August 29, 2007 - Phoenix, Arizona – LithoTechnics, Inc., developer of Metrix, award-winning workflow integration & automation software, announced today that Metrix Server will be demonstrated for the first time at GraphExpo 2007 in Chicago.
Metrix is used by job planners, estimators, and prepress operators to automatically and dynamically calculate layouts for all kinds of commercial print jobs. Metrix uses print industry specific algorithms and a user-definable, best practice "standards" database to turn print job descriptions into precise, production quality layouts. The resulting imposition can be exported to prepress as industry standard PDF or JDF, while the cutting, folding, or binding information calculated by Metrix can be exported to the finishing department as JDF or CIP3 data.
Rohan Holt, President of LithoTechnics, described the importance of Metrix Server this way: "Each time Metrix generates a new layout, it can be saved by the operator as a "standard" layout. Metrix automatically notes all the associated conditions - the press, binding machine, job type and trim size, etc and then can automatically apply these standards each time similar job specifications and conditions are recognized. These user-defined, best practice standards can be leveraged by Metrix Server to perform the job planning automatically – without any human involvement at all."
Holt continued, "Many commercial printing companies print lots of standard sized work and for them, Metrix Server could mean 90% of their work may be planned and imposed without the need for any operator intervention at all. The MIS will simply send the job data to Metrix Server – and it will do the rest. This technology will completely reshape the production planning department of the 21st century printing company and bring the possibility of "lights out" production automation one step closer."
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