Micropress is implementing an EFI Midmarket Print Suite MIS at across the Southwold business in Suffolk. The first elements arrived at the end of January with the system on course to be fully operational by August, according to commercial director Rob Cross.
The decision to invest in MIS came after a spend of £4.5 million in 2015 on presses and factory, followed by investment in a new Stahl folder and Muller Martini Primera MC stitcher last year. Now the attention is turning towards information and automation with a Shuttleworth MIS being replaced.
“We felt we needed to take the business to the next stage in terms of MIS,” says Cross. “When EFI bought Shuttleworth we reached the point where we had to invest in something new having been a Shuttleworth user for ten years. When we started with that MIS we were a much smaller business and needed something to cope with a much larger business.”
Having looked around, the company came back to EFI opting for the Midmarket Production Suite which is built around the Pace MIS and the Autocount direct machine interface to link the production equipment to the software server. “It will report what job each equipment is on, speeds and progress in real time,” says Cross. “We were especially impressed with the way that the EFI system has the full traceability of jobs in progress and the flexibility of the scheduling system to optimise our production workflow so maximise throughout.”
It will also manage the stock of paper and generate invoices as soon as a job is delivered to improve cashflow management.
As the number of jobs being handled across two eight-colour B1 perfecting Heidelberg Speedmasters a five-colour Speedmaster XL106, three B2 presses and four Xerox digital presses increases, CSR staff to be able to track jobs to keep services levels high. A job planning component will use the data to improve loadings on the presses and identify where productivity can be increased.
The company says it posted record profits for 2016 and that turnover has risen to £16 million following the increase in production capacity. “Having invested quite heavily in the last couple of years, this year we are focusing on MIS and strengthening information flow,” says Cross.
Micropress has added a new EFI MIS following a year in which new folders and a Muller Martini Primera MC stitcher were installed, these following investment in new premises. The cost may be lower, but the impact of the MIS investment may be at least as much.
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