Oslo — June 6, 2017 — Unprecedented speed and cost-optimization for automated workflows was demonstrated by arifiQ, Agfa and Ricoh at Ricoh’s “Magical Days” customer event this week, here in Oslo. The three companies teamed-up to show Ricoh’s guests how the combination of each organization’s intelligent technologies dramatically reduces the wait between RFQ and press — from days; to just minutes.
Agfa Graphics Norway’s Thor Gudmundsen, Business Account Manager, explains why his company joined forces with Ricoh and arifiQ for this event: “Ricoh hosts excellent customer events, and we thought it would be a great occasion to showcase what is no doubt the world’s most automated, integrated workflow. Plus, only arifiQ lets us begin where the workflow truly starts: in the quote phase, where the wait can be the biggest enemy to turnaround time.”
A moment to describe the problems, waits, and higher costs that companies like these are eliminating:
Today, printers have trouble getting a job in the door. Obtaining quotes, requested adjustments/ requotes, and prepress operations can be laborious and subject to error. The pressure to get the job done has increased due to both the long wait for a final quote, and other jobs waiting in the queue. As a result, jobs are pushed through prepress and production using less than optimal imposition, equipment, and consumables, human mistakes in prepress may ruin the job – all ending up as higher costs than necessary at the printer.
While generating the print quote, arifiQ calculates the optimal imposition/signature and production path required to attain the lowest cost. The finished quote holds all of this information, and can be used as the job order and job ticket whenever the customer is ready.
Requotes/adjustments take seconds, and new quotes/orders are immediately generated. Any job, including the most complex, custom design, is welcomed. No predefined templates are required.
“arifiQ’s ability to provide the best quotes as quickly as it does is made possible by the underlying arifiQ engine, ‘The Optimizer’, and its ability to determine the best production path and imposition, no matter how big an operation, and how many locations and devices it has access to,” says Stefan Karlsson, the arifiQ CTO who spent 2 days with Ricoh and Agfa customers in Oslo.
“It’s great to be able to show Ricoh visitors how efficient a workflow, starting from the quoting phase, can actually be,” Karlsson continues. “We share the vision of a fully automated workflow with Agfa and Ricoh, and are happy that we could set-up one of the world’s first looks at the technology here, in Oslo.”
Ricoh demonstrated digital and large format print on all types of media, Agfa showcased Apogee and Storefront, and Neopost handled finishing.
Coming Soon, to a Workflow Near You
arifiQ is releasing its production optimizing technology, The Optimizer, to licensed workflow solution partners.
About arifiQ Development
arifiQ Development is a Swedish company that has, and will continue to, develop several applications, plug-ins, and modules based on its unique and powerful technology platform.
The idea that catalyzed arifiQ’s establishment was the founders’ recognition that the wait for quotes, and then approvals, was a major cause of frustration for customers and printers, both. They felt that solving the problem by making the quote process faster could have major, positive ramifications for the industry
February 8, 2017
Workflows may be automated, but getting quotes on jobs can take so long that new and even existing customers will take their work elsewhere to meet deadlines.
This is just one of the major findings in a new report on estimating systems, released by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) School of Media Sciences. In addition to reduced quotation cycles, mobility and compatibility with standards are also missing from many print service provider’s current estimating solutions.
Gannett Professor Chris Bondy and Media Arts and Technology student Wesley Odell identified and reviewed a variety of estimating systems, and interviewed print service provider participants representing various positions in their respective companies. Positions ranged from estimating and operations, to company leadership.
At the top of Print Service Providers’ Wish Lists: Faster Quotes
The length of time spent waiting for a quote heads the list of frustrations. The researchers found that those sampled spent an average of 2 hours and 10 minutes on administrative tasks related to the quote process, including job planning, for every order.
This frustration is a big reason why arifiQ’s estimating application is now in use at several, major, North American print production companies. arifiQ utilizes a unique algorithm that can process septillions of combinations of print devices, substrates and other production variables to find a quote or quotes – on even complex jobs – that salespersons or their customers can review, or submit, within seconds.
“arifiQ is quite a bit further down the road than several other suppliers, in terms of turning around a quote quickly, whether the job be simple or complex, “says Bondy. “arifiQ is cutting that 2 hour plus wait into a minute or two, at most. They’ve raised the bar for the category.”
Another Ask: Easy-to-Use Interface and Mobility
Owned and run by executives who grew up in the print industry, arifiQ also offers one of the easiest to use interfaces. This makes it possible for wider groups of people to obtain quotes, keep jobs on schedule, and submit jobs for production. Salespeople can utilize arifiQ’s mobile features while on-site at customer locations. Customers can directly use arifiQ as well, as it is available via the cloud for anyone — from anywhere – 24/7.
More Power for Those Who Want It
The arifiQ estimating engine brings even more value in terms of scalability and openness, especially as it is one of the only estimating solutions to offer an Open API for simple integration with other applications and workflows.
Today, versions of arifiQ with add-on modules have made it a full-scale MIS. A few customers see it as the platform for their entire Business Information System, in the not-too-distant future!
Read the RIT Press Release HERE
Read the Estimating Research Study Executive Summery HERE
For a complete copy of the research report, contact Prof. Chris Bondy at firstname.lastname@example.org, © 2017.
Introducing arifiQ Entry: The Industry’s Fastest Online Quoting Tool is Designed to Increase Print Sales
- arifiQ Entry is the fastest way to quote and submit custom print jobs.
- Printers and customers can view quotes, try numerous iterations, and submit online job orders that are instantly accepted for production.
- Connects seamlessly with printers’ existing MIS, ERP or other systems.
The salesperson or other professional uses arifiQ Entry to access the printer’s estimating server from anywhere, at anytime, using any internet connection. (Editorial note: No one’s – No One’s – estimating solution can do the following.) In only seconds, arifiQ’s proprietary algorithms generate up to one septillion 1024 (or more)combinations based on the printer’s resources and cost variables, to arrive at a quote. Resources include printing presses, paper stock, and post-press machinery; while cost variables include hourly rates, discounts, and profit margins.
Medium printer with Hybrid Production: arifiQ Entry per mo. $616
Large offset printer: arifiQ Entry per mo. $1792
NextPage Growth Supported by arifiQ
NextPage provides customers with highly customized direct mail and variable data jobs, each containing unique specs with vast amounts of data. The company has experienced growth at exponential rates due to the proven success of highly targeted direct mail, its niche offering, and expertise.
“Each time we hit a growth spurt in our company, we have to add estimating resources, which is not a sustainable model in the long term,” says Gina Danner, NextPage CEO. “We were in search of an estimating system that could easily, and quickly, provide a print and mailing quote based on a production matrix that we could build to speak to the seemingly smallest details, in addition to one that could support the many engines we are running, as well as talk to various internal systems.”
“arifiQ will be integrated with both our CRM and ERP. Sales opportunities will be handled in the CRM, and together with arifiQ we have access to real estimates,” says Danner. “When the deal is closed in the CRM, arifiQ will push that data – with all the job details — onto our ERP system; creating the production order.”
Read the Press release HERE
CTO Stefan Karlsson did a great impression at the Printerverse panel “Transforming your workflow” at Graph Expo 2016. Watch it HERE!
Some of Stefans’ points:
“The workflow starts at the print customer”
“arifiQ enables a new way of work, because we have a technology that bridges sales system with production system”
“We have clients that transfered the organisation, by having sales and CSRs’ being out meeting customers instead of sitting at the office. And they come back with orders not RFQs'”
“arifiQ turns your RFQ order form for custom print jobs on the website into an order form”
arifiQ is happy to be one of the few vendors at Graph Expo that got the chance to be part of WhatTheyThinks’ video, where Frank Romano explores his favorite and not-so-favorite highlights on the trade show floor in Orlando, Florida.
CEO Carina Karlsson explains how to use arifiQ automated quoting for custom jobs: “The printers can provide arifiQ on the website or they can have the sales reps out at the customers closing deals, just right there”
Watch the video HERE
Find arifiQ on the following PRINTERVERSE Panels in booth 701:
- Sunday, September 25 3:45-4:30 PM – Obi Wan-a Job: The Workforce Awakens
- Monday, September 26 11:30-12:15 PM – Optimize Prime: Transforming Your Workflow
- Wednesday, September 28 11:15-12 PM – Print Ninja Warrior: Adapting To The New Game
Visit arifiQ in booth 618 at GRAPH EXPO 2016
Welcome to our demo-sessions in booth 618. Or just stop by and we will be happy to give you a quick demo of our platform.
- 3 pm: PRO – instant Quoting, production optimizing and much more
- 3.30 pm: Gangrun, Inventory, Scheduling
- 11.00 am: PRO
- 12.30 pm: Scheduling, Inventory, Gangrun
- 2 pm: PRO
- 2.30 pm: Scheduling and Inventory
- 3 pm: Gangrun
- 4 pm: PRO
Tuesday – same as Monday
- 11 am: PRO
- 11.30 am: Scheduling and Inventory
- 12 pm: Gangrun
- 2 pm: PRO
Hope to see you!
Dscoop San Antonio was a true success with lots of inspirational sessions and a full spectrum of vendors in the Exhibition area. HP’s hardware was of course of great interest but the new Print OS, may have caused an even greater buzz. The Print OS a cloud-based operating system, a platform that manage print production.
Dscoop was also a big success for arifiQ. The PSP’s that visits Dscoop was very curious of our new technology and knows the importans of to automation, not only in the production flow, but also for the quote and order process. In our arifiQ booth we ran demos almost non stop during the show and also did many set-ups’ on the spot.
Thank you so much to all of you who paid us a visit at Dscoop!