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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The Next Wave of Software Innovation

“We’re seeing that the need to automate is driven by an increase in shorter, more complicated print jobs.”
-Bill Riley, CEO, Ironsides Technology

To run a successful production inkjet business, a print service provider (PSP) needs more than just great equipment, or even the best media. To be successful, a PSP also needs to have the right suite of software to help ensure the entire operation runs efficiently.

Software, though, is changing at blazing speeds, so PSPs can’t just invest in a solution and then sit back and hope for the best. Rather, they need to stay constantly aware of the changing innovations.

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Solimar Systems Partners with Ironsides Technology to Extend Print Tracking from Pre-press to Production to Mail

Solimar Systems Partners with Ironsides Technology to Extend Print Tracking from Pre-press to Production to Mail

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Solimar Systems Partners with Ironsides Technology to Extend Print Tracking from Pre-press to Production to Mail

Integrating Ironsides APT™ with Solimar SOLitrack™ provides an end-to-end view of the document production cycle helping printers better optimize performance and manage risk

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — August 7, 2018 Solimar Systems, Inc., an innovative global solutions provider empowering critical communications through multi-channel document communications solutions for print, web and mobile delivery announced a partnership with Ironsides Technology, a leader in automated production tracking software. Pairing Ironsides APT (Automated Production Tracking) software with SOLitrack provides document professionals that print and mail with an end-to-end solution for managing and tracking individual jobs through the entire document production workflow including pre-press, printing, inserting and mailing.

Today’s transactional and variable data printers need document tracking accuracy throughout production, starting from file receipt and going through the mailing process in order to meet SLA and compliance requirements. SOLitrack helps printers do exactly this by tracking jobs from end to end. By integrating with Ironsides APT, SOLitrack will be able to seamlessly extend job tracking through insertion to physical delivery. The combined solution provides customers with greater visibility and reporting into each job, along each step of the process. As a result, organizations can better manage operational performance, grow their business and reduce risk.

“Ironsides APT is a robust solution that offers extended visibility throughout the workflow and ensures compliance for print centers by tracking individual mail pieces at critical points in the production workflow,” said Mary Ann Rowan, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Solimar Systems. “By integrating Ironsides APT with SOLitrack, production environments can track jobs from the time files arrive, through printing and finishing and include delivery data when carrier information is available.”

“We are excited to formalize our long-standing relationship with Solimar Systems as it allows our customers to benefit from Solimar’s pre-press expertise to find additional efficiencies in their workflow,” said Bill Riley, CEO and Founder of Ironsides Technology. “Our customers will benefit from Solimar’s commitment to innovation and customer service which aligns with our corporate values making this a strong partnership for both companies.”

Solimar and Ironsides are demonstrating the integration at PRINT18 in exhibit booth #1600 from Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2018 in Chicago.

About Ironsides Technology

Ironsides Technology is a leading software development and integration company, providing production automation and enterprise-wide integrity tracking solutions for the printing, mailing, fulfillment and packaging industries. Ironsides APT (Automated Production Tracking) is an open and scalable architecture that is device neutral and provides real-time end-to-end job and piece level tracking, visibility and accountability through all production steps. Our solutions 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. We support appropriate camera technology and tracking solutions in the finishing and insertion environment. The end result, our customers can 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

About Solimar Systems, Inc.

Solimar Systems is a leading developer of Customer Communication Management and Delivery solutions. Solimar solutions provide clients visibility into their workflows and operations while driving costs down; track the lifecycle of jobs from receipt to multi-channel distribution; optimize and convert data and documents; manage and optimize production printing across facilities and enable secure access and compliance. They also drive value and revenue generating opportunities by adding dynamic, conditional messaging to documents via digital inserts, onserts and augmented reality (AR) experiences.

With thousands of clients worldwide, including 70% of the Fortune 100, Solimar has integral, proven IT solutions that have benefited print and data centers for more than 25 years.

For more information, visit www.solimarsystems.com or call the Solimar Sales Team at +1.619.849.2800.

Ironsides Technology and BÖWE SYSTEC UK and Ireland Agree to Strategic Partnership

Ironsides Technology and BÖWE SYSTEC UK and Ireland Agree to Strategic Partnership

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Ironsides Technology and BÖWE SYSTEC UK and Ireland Agree to Strategic Partnership

With immediate effect, BÖWE SYSTEC UK and Ireland will partner with Ironsides Technology to resell Ironsides APT™ (Automated Production Tracking) software into Transactional, Direct Mail and Secure Print operations in the UK and Ireland.

BÖWE SYSTEC’s broad technology portfolio spans printing, finishing, inserting and sortation solutions, as well as camera technology to monitor quality and compliance of printed documents to industry regulations.

Ironsides APT software provides production automation by collecting and reporting data for these discrete production steps to provide a single dashboard view of operations from print to despatch. The software pulls real-time production data from any device making it easy to track hundreds of jobs to the piece-level. Automate reprints and other exceptions, integrate with CRM and ERP systems, monitor SLAs, automate real-time alerts, create productivity and performance metrics and customisable web reports – all available with a single dashboard.

BÖWE SYSTEC is a leading supplier to direct mail, transactional and security print operations in the UK and Ireland. Ironsides Technology UK will support BÖWE SYSTEC to provide a packaged offering for a Management Information System for not only inserting and sortation equipment, but also for the other key elements in the customer’s production workflow, such as presses, bindery and production mail centre operations.

Ironsides Technology has been expanding their sales into the UK and Europe for the past four years. Their “open architecture” software can connect to any production device and is used in many large transactional production centres in the UK and Europe.

Bill Riley, CEO and Founder for Ironsides Technology is enthusiastic about the new partnership: “We are delighted that BÖWE SYSTEC UK and Ireland have decided to bundle the Ironsides APT solution with their technology offering. We are excited to formalize and launch our partnership in the UK and Ireland to help empower digital print providers with accurate tracking and reporting for continuous feed and cut sheet digital print through finishing.”

”BÖWE SYSTEC UK and Ireland provide high quality, high-speed roll and sheet fed inserting solutions, including the market leading Fusion Cross, and a range of sortation solutions for letters, flats, packet and parcel sorting,” adds Philippe Dugougeat, Managing Director for BÖWE SYSTEC UK and Ireland. “We are delighted to be working with Ironsides. This partnership is founded on the initial experience gained in the implementation of a new Fusion Cross inserter into a customer who already used Ironsides. Both parties – and most importantly, the customer – were pleased with the speed and ease of the integration, and the benefits that the solution delivers. We very much look forward to further implementations in our customer base in the UK and Ireland.”


Company profiles

BÖWE SYSTEC GmbH
BÖWE SYSTEC is one of the world’s leading suppliers of smart automation solutions. For over 70 years, the technology company’s products have streamlined and optimized work and production flows across a wide range of very different industries. Whether it be inserting systems for classic transactional applications or mailings, card processing solutions, letter or parcel sorting systems for modern post processing centers, automation solutions for intralogistics or pharma serialization, BÖWE technologies play an important role in numerous industries. Headquartered at its production and development facility in Augsburg, the company serves its customers around the world through some 20 subsidiaries and over 50 general agencies. Since 2010 BÖWE SYSTEC GmbH has been owned by the Possehl Group, which generated annual sales of around €3.8 billion with a global workforce of approximately 12,500 in 2017. The sole shareholder of L. Possehl & Co. mbH is the charitable Possehl Foundation in the Hanseatic City of Lübeck. More information is available at www.boewe-systec.com and www.possehl.de.

Ironsides Technology
Ironsides Technology is a leading software development and integration company, providing production automation and enterprise-wide integrity tracking solutions for the printing, mailing, fulfillment and packaging industries. Ironsides APT (Automated Production Tracking) is an open and scalable architecture that is device neutral and provides real-time end-to-end job and piece level tracking, visibility and accountability through all production steps. Our solutions 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. We support appropriate camera technology and tracking solutions in the finishing and insertion environment. The end result, our customers can ensure personalized client packages are processed efficiently and with the highest level of accuracy and compliance. 

For additional information please email us at info@ironsidestech.com

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