EFI - 9/9/2007
EFI PrintSmith Scheduling Module Receives Top Marks from Customers
Graph Expo - Chicago - Sept. 10, 2007 - EFI (Nasdaq: EFII), the world leader in customer-focused digital printing
innovation, has received early acclaim for its newly released Scheduling Module for PrintSmith (on display in
booth 3000 at Graph Expo, Sept. 9-12, McCormick Place).
EFI PrintSmith is a flexible, feature rich print management information system and the market leading solution for
offset and digital production shops. The system's new electronic scheduling option is designed to replace
whiteboard and/or spreadsheet-based production management solutions. This new scheduling capability
provides real-time information on production load, downtime, overtime, and milestones for business-critical
activities. It has easy to use, highly visual "drag and drop" functionality, and integrates with the PrintSmith
Tracker module, which provides users with real-time shop floor data collection and job costing.
AlphaGraphics is a visual communications franchisor providing a wide range of solutions for design, digital
copying, printing, one-to-one marketing, digital archiving and mailing services for small- to medium-sized
businesses as well as corporate entities.
"The initial reaction to the new PrintSmith Scheduling Module has been fantastic - there was standing room
only in a session I gave at our recent Annual Conference," said Danny Wilson, regional manager of
Alphagraphics. "We believe there is much efficiency to be gained with the software, including faster turn-around
times and fewer errors on jobs. In addition, we think this tool will improve the customer experience with
Alphagraphics. Our franchisees are already satisfied PrintSmith customers, and now PrintSmith Scheduling offers
them another powerful tool in today's competitive marketplace."
Mid-size commercial printer Holmes Printing, of Springfield, Ohio, recently began using the Scheduling Module;
they have been a PrintSmith user for 15 years. Brian Holmes, Production Manager, said: "The biggest benefit
the new module has brought us is the ability to gather more real-time production information for each department,
which allows us to see any potential bottlenecks in advance and be able to adjust the schedule as needed,
before a problem occurs. That's huge. And when we do have to make changes it's as simple as dragging and
dropping jobs to a new timeslot or day. It's also great that every PrintSmith user can now view the schedule
and see the workflow without having to pull an actual job ticket."