Monday June 29, 2015

In this issue:

NEWS: Major global charity chooses Avanti Slingshot for comprehensive, real-time view of scheduling and cost performance

TORONTO, June 25, 2015 – Avanti Computer Systems Limited, a leading provider of Print MIS solutions, today announced that Our Daily Bread Ministries, a non-denominational, non-profit, global ministry, has gone live with Avanti Slingshot Print MIS for real-time visibility into its expanding direct mail initiatives.

The organization’s Grand Rapids, Mich., print production facility generates 62 million booklets and boasts 72 million impressions, with more than ten languages, printed in the US.  Their Harris M1000 web press consumes 6 million pounds of paper, the Akiyama sheet-fed press consumes 11 million sheets of paper, and their HP7000 and HP5500 digital presses consume 6 million sheets of paper. <<read more>>

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2015 Avanti User Group Conference October 6 – 9, 2015

“Discover the Possibilities…Uncover the Value”

Following on the heels of last year’s most successful conference ever, we once again have a great line-up of speakers and Avanti customers from across North America’s In-Plant and Commercial organizations. It’s a great opportunity to meet with fellow print professionals in a casual and fun setting.

NEW FOR 2015!
In addition to our popular “Ask the Experts” room, for the first time, we will be holding concurrent tracks for both Avanti Classic and Avanti Slingshot customers. Keeping in line with our theme: "Discover the Possibilities…Uncover the Value", we are committed to delivering content relevant to all Avanti end-users, whether you’re an expert or a “newbie”, to maximize your ROI.

Check out the 2015 Agenda

In addition to 3.5 days focused on the daily use of the modules (and finding all the little hidden gems, tips, and tricks), your registration includes:

  • Welcome reception October 6th
  • Social event in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake October 7th, including a vineyard tour, dinner with wine-pairing, and a bonfire 
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, and 2 daily refreshment breaks

SAVE $75! Register by June 30th for the Early Bird rate: $720 USD ($895 CAD). Get all the details here!


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

Find out how Avanti has helped digital, offset, hybrid and large 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
This non-technical session has been specifically designed for Printing Professionals from both commercial and in-house operations who want to benefit from the ROI that only a fully integrated solution can provide.
Register HERE

Grow and Succeed with Avanti and Xerox!
Avanti has developed several workflow integration points into Xerox’s FreeFlow™ Digital Workflow collection that seamlessly provide for automated job submission, tracking, costing and billing, regardless of how a job is submitted to the shop.
Register HERE

Leverage the Power of Avanti Slingshot’s Scheduling & Shop Floor Modules
Discover how Avanti’s Scheduling module enables you to organize your jobs efficiently, maximize equipment utilization, and plan your production workflow in advance. Fully integrated with Shop Floor Data Collection, tasks are automatically date and time-stamped when completed. This keeps everyone updated on a job’s real-time status while providing an effective way to capture actuals, such as time spent on a job and material usage.
Register HERE

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From Gutenberg to Bach - How the world of print could learn a thing or two from the world of music

by Joanne Gore – This article originally appeared in the June issue of Graphic Arts Magazine and is reprinted with permission

I’ve been hearing a lot of talk lately about the “resurgence of vinyl”. No, I’m not talking about flooring…I’m talking about music – as in records! And it got me thinking about the parallels between the music industry and the printing industry.

In 2013, 6.1 million vinyl albums were sold in the United States, up from less than a million in 2005 and 2006. The same trend can be observed in the UK and in Germany, where LP sales have climbed to the highest levels since the early 1990s. Global vinyl sales amounted to $218 million in the past year and it’s all but certain that the vinyl comeback continued in 2014 (source:

Industry experts are speculating as to the reasons for the resurgence of such a seemingly outdated technology. After all, why go to the hassle of what’s involved in playing a record (in addition to the care required for the actual record itself) when you can simply click a button on your cellphone, tablet or computer? Ironically, that’s likely at the very root of the cause. Because anyone who has ever listened to vinyl knows the unique little hisses and noises that emit when listening to a song. But those sounds are what give the song its true character – character you just can’t get in digital.

read the full article here

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Case Study: Our Daily Bread calls Avanti Slingshot a “Game Changer”

Our Daily Bread Ministries is a non-denominational, non-profit, global ministry with staff and volunteers in over 35 offices working together to distribute more than 60 million resources in 150 countries. Their US headquarters is located in Cascade Township, on the southeast side of metro Grand Rapids and is home to almost 300 full time staff and 100 volunteers. Regardless of whether it’s a radio or television broadcast, DVD, podcast, book, mobile app, or website, Our Daily Bread Ministries provide materials to help people grow in their relationship with God.

In 1938, the ministry started with a radio program called Detroit Bible Class. Since then, their audience has grown from a small group of dedicated radio listeners, to millions of people around the world who use their Bible-based resources.

Today, their Grand Rapids print production facilities generate 62 million devotional booklets and boasts 72 million impressions, with more than ten languages printed in the US. Their M1000 Web press consumes 6 million lbs. of paper, the Akiyama Sheet-fed press consumes 11 million sheets of paper, and their HP7000 and HP5500 digital presses consume 6 million sheets of paper. Since 2011, the plant has grown by 10%. <<read more>>

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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 extensive knowledge base gives you 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

Contact us to learn more

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