"You get out of a system what you put into it," he continues. "Today, we (department managers) probably spend 60 percent or more of our time focusing on workflow. We're looking at what can we do to improve our process."
Freeport Press has also been able to capitalize on data from PrintFlow to develop what Pilcher terms a "poor man's JDF" connection to the press by exporting a .csv (comma separated values) file that is imported by the K-Station console of its Komori System 38S web press to pre-build jobs—ink key settings, paper parameters, folder type, etc. Electronic job information is also being fed to its cutter.
The company is hoping to become a beta tester for a new interface between Planner and its Kodak Prinergy workflow, as well as prodding EFI and Komori to develop JDF-based integration between Planner and the K-Station.
Pilcher says Freeport has had to take a larger role in spurring discussions between vendors than he would like. Of course, that's the role the JDF initiative was, and still is, supposed to fill. PI