Arbor Press Drives Efficiency with EFI Print MIS Solution
Press release from the issuing company
Foster City, Calif. – Oct. 27, 2004 –EFI, the world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing,today announced that commercial printer Arbor Press is usingEFI Logic SQL to improve efficiency throughout its operations. EFI Logic SQL combines end-to-end integration of the print production process with a powerful set of data collection tools, withapplications covering every business function from estimating to billing, order entry to shipping, purchasing, inventory control, finished goods, accounting and more.
Arbor Press specializes in commercial and full-color cut sheet printing, with two facilities in metropolitan Detroit that serve clients in Southeast Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania. The company needed a fully integrated plant management system, andin 1992, they chose the Logic UNIX system to track time and labor on print jobs and to streamline reorders. However, after 11 years with Logic,they decided to try a competitor’s system. When they didn’t get the results expected, they returned to Logic, implementing the more powerful Logic SQL version.
“We quickly realized that the grass is not always greener and that the software we had chosen was not meeting our needs,” said President Jim Russell. “So we went back to Logic and we made the decision to switch from the character-based system we had been using to the SQL (structured query language) server database and we’ve been grateful for that decision ever since.” Within 30 days of the decision, one Arbor Press facility went live with the Logic SQL system; the second went live 15 days later.
Improved efficiency and decision-making
Logic has made Arbor Press’ estimating more consistent, and the company has seen gains in efficiency, especially from the JobVista tool. Said Gene Toepfer, Chief Operations Officer, “It allows people throughout the plant to update job tickets and review job information, without having to chase down that physical ticket. That saves us a ton of time.”
Staff continue to discover efficiencies supported by Logic software, Toepfer adds. “For example, customer service representatives can pick up estimates or jobs that are similar to the ones they’re entering and, through the system, copy that information, edit it and reissue it as a unique job, thus saving time over working from scratch.” Because Arbor Press staff process about 500 jobs each month, the time- savings add up.
Logic SQL has improved decision-making, Toepfer says. “With Logic, we’re able to do little snapshot studies, like comparing estimated and actual figures in our cost centers. We’re able to see how many hours we’re letting slip through our fingers and where we can optimize loading on our equipment.
“And by using the real-time information from Logic – understanding exactly what’s on the floor and what’s been committed – we’ve been able to use more just-in-time methods and cut our inventory level in half.”
That real-time information can be used to create hundreds of reports. “We really like the variety of reports and the Crystal Reports capability. Reports that we used to do manually we now do through a Crystal Report on Logic SQL,” said Russell.
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