MWM Dexter Goes with Printcafe

Printer looks to print management system to streamline processes

Pittsburgh, PA  August 8, 2002  MWM Dexter, a commercial sheet-fed printer in Aurora, Mo., has gone live with a print management system from Printcafe, the solution provider reported today.

Printcafe said its PSI solution offers a suite of integrated desktop applications that help a printer to increase efficiency and profitability. PSI integrates 18 software modules with Microsoft's SQL Server database management system and Macola Progression Accounting.

Along with an integrated Crystal Reports package, these tools automate job planning, costing, data collection, scheduling, purchasing, inventory management and accounting, among other processes.

"We are able to access historical information, giving us an accurate picture of how our business is performing," said Mike Meyer, IT Manager at MWM Dexter. "With the integration between PSI and Macola, we've cut out redundant entries and made our entire accounting process more efficient. With all of our systems running on a single network, troubleshooting problems and offering support have become much easier."

"In the past many printers used their own judgment to predict costs and profitability," said Warren Tanabe, Printcafe's PSI product manager. "PSI helps to eliminate the guesswork by helping printing companies accurately measure costs and performance. PSI also generates the reports printing companies need to make informed business decisions."

In addition, MWM Dexter is an early adopter of Printcafe's newly launched PrinterSite Internal, an online solution that the solution provider said will help the printer's salespeople to collaborate more easily with their colleagues, reducing their paperwork and increasing their responsiveness. With PrinterSite Internal, specifications are entered into an electronic form that can be customized by the printing company. The data then flows automatically into the estimating module of the management system.

"Our sales office is in a different location from our printing plant, which means that orders have to be emailed over and re-keyed," said Meyer. "By using PrinterSite Internal we will receive more accurate information more quickly, enabling us to process estimates, and in turn orders, more quickly."