arifiQ Development and Agfa Graphics Sweden have entered into partnership. The two companies have integrated their systems so that printers can significantly streamline their ordering and production flow.
Agfa Graphics is a world leader in CtP offset plates and digital production systems for civil and packaging printers and the newspaper market. Agfa offers integrated prepress solutions that include production workflows, equipment, services, and supplies.
arifiQ Development is an entrepreneurial IT company, with its origins in a family-owned printing company in Sollefteå, Sweden. In just a few years, the company has developed a system for price calculations and production preparation for printing. The system has won the Vinnova Innovation award.
Agfa Graphics made contact with arifiQ Development a few months ago, and we quickly realized that Agfa’s Apogee Prepress system, which is already used by a large number of Sweden’s printers, and arifiQ work very well together. arifiQ automatically sends files directly into Apogee Prepress. This gives printing companies a seamless and automated flow from the price calculation, quotation, production, preparation, and orders directly into prepress and production. This removes the need for demanding and delicate manual tasks. The integration between the systems also reduces production time significantly.
– When the client’s needs comes first, of course you strive to give them simplicity, efficiency and reliability. These are unifying core values of both our systems, says Carina Karlsson, CEO at arifiQ.
– We share the same vision that the printing industry needs to open up and adapt to future demands for availability, speed and security. Business is done at great speed so you have to be available and work quickly, says Björn Allskog, Sales Manager Sweden/Norway at Agfa Graphics.
Agfa Graphics software is designed to easily integrate with any system that is tailored to the JDF standard. arifiQ is also built to easily interoperate with other systems.
– We quickly saw that printers would benefit from major efficiency gains if it was possible to create a seamless transition from arifiQ to Apogee Prepress, said Michael Brännback, Application Specialist at Agfa Graphics. Tests have now been carried out and the systems work extremely well together.
arifiQ Development and Agfa Graphics expect to be able to offer printers in Scandinavia this unique integration opportunity after a short period of pilot operation.