IPS – Infinity Production System

Happy Pressroom Supervisor - pumping fistMeet the pressroom supervisor’s new best friend… IPS.  After just a few days with IPS your team will be pumping their fists with joy because they have the right tools to excel at their jobs.

 

In a digital workflow, IPS sits between your order system and your DFE and presses. It adds significant value by preparing and delivering batches of your clients orders efficiently through production. IPS is a production system, not an order system. We leave the receiving of the orders, communicating order status to the customer, billing, and historical reporting to the order systems. IPS focuses on delivering the best press-ready output to your DFE organized in a format that optimizes every downstream process from printing, finishing, packing and shipping.

High Level IPS workflow diagram. IPS sits between your order system and DFE and presses

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IPS has benefits for many of the departments in your business -

IPS Benefits Based On Your Role

  • Overall production efficiency raised by IPS
  • Visibility to all orders types and summary statistics on products that need to be produced.  Allocate presses and other resources appropriately for the work at hand based on the data.
  • Detailed order status for troubleshooting, what system or person did what action to an order, how many times, and when.
  • Consistent batches of work sent through the workflow.  Product by product batch size control.  Maybe 2″ of press output is all that fits in the throat of the guillotine cutter, but the die cutter has no limits and runs best with an 8″ stack.
  • Order cover sheets and batch manifest sheets that clearly communicate all the information required by the post-press processes, reducing errors
  • Press jobs that show up with all the settings built into the job ticket.  Your press operator can focus on keeping the press running at peak performance instead of manually adjusting arriving press jobs.
  • Batches of like work minimize equipment setups so that your production yield is higher.
  • Ability to place multiple IPS UI workstations around the production floor.  As a central system, the UI’s all have a visibility to the same information.  The view of the information can be customized to only display what they are interested in seeing.  (ie. A cell of Kodak presses may only want to see work that is printed on Kodak presses)
  • Improved Quality by building products with production aids (bleed stamps and cover sheets) that reinforce quality at every step of the process
  • Enabler for your LEAN or Six Sigma principles

  • Central press production floor interface for all your streams of orders.
  • Visibility to all orders that need to be produced.
  • DFE and Press status displayed within the IPS UI.
  • Ability to reprint batches of work to an alternate press if the original press goes down
  • Ability to move work between different device types and have the product layouts adjust as needed
  • Quick visibility to any errors as an order goes through the workflow
  • Robust, reliable solution that recovers and retries when networking or power issues occur
  • Technology that doesn’t require babysitting, it just works reliably
  • Availability, again it just keeps working.  One customer just rebooted his server after being up for 529 straight days of production (through two straight photo peak seasons).  It was finally rebooted to apply Windows updates.
  • Press jobs that show up with all the settings built into the job ticket.  Your press operator can focus on keeping the press running at peak performance instead of manually adjusting arriving press jobs.
  • Detailed order status for troubleshooting, what system or person did what action to an order, how many times, and when.

  • Consistent batches of like orders that can be processed together
  • Order cover sheets and batch manifest sheets that clearly communicate all the information required to process the work
  • Cut programs and other production steps listed on the cover sheets (cut program, drill, bind, laminate, etc…)
  • Indicators to know when the orders are due – some use colors to indicate due date, shipping method, customer, etc…
  • Special or hot orders with special cover and batch sheets so they can get early attention
  • Batch rules to optimize finishing -
    • Batches of only books that need red covers
    • Batches of a certain product from a certain customer that requires extra quality assurance steps

  • Order cover sheets and batch manifest sheets that clearly communicate all the information required to process the work
  • Batch rules to optimize packing and shipping -
    • Batches of only products that ship Fed Ex Overnight (same carrier and/or shipping method)
    • Batches of only orders that have single line items (no order combining at packing)
    • Batches based on the size of box required to ship
    • Batches based on the type of packaging

  • Solution that enables you to meet all your SLA’s
  • Your business won’t suffer if key people burn out or move on, because you are less reliant on heroes in production.  Your heroes become more effective because repetitive tasks are off their plate so they can focus on more challenging issues.
  • Efficient production leads to more profits
  • Reliable and scalable infrastructure that enables your team to deliver when the big client or special campaign is won
  • Dream big, IPS has you covered

 

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