When the planning and imposition tasks were performed separately, each could require from 20 minutes to hours to complete. With Metrix, both are accomplished in minutes. That will even save wash-ups.
If we tried to handle that growth doing estimating, planning and prepress the old way, it would have been impossible.
Metrix is an exceptional tool to increase throughput in job planning and prepress as well as in the pressroom.
A new employee found the Metrix software so intuitive, that he became a fully productive member of the team within a week.
With Metrix, we have been able to automate the planning and imposition of hundreds of orders we receive each day—in fact, Metrix saves us two hours of labor every day.
Our Estimators and Planners do all our layouts in Metrix. Prepress now spends much less time working with layouts.
Powerful Layout Plans with AI-Driven Intelligence
Dynamic scheduling views, real-time production, and schedule status at a glance with drag-and-drop schedule editing and conflict alerts
Smart, automated production planning using the most cost-efficient job path and a highly visual workflow review
A holistic “global” approach, rather than the traditional individual jobs or work centers
Powerful what-if scenarios that let you evaluate the business impact of schedule changes
What is Metrix?
EFI™ Metrix is an industry-leading award-winning job planning engine that creates powerful layout plans with AI driven intelligence in seconds, driving more accurate and responsive estimates, and increased utilization on press. Metrix can be used to plan conventional sheet and roll-fed presses, digital cutsheet devices, roll-to-roll and flatbed inkjet presses, as well as packaging layouts for tag-and-label and folding-carton applications.
Metrix is available in both standalone and integrated configurations for EFI’s leading Productivity Suites (including EFI Pace, EFI Radius and EFI Monarch).
How does Metrix work?
Metrix’s data-driven AI engine is central to ensuring uniformity, efficiency, error-free intelligent planning, and imposition for any size operation. Metrix is available in standalone configurations, as part of a EFI Productivity Suite or as a component of a 3rd party workflow or MIS.
Pre-Press & Production
For commercial printing, Metrix is available as a standalone application which can also integrate with many leading pre-press workflow solutions such as Kodak® Prinergy, AGFA® Apogee, Heidelberg® Prinect, Fujifilm® XMF to provide automated imposition and layouts. Metrix can produce intent based JDF for 3rd party prepress solutions or fully imposed PDFs making it versatile and adaptable for most applications. Metrix provides time saving automation, and intelligent cost driven imposition, which enables it to dynamically assign jobs to the correct press based on operator, material and equipment operational cost data – unlike traditional imposition tools. This data can be used in the estimation process, to drive more accurate job costing.
Estimating, Planning & Layout Automation
When integrated as part of an EFI or 3rd party MIS or ERP Metrix enables you to include production environment data in the planning and layout process, providing a critical link between prepress, planning, estimating and production, eliminating errors, streamlining processes, optimizing manufacturing, lowering costs, and improving quality. In addition, when integrated, Metrix drives improved estimation and scheduling tasks with real-time accurate job costing and planning data.
Metrix automatically and dynamically determines how many press sheets you need, the optimum layout for each press sheet, and even figures out the most cost-effective printing method, press, and sheet size. Automatic, dynamic, and unsurpassed, processing hundreds of different orders (products) on a single layout. Once the layouts are planned, export JDF or imposed PDF to prepress, JDF or CIP4 to finishing, and barcoded information to your shipping department.
Built for Packaging
When integrated as a component of the EFI Packaging Suite or as a standalone solution, Metrix delivers highly optimized print change calculations for tag and label printing as well as folding carton production. Built directly into the EFI Radius UX, the Metrix engine can analyze thousands of different layout combinations, selecting the most efficient based on ink and material utilization. This dramatically reduces operational costs, for tasks that are traditionally time and labor intensive.
Built for Wide Format
Metrix’s advanced nesting and step and repeat tools are designed to generate the most cost effective layouts for wide format, sign and display printing and graphics. Where substrate and material represent the biggest cost component of any job, Metrix drives maximum utilization and profit to your operation. Metrix can even correct and realign crop marks, sending data directly to your cutters for full production automation.
As an integrated solution, Metrix works with EFI’s leading Productivity Suite solutions (including EFI Pace, EFI Radius and EFI Monarch) to deliver a seamless set of planning and layout tools built into the base MIS/ERP platform.
Administrators and users access key features within the based MIS/ERP application user interface, which then send data back to Metrix behind the scenes for processing.
Operators don’t need cross-training on a new product and continue to use the MIS/ERP tools they are familiar with.
Provides an integrated solution for combining the layout, planning, and estimation processes.
CSR’s can easily plan a job to a device, creating a layout that provides them with extremely rapid and accurate cost modelling – helping to maintain profitability.
The Metrix standalone solution can be used with virtually any pre-press solution including Kodak® Prinergy, AGFA® Apogee, Fuji® System XMF and any workflow solution with a support for the JDF/XML protocol.
Metrix is licensed per desktop client, and enables teams to plan, arrange and generate print ready layouts.
Metrix’s unique proprietary shop floor data based enables users to manage and plan jobs according to equipment specification and cost – something no other solution offers.
Who is Metrix designed for?
Quick Print Shops
Digital & Offset Printing
To learn more about Metrix, check out the brochure and case study.
Always-On EFI Cloud-Ready Services
As an EFI cloud-managed solution you won’t ever have to worry about MarketDirect server availability or uptime, you can focus on servicing your customers and your business. Our professional services team keeps your solution up to date and running smoothly, alerting you to potential threats and providing 24/7 monitoring.
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