Muller Martini, SoftSolutions and Hiflex Collaborate on Open Integration Solution
HAUPPAUGE, NY—3/25/09—The postpress savings that can be realized via automation, both in time and money, are compelling. And now, three leaders in their respective fields have made those savings more fully and easily achievable. Muller Martini, the world pacesetter in print finishing innovation, along with SoftSolutions and Hiflex, two cutting-edge providers of software for the graphics arts industry, have collaborated to provide a new benchmark in digital workflow.
Through the use of Muller Martini equipment and Muller’s CONNEX digital workflow system as well as SoftSolutions’ FLEX-OS data integration platform and Hiflex’s MIS business automation systems, printers and binderies now have the ability to integrate their MIS functions and their post-press machines in an open architecture environment utilizing JDF/JMF digital file workflow. Information is electronically exchanged in real time, reducing or eliminating the need for costly manual intervention while also providing more accuracy, speed and productivity in job costing, planning, make-readies, reporting, throughput and many other aspects of production.
“SoftSolutions and Hiflex are ideal complements to our machines and our workflow technologies, enabling Muller customers both present and future to optimize the profitability that our equipment has been engineered to deliver to their businesses,” said Doug Stryker, Division Manager, Print Finishing Systems, Muller Martini. “And because the new digital solution is built on an open platform, a wide range of print finishing machines old, new and yet to come can utilize this workflow approach to share data and realize the substantial advantages of automation...making the most of return on equipment investment.”
The combined Muller/SoftSolutions/Hiflex digital integration solution was successfully demonstrated on a Muller Primera E140 saddle stitcher during mid-March, 2009. In addition to stitchers, the full digital JDF workflow can be implemented on virtually all new and many legacy Muller Martini print finishing machines including perfect binders, hardcover equipment, press delivery systems, and other technologies.
“We recognize Muller Martini as a global leader in print production and welcome this opportunity to collaborate on an open integration platform that will serve the print market. We’ve worked with Muller Martini engineers in Switzerland and with HIFLEX MIS software experts in Europe and the USA to quickly demonstrate the benefits of JDF Standards for automating machine setups, automating data collection directly from MIS and equipment, and enabling real-time visibility on performance for better cost controls. This project is a testimony to the fact that JDF integration is ready for prime time,” said Jay Foster, President, SoftSolutions, Inc.
“We’re very excited about this strategic initiative between Muller Martini, SoftSolutions and HIFLEX,” added Gary Marron, President and CEO, Hiflex Corporation of North America. “The automated digital workflow solution we’ve created as a team provides a mechanism for true JDF integration adhering to an open standard, effectively eliminating the ‘islands’ that exist between administration, estimating, order entry and production…resulting in enhanced functionality and higher profit potential for printing and binding companies.”
About Muller Martini
Muller Martini is the world’s largest producer of print finishing solutions for commercial and book printers, trade binderies and newspapers as well as short-run and digital book manufacturers. Muller Martini is also the world market-leading manufacturer of variable size web offset presses. The company is the foremost provider of innovative workflow solutions that can empower printers and binding specialists to enhance processing efficiencies, increase profitability and build new revenue streams. Muller Martini Corp., with U.S. headquarters in Hauppauge (Long Island), NY, serves as the leading source for bindery and printing expertise in the United States, providing nationwide sales and service support and customer-specific training and responsive service to printers and binderies coast-to-coast. The company operates a state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Newport News, Virginia along with Muller Martini Mailroom Systems, Inc. in Allentown, PA.
SoftSolutions is an independent software firm specializing in Direct Machine Interfaces (DMI) and “open” data integration solutions that provide real-time, easy access to business metrics that drive better decisions. SoftSolutions’ integration software has been licensed by a diverse array of firms both large and small throughout the international graphic arts marketplace. SoftSolutions is headquartered in Roanoke, VA.
Hiflex is a global software solutions provider, specializing in the print and media industries. Hiflex’s products include Hiflex MIS, Hiflex Print Support and its open Web2Print System called Hiflex Webshop. Hiflex is the unchallenged world leader in the field of JDF networking and integration. The company has its North American headquarters in Ashland, NY.