Estimator Corporation (Booth 105) is showcasing print estimating, job entry and work-flow full AI (Artificial Intelligent) management software whose paradigms provide a unique approach to the business and workflow processes. The centrally located Master Control accesses all functions eliminating traditional confusing search and drop downs. A default system pre-populates the estimate with 80% of the starting values most companies use, and does if for sheetfed, web and digital, each with their own parameters.
Estimator’s single screen environment allows the operator to continually view the estimate description and pricing for four quantities and four separate parts, all on different presses with different stocks, colors and sizes. Estimator displays the maximum press layout for each configuration and employs Press-Select to simultaneously view the lowest three presses pricing for each part. Customer selection includes tax rate, special pricing and salesperson information.
Automatic re-stripping for oblong books in folio format reconfigures the folding, changing 16-page formats to two parallels and three plates. Folding and binding selections automatically adjusts folds and pockets to page count or number of unique units. Unlimited bindery and mailing functions are easily handled in the services section, along with Custom Services allowing variable pricing, markups and supplier for each quantity.
Program displays press maximum layout, usage and minimum sheet size and permits nesting layout changes with variable paper pricing for each quantity. Scheduling provides Job Locator and Department load reports.
Restricted access internal report displays all estimated pricing and profit margin and connects to a Job-Costing entry page for instant comparison. Estimator provides 19 reports and functions including an email-able estimate, four part job ticket, cost detail and value added report, two job scheduling reports and invoice with connection to QuickBooks.
Additional features include true conversion to Metric including GSM configuration and a VAT function each with a single check box, variable paper pricing per quantity, unlimited auxiliary services, and job-costing. Estimator wide-format employs industry specific square foot pricing as well as variable DPI and ink coverage, and auto sheet layout.