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University of Illinois Implements Avanti MIS System

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

Toronto, September 5, 2006 – Avanti Computer Systems, a leading provider of business management software for in-plant and commercial print shops is pleased to announce the recent implementation of its business management software into the Facilities & Services Printing Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Campus. Urbana-Champaign's in-plant print shop contains both digital and litho print equipment, in addition to a full service bindery and mailing house. The print shop currently produces over 500 jobs a week for more than 7,000 customers. The implementation of Avanti’s software will allow the print shop to streamline workflow and increase the plant’s overall productivity. “We’re very excited to be working with another one of the “Big 10” print shop facilities,” says Patrick Bolan, president and CEO of Avanti Computer Systems. “Avanti has a great deal of expertise in helping university print shops streamline their workflow and provide added value to their customers.” Prior to installing Avanti, Urbana-Champaign used a total of 11 different systems to collect job data, track job status and chargeback information. The shop needed a single system to track workflow from order entry to job fulfillment. Specializing in end-to-end print management solutions for both in-plant and commercial print companies, Avanti’s integrated system for sheetfed, web, digital and large format was a logical choice for Urbana-Champaign. With the integration and centralization of all Urbana-Champaign’s shop data into Avanti’s Shop Floor Data Collection module, every job produced in the shop is now entered, tracked, fulfilled and billed in the same way. In addition, once data is entered and stored in the system, it can easily be retrieved and examined for real-time status, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Urbana-Champaign estimated it previously spent approximately 4,100 hours a year in data entry. With all the shop’s data now centralized in Avanti’s system, the shop has been able to completely eliminate added hours spent entering redundant job data into numerous different systems. “We’ve really improved our cost center efficiency by using shop floor data to communicate to our employees how everything they do affects the overall productivity and costs of running the shop,” states Morgan Johnston, manager of the administrative and customer service units for the Facilities & Services Printing Department. In the coming months, Urbana-Champaign will also launch Avanti’s Inventory, Purchasing and Internet modules, to increase productivity even further. "Stress levels are way down," excitedly states Johnston. "Now that there’s only one system, there's only one procedure, eliminating room for errors."

 

 

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