It’s been a busy week for Y Soft. The Czech Republic-based print management company expanded its print management platform to include a workflow solution, as well as introduced a 3D printer with integrated print management.
Y Soft describes its YSoft be3D eDee (eDee) as “the industry’s first comprehensive solution for 3D and 2D (paper) printers.” eDee is an enclosed desktop 3D printer integrated with YSoft SafeQ, the company’s print management, workflow, and accounting solution. YSoft SafeQ is already available for 2D printers and offers reduced print services costs, increased document security and improved productivity.
With YSoft SafeQ, educational institutions now have an option for print management across their entire 2D and 3D printer fleets. According to a Y Soft press release, educational institutions are increasingly adopting fleets of 3D printers and making them available to students and staff on campus-wide networks.
“In education, where 3D printer adoption is growing rapidly, we see that administrators need to manage and audit 3D printer use and costs as they do with 2D printers,” said Vaclav Muchna, Y Soft’s CEO and co-founder.
As a networked resource, 3D printers bring similar and unique challenges to 2D printers. Some of the hurdles include an understanding of the total time/3D material cost-per-print job; access control/door locks to prevent the object being taken or the print job stopped by another student; and efficient workflows to access available 3D printers or easily reprint a 3D object. According to Muchna, eDee’s print management tools solve these issues.
eDee is equipped with an intuitive 7-inch touch screen panel and print bed auto-calibration. It reportedly produces high-quality objects with accuracy and speed. Designed with “safety-first” in mind, it features increased safe operation and integrity of the print object.
As to whether or not a 3D printer with print management capability is proprietary to Y Soft or not , Muchna answered, “Yes and no. We haven’t found any 3D printer on the market yet that can be technically integratable.”
Muchna also reveals that Y Soft is committed to opening its specifications so that other 3D printer makers can use its specs to manage their 3D printers. “We want to remain vendor neutral,” he emphasized.
After targeting the education market with the initial rollout, the next target is the industrial market. Muchna said that the focus is on charge backs, managing costs, and the security of the object in the education market. Meanwhile, in the industrial market, it’s the security of the network and knowing who printed what and when.
YSoft be3D eDee will be available under early access in the second quarter of 2016 through Y Soft’s global network of channel partners. Additional information about eDee, including printer specifications, can be found at www.ysoft.com/edee.
Expanding the SafeQ Platform
Y Soft has also announced Y Soft SafeQ Platform, a new version of the company’s enterprise print management solution. The company maintains that the YSoft SafeQ Platform is the only solution that integrates print management and document capture workflow, provides a seamless solution for both 3D and 2D printers, and includes a mobile app for secure printing no matter the brand of printer.
According to Y Soft, the SafeQ Platform provides a one-stop solution for organizations seeking the benefits of print management and managed content services (MCS). It also builds on the product’s reputation for reducing print services costs by 30% and, in some cases up to 50%, improving workflow productivity and increasing document security.
According to Muchna, Y Soft was evaluating ways it could make an impact on the market and support its growth by introducing something innovative. That’s where the decision was made to acquire a 3D printer company. The result was eDee, allowing Y Soft to add workflow automation to its print management solution so that customers who wanted both didn’t have to pay twice for the same thing.
Muchna noted that the print management and workflow package will cost more than if a user just purchased print management. However, the cost will still be less than if they bought separate print management and workflow packages.
The benefit of the new platform to the dealer community, according to Muchna, is that it’s one package—one solution to install, one administration, one integration, one number to call, and a single sign-on.
From a dealer channel standpoint, Muchna said dealers may want to sell either of the new platforms and then offer customers the option to upgrade later, only charging the difference between enterprise and print and not paying full price for workflow.
“There will be a strong incentive for up sales,” he said.
Commenting on the major update to SafeQ, Muchna commented, “With our platform approach to enterprise office solutions, organizations have a resource in Y Soft that is dedicated to providing integrated, intelligent office solutions. Adding document capture, processing, and delivery to SafeQ is the first step in building a robust platform solution.”
In addition to MCS, the platform includes new ways to further reduce costs including:
- Client Based Print Roaming: Enables users to print from any printer in the environment, is now expanded, giving the option to have complex tasks associated with printing done on the client workstation. This means fewer and less expensive servers are needed to support existing and new users.
- Multitenancy: Uses the shared economy concept, allowing print-service providers to manage multiple customers using one instance of YSoft SafeQ, where total costs for hardware and software are shared amongst several companies.
- YSoft SafeQ Mobile Terminal: A mobile app that can be used with any multifunction device but is also a cost-saving choice for devices without an embedded terminal option.
The new platform is offered in four suites: YSoft SafeQ Enterprise Suite, YSoft SafeQ Workflow Suite, YSoft SafeQ Print Management Suite and YSoft SafeQ Print Management Suite LD (Limited Devices). Early access to the Suites will begin during the second quarter of 2016. Detailed information about the suites and new capabilities in SafeQ 6, including universal print drivers and finishing options, can be found at ysoft.com/safeq6.
As the dealer channel looks to broaden its reach by adding new technologies, services, and solutions, one technology at the forefront of this movement is 3D printing. For the pioneers in the dealer community who have been dodging arrows and implemented a vertical market approach, YSoft be3D eDee seems like a good fit. And the integrated print management is an added bonus.
After speaking with Y Soft CEO and co-founder Vaclav Muchna, I’m impressed at the innovation coming out of Y Soft. At the very least, readers of The Cannata Report should keep this company on their radars. Indeed, eDee and the new SafeQ platform are examples of an up-and-coming company flexing its technological knowhow. I suspect we’re going to be hearing a lot about Y Soft in the future.