EFI announced that its Auto-Count direct machine interface is now integrated with POLAR cutting equipment, distributed globally through Heidelberg. In partnership with Heidelberg, EFI developed an interface from Auto-Count to the Heidelberg POLAR XT guillotine cutting systems (using various model cutters, joggers and peripherals) .
This new version of EFI Auto-Count with the Heidelberg integration will be available in December. It enables real-time reporting and scheduling.
The integration was tested through a beta site at Modern Litho-Print in Jefferson City, Missouri, which operates EFI’s Monarch software suite. “Until now, the cutter was a black hole in our workflow since there was no way to schedule this equipment or capture data from it,” stated Jim Tomblinson, plant superintendent. “With the new Auto-Count integration to our POLAR 137 XT, we’re able to obtain and track job information and operator productivity, and schedule the cutter in our overall workflow. This scheduling capability is especially useful for large jobs with multiple versions.”
In use in the marketplace for 30 years, Auto-Count is an interface system that has been deployed on sheetfed and web presses, flexo presses, perfect binders, saddle stitchers and folders. It is largely employed today through EFI’s various Management Information Systems.