JohnsByrne Co. -- Finding an Edge
According to Fairley, the adjustments and learning curves are no less dramatic than any transformation from one platform to another. And, while the company is perhaps six months away from reaching a comfort zone with its CIM, the benefits have been readily apparent.
Clearly, working with the manufacturers on the system before it is shrink-wrapped and sold to the general populace had its advantages. "I look at it from the perspective that we're 80 percent better than we were yesterday, and it's good to get in on the ground floor—to get a better understanding of the system and its capabilities," Fairley says. "By being an alpha site, you're also much more involved in the enhancements of the product. We're able to give more input to the manufacturers as to what we would like to see added to improve the product. Those efficiencies have all been acknowledged by them.
"There are some shortcomings in the system that are natural nuances of a new product. But it's fun working with the manufacturers as they collaborate to make the system better and improve it, and they're really doing it with our input. It's great; you become part of the product development team any time you're one of the first users."
As for the areas where the greatest efficiencies have been, Fairley sees improvements across the board. "The job ticket is being populated by the estimate," he notes. "The information for actual job initiation on the server is being created by Hagen, onto server and prepress, so we're seeing prepress efficiencies from that perspective. And the fountains being set by Blade Setter through the Komori link with Creo has been an extremely efficient process from that end."
"Each department has seen some level of efficiencies. What we're seeing are some slight nuances, some slight disconnects, upon which Creo, Printcafe and Komori continue to address. But we've gained lot of automation."