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Operations

The print market is becoming increasingly commoditized with print prices in decline and margins being eroded year on year. Print companies are finding it hard to win new business and create customer value. Therefore it is essential that they run a ruthlessly efficient and fully automated production environment in order to remain competitive. The latest industry trends show that less than 20% of printers have a fully automated colour managed workflow, which means that 80% have a great opportunity to reduce cost and become more productive and profitable. The operations content enables companies to identify areas for operational improvement and deliver practical results using the tools and guides available.

 
 
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Operations

The print market is becoming increasingly commoditized with print prices in decline and margins being eroded year on year. Print companies are finding it hard to win new business and create customer value. Therefore it is essential that they run a ruthlessly efficient and fully automated production environment in order to remain competitive. The latest industry trends show that less than 20% of printers have a fully automated colour managed workflow, which means that 80% have a great opportunity to reduce cost and become more productive and profitable. The operations content enables companies to identify areas for operational improvement and deliver practical results using the tools and guides available.


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Colour on the desktop

When creating a document of any kind for printing, thought must be given to the final product.

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Computer monitors and soft proofing

Twenty years ago the older reader would have felt very comfortable reviewing and commenting on proofs while referring to colour transparencies and...

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Substrates and colour management

One of the main areas that can introduce changes in colour on digital presses is the substrate used. While a colour management policy may be in...

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Why you need a colour management policy

It’s the starting point of implementing and controlled a colour managed workflow. In this article we will look at this and the many other areas...

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What are colour profiles - where and how do they work?

Lets start at the beginning with an ICC colour profile.  ICC is the International Color Consortium, which sets the specifications for...

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Why printers should take colour seriously?

The first step in colour management is to recognise your client’s expectations in colour reproduction. Only then can a colour- managed...

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Colour Control Digital 1234

Colour is now the life-blood of every print business and is critical to its continued growth and success. The world of print is moving to full...

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The Holy Grail of Common Colour

In today’s very sophisticated and demanding printing market, the forward thinking printer is offering a full range of printed products...

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14 reasons why you need colour management

It’s not needed It’s too complicated It’s too expensive I don’t have any problems with colour My clients are not that...

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Colour Control - Full Implementation Guide

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It’s Never Been Easier 

Colour management has never been easier to implement than it is today. We have reasonably priced spectrophotometers and mature and efficient...

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PROKOM Guide to Understanding Information Technology

A better understanding of Information Technology (IT) will help you manage your business more effectively. Think of the IT systems as part of your...

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PROKOM Guide to Optimising Workflows: Next Steps

Production workflow optimisation is a process of constant improvement. Once you’ve gone through the basics, you should be ready for the next steps.

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Understanding IT

Information Technology (IT) is playing a growing role in all areas of life, and especially in business. New business models based on big data...

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How boring is an audit?

The thing about audits is that they are necessarily tedious. They cannot be anything but boring because they are supposed to uncover mistakes,...

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Dear Diary (February)

Another wasted day spent calming people down. What a mess. Skimple Designs have been all over us about their colours and moaning that the job...

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Show me the money

You hear people banging on about process efficiency, yet too often we find that it’s taken twice as long to get something done than it should...

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Dear Diary (March)

What a disaster. What they said they wanted and what we delivered was a mess from start to finish. Bangles Print; wide format digital printers,...

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Taking Control: Process Control & Why it Matters

In the graphics industry, workflow is all about getting data to the press as quickly and as accurately as possible. Ensuring that a print job is...

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Binary nightmares

Information Technology (IT) is a necessary evil for graphics production. Sometimes it can be very evil indeed. The trouble is that it’s...

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Automation Intro

Most of us accept that digital workflow systems used for print and publishing should offer a high degree of automation. But how this is done...

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Workflow - Digital 1234

There is absolutely no doubt that the print industry is being radically transformed by the growth of digital print and competition from other...

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Get going!

The quality of your digital workflow management is what makes the difference between profit and loss on a job. We know of one printer whose...

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Getting to Workflow Heaven

Digital workflows have revolutionised the graphic arts and printing industries. From PostScript and PhotoShop through to using artificial...

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The Beauty and Profitability of Prepress

Prepress was once a highly specialised and profitable business, but as the world moved to standard operating systems and super-slick software...

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It’s an Automated World

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Think about your workflow

Richard Gray

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Energy, from understanding comes the means to control

You might wonder why you should be concerned about saving energy when, at the time of writing in early 2016, we are benefiting from a phase of...

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Why think about waste

The European Union is very keen on waste prevention, and has policies, strategies and action plans to address this. So do the individual member...

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Why worry about water – flood or drought?

Water is an area of environmental management that crosses into business resilience and continuity planning. There are two contrasting aspects to...

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Two good reasons why energy efficiency matters

Very briefly – prices and policy. Short words with a lot behind them, so what do they mean for your business?

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Wasting away

There are many different approaches to managing waste, and many European policies, programmes and laws to do so, mostly with the focus on...

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Cutting the botom line by going green

Saving costs and being greener often go hand-in-hand. As savings come straight off your overheads, this effectively increases your profit...

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Environment - Where to start? 

Before you start, you need to work out where you can make a difference, as this will vary according to your situation. Then you can use your time...

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Green: The Colour of Good Business

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Full Implementation Guide - Why Go Green?

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Why go green?

For a busy small printer environmental concerns may seem irrelevant, especially if you’re already choosing green papers and working mainly or...

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Effective KPI Review

“Measurement Drives Improvement” (see our accompanying blog) but only if you have good review systems to use Key Performance...

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Seven Wastes

Muda means waste in Japanese but has a stronger meaning than in English, because avoidable waste and muddle is despised in Japanese culture....

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Streamline Your Production Layout

Most managers want materials and product to move through their company as quickly as possible, with the minimum number of stops and preferably...

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Measurement Drives Improvement

Please don’t try this! If a frog is placed in a pan of hot water, it jumps out. However, if a frog is placed in a pan of cold water and slowly...

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Managing Constraints

We don’t need to solve everything to significantly improve processes, we just have to find and manage constraints. The Theory of Constraints...

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Choosing Key Performance Indicators

Running a business without KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) is like caring for a patient without medical measures or flying an aeroplane without...

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Wasting paper wastes money

Compare the amount of paper that reaches the customer to the amount bought and it is not unusual to find 20% to 35% (sometimes more) is waste....

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Are you adding value?

Value Adding is doing what your customers wants.  If you are not doing what your customer wants, then your activity is either not Value...

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Profit by Productivity

Increased productivity can increase profits out of proportion to sales by making better use of fixed assets. In other words fixed costs remain...

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Learning to see and setting the right targets

What he failed to grasp was that his own measure for Print, maximizing Value of Production, encouraged over-production in Print and the vast...

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Setting the bar on customer service

I am sure you believe you offer good customer service. Indeed I am sure you have customers who tell you so. But what evidence do you have? And do...

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