What does a smart production automation system look like

Today’s publishing environment is evolving and expanding. Print and digital publishing are starting to merge, and workflows are becoming complex. With the increase in the number of books published as well as rise in eBooks, publishing companies are forced to find new ways to work smarter. They are now required to modernize their workflows and production processes.

Smart production automation systems publish through an XML-based publishing engine, which connects multiple journal and book-based production workflows, formats, and designs. These cloud-based publishing platforms simplifies, streamlines, and customizes publishing workflows without compromising the quality.

Making publishing smarter and faster

Smart production automation systems seamlessly manage the all the critical activities at every stage of publishing.

Pre-production – If the pre-production process is streamlined it sets the tone for a quality publication process. In the pre-production stage, automation system creates a portal for authors to prepare their manuscript according to publisher-specific guidelines, submit the synopsis or manuscript through their unique logins, and track the progress of their submissions online. This stage also includes proposal of author contract, manuscript completeness, plagiarism checks etc.

Production – During the production stages, automation systems aid in accurate conversion of content of any format into multiple eBooks and other digital formats simultaneously. It automates workflow services for publishers from technical editing and editorial tasks to page layout and author review tasks. Processes like, editing, multimedia infusion, conversion to Epub, xml and pdf, book design and stylesheet, art work and cover, final proof etc. can now happen in an automated platform which eliminates manual intervention in many stages resulting in significant reduction in time and cost of production. The XML-based e-proofing system enables authors to work directly from an HTML view of the proofs, so that their corrections are automatically updated in the XML.

Post production – Production automation systems efficiently manages the printing stages of the post-production process. The intelligent client interface system provides extensive content discoverability strategies as well as marketing and distribution strategies to reach the target consumers.

The benefits of smart production automation systems are –

  • Lowered editing and production costs with an end-to-end process automation.
  • Eliminate costly, labor-intensive desktop publishing tasks using powerful, automated content-formatting tools
  • Simplify and streamline the entire publishing process from simple to complex production workflows
  • Leverage end-to-end automation options for entire production process with solutions such as auto-proof, auto-copyediting, collaborative authoring and editorial process etc.
  • Extensive customization to accommodate flexible workflows.
  • Faster time to market with consistent-quality deliverables at each stage.

The changing demands of today’s readers and consumers are challenging modern publishers. With smart and automated production systems, publishers and authors can create future-ready digital content and integrate it with popular operating systems and devices. Publication processes have never been more challenging and Versatile PreMedia Services helps authors to produce their publications with consistent quality. Verstaile’s PAS systems manages intelligent workflows to significantly reduce human intervention and expedite publication time thus ensuring that the publishing processes are smarter, faster and better.

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