Pictorial Offset--Reducing Costs Through Efficient Management
DMI allows all of prepress as well as production to know the status of a job at any time. "We use it to determine scheduling such as in the prep department," Samuels continues. "If the plates aren't made, they can determine how much time they have just by looking at the screen. If they want to prioritize, they don't have to walk around the pressroom to figure that out. Everyone knows where they stand at any moment."
As an example, when a client calls and asks about a specific job on-press, Pictorial's production person looks at the screen and selects the press that is running that job to determine how many impressions are left to run. "What is most important to us is to give our clients the right information, at the time they need it. We won't tolerate keeping our customers waiting by having to get back to them when we can obtain the information so quickly and easily," remarks Samuels.
The advantages of the Logic systems are becoming clearer as Pictorial's 275 employees have just completed their computer training. "Everyone is finding that the management of jobs—both large and small—is easier. Anyone can find out about any piece of inventory that's on the floor. We are able to effectively manage and control odd items in smaller lots, such as leftover cartons and miscellaneous rolls, and reduce the amount of inventory, which has created more cash on hand."
Having Logic as a partner yields additional advantages to Pictorial other than just helping manage its business. Logic's User Meeting and the yearly releases are a plus, too. "The User Meetings are very good because we get to see new products and to meet and discuss details with other companies who use the system in order to benefit from one another," states Samuels.