The Further range will help you take the next step with your business, from key analytics and automated courier booking, through to capacity planning, data capture, and even job ganging.
Analytics provides business intelligence displayed on a series of printIQ dashboards with individual tiles displaying the key information. End users securely interact with analytics through a rich, 100% web-based interface, on any device anytime, anywhere. Users can get real-time access to reports and dashboards through any browser.
A report writing function is included with the Analytics module and advanced users can also purchase training so that they can create their own reports, dashboards and data visualisations inside the applications they use every day.
- Information is accessible in a web-based interface
- Trained users can write their own reports
- Reports can be scheduled for delivery to key users
Automated Shipping comes in a couple of variations depending on your location. In the US we offer a courier quoting and booking process that provides direct access to both UPS and FedEx. The module polls the courier and pulls in the optimum price in real time, with the automated management tool kicking off as each item is being quoted. Upon completion of the job the automated process kicks-in a second time and books the shipping and draws down the chosen courier labels.
In Australia we offer a courier quoting and booking process that provides the same process as above, however it offers access to an array of providers via a central hub. The module poles an aggregator and pulls in the optimum price in real time. Upon completion of the job the automated process books the shipping and draws down the chosen courier labels. The other option, in Australia, is to integrate with the Open Freight System in which you have your agreed rates loaded into the system rather than polling an aggregator. We still pull in the optimum price in real time. Upon completion of the job the automated process books the shipping and draws down the chosen courier labels.
- Courier rates can be automatically retrieved
- Couriers labels can be generated directly from within printIQ
- Couriers can be booked directly from within printIQ
- Deliveries can be tracked by staff or users
The Capacity Planner provides a window into your business so that, at a glance, users can see how the factory is performing and isolate possible roadblocks. The Capacity Planner delivers real time information to help run the factory at an optimal level whilst allowing users to easily manage by exception. Schedulers and Planners, plan capacity with drag’n’drop functionality that’s performed in real time. The factory view provides a high-level view of the overall utilization of resources, whilst providing the ability to drill down into more granular views. The machine view allows users to drag and drop jobs into the right time-slot whilst receiving immediate feedback on scheduling conflicts to ensure you get it right first time.
- Users can easily assess the utilization of the factory
- Drag ‘n’ drop functionality simplifies the planning process
- Automatic adjustment of time required when jobs are moved
Data Capture allows users to run a job through production via a smartphone, tablet app (or barcode scanner) removing the need to be tied to a computer or expensive wireless equipment. Data Capture provides the ability to start, pause and finish job tasks at an operational level. Users can start / pause / and finish job operations via the app, or scanner, which will record time against an operation and update the Job status in real time. App Users will also receive instant feedback if they’ve scanned the wrong barcode, whilst having the ability to correct mistakes directly from the app. It also works as an advanced dispatch management tool that kicks off as each item is being packed. The data-capture module provides the ability to scan each item as it is transferred into larger cartons and onto pallets, thereby creating a simple but effective quality control process that then ties seamlessly into your outwards goods workflow. The app is available on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store and can be used on smartphones and tablets.
- Users can manage their time directly from a smartphone
- Automatically updates production board status
- Advanced packing options to cover complex deliveries
The Gang Module allows an operator to filter jobs by a combination of: job & section status, stock & stock laminating combinations, and finishing options. The filtered set can then be adjusted to create a gang, parent, or master job. The new job can be manipulated within printIQ to suit specific sheet sizes, presses, and/or quantities. The gang job can then be created directly (at the click of a button) in printIQ. The gang job will contain all of the individual jobs and list them as ‘child’ jobs of the ganged ‘parent job. The Parent job will be viewable on the printIQ ‘All Jobs’ and ‘Production’ boards and available to be both printed and cut.
We also include the extra functionality to allow the information to be exported as a Batch in ppxml, mxml, or xml, format to your chosen imposition program (Impostrip, IMP, Metrix). The batch export will contain all of the individual jobs that will be processed by the ganging software. The ganging software can then be used to create a single, or multiple gang jobs and return those to printIQ. The import from the imposition program will create a gang job, or jobs, directly in printIQ.
- Information will be accessible in a 3D view – ie: Estimated vs Planned vs Actual
- Gang jobs are created directly in printIQ – at the click of a button.
- The gang job details in printIQ will give the operator all the necessary details to impose the individual jobs in the imposition program of choice.