25 Jun 2024

Four Pees team launches Atomyx - a cloud-based software

Four Pees team launches Atomyx, an innovative print production management platform.

The team behind Four Pees, a renowned international distributor and integrator for the print industry, announces the launch of Atomyx, a groundbreaking cloud-based print production management platform. The official unveiling will occur at the REACT launch event on February 5th, 2024, in Gent, Belgium.

Atomyx: Revolutionizing Print Production Management

Atomyx is built on the vision of Connected Automation to enable the profitable production of individualized print jobs at scale. A 100% cloud platform, it fosters full scalability and connectivity across the entire manufacturing process. Atomyx is an Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) explicitly crafted for the print manufacturing industry. It allows non-technical users to integrate various data sources, including online platforms, Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, and on-premise data into a unified cloud-based service. As such, it enables everyone involved in the print manufacturing process to keep track of production every step of the way.

Key Offerings of Atomyx

Atomyx comprises three distinct but integrable products:

  1. Atomyx Manage: A connectivity and production management dashboard facilitating efficient, transparent workflows within a print service provider but also between print service providers, print buyers, and online print platforms. It offers seamless integration, order visualization, automation, and manual intervention capabilities.
  2. Atomyx Prepare: Built on callas pdfToolbox technology, this pre-press/PDF processing API enables flawless print production by allowing dynamic printability checks, color conversions, and file preparations.
  3. Atomyx Layout: A Print Layout API optimizing media usage through automated layout planning for widely different printing technologies.

Benefits of Atomyx

Atomyx significantly reduces integration costs, minimizes manual tasks and potential errors, and maintains a centralized production overview. As a complete SaaS platform, it can genuinely scale production without overhead in infrastructure and license management. It's particularly effective for meeting evolving customer expectations such as managing shorter deadlines and smaller print runs, down to quantity 1, through enhanced automation capabilities.

The Future of Print is in the Cloud

Shifting print production management to the cloud with Atomyx's built-in integration unlocks numerous automation options, improves customer service, and enhances market competitiveness. The platform simplifies technology access, is easily scalable, and offers usage-based pricing.

Atomyx, a platform, a company

Atomyx will be spun off from Four Pees as a separate company to stimulate its growth. It allows other partners, resellers, and consultants to provide services around the platform.

Connected Automation in Print

Print manufacturing is inherently complex, with many different product types having specific manufacturing steps, often involving multiple contractors and production across different locations. eCommerce and the platform economy have added a layer of complexity with customers, print buyers, or print brokers expecting instant feedback on order status and delivery. Online sales and print platforms have also pushed down print run lengths, even to a quantity of one, making print no longer a mass production but a mass customization industry. As most printers maintain an eclectic, siloed IT infrastructure, combining legacy software with cloud-based solutions and the latest and greatest in connectable manufacturing equipment with antique machinery, it is time to rethink the process.

Connected Automation envisions:

  • Connecting the entire manufacturing process end-to-end, enabling automation and making the process more efficient.
  • Connecting Cloud and on-premise systems, facilitating data exchange without error-prone re-keying of data.

Connecting man and machine, tracking inevitable manual or non-connected mechanical processes, and keeping all data digital.

The goals are simple:

  • Making print manufacturing more performant, transparent, and measurable to make it more profitable.
  • Improving and increasing overall customer service and experience.

Ultimately, this enables printers to produce a quantity of one at scale.