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 Saw Strong Growth in 2018 for Automated Production Tracking Software

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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“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.

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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

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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

Ironsides Technology Partners with Virtual Systems to Help Print and Mailing Companies Better Manage and Track Operational Activity and Performance

Ironsides Technology Partners with Virtual Systems to Help Print and Mailing Companies Better Manage and Track Operational Activity and Performance

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Ironsides Technology Partners with Virtual Systems to Help Print and Mailing Companies Better Manage and Track Operational Activity and Performance

Ironsides Technology Partners with Virtual Systems to Help Print and Mailing Companies Better Manage and Track Operational Activity and Performance

Ironsides APT now integrates with Midnight Print MIS software providing customers with an end-to-end management and automated tracking solution.

Westford, MA. January 30, 2018. –  Ironsides Technology, a leading provider of automated production tracking software for the printing, mailing, fulfillment, and packaging industries, announced an integration partnership with Virtual Systems, a leading provider of Print MIS software. As a result of the partnership, Ironsides APT™ (Automated Production Tracking) software now integrates directly with the award-winning Midnight MIS software to provide print and mailing companies with an end-to-end solution for managing and tracking operational performance on the production floor.

Midnight is one of the most robust Print MIS tools available in the industry to control all facets of a print business from order creation and estimating through invoicing. Integrating with Ironsides APT enables Midnight customers to automatically track both the job-and piece-level across the production workflow and view the information directly in the Midnight dashboard. Ironsides APT’s open architecture makes it easy to collect data from printing, bindery, insertion, finishing, and fulfillment systems which can be used in conjunction with Midnight’s job creation and costing tools to manage staff and machine throughput, reduce bottlenecks as well as eliminate errors. Automated tracking also helps print shops improve risk management by ensuring compliance with end-customer SLA requirements.   

“We are excited to formalize our longstanding relationship with Virtual Systems,” said TJ Forsythe, Business Solutions Executive, Ironsides Technology. “Ironsides APT is a perfect extension to the Midnight MIS software providing customers one comprehensive command and control center for understanding what’s happening in real-time on the production floor. This integrated offering allows companies to make informed business decisions that improve automation, production, and overall operational efficiency.”

“Our two organizations share a commitment to solving operational and information based challenges in print, mail, fulfillment, and marketing service industries and we share many of the same customers,” said Chris Huber, President and founder, Virtual Systems. “Ironsides APT integration provides our customers with real-time job tracking and ability to see what is happening on any device at any time. By integrating this data into the Midnight software, our customers have one centralized dashboard for managing all their operations.”

About Virtual Systems

Virtual Systems’ award-winning Midnight is a cloud-based print MIS software for print, mail, and fulfillment operations. With powerful dashboards and rich APIs, companies can easily control all facets of the business.  The revolutionary technology allows companies to leverage all their investments to gain a competitive edge and ultimately please customers.

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

DMM, Inc. Selects Ironsides APT to Provide Document Integrity Across Print and Fulfillment Operations

DMM, Inc. Selects Ironsides APT to Provide Document Integrity Across Print and Fulfillment Operations

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DMM, Inc. Selects Ironsides APT to Provide Document Integrity Across Print and Fulfillment Operations

DMM, Inc. Selects Ironsides APT to Provide Document Integrity Across Print and Fulfillment Operations

Leading document solutions company in North America adopts automated production tracking software to eliminate inserting errors and meet strict document compliance guidelines.

Westford, MA. November 28, 2017. – Ironsides Technology, a leading provider of automated production tracking software for the printing, mailing, fulfillment, and packaging industries, today announced that DMM, Inc., a leading document solutions company headquartered in Maine, has selected Ironsides APT™ (Automated Production Tracking) software to ensure 100 percent document integrity of printed communications across multiple production lines, equipment and locations.  

“More than ninety percent of the work we produce is mission critical communications for healthcare, insurance or financial services customers that requires strict adherence to regulatory and compliance guidelines,” said John V. Cloutier, CEO and President of DMM, Inc. “In today’s market, anything less than 100 percent end-to-end document integrity puts our business and our customers at risk. Our investment in Ironsides APT will allow us to operate more efficiently and provide our customers with the assurance that all of their jobs have been assembled correctly and are fully compliant with industry regulations. We see this as a competitive differentiator that will help us retain, as well as, win new business.”

DMM’s automated mail insertion process utilizes a combination of 2D and Intelligent Mail Barcodes (IMB) to uniquely identify customer documents. The company plans to incorporate Ironsides APT software and camera technology into their workflow to eliminate any possible insertion errors and provide full document integrity for each individual mail piece, including implementation of an automated reprint process. DMM will install Ironsides APT and cameras on nine inserters and three hand fulfillment stations. This enables DMM to extend the life of its existing equipment and focus on its recent acquisition of Canon Océ VarioPrint i300 inkjet color digital press without having to incur additional capital expenditures.

“It was clear from the start that Ironsides Technology was the best partner for DMM – the team truly understands our market, business and challenges,” Cloutier continued. “The Ironsides APT solution is unique in that it verifies output integrity, which is what our customers want. Plus, Ironsides APT offers robust real-time reporting and data analytics to help with job tracking and costing. This will allow us to understand our throughput per line so we can improve processes, reduce costs and add to our profitability.”

“We are excited to work with DMM and help them meet 100 percent distribution compliance,” said Bill Riley, President of Ironsides Technology. “In the highly competitive print service provider market, it’s a pleasure to work with companies like DMM who are embracing the benefits of inkjet technology and output management systems like Ironsides APT in order to meet demanding customer requirements and grow their business. We look forward to helping DMM get the most out of their investment in Ironsides APT.”

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

About DMM
DMM, Inc. is a leading document solutions company in North America specializing in mission-critical document output production. The company uses the latest technologies to create relevancy of message that enhance document delivery across communication platforms. Whether it is a regulatory communication or a marketing campaign, DMM helps its customers create stronger customer relationships that increase lifetime customer value and deliver on bottom line results. Services include database development, transactional print, digital print on demand, direct mail production, marketing collateral programs, fulfillment distribution services, commingling and digital delivery. DMM brings innovative cutting-edge solutions with best-in-class technology to the financial, insurance, health care and communication industries.

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 offline 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 Joins the Growing Ranks of Imaging Network Group

Ironsides Joins the Growing Ranks of Imaging Network Group

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Ironsides Joins the Growing Ranks of Imaging Network Group

Ironsides & Racami Join the Growing Ranks of Imaging Network Group

November 15, 2017, Atlanta, GAIronsides Technology of Westford, MA and Racami of Norcross, GA are the latest companies to join The Imaging Network Group, the leading trade association for mid-size direct mail and transactional print and mail service providers.

Ironsides Technology provides software designed to improve workflow automation, integrity tracking and productivity reporting for print and mail operations. It ensures piece-level distribution compliance, to ensure jobs are assembled correctly and are compliant with all major rules and regulations.

“Ironsides Technology is honored to join the INg members and partners. The Group’s focus on the exchange of ideas, best practices and industry insights to best serve member businesses is in line with Ironsides’ company philosophy. We look forward to supporting the members and partners,” said Dan Chevalier, Vice President, Sales, Ironsides Technology.

Racami’s innovative technologies and managed services enhance manufacturing and distribution of omni-channel customer communications, helping manage and control costs, improve customer experiences, and aid customer acquisition.

“We at Racami are thankful and excited to be joining the INg Group. We know many of the members as friends, partners, and customers and are looking forward to doing what we can to help everyone reach their goals. We especially enjoy INg’s unique culture that mixes business objectives with human kindness and friendship,” said Matt Mahoney, Vice President of Sales at Racami.

Companies like Ironsides and Racami join the Imaging Network Group because it is a reliable, consistent resource for gathering fresh insights about the printing and mailing industry. For more than a quarter century, INg has provided vendor partners with personal, one-to-one access to C-level executives and business owners of leading mid-size transactional and direct mail service bureaus. Nearly 30 INg member companies produce more than 2 billion digitally printed pages annually, with members continually investing in the latest technologies to provide customers with complete print and mail solutions. Many provide value added services spanning market analytics, multi-channel marketing, intelligent inserting, electronic bill presentment and payment (EBPP) and more.

Matt Mahoney and Dan Chevalier will both be at INg’s 26th annual Executive Forum will be March 5–8 at the Coconut Point Hyatt Regency in Bonita Springs, Florida. The Firm features 4 days of in-depth sessions on timely topics, extensive networking opportunities. In March, INg members and partners will hear presentations from legendary LA Lakers trainer Gary Vitti, plus Matt Swain and Pat McGrew from Keypoint Intelligence/InfoTrends, among others.

“As INg continues to grow we are excited to have Ironsides and Racami become part of the INg family of print, mail, software and equipment providers,” said J.P. Thomas, INg president. “The alliances between the many companies makes all of us stronger and is the key value INg has offered members and vendor partners for more than 25 years.”

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About Imaging Network Group

INg’s member companies are some of the most visible and successful mid-sized, high-volume print and electronic service providers and direct mail companies. Sponsored by more than a dozen industry equipment and software providers, INg offers the rare opportunity for members to interface with top industry executives. In addition, members tap into a vibrant network of creativity, experience and information when discussing key business and technical issues facing their companies and sharing best practices on running and growing their businesses. Membership immediately provides the advantage of being a part of a confidential, select group of business owners and senior executives who come together to share ideas.

With attendance exclusively for owners and their senior executives, INg meetings foster engagement with a dynamic, open-forum format that promotes constructive exchange of ideas of industry developments, strategic planning and current issues affecting your business. INg also hosts an annual Spring Forum and a one-day Fall Workshop with popular industry speakers sharing everything from current trends to new product reviews to how to garner more sales in this highly competitive environment. When surveyed, 100% of members said that INg meetings address the key challenges they face in their businesses.

For more information about the Imaging Network Group visit www.imagingnetworkgroup.org

 

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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