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“Agfa Asanti has had a huge impact on our operations”

By investing in Agfa’s Asanti workflow software for sign & display printers, Japanese printing company Hataya co., Ltd. has become a forerunner in its field. Asanti has improved their productivity while significantly reducing output errors.

Hataya (Kobe, Japan) was founded in 1982 as a silk screen printing company. Since then, it has steadily digitized its operations. It is currently involved in the planning and manufacturing of signs and displays.

Mr. Numata, who works in the production department of Hataya: “I couldn’t do without Asanti anymore. Even complicated output work can be easily processed using the templates created by the software. Asanti automatically performs a number of output tasks, such as the placement of cut marks. That way, you don’t have to open the files in Illustrator, which reduces output errors. When I opened the artwork in Illustrator, the layers were complicated and locked, so I tended to make mistakes such as moving or erasing objects. The work that took 30 minutes before can now be done in about 10 minutes.”

Is it true that the output settings are made first, and then just applied to the print data?

Mr. Yoshikawa, President of Hataya: “Indeed. It’s very easy. We always have a lot of print orders to process. Thanks to Asanti, I feel that we can proceed faster to the finishing stage, including the cutting process, and that the productivity of the overall manufacturing process has improved”.

Mr. Numata: “If you repeat simple tasks, you will lose your concentration and you will be more likely to make mistakes. Nowadays, the number of mistakes has decreased dramatically thanks to the automation possibilities offered by Asanti.”

The work that took 30 minutes before can now be done in about 10 minutes.

Does Asanti drive non-Agfa printers too?

Mr. Shimada, also a member of the production department at Hataya: “Once the workflow has been established, PDFs that have been processed by Asanti, including mark placements, are printed on non-Agfa printers too.