Udi Arieli of EFI highlights scheduling advancements in webinar series

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Udi Arieli of EFI
Electronics For Imaging, (EFI) and its senior Productivity Software director for scheduling, Udi Arieli, is presenting a new thought leadership webinar series highlighting current and future innovations in EFI’s award-winning PrintFlow Dynamic Scheduling software – solutions for print and packaging companies that can keep them on the leading edge of efficiency and productivity for years to come. The series of four sessions also assemble much of what Arieli – the inventor of EFI PrintFlow – has collected through his decades of experience building dynamic scheduling systems while developing the Theory of Global Optimization (TGO) – the overall optimization and constraints theory that can drive better, timelier and cost-effective productivity based on users’ overall manufacturing and personnel capabilities.
The sessions also mark a milestone in Arieli’s career. This year is the Israeli-American technologist’s 40th in the print industry and, after a career invested in optimizing print operations from the offset computer-to-film and computer-to-plate era to today’s digital color electrophotographic and inkjet production printing, Arieli is planning to retire at the end of 2020.
“Through my work in print and packaging software development – including PrintFlow Dynamic Intelligent Scheduling and the Theory of Global Optimization – we have succeeded in integrating theory and product into one powerful offering,” said Arieli. “This is my life’s work, and I am pleased to celebrate this unique milestone with a series of webinars detailing what my EFI colleagues and I have achieved for our customers worldwide.
“The largest payback for all of us is the successful change we brought to our customers,” he added. “In the beginning, most people did not believe that theories and dynamic intelligent scheduling are needed and can work for the printing industry. We had to fight and educate the industry, and we were able to prove that it does work and is important for business continuity and profitability.”
The seminars, which are held in English and are available live and through archived recordings, began June 23, with a well-attended session on “Myths of the Print Industry & the Theory of Global Optimization.” The webinar series continues with the following upcoming sessions;
·  Are you an Optimizer or a Scheduler? Find out with PrintFlow, on Tuesday, June 30
·  Lean Manufacturing and/or TGO, on Tuesday, July 14
·  The Future of Dynamic Scheduling, on Tuesday, July 21.
All upcoming sessions take place live at noon EDT/6:00 p.m. CEST with recordings available shortly thereafter.
Joining Arieli on the sessions are Matt Lafleur, product manager, EFI PrintFlow; Mark Wishnefsky, EFI senior customer operations consultant; and Nick Benkovich, vice president of product portfolio management, EFI Productivity Software.
EFI PrintFlow software, which can be deployed independently or as part of a comprehensive EFI Productivity Suite ERP workflow, intelligently optimizes the sequencing of jobs, synchronizing production by evaluating the thousands of constraints that affect every step of every job. Its holistic, rules-based approach to scheduling gives print and packaging companies the ability to handle more work in the most profitable way possible. The software automatically determines the optimal production path for every job and creates an automated, detailed schedule and up-to-the-minute run lists for all work centers. Users can configure the software’s rules-based logic to their plant’s unique production methods and scheduling requirements.
To register for or to view the EFI PrintFlow Thought Leadership webinar series, visit: https://bit.ly/37UATal.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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