Wednesday April 27, 2016

In this issue:

Avanti Slingshot™: First Print MIS to be Integrated with HP’s PrintOS Platform

SAN ANTONIO, Tex., April 15, 2016 – Avanti Computer Systems Limited, a leading provider of cloud-based Print MIS solutions, today announced that the company’s award-winning Avanti Slingshot product is the first Print MIS application to be fully integrated with HP’s new PrintOS platform. The announcement was made at Dscoop, the annual HP Indigo users’ conference.

PrintOS is a cloud-based print production operating system with apps that help users get more out of their HP presses, simplify and automate their production processes, and continuously improve their operations.

“The efficient use of automation is a critical business component for any successful print provider,” observed Gershon Alon, Global Manager, Workflow Solutions and Partner Program at HP’s Indigo Division. “That’s one of the fundamental reasons we developed PrintOS. Print service providers need access to real-time information about their business anywhere, anytime. That’s why we selected Avanti as our PrintOS MIS partner.”

The integration was designed to optimize the capabilities of PrintOS to simplify and automate production. << read more >>

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MFB Maintains Workflow and Sees Double-Digit Percent Volume Increase Thanks to Avanti

From design and printing, to finishing touches and mailing, Michigan Farm Bureau Centralized Print department meets all the communication needs of the state’s largest general farm organization, whose mission is to represent, protect, and enhance the business, economic, social and educational interests of their farmer members. Services offered by the Print and Mail Services division include: Graphic Design; Dimensional printing; Personalized Direct Marketing; Banners and Signs; Digital and Offset printing; Bindery; Finishing; and Mailing Services.

In 2014, the Michigan Farm Bureau’s Centralized Print and Mail Services division produced 1.3 million pieces of mail, 4.2 million black and white impressions (both digital and offset), and just over 2 million color digital impressions.

The division produces all of this with seven full-time employees and one temp, with access to a pool of five designers.


To appreciate all that has been achieved to date, we need to go back to the early 2000s. Back to when the division had an MIS system that was simply incapable of meeting the demands of the department’s growth. According to Karen Meyers, Business Manager for the Michigan Farm Bureau Print and Mail Services division, “We needed a workflow solution that would give us the ability to track jobs better. Our service offering and volume were growing, and we didn’t have a strong enough system in place to support the workload or provide proper reporting.” << read the full case study >>

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"Simply put, Avanti is my life. I have it open all day, every day. I can’t even imagine my life without it. It’s the backbone of our department. It has become our lifeline."

Karen Meyers, Business Manager for the Michigan Farm Bureau Print and Mail Services division

Avanti's Live Webinar Series - Thursdays at 2pm EST

Find out how Avanti has helped digital, offset, hybrid and large/grand format shops meet customer demands efficiently and cost effectively. Discover the critical role that MIS can play in your organization to help you achieve your goals by joining us for one of our upcoming live webinars Thursdays at 2PM EST.

A Day In The Life of the Automated Print Shop
Are you curious about what an automated print shop looks like?
Still wondering what benefits a fully-integrated Print MIS can mean to YOUR business?

Join us as our experts take you through the Day In The Life of the Automated Print Shop, featuring Avanti Slingshot
Register HERE

MAY 12
Gain a Competitive Edge with Avanti & HP
Bringing the benefits of highly automated workflows into reach for thousands of HP Indigo users, HP and Avanti have developed an interface to integrate Avanti’s award-winning Print MIS software with the HP SmartStream workflow portfolio. Avanti is the only provider of MIS software in North America to offer this level of connectivity with HP SmartStream.

With Avanti, virtually all facets of the print shop, such as job submission, printing and business management functions including estimating, purchasing, job costing and tracking are now automated.
Register HERE

MAY 26
Avanti Slingshot Large Format & Grand Format Estimating
Historically, Large & Grand Format printing required years of experience in both estimating and production planning to properly manage. Avanti Slingshot’s Grand Format Estimating simplifies the process by taking into consideration unique imposition/layouts, material requirements, edge sealing, grommet placement, square inc/feet calculations and substrate utilization to optimize workflow. It accounts for all aspects of the process, including tiling, handling multiple rolls across the bed, ganging, as well as logistics (e.g. finishing, assembly, installation and multi-location shipping).

See why Avanti Slingshot’s Grand Format Estimating earned a MUST SEE ‘EM award by the Graph Expo 2015 selection committee.
Register HERE


See the full list of upcoming webinars here

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Upcoming Events

Avanti at Drupa
May 31 - June 10, 2016

Avanti is back at Drupa, showcasing award-winning Avanti Slingshot. Find us in the Ricoh Booth, Hall 08a/B46-1 & 2; and the HP booth, Hall 17/A01-01 & 15


Avanti at IPMA
June 20 - 24, 2016

Join us in Denver, Colorado and “reach new heights” with your fellow In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association colleagues. Visit us in booth 102.

IPMA’s Educational Conference and Vendor Fair is your one-stop-shop where you can learn from your peers, network, ask questions.


Avanti at CUPMAC
June 26 - 29, 2016

The annual CUPMAC conference is an opportunity for print managers and staff from post-secondary institutions across Canada to gain and share knowledge through participation in workshops, meetings and informal networking among members and with conference sponsors.

Join us at this year’s annual conference, taking place in Waterloo, ON. The conference is being co-hosted by the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.


Click here for Avanti's full list of upcoming events

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Avanti's Hidden Gems

Did you know that Avanti customers have access to a virtual cornucopia of treats? Ok, maybe not a cornucopia…but we sure do have a heck of a lot of stuff!

Our vast knowledge base gives customers access to:

  • Documentation and Release notes – For Avanti Classic and Avanti Slingshot
  • Webinars, Demos and Videos – Our experts cover a wide range of topics from workflow to estimating
  • How To and Tips – to help you get the most out of your Avanti installation

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