One Step at a Time
When the company moved to the Hiflex MIS in 2004, the decision was made to keep the Auto-Count system in place for the time being. "I wouldn't have wanted to tackle them (Hiflex and QTMS installs) simultaneously," he comments.
Luck and the rest of the team still have plenty to keep them busy, with completion of the Hiflex to PECOM JDF integration targeted for this year, and integration with the prepress department's Kodak Prinergy workflow also in the offing. Extending the QTMS system to the bindery is under consideration, as well.
Initially, Freeport Press had a modest goal of just upgrading part of its existing management solution to address employee complaints about its job ticket. After investigating the options, management decided to instead do a full implementation of the system now branded as EFI's Monarch print production and management solution.
The company's facility in Freeport, OH, primarily produces short-run publications on three web offset presses and employs roughly 140 people. James Pilcher, vice president of manufacturing, says a "clean slate" approach was taken in implementing the system by first identifying all of the workflows within the plant.
"We identified what still worked and what didn't with the new system," Pilcher explains. "We also had to figure out what information was important to continue passing to production and how we were going to do it. We basically redid everything in our entire company."
Freeport brought the Foundation, Planner and Auto-Count DMI components of Monarch all online the same day, but waited almost six months before converting over to the PrintFlow automated scheduling system. Even given the somewhat older web presses the company had at the time, Pilcher says the Auto-Count system was relatively simple to install, so there was no reason not to include it in the first phase.