Actually you are really quite contented. Your business is in the
black, your customers value the quality you deliver and your
adherence to delivery dates. They praise your service. Everything
seems to be running perfectly, if only it weren't for the small
"flaws" that cost time and money, the laborious paperwork or the
long setup of the printing press. This is a clear case for
Nearly all print shops battle with small "flaws." Simply
because customers' demands are constantly growing - they want print
to be ever more exquisite, ever faster and this in increasingly
smaller runs. "Many companies have a place where the shoe pinches.
Usually, they first try to solve the problem conventionally by
working overtime, for example, because machine setup is so
drawn-out or drafting quotes is getting the upper hand," says Lucia
Dauer, Product Manager for Prinect at Heidelberg.
Which Type Am I?
Prinect supports print shops in getting the most out of
the given resources. The solution's components automate and
accelerate a print shop's workflow. But before getting to
optimization, it is essential to first clarify which Prinect
solution best suits my particular business. That is to say, which
business strategy I am following: am I striving to rank among the
best in quality? Do I want to be unbeatable in price and costs? Or
do I want to play in the top league as a full-service provider? The
business strategy roughly determines the general direction: for
example, should things go more in the direction of automation and
continual reduction of throughput time, as is the case for the cost
leader? Or should measures that help improve quality have a higher
priority? In the case of the full-service provider, the integration
of all services is most important.
Solutions Suitable for Each Type
Once the business goals are defined, an analysis follows:
where are the weak points? How do I find out how much the job has
actually cost? Or how can I improve coordination between proof and
print? With the workflow solutions from Prinect, these kinds of
problems can be brought under control relatively quickly. The
solutions cover all of a print shop's tasks. They can be employed
toward a specific goal in order to improve the workflow. The
advantage: "Because the solutions' components are modular and
scalable, they can be fitted to meet the exact needs of a print
shop, regardless of whether it is a two-man print shop or
full-scale business," says Dauer.
Seven Times Better
Prinect's solution components address seven areas of use that
reflect a print shop's production flow. This makes it easier for
businesses to concentrate specifically on the areas and processes
that need to be improved.
Reaching the Goal Step by Step
- Online connection to customers (e.g. remote proofing)
- Print shop management (e.g. product costing analysis)
- Workflow for digital printing
- Prepress workflow (e.g. imposing, proofing)
- Optimizing make-ready times (e.g. presetting printing
- Color and quality management (e.g. color measurement,
printing with the Process Standard Offset Printing)
- Machine operation (e.g. ergonomics, remote control)
"When introducing the solutions, it's important to progress
step by step and not accelerate from 0 to 100 all at once.
Otherwise you overwhelm employees. Not so much because of the
technology, but more because the workflow in the business changes
too," Dauer offers as food for thought. She therefore recommends
developing a graduated plan: "For this case as well as for print
shops wanting to discover how to make optimal use of their
resources, Heidelberg offers help in the form of consultations."
In the following editions of Heidelberg online, we will be
reporting on how print shops can make the best of their types, from
tip to toe, along the entire output chain.