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HIFLEX Wins PIA/GATF Intertech Award

Monday, August 11, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

ASHLAND, NEW YORK, August 8, 2008 – Late last month it was announced that HIFLEX Corporation of North America was among the recipients of the coveted PIA/GATF 2008 InterTech Technology Awards and was the first vendor in the Award's history to achieve the accomplishment for this category of MIS and Web2Print Systems.

The PIA/GATF InterTech Technology Award has been presented annually since 1978. It is awarded as a symbol of technological innovation, excellence and progress in the Graphic Communications marketplace. The innovations must be tried and tested under industrial production conditions and are expected to have a significant impact on the industry over the next five years. The InterTech Star Award will be presented to HIFLEX before an impressive audience of industry leaders during the 2008 PIA/GATF Print Awards Gala, October 26, 2008 in Chicago held during Graph Expo.

HIFLEX won the InterTech Award for their HIFLEX MIS and Web2Print Systems. HIFLEX MIS, including the eBusiness, Office and Factory modules along with HIFLEX Webshop and HIFLEX Print Support, use JDF to leverage the total automation of procurement, estimating, production planning, order entry and scheduling. This streamlined, paperless workflow allows individual personnel to perform multiple, integrated roles in a centralized SQL Database, significantly reducing administrative costs. HIFLEX MIS is configured to a printer's specific rules and equipment, and using HIFLEX 'Autopilot', generates production plans and JDF files dynamically for every order. These JDFs are used to automate prepress, press and postpress. The complete functionality has been validated and is used at many printing establishments integrating systems from vendors such as Kodak, AGFA, Screen, Metrix, KBA, Heidelberg, MAN, Muller Martini, MBO, Horizon and many more.

HIFLEX Webshop provides its users with the capability to configure multi-branded, open/closed on-line storefronts. Print buyers can create print product specifications on-line for products they wish to purchase or quote, and do so dynamically and on-the-fly. Orders are then directly and automatically inserted into HIFLEX MIS, saving significant administration costs. Webshop is ideal for creating print orders of all types. To visit HIFLEX Web Shop, customers can go to www.printplaza.com or www.printello.com

HIFLEX Print Support (www.printsupport.com) is a Web-based, JDF-enabled procurement tool that streamlines communications between buyers and vendors, simplifying and speeding up the procurement and cost analysis processes for both.

The InterTech Award Judges especially liked this JDF-Certified system's remote contact management functions and the superior JDF integration of the HIFLEX MIS and Web2Print Systems.

Gary E. Marron, President of HIFLEX Corporation, commented, "The awarding of the PIA/GATF InterTech Award to HIFLEX is particularly gratifying. HIFLEX is one of the first to be JDF Certified, and the first to provide reality JDF functionality from print procurement to estimating, order entry and on to prepress, press and post press. The InterTech Award demonstrates and validates HIFLEX's proven integration within our customer base as this award comes from the feedback and results of our customers. The HIFLEX MIS System with its unique 'Super CSR' feature allows our customers to automate and eliminate several steps and work faster and smarter than traditional MIS workflows. Even before JDF equipment integration, HIFLEX is focused on helping printers reduce administrative overhead and uses it's JDF structure to achieve this automation. The HIFLEX MIS System will truly continue to impact the future of print."




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