Submitting jobs when using Avanti Slingshot

In Slingshot, you create a sales order with one or more line items and attach PDF files to the line items. Then you release the sales order for processing and export one or more PDF files associated with a JDF job ticket to Ricoh ProcessDirector.

  • For a typical implementation of Slingshot, you do these steps to exchange information with Ricoh ProcessDirector. Your implementation of Slingshot can have steps that differ from these steps.

To submit jobs when using Avanti Slingshot:

  1. Log in to the Avanti Slingshot client.
  2. Create a new sales order:
    1. In the left pane, click Sales Orders.
    2. Click New (New icon).
    3. Fill in the information you need for Slingshot.
  3. On the Line Items tab:
    1. To create a Line Item for the first type of work in the sales order, for example, Business Cards or Statements, select a Type.

      Ricoh ProcessDirector must have a hot folder input device with the same name as the Line Item Type. The hot folder must use the JDF Batching method.
    2. Select a Code for the Line Item, for example, 3.5 x 2 Business card.
    3. Select or type a Description for the Line Item.
    4. Specify Qty Ordered and fill in other information that you need for Slingshot.
    5. Click Add.
  4. On the Sections tab:
    1. Make sure that Description is the name of the Line Item, which is also the name of a Ricoh ProcessDirector hot folder. If Description does not have a value, type the name of the Ricoh ProcessDirector hot folder that receives the PDF files from Slingshot.
    2. Make sure that Press specifies a printer device that Ricoh ProcessDirector sends jobs to. If not, change the value.

      To change the value, click Information (Information icon). Click the Press tab and select a press from the list. Click the Selected Press check box. Click Close.
  5. To attach PDF files to the sales order, on the Documents tab:
    1. Click Attachment (Attachment icon).
    2. Click Select.
    3. Click Browse.
    4. Select a PDF file and click Open.
    5. Click Upload.
    6. Select Copy and click Attach.
    7. In the Section column, select the name of the Line Item. If Section does not have a value, type the name of the Ricoh ProcessDirector hot folder that receives the PDF file from Slingshot.

      Ricoh ProcessDirector must have a hot folder input device with the same name as the Line Item in the Section column.
    8. In the For Job column, click the check box.
    9. To attach another PDF file, repeat these steps.

      If you attach multiple PDF files to the same line item, Slingshot creates one JDF job ticket for all the PDF files. Each PDF file becomes a separate Ricoh ProcessDirector job.

  6. Create a Line Item for each additional type of work in the sales order by repeating the steps for the Line Items, Sections, and Documents tabs.
  7. Click Save Record (Save Record icon).
  8. Release the sales order for processing:
    1. In Table View, click the arrow to the left of the sales order.
    2. Click Edit (Edit icon).
    3. Select Release Order on the Actions list in the upper right corner.

      You see a confirmation message.

    4. Click OK.

      Slingshot assigns a Slingshot job number to each Line Item on the sales order.

    5. Click either Print Job Ticket or Close.
  9. To export each set of one or more PDF files associated with a JDF job ticket to Ricoh ProcessDirector:
    1. Navigate to Production → Job View.
    2. Select the first Slingshot job for the sales order that you released.
    3. In the Job Details area, click the Sections tab.
    4. Select the Section for the set of PDF files that you want to export, and click Export JDF Based on Tasks (Export JDF Based on Tasks icon).

      Slingshot sends the set of PDF files and the JDF job ticket to the Ricoh ProcessDirector server.

      Each PDF file appears as a job in the Ricoh ProcessDirector Jobs table.

    5. Select the next Slingshot job for the sales order and repeat these steps.
 
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