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Nov 1, 2009 12:00 AM

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MIS with Microsoft framework and JDF power

Printing and packaging MIS specialist DiMS! (Lisle, IL) launched DiMS.NET! at PRINT 09. It automates the complete range of web-enabled administrative and printing processes across an entire enterprise. Based on the latest.NET technology, the software has the familiar look and feel of the latest Microsoft products and targets medium-to-large printers with multiple facilities.

Scheduling captures all characteristics of each job and proposes the most efficient way to run it. Scheduling can be viewed across departments, plants, and even international borders. Data is integrated into one database, yielding an enterprise-wide management view. Drill downs and dashboards to the transaction level are standard. Internal and external documents are available in the integrated archive, providing real-time access even to current communications.

Luther Erlund, president of DiMS! North America, proudly noted that DiMS! is currently the only MIS vendor to be certified for commercial web. (The vendor also has MIS to prepress ICS, MIS to conventional printing ICS, layout creator to imposition ICS and base ICS certifications.)

“We're spearheading JDF integration,” said Erlund. “It's not just importing and exporting XML, we've proven we can connect to other systems.”


Big MIS tools for small shops

Franklin Estimating (Salt Lake City, UT) debuted Franklin Anywhere, a cross-platform product accessible from any Web browser. Secure modules provide functions such as job estimating, project scheduling, accounting, customer development, staff administration, asset oversight, and reporting. Franklin has been developing the new program for the past two years and expects to relase it in Q2 2010.

“It lets a small shop have an integrated system,” said Greg Harrison, president of Franklin. “From input to invoicing, it covers everything.”


See, store press sheet defects

Beta Industries' (Carlstadt, NJ) Micro Dottie 2 is a USB, CMYK/spot color contrasting video microscope with digital micrometer for critical viewing, analysis and PC image capture. Fine print and other details are viewed, analyzed and stored to the PC in this compact, portable, hand-held video viewer.

At 40x magnification, it provides an excellent overall view of register marks, coating and printing defects. At 140x magnification, the finest halftone dot details are clearly visible across field of view while trapping deficiency, ink defects, and coating artifacts are easily identified for correction.