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HIFLEX wins 2008 InterTech Award for MIS and Web-to-Print Prensamore Info
HIFLEX is among the recipients of the coveted PIA/GATF 2008 InterTech Technology Awards but was the first vendor in the Award's history to achieve the accomplishment for this category of MIS and Web-to-Print Systems.
The PIA/GATF InterTech Technology Award has been presented annually since 1978. It is awarded as a symbol of technological innovation, excellence and progress in the Graphic Communications marketplace. The innovations must be tried and tested under industrial production conditions and are expected to have a significant impact on the industry over the next five years.

The InterTech Star Award will be presented to HIFLEX before an impressive audience of industry leaders during the 2008 PIA/GATF Print Awards Gala, October 26, 2008 in Chicago held during Graph Expo.
HIFLEX won the InterTech Award for their HIFLEX MIS and Web-to-Print Systems. HIFLEX MIS including Office and Factory modules and the closed Web-to-Print module the eBusiness, along with HIFLEX Webshop and HIFLEX Print Support and use JDF to leverage the total automation of procurement, estimating, production planning, order entry and scheduling. This streamlined, paperless workflow allows individual personnel to perform multiple, integrated roles in a centralized SQL Database, significantly reducing administrative costs.

HIFLEX MIS is configured to a printer's specific rules and equipment and using HIFLEX 'Autopilot' generate production plans and JDF files dynamically for every order. These JDFs are used to automate prepress, press and postpress. The complete functionality has been validated and is used at many printing establishments integrating systems from vendors such as Kodak, AGFA, Screen, Metrix, KBA, Heidelberg, manroland, Muller Martini, MBO, Horizon and many more.

HIFLEX Webshop provides its users with the capability to configure multi-branded, open/closed on-line storefronts. Print buyers can create print product specifications, on-line, for products they wish to purchase or quote and do so dynamically and on-the-fly. Orders are then directly and automatically inserted into HIFLEX MIS saving significant administration costs. Webshop is ideal for creating print orders of all types. To visit HIFLEX Web Shop customers go to www.printplaza.com or www.printello.com

HIFLEX Print Support www.printsupport.com is a Web-based, JDF-enabled procurement tool that streamlines communications between buyers and vendors, simplifying and speeding up the procurement and cost analysis processes for both.
The InterTech Award Judges especially liked this JDF-Certified system's remote contact management functions and the superior JDF integration of the HIFLEX MIS and Web-to-Print Systems.
Stefan Reichhart, Managing Director of HIFLEX, has commented "The awarding of the PIA/GATF InterTech Award to HIFLEX is particularly gratifyingly. HIFLEX is one of the first to be JDF certified and the first to provide reality JDF functionality from print procurement to estimating, order entry and onto prepress, press and post press. The InterTech Award demonstrates and validates HIFLEX's proven integration within our customer base as this award comes from the feedback and results of our customers."

HIFLEX is among the recipients of the coveted PIA/GATF 2008 InterTech Technology Awards but was the first vendor in the Award's history to achieve the accomplishment for this category of MIS and Web-to-Print Systems.

About PIA/GATF: PIA/GATF is the world's largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with over one million employees. It serves the interests of more than 12,000 member companies. PIA/GATF, along with its affiliates, delivers products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency and profitability of its members and the industry through advocacy, education, research and technical information.

About the PIA/GATF InterTech Technology Awards: Inaugurated in 1978 to foster awareness and understanding of advanced graphic arts technology, the PIA/GATF InterTech Technology Awards honor excellence in innovative technology for the graphic communications industry. The nomination criteria stipulate that the technology be recently developed but out of beta testing and be proven in industrial application, but not yet in widespread use. The technology must also be expected to have a major impact on the graphic communications industry over the next five years. Over 80% of past recipients have experienced commercial success in the marketplace.

PIA/GATF sponsors the award and coordinated the award process as a service to the graphic communications industry; however, InterTech Technology Award recipients are chosen by an independent, anonymous panel of judges. The judges, distinguished within the industry, all have experience in evaluating or commissioning new products or technologies and possess expertise in a wide range of fields, including premedia, printing, binding and finishing and related software and services.