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Metrix Delivering Zero Touch Automation for Job Planning and Imposition

Monday, September 12, 2011

Press release from the issuing company

Chicago, IL, – LithoTechnics, Inc., developer of
Metrix, the intelligent, automated job planning and imposition
system, announced today that they will demonstrate their upcoming
release, Metrix 2011.1, which incorporates their groundbreaking
automation technology.

Metrix has always automated certain tasks, such as calculating the job
plan based on the job specifications, press setup, and finishing
requirements, and then delivering the finished imposition. Moreover,
setup of the Metrix project has been possible via XML since Metrix
version 2.0 released in 2006. However, exporting the project as JDF or
imposed PDF to the prepress system, and/or exporting JDF files to the
finishing department, still required an operator present to approve
and click "Export".

Metrix 2011.1 changes the entire paradigm. Now, with a Metrix XML job
description file and either the Metrix Automation Server or the Metrix
Automation Lite module, estimators, planners, prepress operators, or
indeed other software systems can drop the XML into a hot folder and
move on. This can literally mean that plates drop out the other end of
the process, when no error conditions have been triggered. Metrix
Automation can send email when the process begins for a particular
project, when it has completed successfully, or when operator
attention is required.

For larger companies requiring high throughput, Metrix 2011.1
Automation Server delivers breakthrough performance and productivity.
Metrix Automation Server allows for a virtually unlimited number of
hot folders, and parallel processing of multiple concurrent projects
per hot folder! For companies not requiring such high volume
throughput, the Metrix 2011.1 Automation Lite module offers incredible
value. Automation Lite installs as an optional module of the standard
Metrix and allows for a single hot folder per Metrix client,
processing one project at a time per hot folder. It is an extremely
affordable solution that enables every printer to process work
completely automatically, error-free, and at unheard of speed.

Rohan Holt, President of LithoTechnics, Inc., and inventor of Metrix,
said, "End-to-end, 'lights-out' automation has always been part of the
Metrix vision, and for certain markets Metrix Automation completely
fulfills that dream." Holt continued, "Metrix Automation will do,
totally automatically, what many companies spend hours of skilled
labor doing. Many printers have a hard time believing this is
possible. I invite everyone to come to our stand at GraphExpo (#653)
and have a look for yourself. We will be demonstrating Metrix
Automation Lite, and seeing is believing."

 

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