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EPMS Helps Magna IV Go “Lean”

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Press release from the issuing company

Enterprise Print Management Solutions(EPMS),  a leading provider of print MIS solutions , is pleased to announce that the installation of its Enterprise print management  system  at Magna IV Communications has helped that company achieve its lean manufacturing goals.  Magna IV is a full service printing company located in Little Rock, AR that  provides  sheet-fed , digital, lithographic, wide format and variable data printing to a diverse group of clients.  EPMS offers a full suite of estimating, accounting , and production software modules for the printing industry and is considered one of the premiere vendors of print MIS in North America.  Founded in 1988, EPMS has continually evaluated industry changes and issues, and has developed a print MIS solution that reflects the changing times and technical innovations embraced by the printing industry. Since its  inception, EPMS has been providing effective solutions to problems that printing companies of all sizes and types face in their daily businesses. The strength of commitment to product development is evident in the depth and scope of our integrated product suites and e-commerce solutions, in use worldwide by over 1,000 printing companies.

Craig Andersen, Chief Operating Officer of EPMS commented on the success of the installation. “EPMS has produced a management system that is noted for its ability to help printing companies streamline their workflow and effectively manage print production.  The movement towards lean manufacturing over the past few years has made ownership of a robust print management system a number one priority in companies that have embraced the lean manufacturing techniques. We knew that “going lean” was a high priority for Magna IV, and we are delighted that Enterprise was a critical factor in helping them employ “lean” techniques in their plant.

Kristi Dannelly, Chief Operating Officer for Magna IV also commented.  “When Magna IV Communications decided to set about incorporating lean manufacturing techniques in their operations and administrative workflows, the first order of business was to replace its existing Management Information System.  After a year long due diligence process, we selected EPMS’ Enterprise system because of its robust features, seamless integration between modules and the willingness of EPMS leadership to make custom modifications for us.  Out of all the systems we reviewed, Enterprise was the only system to offer true end-to-end automation, from receiving Web2Print storefront orders, auto-creating jobs, and auto-invoicing and shipping.  After 9 months of being live on Enterprise, Magna IV has achieved significant reductions in the touch points necessary to process jobs.”

For more information about EPMS go to : www.entpms.com

For more information about Magna IV Communications go to: www.magna4.com



By Tom Southworth on Feb 03, 2012

Kudos to Magna IV for "incorporating lean manufacturing techniques in their operations and administrative workflows". Few in our industry are bold enough to take that first step. I'm curious, though: how Magna IV "achieve its lean manufacturing goals"? What "lean techniques" were employed? All I see is that new software system was installed. One does not need a "robust print management system" in order to become lean.

"Significant reductions in the touch points necessary to process jobs" means what? What value did this add for the customer? Why was it necessary to "reduce touch points"? What problems were caused by these "touch points" and what did this system do to solve them?

You should remove as much waste as possible, first, then optimize flow before investing in any new MIS solution. Automation does not automatically equate to "lean" if all you've done is automate the waste. I hope that there is more, a lot more, to what Magna IV has attempted and achieve vis-a-vis lean and process improvement than what we're seeing here.


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