EQUIOS is a scalable workflow management system designed to grow and adapt in conventional and personalised printing environments. EQUIOS supports print-on-demand (POD), computer-to-plate (CTP) production and makes high-speed variable data printing possible. EQUIOS controls production from the time a job is captured or created through all stages of production to postpress and delivery of the finished project. Wherever JDF is deployed, EQUIOS integrates seamlessly all the way to the bindery, thanks to the EQUIOSNET Partnership Programme with third-party vendors of hardware and software.
EQUIOS automates job management, including accurate imposition and consistent color management, across different output devices. EQUIOS uses a single interface to drive multi-device production at many levels of functionality, such as variable data printing.
The latest Adobe PDF Print Engine 2 core enables high-speed processing of large amounts of data, a key requirement of variable data printing. PDF files can be RIPed to Screen's Truepress JetSX inkjet sheetfed press, Truepress Jet520 variable data inkjet web press and PlateRite CTP recorders, along with inkjet and toner-based POD presses and proofers from other manufacturers.
The EQUIOS Autoflow function allows users to define print workflows depending on the product type selected. This can be integrated into any web-to-print interface. Web ordering automatically generates a print queue and associated finishing instructions.
The Smart Variable Data Processing function automatically assigns reusable text or graphic elements to a background layer that can be output repeatedly without re-RIPing. Smart Variable Data Processing makes reusable elements available only when the accompanying variable content is RIPed. This significantly improves processing speeds for large volumes of variable data.
A scalable load-balancing RIP solution supports high-speed variable transactional printing on the Truepress Jet520 and other connected print engines.
EQUIOS delivers superior quality regardless of the printing system or paper. When the operator selects a printer, paper type and screening method, optimal color conversion settings are automatically chosen from a media database. In addition, specialized tools adjust CMYK colors as close as possible to spot colors.
The Auto-fit imposition scheme is another advancement for accuracy and optimum paper use. The operator presets multiple fold catalogs that contain varying page numbers, and EQUIOS automatically adjusts signature combining based on the number of pages in each section.
EQUIOS Auto Ganging performs the most efficient ganging according to page size, signature settings, sheet grain direction and number of copies. A variable imposition function for printing invoices and statements increases the number of pages in a preset template to accommodate different numbers of individual personal records.