PrintFactory debuted their enhanced Dashboard and Reporting features at Printing United 2022 in Las Vegas this week.
In a mixed printing environment it is often difficult for companies to see an overview of their full production, in a single consolidated view. Often the analytics are stored on the printer or cutter, with job processes - like RIP or Nest information - stored in the software application they are using. Because the PrintFactory workflow is centrally managed with bi-directional information being sent via the workflow they are able to show the full production environment in a single consolidated view.
They have split the data into two clear functions:
- Dashboard – which looks into the future and shows what jobs still need to be produced,
- Reporting – which looks back and shows what has already been completed.
How does the PrintFactory Dashboard work?
The Dashboard provides a consolidated view of all connected devices (printers and cutters) across all production sites, as well as Job information including Nests and Processes.
In addition to displaying pending jobs based on delivery deadlines, the Dashboard includes a Health Check to inform the production team of potential problems before a disruption occurs.
Media cards provide insight into which substrate is causing the bottleneck and how to solve production squeezes for more informed scheduling decisions.
Enhanced Reporting Functionality
Reporting provides all of this data-rich information about completed jobs. In the app, this information can be viewed, exported to Excel or imported directly into BI, MIS or ERP systems, and includes alerts via a notification system.
A breakdown of ink and media usage, costs, waste, and efficiency is included for planning and scheduling in the ERP. Cutting length and complexity are included as well as information on tool/machine costs, speed, and efficiency.