JohnsByrne Co. — Finding an Edge
** Print management. JohnsByrne utilizes the Printcafe Hagen Open Architecture system, which boasts applications for estimating, job creation and management, accounting, purchasing, inventory, receiving and fulfillment. The Printcafe PrintFlow scheduling application optimizes the use of personnel and equipment, while minimizing makeready time between jobs, thus improving throughput and plant capacity.
The print management aspect is perfect almost to a fault, according to Gustafson. “The information that we’re getting back is so accurate right now versus before when employees were inputting information,” he says. “We’re trying to de-bug it right now; we’re having a problem with an employee’s lunch time being posted to the job. That’s how microscopic we’re getting. In the old days, an employee could mispunch five hours on something. Now, we have to figure out how we can work the bugs out of having lunch costed against an actual job.”
** Prepress workflow integration. Designers submit content files electronically to JohnsByrne production using the Creo Synapse InSite Internet portal into prepress, allowing for remote job submission, proofing, collaboration and tracking. The JDF-based integration modules, such as Creo Synapse Link software and the Printcafe Prepress Connector, allow for full integration with the Hagen PMS.
** Pressroom and finishing. Prepress data is sent automatically to calibrate the press ink-key settings courtesy of CIP3/PPF by using Creo PrintLink. JohnsByrne can transfer job ticket information to the pressroom with the Hagen OA system, via the Komori K-Station through a CIP4 JDF interface. Through a bi-directional interface, information from prepress and the Hagen system is sent directly to the Komori press. Job production data from the press and finishing systems is exported through the K-Station back to the Hagen OA system.
Gustafson points out that JohnsByrne was one of the early adopters of computer-to-plate (CTP) technology, when it subscribed to a Creo solution. He feels that, as in the case with CTP, the migration—Gustafson refers to it as “jumping in with both feet”—toward CIM will enable JohnsByrne to get a technological jump start that will give it an edge over his contemporaries.