Gent, Belgium – June 29, 2011 – Enfocus Vice President Fabian Prudhomme today announces that industry veteran and digital pioneer, Chris Heric, joins the international Enfocus team as Automation Solutions Architect. Heric will report to Elli Cloots, Enfocus Product Management Director.
Heric will concentrate on further developing Enfocus core technologies — particularly Switch, at this time – for use in newly identified high-growth segments, including graphic arts.
Heric has consulted to Enfocus engineering in the past, and has long been an outspoken proponent of the Enfocus PitStop and Switch product families.
“Chris Heric is a dynamic, quick-thinking professional with an intuitive gift for development across numerous market segments,” says Prudhomme. “Given his 22 years of print production experience and expertise, combined with deep technical knowledge of Enfocus products, IT systems, and imaging and prepress; we are fortunate to have him help us find, and develop, applications that can be better served with Enfocus technology.”
Prudhomme says that company research is uncovering a surprising absence of affordable, quick-ROI automation solutions in numerous vertical segments. “Even industries with some history and experience in automation are lacking options,” Prudhomme says. “Enfocus’ fast, easy approach runs counter to the quarter-million dollar, eight-month plus implementation solutions that are more commonly utilized in other markets, but doesn’t compromise functionality at its lower price point.”
Prior to joining the Enfocus team, Heric was an independent consultant for 18 years. His clients ranged from magazines and periodicals to software developers, and prepress and print facilities worldwide.
Currently the Chairman of the CIP4/JDF Content Creation sub-working group, and an active member of the CIP4 Technical Steering Committee, Heric is also a frequent speaker, author, and inventor. Other key accolades include his tenure as a key speaker and architect of the Seybold PDF Conference, and involvement as an early member of the SWOP review committee.
Enfocus’ increasingly popular Switch automation platform continues to evolve. The newest Switch 10 version, which recently became available, offers printers and publishers more robust automation, greater depths of data security, and the ability to extract more value from existing information sources and third-party tools.
Enfocus provides modular and affordable tools safeguarding job quality and enabling automation throughout the complete production chain. Innovative solutions improve communication between design and production while enhancing productivity and predictability through automation of routine tasks. Step-by-step deployment dramatically increases added value without forcing users to completely rethink their way of doing business. Well-known brands include Instant, PitStop and Switch. Enfocus is a business unit of EskoArtwork and has its headquarters in Gent, Belgium.
EskoArtwork is a global supplier of integrated solutions for packaging, sign and display finishing, commercial printing and professional publishing. Its products and services help customers raise productivity, reduce time-to-market, lower costs and expand business. EskoArtwork employs around 1050 people worldwide. Its global sales and support organization covers Europe, the Americas and the Asia Pacific and is completed by a network of distribution partners in more than 45 countries. EskoArtwork is headquartered in Gent, Belgium, and has R&D and manufacturing facilities in five European countries, the United States, China and India. The consolidated full year financials ended for 2010 with revenue of EUR 184.1 million.
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