The Production and Floor modules have the tools to allow Fulfillers to batch process order items in multiples in order to improve production efficiency. There are two types of batch available for processing order items:
There are eight standard Floor workflows available, some utilise Consolidated batches and others Artwork Generation batches. Each of the different workflows lend themselves to different use cases, products and scales of operations.
- This article summarises each of the workflows available using our Floor module - Link
- The following matrix can be used to help you identify which workflows may be suitable to your production environment - Link
What is an Artwork generation batch and who are they for?
Artwork generation batches are designed to speed up production for Fulfillers by providing them with a means of combining and producing orders in bulk to suit their production operation.
An Artwork generation batch can be used to group single order items together to create larger print runs. The best example of this is to take multiple print jobs or pieces of external artwork and arrange them into a print sheet for printing together.
A side benefit of artwork generation batches is the ability to add secondary information such as barcodes, addresses, quantity identifiers and other attributes to assist in the production and dispatch processes.
What do I need in order to create an Artwork generation batch?
An active Subscription for the Production Workflow Platform Module
The Product SKUs you wish to be batched using the job template
- The Dropship names or references for the Sales channel orders that will be batched using the job template
- A Job Template at the size you need to produce the batch
- An Image editing program (recommended)
How do I create one?
This article will go over the basic steps required to create a functioning artwork generation batch. There are a lot of settings available on a job template but some are only required for certain use cases.
Step 1: Creating a template and entering the Basic Information
1. Go to the Settings Menu and select the 'Job Templates' option.
2. Click on the New Template button.
3. Name the Job Template for easy identification (eg: perhaps it relates to a specific location or machine in the production facility)
5. Select a Production Centre for the batch from those available to your Organisation
6. Add the SKUs for the products you wish to batch using the job template
Important Note: Each SKU should be added on its own line, do not comma separate.
Step 2: Adding the Dropships
Go to the Dropships page and add the Dropships that you wish to use the batch by either 'Adding all dropships' or searching for them using the Name/Reference field and selecting the slider beside those you wish to enable.
Step 3: Setting the Output Type
Go to the Printing page and from the Output type drop down, select whether the output should be Raster or Vector.
Batches will fail and error if there is a mis-match between the print job output type and the Job template output type
Step 4: Defining the dimensions of the batch
The Artwork and Layout page is where the dimensions of the batch are defined (the pixel dimensions of the file that will be generated). Once the dimensions are defined, Items can be added to the batch (see Steps 5 & 6). It's possible to define the dimensions of the layout in two places: Background and Page Size
For Page Size you can simply enter the values in mm for the dimensions of the layout. These will then be interpreted in pixels at 300dpi. If an image file is uploaded to the Background slot, the job template will use the pixel dimensions of the uploaded file to set the overall size of the batch
The Background image must be in .png format
Whilst entering values for Page size is the quickest and easiest way to define the layout of the batch, the advantage of uploading an image to the Background is that it's possible to include additional information in the file that is generated such as branding, colour bars or registration marks.
Be mindful that if both a Page Size is defined and a Background is uploaded, the Page Size will be ignored.