Value Added Solutions
PrintFlow Dynamic Scheduling
EFI PrintFlow® helps your company relieve bottlenecks, reduce waste, increase productivity, adjust to rapidly changing conditions and optimize your business operations.
PrintFlow’s integration to EFI’s Radius, Monarch, and Pace MIS/ERP software solutions helps achieve seamless data flow across all parts of your operation. This capability extends your view of your entire business, making it easier to make more informed decisions, streamline operations and generate greater profits.
- Machine Capabilities
- Scheduling Constraints
- Employee Availability
- Material Availability
- Job Requirements
- Tooling Availability
EFI PrintFlow offers companies the following capabilities:
- PrintFlow automatically determines the optimal job path based on available equipment, current workload and the status of other job delivery schedules.
- Offers real-time schedule status at a glance. The Gantt Chart shows all plant jobs in a single window and allows users to manipulate their job schedules. This feature also enables operators to create summaries, tasks, links and timelines.
- Creates powerful what-if comparisons. The solution re-optimizes and re-synchronizes each time a proposed change is submitted and provides a new scenario with an impact analysis to see how jobs and customers are affected.
- Finds weakest link and eliminates it. PrintFlow determines problem areas quickly, allowing users to manage production bottlenecks and control jobs more effectively.
PrintFlow also offers a browser-based format, providing access to remote personnel. Managers, for example, can use the PrintFlow Website to address a second- or third-shift situation without going to the site. Remote users can be given read-only or working time access/edit rights to the PrintFlow Website.
The Theory of Global Optimization (TGO)
PrintFlow is based on the proven Theory of Global Optimization (TGO). This method of managing printing, packaging, and label converting manufacturing and business processes helps maximize company profits. The key insight from TGO is that a manufacturing operation is a chain of interdependent links and only a few constraints control the throughput, on-time delivery, and cost. By recognizing this interdependence and identifying and addressing the constraints, businesses solve complex manufacturing problems. TGO focuses on the wider plant perspective versus a single job or work center. It also eliminates weak links in companies’ manufacturing and business management processes. In essence, TGO is the printing, packaging, and label converting industry’s approach to lean manufacturing.