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HIFLEX Provides "Lights Out Automation For Printers"

Press release from the issuing company

ASHLAND, NEW YORK, September 29, 2008 – HIFLEX (www.hiflex.com), developer of management information system (MIS) software solutions specifically for print and media, has announced that the HIFLEX MIS and Web2Print system is the only system that has full JDF functionality on the shop floor from prepress to bindery.  Industry examples of JDF compatibility with HIFLEX include Kodak's Prinergy and Insite Prepress Systems, KBA Logotronic Professional in the pressroom, Muller-Martini stitchers with AMYRS (Automated Make-Ready System), and MBO folders with DATAMANAGER in the bindery.

Gary E. Marron, President of HIFLEX North America, states: "HIFLEX is focused on helping printers to first lower their administrative costs.  This is the area of biggest concern to most printers, and what has a stranglehold on their potential for profitability.  HIFLEX is the only MIS vendor with a true JDF data structure at the core of the system.  What this means is that we are able to not only generate JDFs dynamically for each order but we can import them from a print buyer and export them as well for preflighting on the customer's desktop against the specs directly from the order.  We configure HIFLEX MIS to a printer's specific rules and equipment and then generate JDFs dynamically for every order to be printed.  These dynamic JDFs include a complete job component breakdown, with JDF parts and sub parts as well as a complete JDF process plan or how the job will be run in the shop and in live production."

HIFLEX uses the JDF structure to consolidate and flatten the steps required to getting the job done and promotes a new work type called the HIFLEX 'Super CSR'.  This Super CSR does estimates, layouts, quotations, production plans, initial purchasing and scheduling all in one role and leverages the JDF automation of HIFLEX MIS to attain significantly reduced administrative overhead.  Once configured, HIFLEX MIS uses artificial intelligence to think like the seasoned estimator and production planner.  In addition, HIFLEX's dynamic JDF files are then distributed to prepress, press and post press to leverage high level automation in each of these areas.  Advanced prepress systems such as Apogee, Metrix and Prinergy consume and read HIFLEX's dynamic JDF files and automatically create templates for every order with no need for manual intervention.  Pages are then submitted into these templates to initiate platemaking.  HIFLEX Scheduling then sends the HIFLEX dynamic JDF files to press and post press for completely automated machine setups.  And lastly, HIFLEX receives real-time Job Messaging Format (JMF) information from all available external systems – prepress, press and post press – and displays them for a live dashboard view of the HIFLEX Production Monitor.  Simultaneously, HIFLEX records the live production activities for reporting against the estimated data.  This completes the job and is a complete revamping of a printer's workflow.

Marron continues, "HIFLEX has broken the mold of a traditional printer's workflow and our customers are experiencing the most productive manufacturing systems available with our advanced systems.  HIFLEX has the only proven "Lights Out Automation System" for print available on the market today.  Our customers' twelve CIP4 (CIPPI) Production and Integration Awards, and this year's PIA/GATF InterTech Award, are a testament to what we deliver."