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FLEXO Magazine : February 2011
Technologies & Techniques Packaging companies running EFI Radius achieve 9% or GREATER PROFITABILITY at TWICE THE RATE of other packaging companies. With EFI Radius, packaging companies achieve outstanding results – regularly outperforming their peers running other solutions. The EFI Radius ERP solution offers packaging companies the comprehensive capabilities of a world class ERP system, while fitting the unique business processes of packaging operations producing labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons and extruded materials. The solution’s comprehensive capabilities are able to address the needs of packaging companies with complex operating environments such as multi-site, multi-currency, multi-language and multi-product production processes. Learn more at www.efi.com/radius or call us at 1-800-875-7117 or 1-312-648-0800. SEARCHING FOR FULL AUTOMATION FROM AN ERP OR MIS SOLUTION? ©2011 EFI. All rights reserved. EFI 878 Radius Ad.indd 1 2/10/11 5:17:51 PM tions are real time and only limited by the cellular network from which they operate. In a similar fashion, management information systems have provided mobile functionality for stock picking, ship- ping, inventory reconciliation, and tracking work in progress. Originally these transactions were “off-line” and required the physical docking of a portable unit to update the live data- base. Today, these transactions occur real-time on a WiFi network or radio frequency, RF, network. Figure 4 shows a Symbol brand scanner that is capable of running a browser. The mobileMIS application for managing materials runs within the browser , which makes the application compatible with a wide range of browser-based scanners. The mobility of material handling applications represents a dramatic opportunity for increased productivity. Gone are the days of batches; in are the days of real-time access to raw materials, work in progress, and finished goods quantities and values. This data is vital to accurate purchasing deci- sions and delivery prediction, which can reduce inventory values and increase on-time delivery. Customer-FaCing ProCesses mobileMIS does not end with just the converter, but can extend to the customer in a very familiar fashion through e- commerce. Customer expectations were set with business to consumer transactions and it is expected that business to business transactions provide the same capabili- ties. mobileMIS certainly extends to customer-facing functionality and is widely used and available to converters. Figure 5 shows a stock ordering system as seen on an iPad browser. Dedicated apps are available for quotes and other e-com- merce activities which give customers mobile access to their suppliers. In addi- tion, the converter realizes increased productivity by reducing duplicate data entry and eliminating faxes, mail, and email, which can lead to errors. The expectations of busi- ness owners, managers, and employees to access and run their manage- ment information systems anywhere and anytime are met by current technology for the converting industry. The technology is no longer a nice to have option, but a requirement for meeting the demands of owners and share- holders for increased productivity and decreased business and manufacturing cycle times. n About the Author: Tim Daisy is global marketing manager for Prism, an MIS provider that leads the way in mobileMIS functionality and capabilities Figure 2: Browser-based production console. Figure 3: Production information on an iPad. Figure 4: Material handling transactions via a WiFi scanner. Figure 5: stock ordering system seen on an iPad browser. 40 FLeXO FeBruary 2011 www.flexography.org FLX_Feb11_mech.indd 40 2/16/11 8:51 AM
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