Hiflex Recognized for Contribution to Clemson University
Looking ahead, Dr. John Leininger understands the importance of providing a future-proof education to his students. "I think that the progressive companies are definitely looking at JDF. The companies that look ahead are definitely the ones implementing these workflows. The other companies are going to have to fall in line, or they'll go out of business." Preparing students for these changes in the printing industry is his top priority.
Learn by Doing
The experience students receive with a real MIS system will be invaluable for their future careers. They not only learn about the software itself, but gain a deeper understanding of surrounding concepts, such as the importance of a streamlined workflow.
Dr. Leininger comments on one of the exercises he performs with Hiflex: "I have my students go through one assignment where they estimate a job longhand and then they go back and use Hiflex AutoPilot feature and see if the system would have estimated the job significantly different. I would say about 50% of the time they get pretty close, and the other 50% there is a significant difference. Students start to understand the benefit of using an MIS system which is going to be much more consistent and faster than a traditional estimator."
For every action, there is a reaction and Dr. Leininger has seen the positive effect that exposure to an MIS system provides students who have only been exposed to the theory of efficient workflow. "They're having these revelations and I'm sitting there really enjoying the teaching moment because my students are really starting to understand the big picture. They are starting to understand how it goes together, how pricing works, and the different steps that are required. It is a really positive experience." It is these types of moments which Dr. Leininger and the entire Clemson faculty strive for, and it is the reason Hiflex has taken on the initiative of helping to educate the printer's of the future.
Quote from the Dean of Clemson
"Corporate partners like Hiflex are vital to our students' success. Because of their involvement with our graphic communications program, our students graduate with the skills they need to be valuable to the marketplace from day one," said College of Business and Behavioral Science dean Claude Lilly. "We are grateful to HIFLEX not only for their support, but also for their vision for education and its impact on the graphics industry."