironsides Technology is proud to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of its Ironsides APT™ (automated production tracking) software. Ironsides APT allows the printing, mailing, fulfillment, and packaging industries to monitor each individual print job across the production workflow. To commemorate the anniversary, the company will host a webinar with one of their largest European users to discuss how print and mail operations can maintain document integrity, improve productivity and increase profitability. Webinar attendees will learn how complex, time sensitive and demanding SLA compliance documents are produced efficiently, with real-time visibility and control.

A decade ago transactional printing expert, Bill Riley joined forces with software engineer, Sean Zhang to form Ironsides Technology with the goal of delivering a robust, open and agnostic tracking software system that would work across any and all print production: from bindery to insertion through the finished production process.

Over the past 10 years, Ironsides has seen the transactional, commercial, fulfillment and direct mail print markets evolve from large print runs to small quantity, high-frequency, personalized production print runs with much tighter SLAs. Add to this an increase in document security and compliance requirements and today’s print jobs are more complicated and harder to track requiring advanced software that can monitor individual jobs at a piece level, at any point in the production process. Ironsides APT is a proven technology that can help printers meet strict regulatory requirements while providing a central dashboard with real-time production data to ensure each job meets demanding customer SLAs and is produced efficiently and on time.

“Inkjet technology has been a game-changing, disruptive technology for the printing industry altering the way people think about printed communications,” says Bill Riley, President of Ironsides Technology. “While this technology brings new growth opportunities, printers continuously tell us how difficult it is to track and reconcile the huge numbers of smaller jobs driven by new applications. Ironsides APT provides the visibility required to track each job in order to improve operational productivity. As printers make strategic technology investments over the next few years, Ironsides Technology is well positioned to become the software of choice to help printers optimize productivity, maintain document integrity and compliance to grow their profitability.”

Enhancing Ironsides APT technology to meet new customer challenges

Building on the success of Ironsides APT, Ironsides Technology is developing new software enhancements that will help customers better analyze, plan and schedule jobs using the data collected with Ironsides APT. Ironsides will begin previewing new business process management functionality with select customers over the next few months. 

“Today’s printers are running hundreds or even thousands of jobs each week and it is physically impossible to manually track the true cost of each item,” continues Riley. “While estimation systems help, they are just that – estimations. New versions of Ironsides APT software will help monetize and add value to the data captured from Ironsides APT to understand actual business costs. This will help limit the risks printers incur when investing in new inkjet systems and print applications.” 

WEBINAR: Optimize productivity and maintain document integrity in your Production Facility

In this free webinar print, mail, and fulfillment printers can learn how a European high security transactional print and mail operation manages complex, time sensitive and demanding SLA compliance documents using automated production tracking solutions to efficiently produce each job with real time visibility and control and on time. Attendees will learn how to capture analytics and how quickly and cost effectively it is to implement an output management solution.

Date: Thursday, June 15 2017
Time:  11am EDT
Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5571878910865320193

For more information about Ironsides APT, visit www.IronsidesTech.com.  

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. The Ironsides Automated Production Tracking (APT) workflow 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

 

Ironsides Technology Expands North American Operations and Launches New Website

Ironsides Technology Expands North American Operations and Launches New Website

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Daniel Chevalier joins as Vice President to address increased demand for its automated production tracking system due to a resurgence in print.

Westford, MA. March 16, 2017. Ironsides Technology, a leading provider of automated production tracking systems for the printing, mailing, fulfillment, and packaging industries, announced it is expanding its North American operations, naming Daniel Chevalier as Vice President of Sales. Chevalier joins the company following record sales for its Ironsides APT ™ (Automated Production Tracking) system. Chevalier recently served as Executive Director Sales with Bell and Howell and has extensive experience in the print and mailing industries. He is responsible for growing the company’s customer-centric sales organization. To support the company’s growing brand, Ironsides also launched a refreshed new look, logo and website to provide customers with information on automated tracking and output management solutions for end-to-end document production management.

The commercial printing industry is experiencing a resurgence in the demand for printed materials as advances in inkjet technology help make personalized documents and mailers more cost effective. This brings a new level of creativity to printed documents making it easier to create impactful, color documents tailored to individuals. As commercial printers make strategic investments in inkjet technology, they are also investing in output management software to improve operational oversight and to be able to track material through the production process down to the page level.

“We see tremendous opportunity for Ironsides APT to help printers optimize their investments in inkjet systems,” says Bill Riley, President of Ironsides Technology. “Dan Chevalier has a proven track record of listening to customers and helping them to improve their operations in the transaction and direct mail space.  His expertise will be instrumental in helping our customers successfully implement inkjet technology and profitably grow their businesses.”

“I am excited to be joining Ironsides as it embarks on an aggressive growth strategy,” says Chevalier. “The company has a strong reputation for integrity and quality. I look forward to helping document production companies use Ironsides APT to automate their output management processes, creating more value for their organizations and their customers.”

Refreshed Company Website Supports Company Growth

To support the company’s growth strategy, it has launched a refreshed brand including logo, marketing materials and a completely redesigned website. The new site offers customers and partners easy access to product information, videos and customer case studies.  

According to Riley the new website reflects the company’s commitment to delivering robust and reliable software. The new logo draws inspiration from the famous USS Constitution naval vessel which was nick-named ‘Old Ironsides’ because cannon balls appeared to bounce off her sides. This symbolizes the inherent strength of the Ironsides APT system.

“Today’s commercial printers and mailers are processing more jobs and are subject to increasing regulations,” continued Riley. “They need software systems that are open and reliable which work with their production systems. The new branding showcases our ability to deliver software that customers can count on to work as advertised with minimal downtime.  This approach has been the cornerstone of our success and why customers trust us to deliver automated production tracking solutions that provide real business value to their document production operations.”

Ironsides APT helps companies make business-changing decisions. The Ironsides APT command and control dashboard provides instant access to real-time data collection with analytics that provide insights empowering businesses with a real competitive advantage, while expanding business opportunities. Ironsides APT optimizes productivity and document integrity for print, mail, fulfillment, and packaging operations. The system is ideal for companies managing multiple jobs and requirements within a production run. With hybrid mail solutions on the rise, document processors using Ironsides APT can connect to all document production devices – regardless of brand or model – for real-time output management automation, production control, integrity verification and compliance reporting. Ironsides APT tracks individual pieces of every job, meeting necessary audit requirements. It also provides operators with the production benchmarking analytics needed to optimize business performance for document processing and distribution.

For more information about Ironsides APT, visit www.IronsidesTech.com.  

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. The Ironsides Automated Production Tracking (APT) workflow 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

Printing Impressions – Hunkeler Innovationdays Review

Printing Impressions – Hunkeler Innovationdays Review

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Ironsides Technology showcased its APT System at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017

More than 6,000 visitors from 50 nations attended Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017.

Lucerne, Switzerland March 1, 2017. – Snow-capped mountains were the backdrop once again for Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017, which took place Feb. 20 – 23, in Lucerne, Switzerland. More than 6,000 visitors from 50 nations attended the digital printing and finishing event, which has grown significantly during the past 24 years to become one of the industry’s most important meeting places.

More than 90 exhibitors demonstrated equipment at this year’s event, including Canon, Xerox, Pitney Bowes, HP, Kodak, Ricoh, Heidelberg, Screen, Muller Martini and, of course, Hunkeler, among many other companies. Most of the digital print vendors showed new production inkjet technology. Though half of the attendees hailed from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 7% traveled from the Americas.

“We want to have the right people at the exhibition,” said Stefan Hunkeler, president of Hunkeler AG, during a press conference on Monday, Feb. 20. “We want to grow the quality, not necessarily the quantity, of the attendees.”

Ironsides Technology showcased its end-to-end, real-time document tracking system at the event. “Print, mail, fulfillment and packaging centers are rapidly adopting digital technology such as inkjet production systems and looking towards Print 4.0 as a way to deliver personalized documents efficiently and effectively,” said Bill Riley, president of Ironsides Technology. “At Hunkeler Innovationdays, we demonstrated how the Ironsides Automated Production Tracking (APT) open software system provides the real-time visibility and data analytics needed to manage every job, down to the piece level, effectively through the production process while maintaining all the necessary industry compliance and customer SLA requirements.”

For more information about automated production tracking solutions from Ironsides Technology, visit www.IronsidesTech.com.

Ironsides Technology Exhibits at Hunkeler Innovationdays

Ironsides Technology Exhibits at Hunkeler Innovationdays

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Ironsides Technology Exhibits at Hunkeler Innovationdays; Sees Growth for Automated Production Tracking Solutions for the Print Industry

 Company expands European and United Kingdom operations adding sales and support staff to help customers adopt Print 4.0 strategies using real-time analytics to automate, control and optimize print workflows.

Westford, MA. February 20, 2016. – Ironsides Technology, a leading provider of automated production tracking systems for the printing, mailing, fulfillment, and packaging industries, will showcase its end-to-end, real-time document tracking system at Hunkeler Innovationdays, February 20 to 23 in Lucerne, Switzerland. The company also announced it is expanding its European and UK sales and support team to meet the growing demand for automated production tracking solutions by document processing centers and commercial printers.

“Print, mail, fulfillment and packaging centers are rapidly adopting digital technology such as inkjet production systems and looking towards Print 4.0 as a way to deliver personalized documents efficiently and effectively,” says Bill Riley, President of Ironsides Technology. “At the Hunkeler Innovationdays, we will be demonstrating how the Ironsides Automated Production Tracking (APT) open software system provides the real-time visibility and data analytics needed to manage every job, down to the piece level, effectively through the production process while maintaining all the necessary industry compliance and customer SLA requirements. This helps print providers embrace Print 4.0, improve production productivity by reducing bottlenecks as well as eliminate print errors.”

Ironsides APT helps companies make business changing decisions. The command and control dashboard provides instant access to real-time data collection and provides insights empowering businesses with a real competitive advantage, while expanding business opportunities. Ironsides APT optimizes productivity and document integrity for print, mail, fulfillment, and packaging operations. Ironsides APT is ideal for companies managing multiple jobs and requirements in a production run. With hybrid mail solutions on the rise, document processors using APT can connect to all document production devices – regardless of brand or model – for real-time output management automation, production control, integrity verification and compliance reporting. APT tracks individual pieces of every job meeting necessary audit requirements.  It also provides operators with the production benchmarking information needed to optimize business performance for document processing and distribution.

Ironsides Realized 65 Percent Sales Growth in Europe in 2016

“Over the past 12 months, we have seen a 65 percent increase in sales of our Ironsides APT solution in Europe, the UK and the Nordic region; and we do not see it slowing down,” Riley continues. “To support the growth opportunities in these regions, we have added two exceptional individuals to our team who have a deep understanding of the market and a proven track record helping customers achieve their business goals.”

Hans Swart joins Ironsides as a Sales Consultant to lead sales expansion in Europe. Swart has decades of product and marketing management experience in the toner and inkjet marketplace. He brings extensive hands-on experience in successfully resolving customer challenges in the print, mail, fulfillment, and packaging industries.

Alan Sykes joins the Ironsides Technical Support team servicing the UK and European regions. Sykes has over 30 years of experience architecting, integrating, training and supporting Automated Document Factory (ADF) technologies.

For more information about Ironsides APT, visit www.IronsidesTech.com.  


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. The Ironsides Automated Production Tracking (APT) workflow is designed to automate manual and reoccurring 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 best manage their business. 

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 compliance. 

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

 

Ironsides Opens UK Office

Ironsides Opens UK Office

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Ironsides Technology Opens UK Office as Part of European Expansion

Philip Ingram Joins to Accelerate the Company’s International Sales; Company to Showcase Automated Production Tracking Solutions for Print and Packaging Industries at drupa 2016

Westford, MA. March 15, 2016.Ironsides Technology, a leading provider of automated production tracking systems for the printing and packaging industries, today announced the opening of a UK office as part of the company’s European expansion. Industry veteran, Philip Ingram has joined as Sales Director for UK & Northern Europe and will lead the company’s aggressive growth strategy in the UK, Nordic and Northern EU regions. In addition, Ironsides Technology will be demonstrating its end-to-end, real-time document tracking system, including a sneak-peak at its Nor’Star business process management suite, at drupa 2016, May 31 through June 10 at the Düsseldorf Fairgrounds.

Philip Ingram Leads UK Office
“UK and European document processing centers have been implementing Ironsides Technology over the past several years to help them track and meet regulatory compliance requirements,” said Bill Riley, President of Ironsides Technology. “We are excited to be expanding our operations in the UK and Europe and to have a proven industry expert such as Philip Ingram leading our efforts. His insight into these markets will help us accelerate customer adoption of Automated Production Tracking (APT) workflow software.”

Philip Ingram has over 25 years of hands-on experience in the customer communications management (CCM) space. He held senior sales and business development roles at Bell & Howell, Xerox, HP and Pitney Bowes. Ingram brings impressive knowledge as a career document processing professional specializing in document creation and production processes from “host-to-post”; going back to early European automated document factory (ADF) engagements led by IBM in the 1990’s.

“I am excited to be joining Ironsides Technology as the company plays an integral role in production inkjet operations,” said Ingram. “By keeping costs in line and improving profitability, Ironsides strengthens the CCM value position by helping document processing operations deliver more personalized documents efficiently and effectively while maintaining all compliance and SLA requirements.”

Ironsides Technology and the European Market
Ironsides APT optimizes productivity and document integrity for print, mail and fulfillment operations. APT is ideal for companies managing multiple jobs and requirements in a production run. With hybrid mail solutions on the rise in Europe, document processors using APT can connect to all document production devices – regardless of brand or model – for real-time workflow automation, production control, integrity verification and compliance reporting. APT tracks individual pieces of every job meeting necessary audit requirements. It also provides operators with the production benchmarking information needed to optimize business performance for document processing and distribution.

Capita plc, UK’s leading provider of business process outsourcing, uses Ironsides Technology’s APT as the integrating force behind its highly efficient workflow for a near-lights-out operation with full transparency and accountability. APT helps Capita plc automate and seamlessly track its entire process. According to Capita plc, APT was the only solution on the market that provided the integration and flexibility the company needed. It gives Capita plc a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace. Read the full Capita plc case study at http://www.ironsidestech.com/case-studies.

Ironsides at drupa 2016
Ingram and the Ironsides Technology team will be at drupa 2016, May 31 through June 10 at the Düsseldorf Fairgrounds in partner booths. Visit Ironsides Technology at the Hunkeler Booth C20 Hall 8a and the W+D Booth A43 Hall 16. To schedule a meeting at drupa 2016, contact Ingram at philip.ingram@ironsidestech.com or +44 7738 773782.

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