EFI (Booth 2000) is highlighting EFI Monarch, a flexible and automated print production and management solution for large, single and multi-plant operations. Scalable to 5,000 users with multi-language and multi-currency capabilities, Monarch offers a high degree of functionality and flexibility for the efficient management of all work types from the most basic jobs to the most complex projects.
The Monarch core system includes advanced job management, intelligent production planning, and JDF-certified integration with many of the industry’s top suppliers of pre-press, press and finishing equipment. When combined with EFI’s Digital StoreFront web-to-print, the global optimization capabilities of PrintFlow dynamic scheduling and Auto-Count direct machine interface tools, as well as third-party integration to popular prepress systems, Monarch delivers a combination unavailable anywhere else in the industry, reports the company.
Some of the components being demonstrated include an end-to-end workflow featuring the collection of specifications on a customized, customer-facing website or a browser-based sales tool; the automated development of production layouts without the need for templates; the dynamic development of an optimized schedule and run-list based on delivery priorities and production characteristics; the seamless flow of information (leveraging JDF) from the MIS to prepress software and production equipment; and the real-time collection of status, costing and scheduling updates via Direct Machine Interface (DMI).
EFI is also demonstrating the latest Monarch user interface, advancements in visual planning capabilities, and a new Monarch iPhone APP.