Canon’s New Software Suite for Print Management and Print Production
Canon, are introducing a new software suite for print management and production - Helix Production Workflow. At drupa, print consumers and providers will witness the benefits of this new software developed by NT-ware, which will be distributed exclusively by Canon.

Building on the success of NT-ware's uniFLOW Output Manager (OM) suite in corporate and copy shop environments, the Helix Production Workflow suite will provide an extended feature set and enhanced graphical user interface, designed specifically for CRDs, Print-for-Pay, creative services and commercial print customers.

A key focus of the new software is to help print providers automate and streamline the print production process, from job ticketing and web submission by clients, to final printed output on single or multiple devices. The complete PDF-based workflow and graphical user interface, will be fully and easily configurable by print providers, allowing for maximum flexibility and convenience.

Integration with leading variable data programmes already in Canon's portfolio will enable print providers to cost effectively add highly profitable personalised print services and products to their own, while also supporting intelligent load balancing and colour splitting capabilities across the entire Canon range of print engines.

Helix Production Workflow's 100% compatibility with uniFLOW OM will enable delivery of customer reporting, cost allocation and cost recovery features if required. The software will also be fully JDF-compliant to CIP4 standards, offering potential integration with many other software systems, including CRM, ERP and MIS applications.

"Over the last few years we have worked closely with our Production Print customers to understand the key issues and challenges that they face. Based on this feedback we have worked with NT-ware (a Canon company) to develop a powerful production workflow system that will offer our customers the flexibility to meet their business needs", said Nikki Richardson, Professional Solutions Marketing Manager, Canon UK.

She added: "This is further evidence of our commitment to deliver complete, integrated production print solutions to our customers. Helix Production Workflow will be an integral part of Canon's Workflow Program moving forwards and will complement our existing solutions."

Helix Production Workflow is expected to be commercially available in Europe exclusively from Canon and authorised dealers, later this year, and will be shown on the Canon Stand at drupa 2008.

Further information about Canon UK Ltd is available at:  www.canon.co.uk