Phoenix, Arizona, July 8, 2008 – LithoTechnics, developer of Metrix, award-winning, intelligent job planning and imposition system, announced today that Imagine! Print Solutions, headquartered in Minneapolis and one of the fastest growing printing companies in the US, has completed the installation and training for the largest Metrix system configuration to date.
Bernice Bishop of A P Graph, Inc., a Metrix reseller since early 2007, presented and promoted the Metrix workflow and its capabilities. "Imagine! offers a complete point-of-purchase package, which includes everything from packaging to flyers to advertising to signage, UV printing, finishing, including kitting and fulfillment" said Bishop. "Imagine! was drawn to Metrix because their planning needs are very complex, particularly for the POP projects, where everything must be done in a particular order, on time, and with a huge inventory of different types of equipment and substrates." Bishop concluded, "Imagine! has certainly put Metrix through its paces and tested the upper limits of its functionality and productivity, particularly the Auto Plan feature, which allows them to plan multiple jobs, substrates, and presses through the Metrix rules-based engine and let it do its magic. Metrix has come through with flying colors."
Paul Sorenson, Planning Manager at Imagine! Print Solutions, said: "We carefully analyzed the ability of Metrix to handle the intricacies of our work before we made the purchasing decision." Sorenson continued, "Metrix proved its worth and then some. On several of the larger jobs we've run through Metrix, Auto Plan can save us an entire shift of work just in planning. Estimating has found big benefits as well. By letting the Metrix engine try various sheet sizes and presses – based on costing, which is extremely important – our estimators are finding more efficient and profitable production plans. And, the prepress department was relieved of the imposition burden. Flexibility was another huge bonus since quantities are always changing at the last minute. With Metrix this problem has become a virtual non-issue – with a couple of clicks we can make the changes and redo the plan and the imposition." Sorenson was especially impressed with the ease of use and short learning curve: "Metrix was so easy to understand and get to know that we were able to do all of our own training on site. Each planner had 4 hours of initial hands-on training, and 4 hours of follow up training, and then they were off and running." Sorenson added, "We have four business units using Metrix and they all love it. In fact, consistencies that have been gained through Metrix enable our business units to work more closely together."
Rohan Holt, President of LithoTechnics, remarked, "Customers like Imagine! Print Solutions validate our vision and our efforts. It is extremely rewarding to develop tools for the printing industry that really make a difference. And it is especially exciting to welcome Imagine! – and the largest installation to date – to our family of Metrix users."
The Metrix 3.0 family includes Metrix Commercial, Metrix Max, Metrix X-8 and Metrix X-80, targeted at different segments of the commercial print market. All editions are available on Mac OS X and Windows, and all automatically plan and impose flat, folded, and bound work. All editions can import JDF and export imposed PDF. Select editions include Auto Plan, and export various forms of JDF for prepress and finishing. The entire Metrix family is available in English, German, Spanish, and French.
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