SOLfusion - Process Automation

SOLfusion is a powerful centralized workflow application that allows users to stage and sequence tasks needed to produce desired output. SOLfusion is designed to complement and integrate with other products from Solimar Systems, including Rubika, the Solimar Print Director Enterprise, iCONVERT, SOLscript and SOLsearcher Enterprise. These software products provide a comprehensive suite of “middleware” that work together to provide control and management of high-volume production print environments. SOLfusion supports tasks such as executing external processes and scripts, indexing of PDF documents and running Rubika Process configurations.

SOLfusion Workflow

SOLfusion’s integrated workflow provides users with complete control of high-value documents independent of the data’s source or final destination. The modular architecture of SOLfusion gives users the flexibility to stage and sequence tasks as needed to support business critical processes.

Traditionally, transactional document workflows are inherently difficult to manage and involve many manual interventions. Even with today’s sophisticated processing, the need to pass documents through disparate systems is a complex and error-prone process. SOLfusion provides a solution to fuse together today’s demanding and complicated workflows. SOLfusion is a process management application that automates multiple sets of document production tasks. Optimized for transactional environments, SOLfusion seamlessly enables the integration of solutions from Solimar, 3rd party vendors and other external processes.

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SOLfusion User Interface

The comprehensive user interface of SOLfusion allows for workflow processing of external processes and scripts to be managed and monitored through graphical status bars and messaging activity. Each workflow runs independently in a “thread-safe” environment, preventing data conflicts and processing errors. SOLfusion is capable of controlling external processes and scripts, including exchanging data and job status information. This functionality is part of Solimar’s overall production job control for integration with external production processes and Automated Document Factory (ADF) workflows.

As print center environments range in complexity from very simple job management to highly complex, SOLfusion manages multi-stage processing routines requiring integration and data exchange between multiple systems. Clients find SOLfusion an integral piece to the complex workflow puzzle by providing a central gateway into process automation.

SOLfusion provides many benefits and functionality:

  • Automates indexing and multiple Rubika steps
  • Can be configured to run multiple workflows simultaneously
  • Runs external processes, such as .exe files, VB, Perl, Java, JScript, and Python scripts, Windows® programs and scripts, Batch file processes
  • Graphical user interface (UI) can be accessed and managed remotely
  • Multi-thread pool processing model is “thread-safe”
  • Customizable event notification
  • Dynamic values generated in a process can pass to other steps
  • Output filenames can rename input files of the next step or process

SOLfusion Features and System Requirements

Automated Document Factory (ADF) Integration

  • Event logging
  • Job tracking
  • Job and resource security
  • Manual/Automated reprints
  • Finishing equipment integration and controls

Services Oriented Architecture

  • Run external processes and scripts
    • Supports either managed or unmanaged process code
    • Run scripts composed in virtually any scripting language
  • Exchanges any required parameters and arguments at execution time
  • Enables the sharing of variables across multiple external processes and scripts

Solimar Workflow Automation

  • Document indexing
  • Running Rubika processes
  • Exchanging files with Print Director™, iCONVERT™ and SOLsearcher™ Enterprise
  • Client/Server architecture

Centralized Control

  • Provides a dashboard for managing and monitoring overall workflow processing
  • Scheduling and managing tasks
  • Event notification
  • Interface supports external processes and scripts updating messaging and progress bars
  • Remote Client GUI
  • OS: Windows® Server 2008 SP1, Server 2008 R2, Windows® 7 Professional or Ultimate SP1 (64-bit), Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10, Windows® Server 2012, Server 2012 R2
  • CPU: x64 2.4 GHz, Quad Core
  • RAM: Minimum: 8 GB, Recommended: 24 GB or more
  • HDD: 6GB free disk space for software installation, formatted with Windows® NT File System (NTFS). Disk space requirements for processing data vary based on job size, volume, and application
  • NIC: Ethernet network interface supporting the maximum speed of the network, preferably 1 Gb/s or greater
  • USB Ports: 1 available port required if using physical license keys
  • Additional Software: Microsoft® .NET Framework 4.5 will be installed by the installation program if not found

* A USB hub device can be used to increase the number of USB ports. USB ports are not required for any products using machine validation licensing.