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The new service enables you to create predictive ink usage estimations. The area coverage values and other production parameters are automatically collected from Prinergy. In order for Prinergy to collect the data and transfer it to the Cloud, you must perform the following preparation steps:

Adding custom fields to Prinergy 

The following custom fields are added to the Prinergy server by importing a template job into the system. These IU custom fields are added to jobs (visible in Job Finder), and to the Imposition, Signature, Surface, and Separation parameters (visible in the Job Manager window, Signatures tab, and Separations tab):

Note: This is a one time operation.

  • IU_NumberOfSheets
  • IU_PrintConditionName
  • IU_PressName
  • IU_ProductType
  • IU_PressDueDate
  • IU_MakeReadyWaste

To import the template job and the RBA rule, follow these steps:

  1. In Job Finder, from the File menu, select Import job.
  2. Select the job called Kodak Ink Usage
    All new custom fields that were created for this service are imported with the job.
  3. From the Tools menu, select Rule Set Manager.
  4. In the Rule Set Manager window, from the File menu, select Import.
  5. Select the RBA rule  Kodak Ink Usage
    Important: In the import options, do not select the Custom fields option.
  6. After the rule is imported, change the environment to System.
  7. Select the Kodak Ink Usage rule, and then click Enable.
  8. In the Conditional Loop Detected message that appears, click Yes.
  9. Enter the administrator credentials, and click OK.
    The rule is now enabled.

How does the Ink Usage rule work?

  • The rule makes sure that the following actions are performed:
    • Sets default values for all six IU_ custom fields in the job level.
    • Sets the IU_PressDueDate in the job level custom fields to the job creation date + seven days.
    • Copies the job IU custom fields values to the imposition custom fields when an imposition is imported or every time a change is implemented at the job level.
    • Sets the IU custom field values for jobs that are added to the server by other operations such as, copy job, retrieve job, move job. 
  • The custom fields are set on the job level and the values are copied to the imposition level.
  • The user can set values on any level by using the relevant IU custom fields for the specific object; signature, surface, or separation.
  • If values are displayed in the Separation IU custom fields, then when the separation is approved the values are sent to the Cloud.
  • If the Separation IU custom fields are empty, then values are taken from the next level of objects (Surface, Signature, or Imposition).
  • This process will be repeated for all levels. For example, if the Surface IU custom fields are empty, then values are taken from the next level of objects—from the Signature level.

When custom field are empty:

In the reports, the following values are displayed:

  • Number of Sheets --> "0" 
  • Print Condition --> “N/A” 
  • Product Type -->“N/A” 
  • Make-Ready Waste -->"0" 
  • Press Name --> “N/A” 
  • PressDue Date --> <today> + 7 days

If the print condition number of sheets or make-ready waste is not specified, the Ink Usage calculation result will be "0".

Creating and approving the job

  1. Create a Prinergy job.
    Your new job appears in Job Manager with default values in the Ink Usage custom fields.
  2. Enter the required information in the new custom fields.
    Note: In the IU_PrintConditionName custom field, you must enter a Print Condition name that has already been configured in the Print Condition tables as part of the setup and provisioning process. It you enter a Print Condition name that does not map to a configured Print Condition name, reports will display "N/A" for Print Condition, and the ink usage calculation will show "0" for amount.
  3. Add an input files and refine the job.
  4. Import an imposition and assign the pages to their positions.
  5. On the Separations tab, right-click the imposition elements that you want to process.
  6. From the menu that appears, select one of the following options:

    Final Output Process TemplateImposition Output Process Template

    Any final output process template.The selected output process template must be set to 1 bit TIFF or VPS, and the Do Separations check box must be selected.

    Any final imposition output process template. The selected imposition output must be set to VPS or TIFF, and the Do Separations check box will be automatically selected (and cannot be cleared). In the Output Separation Handling list, select the required option.

  7. When the output process is completed, right-click the required imposition element and select Approve

    Note: The ink coverage is only calculated after you create the separation output (VPS, TIFF) and approve it.
    When the output is approved, the ink coverage information is sent (along with other job details) and saved in the customer's database in the cloud. 
    The predicted Ink Usage values are presented in a dedicated Ink Usage dashboard in the Kodak Decision Analytics platform. For more information about the reports in the Ink Usage dashboard, see Ink Usage

    Notes (Approval Workflow)

    • The output process must be approved in order for the data to be included in the Ink Usage dashboard reports. 
    • The approval action in Prinergy triggers sending the production data (IU_ custom fields) values to the Cloud. 
    • If a separation has been approved, and then changed (IU custom fields values changed or output process is performed again), the customer must approve the separation again in order to have the changes reflected in the dashboard and reports.
    • The ink Usage dashboard reports display only the latest approved separations.
    • If the job status is Completed, the job data is not displayed in reports.

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