HIFLEX recognized for their contribution to education
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Press release from the issuing company
Ashland NY - HIFLEX representatives traveled to Clemson, South Carolina to attend an educational forum at Clemson University and accept the Clemson Corporate Appreciation Award recognizing contributions that the MIS & Web2Print software provider has made to the prestigious University. Clemson selected the HIFLEX Management Information System (MIS) last year and has already begun to take full advantage of this cutting edge JDF Workflow System by using it to expose students to the concepts of advanced MIS systems and automated JDF workflow, a subject rarely taught in educational institutions.
Clemson Print Leadership Forum
Clemson Corporate Appreciation Award Presentation
Samuel Ingram, Professor and Department Chair of Clemson's Graphic Communications Department added "Our program and students have benefited from working with real production tools to solve problems both common to and as complex as those in the industry. With the collaboration of industry partners, students and faculty are paving the digital dirt road for print in the 21st century. HIFLEX MIS was chosen by Clemson as we view this system to have some of the most advanced JDF integration capabilities available, allowing us to teach our students the cutting edge and best prepare them for the future."
"I've been a judge of the CIP4 CIPPI awards for the last 4 years and as I read the award applications, I kept seeing HIFLEX users come up, receiving the top awards every time. Not just in one location either, the winners seemed to be from all over the world." HIFLEX customers have won 15 of the distinguished CIP4 CIPPI trophies since the awards inception in 2005. As a leader in JDF technology, and having the most customer confirmed JDF connections on the JDF roadmap, HIFLEX went above and beyond Dr. Leininger's criteria to become the premier choice for an MIS system at Clemson.
Looking ahead, Dr. John Leininger understands the importance of providing a future-proof education to his students. "I think that the progressive companies are definitely looking at JDF. The companies that look ahead are definitely the ones implementing these workflows. The other companies are going to have to fall in line, or they'll go out of business." Preparing students for these changes in the printing industry is his top priority.
Learn by Doing
Dr. Leininger comments on one of the exercises he performs with HIFLEX: "I have my students go through one assignment where they estimate a job longhand and then they go back and use HIFLEX AutoPilot feature and see if the system would have estimated the job significantly different. I would say about 50% of the time they get pretty close, and the other 50% there is a significant difference. Students start to understand the benefit of using an MIS system which is going to be much more consistent and faster than a traditional estimator."
For every action, there is a reaction and Dr. Leininger has seen the positive effect that exposure to an MIS system provides students who have only been exposed to the theory of efficient workflow. "They're having these revelations and I'm sitting there really enjoying the teaching moment because my students are really starting to understand the big picture. They are starting to understand how it goes together, how pricing works, and the different steps that are required. It is a really positive experience." It is these types of moments which Dr. Leininger and the entire Clemson faculty strive for, and it is the reason HIFLEX has taken on the initiative of helping to educate the printer's of the future.
Quote from the Dean of Clemson
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