Integration, whether via JDF or not, was a common message from the MIS vendors. Systems are now interfacing with Web-to-print solutions, as well as extending their connectivity to all facets of production. Interactive, computerized scheduling is another area of activity.
EFI’s PrintFlow dynamic scheduling solution for the Prograph MIS adds functionality for capacity maximizing job sequence planning, advanced to-do list generation, multi-run functionality, routing and tandem run capabilities and advanced split, drag-and-drop interface. The company also introduced more than 100 enhancements to PrinterSite Internal, primarily to upgrade its performance and compatibility with new versions of its Hagen Logic and PIS print MIS for real-time information sharing via a standard Web browser.
Heidelberg showed a prototype version of its new Prinect Scheduler, set for introduction at Drupa 2008. It is an intuitive, interactive scheduling tool with an interface that the company says will feel familiar to Microsoft Office users. The system is designed to support production planning options from semi-automatic planning of complete jobs to detailed planning of individual production stages.
At Graph Expo, Prism USA highlighted the experiences of two Prism WIN management system users—Walsworth Publishing and Colorcraft. The company also demonstrated its support of the JDF standard by showing the ability of the MIS and QTMS iQ shop floor data collection system to connect with equipment from Kodak, LithoTechnic, MAN Roland and MBO.
Pace Systems Group showcased the ability of its ePace print management system to integrate with Web-to-print solutions from Printable Technologies, Press-sense iWay and Pageflex Storefront from Bitstream Inc. These combined solutions are said to provide a complete, streamlined workflow from ordering to fulfillment.
The company also demonstrated JDF-based connectivity using its ePace PaceConnect framework to link the MIS to Kodak’s Prinergy workflow utilizing Prinergy Business Link.
Specifically designed for the digital print and variable data market segments, Digital Estimator from Estimator Corp. features a single-screen interface and Press-Select function that determines which press in a shop is the best fit for a given job. It’s functions include quote, job ticket, purchase orders, shipping labels, invoicing and job tracking reports. PI