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New arifiQ Optimizer Automatically Creates Gang Runs & Imposed PDFs of Custom Jobs – Without Need of Predefined Templates, Products and Sheet Sizes

Press Releases   •   Nov 17, 2017 09:21 GMT

arifiQ Development today announces the new arifiQ Optimizer, which identifies the most cost-optimized imposition and production paths for single and gang-run jobs; automatically creates sheet-sized, imposed PDFs; and transfers the imposed PDFs directly to any prepress or digital workflow system. arifiQ Optimizer will be available as a stand-alone application via the cloud or desktop on December 1.

No Templates Necessary
One of the greatest competitive benefits of arifiQ Optimizer is that it does not require use of predefined templates; resulting in substantial time savings and many more options for ganging. It also eliminates numerous human touches in production planning and prepress (production path, lay-out/impositions).

“This functionality is a dream come true for both the production manager and the prepress operator,” says Stefan Karlsson, CTO at arifiQ. “We have wanted to plug this gap because it has long been a process in desperate need of automation.

“Without the arifiQ Optimizer,” Karlsson says, “it takes significant time and effort to calculate file layouts for Ganging in an efficient way. Also, while imposition templates may handle the most common products, it takes a long time to find the right ones. Most importantly, stakeholders will not enjoy the savings, and other benefits, of optimized production.”

How it Works
First, arifiQ Optimizer accepts any number of PDFs. Then, in a period of time that only spans a few seconds to a few minutes, the Optimizer calculates the most cost-effective and least wasteful imposition and job production path. The single or gang run jobs are automatically transferred to the prepress- or digital workflow system as imposed PDF sheets. A video showing the process is available at https://arifiq.com/video-2/.

What are the Benefits?
The Optimizer is a substantial time saver for prepress operators, as the tasks of selecting a press, finding the right templates and paper sizes, and doing the layout of the pages, are all taken care of. The Optimizer eliminates the vast majority of choices and checkboxes in a typical prepress system (along with the risk of human error). The imposed PDF files are stored in a hot folder, to be picked up by a traditional prepress or digital workflow system, and then the sheets can be released to CTP or a digital press.

When combined with arifiQ PRO’s quote and order system, arifiQ Optimizer offers a true, automated workflow starting at the print customer or the sales person, and progressing through to production. arifiQ technology can also be integrated with MIS/order systems.

Screengrab of the arifiQ Optimizer showing Gang-Run imposition sheets and production specs calculated and ready to submit to the hotfolder as Imposed PDFs. The operation takes one click, 3 seconds, and no human decision-making.

For more information, contact arifiQ at info@arifiq.com.

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. The company built a core technology, the arifiQ engine, in order to develop what is now the flagship product in the arifiQ product family: arifiQ PRO.

The arifiQ product family today includes the new arifiQ Optimizer, arifiQ PRO, Plug-in for InDesign, deQuote for quick print, and a Large-Scale Estimator for enterprise and high volume environments. The arifiQ MIS modules are: Gang-Run, Scheduling, Stock Control, Extended Statistics and Multi-Site. arifiQ also develops custom APIs so that any system or application can utilize arifiQ technology.

arifiQ Development today announces the new arifiQ Optimizer, which identifies the most cost-optimized imposition and production paths for single and gang-run jobs; automatically creates sheet-sized, imposed PDFs; and transfers the imposed PDFs directly to any prepress or digital workflow system. arifiQ Optimizer will be available as a stand-alone application via the cloud or desktop on December 1.

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Large-Scale Estimating – 500 estimates in a few minutes! New module now available from arifiQ

Press Releases   •   Sep 18, 2017 09:23 GMT

arifiQ, the technology that provides estimates and optimized workflows in seconds; today announces a powerful addition to the Front-End estimating suite; The Large-Scale Estimating module, capable of delivering hundreds of estimates in a few minutes. Working in real time with PSPs’ actual device availability and inventories across any number of sites, the arifiQ Large Scale Estimating module makes it possible for print buyers and print service providers to answer extensive RFQs immediately, and arrange orders – including recurring procurements – as fast as clients say “yes”.

“This new arifiQ Large Scale Estimating module eliminates the days and weeks needed to prepare and then calculate hundreds or thousands of entries at the print buyer and print provider sites,” says Carina Karlsson, CEO, arifiQ Development. The Module will prove especially beneficial for procurements at enterprises and organization sectors such as retail, real estate, financial, and insurance; where timing is critical to profit potential or compliance.

“arifiQ technology completely removes the greatest bottleneck in print production; which is the amount of time needed to calculate estimates,” Karlsson continues, citing the North American MIS/ERP Adoption in Commercial Printing report[1] issued last month.

How it works:

  1. The product specifications (any number of products) are easily entered, in Excel sheets – connected to the arifiQ optimizing engine.
  2. The pricing for each product, as well as the total of all estimates, is presented instantly.
  3. The order placement is done in the Excel sheet or by submitting the data to arifiQ PRO (or other MIS).
  4. The order is saved and managed in arifiQ PRO (or other MIS). 
  5. The Gang-Run option in arifiQ PRO combines jobs that can run at the same time.

“Printers and buyers who use the Large-Scale Estimating module can get orders on press before RFQs are even opened by their competitors,” says Karlsson.

arifiQ’s Most Recent Procurement Request:
A procurement officer at a large enterprise needed pricing on 2000 products. The estimator complained, saying, “It will take forever, and we might not even get the print order!”

We went over the job with the customer, and found that if they used a typical MIS to calculate estimates for all 2000 products, it would take 4 weeks at 5 minutes per. The other option that estimating officers often employ is to take a “smart guess,” which includes few, to no, real calculations. In these cases, the PSPs have no idea if they will take a great loss on the extensive order.

Also consider that simple RFQs for one piece often demand many different estimates, such as numerous sizes and pages. For example, a customer can easily ask for 3 sizes and 3 different number of pages; which equals 9 estimates for only one quote. Imagine the number of estimates requested when a large procurement is sent out to numerous printers!

With the arifiQ Large-Scale Estimating module, the PSP provides the Procurement Excel document to the print customer, who easily fills in product specs and sends it back upon receipt. The buyer can also get pricing in real time, while they fill in the sheet. 

The Large-Scale Estimating Module is the newest addition to the arifiQ suite of Front-End Estimating Applications. The product line now includes:

  1. arifiQ PRO – advanced estimating tool for professional print buyers and sales teams.
  2. Plugin for Adobe InDesign – for designers; to work within budgets or other parameters
  3. deQuote – for quick print jobs and Inplants
  4. Customized Web forms (API)  – for a regular print customer and key accounts
  5. Large-Scale Estimating – for procurements at large enterprises with extended RFQs

[1] The North American MIS/ERP Adoption in Commercial Printing report was produced by industry consultant David Zwang for PRIMIR, the market research arm of NPES. Included in the report was quantitative research extracted from a Keypoint Intelligence (formerly InfoTrends) 2016 survey on North American Software trends in Commercial Printing.

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arifiQ is a Swedish innovation that gives customers and sales teams instant access to custom quotes, 24/7. arifiQ is the one quoting system that print customers and sales reps can handle, due to the automation and user-friendly interface. 

Behind the scenes, arifiQ is a full-scale estimating system, uncompromising in quote accuracy, and not limited by fixed price lists. And, as a cloud-based system, that at the same beat cost optimizes and presents the imposition. With arifiQ you can automatically receive ready-to-print orders, for your digital, offset, sheet or web printer.

arifiQ, the technology that provides estimates and optimized workflows in seconds; today announces a powerful addition to the Front-End estimating suite; The Large-Scale Estimating module, capable of delivering hundreds of estimates in a few minutes. It completely removes the greatest bottleneck in print production; which is the amount of time needed to calculate estimates.

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Ricoh Features Agfa and arifiQ in First-of-Its-Kind Automation Demonstration

Press Releases   •   Jun 07, 2017 09:25 GMT

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arifiQ have raised the bar for the category, says Chris Bondy

Press Releases   •   Feb 08, 2017 11:53 GMT

RIT Estimating System Study Shows that arifiQ Estimating Application Meets Print Service Providers’ Most Critical Requirements “arifiQ is quite a bit further down the road than several other suppliers, in terms of turning around a quote quickly, “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.”

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​InIntroducing arifiQ Entry: Industry's Fastest Online Quoting Tool is Designed to Increase Print Sales

Press Releases   •   Dec 09, 2016 15:41 GMT

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.

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Happy thanksgiving!

News   •   Nov 23, 2016 13:22 GMT

arifiQ have eliminated one of the industry’s most glaring production bottlenecks: the ridiculous amount of time it takes for an estimate to be generated for any custom or complex job. arifiQ returns precise, comprehensive quotes based on your resources in seconds– as opposed to the 1-3 day average for custom jobs. And, arifiQ is cloud based, with support for 24/7 uptime and mobile use.

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arifiQ lets Next Page grow without adding administrative resources

Press Releases   •   Oct 14, 2016 08:40 GMT

NextPage Adds arifiQ Development’s Instant, Intelligent Estimating Technology to Highly-Customized Print Production Lines. arifiQ ties directly into Zoho CRM and EPMS Print Management already in use at NextPage

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Swedish arifiQ to join the Printerverse Alliance at Graph Expo

Press Releases   •   Sep 05, 2015 10:22 GMT

​arifiQ Development is kick-starting their US launch at Graph Expo in Chicago September 13-16th. The Swedish vendor will exhibit at the show and participate in 5 sessions at PrintMediaCentr's "Printerverse™" event. “We are really happy to be part of the Printerverse™ Alliance and look forward to sharing our industry views during five of the hot-topic sessions", says Eva Rosén, founder and CMO.

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arifiQ delivers instant print quotes with Adobe InDesign plug-in

Press Releases   •   Jun 02, 2015 13:29 GMT

ÖSTERSUND, SWEDEN - June 2, 2015 - arifiQ, a leading developer of print estimating software announced a plug-in for Adobe® InDesign® today. The integration with InDesign will allow designers and creative professionals to get instant print quotes with embedded technology that offers a seamless experience by streamlining the estimating and purchasing process.

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NEW SELF-SERVICE ESTIMATING TOOL ELEVATES THE PRINT BUYING EXPERIENCE BY DELIVERING INSTANT QUOTES FOR CUSTOM JOBS

Press Releases   •   May 28, 2015 14:16 GMT

By providing access to instant quotes 24/7 using a cloud-based estimating system, arifiQ is changing the way printers and customers do business. The barrier of waiting for a print quote is now a thing of the past. arifiQ is moving the print industry a big step forward by making it possible for printers, print providers, designers and their clients to get custom print quotes instantly.

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About arifiQ Development AB

arifiQ – Self Service Print Estimating system that gives you custom print quotes in seconds!

arifiQ is a Swedish innovation that gives customers and sales teams access to custom, online quotes, 24/7. arifiQ is the one quoting system that non-printers can handle, due to its simple, user-friendly interface. It uses six parameters to define the product: size, page-count, paper, printing, finishing and quantity.

Behind the scenes, arifiQ is a full-scale estimating system, uncompromising in quote accuracy, and not limited by fixed price lists. And, as a cloud-based system, arifiQ gives your customer immediate access to quotes 24/7. With arifiQ on your company website, you can automatically receive ready-to-print orders, for your digital, offset, sheet or web printer.

arifiQ is developed at a printing company in Sweden. The starting point was their need to find a way to be more available to their customers. And as print shop owners, the founders have lived through the pain of never ending quotes waiting to be done. Sometimes a print buyer had to wait days for a single quote. Custom jobs had to be manually estimated. This was not an efficient way to run the business and this is why arifiQ was invented.

arifiQ’s headquarter is located in Östersund, Sweden. The founders were born and raised in a printing business and have university schooling, and long professional experience with a large number of high tech and innovation projects in different areas.

Inventing a solution like this requires deep knowledge and experience from both the printing industry and advanced software development. And that's what's made arifiQ possible.

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