Labels manufacturer General Data is upgrading its production operations with the EFI Packaging Suite workflow, featuring Radius software as the workflow’s core MIS/ERP technology.
General Data manufactures high-end labels for several niche and general markets. The company runs three plants in a three-shift flexographic and digital print production operation.
The company employs about 300 people, with around 50 dedicated Radius users per shift on the new workflow system.
General Data director of supply chain management Tom Gornall said: “We reviewed a number of offerings, but we chose the Packaging Suite because it was the only one we could configure to our existing workflow and scale for our future. Other systems we looked at would have required us to mold our workflow to their system, and we didn’t want to do that.”
Radius ERP is allowing General Data to connect to other systems within the business, and make required modifications itself as needs vary.
The component-based EFI Packaging Suite workflow allows label and packaging converters to automate and optimize their operations, from client desktops through administration, production and delivery.
The suite integrates smart software, end-to-end certified workflows, and synchronized development/release cycles for ensuring a comprehensive performance-enhancing portfolio that scales as needs change.
General Data’s staff is finding the workflow shift easier with parallel live and pilot packaging suite systems.
The pilot system gives users the ability to make trial alterations to jobs, schedules or other workflow items and see how their changes may affect the rest of the company’s operations.
EFI said as its long-time workflow user, General Data has had positive past experiences to solve even complex production management problems.
Gornall believes EFI’s willingness to listen to its customers and improve its workflow technologies are key advantages.
EFI, a global technology company based in Silicon Valley, noted that printing and packaging professionals across the globe depend on its portfolio of workflow products to manage their businesses and become more streamlined, efficient, informed and profitable.