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Autumn Graphics Extends Esko Virtual Proofing

June 14, 2013
MIAMISBURG, OH—June 11, 2013—Autumn Graphics has extended AG Virtual Proof, their Esko WebCenter-based service, with the WebCenter Lifecycle Management Module to offer full tracking, monitoring and review/approval services throughout the packaging supply chain.

Founded in 1982 and based in London, Ontario, Autumn Graphics is an independent, privately owned company providing prepress, plate production and graphics management services to consumer product companies, converters, printers and ad agencies. Autumn Graphics has been an innovator for many years. It was one of the first in Canada to install a drum scanner, an early adopter of computer to film for both litho and flexo, and the first Canadian installation of Artwork Systems' (then known as PCC) PackFlow software. Autumn Graphics was also a beta testing partner and early adopter of flattop plate technology. "Our team focus pretty much all of our work in packaging—mostly for consumer products and pharmaceuticals, and the converter suppliers to those industries," said Ben Abray, president of Autumn Graphics.

Four years ago, Autumn Graphics transitioned to Esko WebCenter’s basic approval and workflow tools. They started with a few customers, adding more customers while building more elaborate workflows and a supporting asset management system. Called the AG Virtual Proof system, it provides convenient, secure and cost-effective internet-based communication for graphics revision and approval cycles. Inside a user-friendly workspace, independent projects can be created, populated, monitored and discussed by team members. Using a standard Internet browser, team members can view projects, make annotations, request revisions, compare versions and approve or reject items or entire projects.

“We wanted to take more advantage of WebCenter and thought that the WebCenter Lifecycle Management Module could enhance our working relationships with our customers,” remembered Abray. The WebCenter Lifecycle Management Module lets users streamline and control the complexities of the packaging development lifecycle. Users can design dynamic request forms and process flows to manage the project lifecycle from the briefing stage through to product delivery.

“We wanted to offer not only file and job submission and prepress but also provide more visibility to job scheduling, extending the breadth of job management. We saw ourselves drilling deeper up and down into the supply chain for each project,” Abray recalled. “We could also see ourselves offering customers visibility and access to assets after the job was done. Building those features into the workflow meant that ultimately we’d have less work to do on a project basis, customers would have instant retrieval of information and files and they wouldn’t be beholden to the availability of an Autumn Graphics CSR.”
 

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