Bennett Graphics Marks JDF Milestone
TUCKER, GA—The first U.S. implementation of Heidelberg's Prinect interface linked with EFI's Monarch print production and management solution recently went live at Bennett Graphics here. The company is using the linkage to facilitate fast, accurate machine setups and harness real-time production data from its Heidelberg presses, based on the bidirectional exchange of JDF/JMF presets and job costing information between the company's existing Prinergy workflow, Prinect Pressroom Manager and Monarch MIS.
The implementation marks a milestone in the company’s progress toward full JDF integration from MIS to press and eventually onto its postpress department. "We made the decision to begin our JDF implementation some time ago, and have been watching as the technology matured," said Scott Carroll, vice president of operations, Bennett Graphics. "For the present, the Heidelberg-EFI interface is helping us to reduce the makeready times and accurately record what is happening on our five-color Speedmaster CD 102 press. Once we feel comfortable with the process, and with the quality of the data going out and coming in, we’ll tie in our JDF-compliant Stahlfolder and POLAR cutting system."