Onyx Graphics has launched its Hub software, which had previewed earlier this year at Fespa Hamburg. Essentially this is a browser-based dashboard for large format users.
Onyx Hub is licensed through the company’s Thrive workflow software. It’s positioned as a business intelligence tool that can give feedback to a print service provider on the overall jobs that run through the printers. It collects data by job, station and printer, and presents it in real-time, which should help users to better understand their costs and work out where they can make further efficiencies in the business.
It pulls information directly from large format printers, such as ink consumption and media usage. However, the quality of this information will vary depending on the printers in use, and how much information the printer vendor is willing to share through the driver software.
It’s also worth noting that an MIS will deliver a much fuller picture, albeit for a much higher investment. That said, this is likely to be a useful tool for many smaller large format companies. After all, anything that helps cut down on waste and bottlenecks should improve the overall profit margin.