How does it work?
Ultimate Bindery automates in-line and near-line finishing equipment and integrates seamlessly within existing PDF workflows, just like any other process. In an in-line configuration, Ultimate Bindery can synchronize the jobs on the print server, coordinating the various device status communications with the finishing equipment via JMF. Ultimate Bindery offers the capabilities of combining a main device with optional finishing attachments such as a booklet maker with a creasing module or a perfect-binder with a 3-knife cutter. In a dual mode, in-line and off-line, Ultimate Bindery offers the sheet level integrity needed to process multiple jobs or multiple components of the same job.
1. New User Interface
Ultimate Bindery v4 is an automation tool that makes touch-less end-to-end workflow possible. Ultimate Bindery v4 offers a new responsive web-based user interface (UI) allowing the management of finishing automation from a computer or a tablet. Operators and managers can now define and manage JDF finishing flows and automate each bindery device, each operating a specific finishing transformation on a printed project, from any location.
2. Finishing Flow Management
With a simple drag and drop, you can now create, manage and edit a multi-vendor finishing workflow. Visually easy and appealing, selecting your chosen devices is done in just seconds using available sorting filters. Finishing flows can be set using hot folders and can receive jobs automatically for highly optimized production. Ultimate Bindery allows you to automatically validate your finishing flows to facilitate the configuration phase. Finally, the finishing flow section allows you to quickly view all your finishing flows with the sequence of device used.
3. Dashboard and Reports
Quickly see how many jobs are running, in error, on hold, as well as see how many jobs have been submitted to the different finishing devices with the new visual dashboard. Along with shortcuts to the Job Management, the dashboard also has shortcuts to the new Reports section. This section contains the history of processed jobs which can be sorted and filtered. Data can also be exported to CSV, Excel or PDF format.
4. Device Configuration
The configuration of devices is easier than ever. Ultimate Bindery v4 has built in smart forms dynamically presenting configuration options based on the information you are filling in and allows you to customize your device’s image. With a few mouse clicks, you can configure your device’s network location and default specifications. Browsing a full list of devices is made possible using a table with the ability to sort and filter.
5. User Management
Create, edit and delete user accounts and assign user rights to view, edit or delete data of the different sections. The main administrator can also define account preferences such as database clean up options and more. Users can individually choose one of the software’s 6 languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and German.
6. Job Management
View active jobs and quickly sort them out according to color-coded job status, selected finishing flow, creation date and more with the ability to validate jobs on hold, resubmit jobs, view validation errors or device timeout errors, read the error detail containing specific imposition mismatches, etc.
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Ultimate Bindery simple integration method delivers a ‘plug and play’ application integrating a prepress or print server workflow using JDF imposition. Ultimate Bindery produces the JDF finishing job ticket automatically with accuracy leaving no room for errors, thus eliminating the bottleneck in the bindery department.
JDF Finishing Profiles
No matter how complex the job is, Ultimate Bindery lets you create JDF finishing profiles for any type of bindery equipment. It allows you to extend your existing prepress workflow or simply your imposition flow to include the very last step: finishing. Ultimate Bindery can take any JDF imposed job and complete it with all the necessary parameters needed to automatically set up your finishing equipment that is a perfect binder, a stitch-liner, a cutter, slitter-creaser, a guillotine, etc.
Ultimate Bindery coordinates this finishing process by sending the completed finishing JDF job ticket to the equipment via JMF or via hot folders.