HEIDELBERG - Order processing system
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Order processing system for a printing media enterprise.
CIS" (Russia) is not limiting its business with providing printing
equipment and services on the market of printing media in Russia
and CIS, but it also works on training and education of printing
factories staff, deployment of complex printing solutions, etc.
Currently there are more than 3000 small and medium-sized
printing enterprises in Russia, more than one third of which are
using Heidelberg equipment. A characteristic feature of small printing
enterprises is a lack of large contracts, and, so correspondingly,
they aim at completion of a large number of short contracts for
small volume projects.
In a situation like this, at the present time
and with the existing equipment, the success of such enterprise
especially depends on existing resources for estimation of incoming
orders, distributing workload, continuing quality technical control
of the process, and on the ability to plan work process in such
way as to process incoming orders more efficiently.
That's why most of the printing media companies
are trying to find an intricate solution for printing media control.
Such solution should be able to control the whole work process -
from creating order packet through all production stages to releasing
the final product to the client.
Average market prices on solutions for automation
of printing media factories control vary from $30 000 to $50 000
USD, which is too expensive for most of printing media companies
in Russia and CIS.
This is the main reason why "Heidelberg CIS" decided
that it is a very promising perspective to develop a printing control
factory automation system for mid-sized companies with staff from
30 to 50 employees, with a market price not exceeding $20 000 -
25 000 USD (including implementation).
Software application, which would meet all of
the above criteria and created using modern technologies considering
Heidelberg requirements and marketed by Heidelberg, could be successful
and demanded on the market.
Novosoft was called in to suggest a most practical
solution to meet client's requirements. After completing the total
requirements study and business analysis, the key performance factors
for the company were identified. A solution was created with business-processes
control based on Lotus Domino technology, integrated with the third
party accounting software (1C).
Currently developed software application is a
multi-user distributive system, designed to provide automation and
control over processing orders in a printing media enterprise. The
system consists of the core and a number of modules. The modules
provide base functionality, and in the future allow for expansion
of the system functionality by increasing the number of modules.
The system was built using the original solutions,
as well as the solutions developed by Novosoft for its internal
use. Modern technologies were utilized, as well as applications
from the world leading corporate business companies (Lotus Notes/Domino,
Crystal Reports etc). The developed system allows for local user
access, as well as for the remote users through the system web-interface.
The system is oriented toward support for Job
Definition Format (JDF) based on XML, which allows formal description
of any printing order. JDF promises to integrate authoring, production,
management, manufacturing, delivery and Management Information System
control. This allows system and software developers to improve the
existing performance systems, to develop new, highly configurable
systems, and to create a new level of process integration in the
|Tools and Technologies
Lotus Notes/Domino, HTTP, Router, DNFS,
XML Toolkit & Java, Novosoft Notes2RDBMS Integrator, Notes C++ API,
Microsoft Visual C++, VARCHART Xgantt ActiveX.
Crystal Reports, Viewer ActiveX.
RDBMS: InterBase / IBM DB2 / MS SQL Server / Oracle.
Developed solution is significantly less expensive
when compared to solutions already existing on the market. At the
same time Novosoft solution possesses similar functionality and
allows to increase media printing enterprise profits due to:
of resources, including paper.
estimation of incoming order
factory work load to full capacity
order processing speed
returns from IT technology application
Using this system allowed "Heidelberg CIS" to increase the
number of provided services, all thanks to the integral solution
for implementation and product support.
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