Create Your Workflow Journey Map to Fix Your Workflow

Submitted by ryan.mcabee on June 25, 2019

Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor was your print shop. The business grew over time. Customers, employees, equipment, and software have likely come and gone. Odds are also high that you now offer more applications that are being produced across multiple types of print technology. But have your processes and toolsets to support those processes changed with the times?

Over our years of performing workflow assessments, we have found some commonalities across print shops of all shapes and sizes:

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Automation Intent Doesn't Meet Reality and Is Costing You Money

Submitted by ryan.mcabee on June 04, 2019

Printers readily admit if and where they struggle with their workflow. This year 55% of printers said dealing with a high number of small jobs was their biggest workflow bottleneck and challenge as part of Keypoint Intelligence - InfoTrends 2019 North American Software Investment Outlook. Yet, 43% of those printers said their workflow processes were mostly manual in many of their departments.

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Evaluating Your Finishing Options

Submitted by pmcgrew on March 26, 2019

Finishing solutions in your shop can be a necessary piece of infrastructure or a differentiator that brings you new business. How you treat finishing in your production often depends on the type of business you operate. For transaction print and mail operations, finishing may revolve around slit/merge, perf/punch, fold and insert operations, while for direct mail print shops there may be a wider range of options for folding, scoring, creasing, and tabbing. Book printers often focus on book block assembly, binding, and cover-based workflows.

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Chuck Werninger Shares His Inkjet Story

Submitted by CCumings on December 18, 2018

Chuck Werninger is Senior Manager of IT Administrative Services at Houston Independent School District. You might be familiar with Chuck as he was a speaker on the "Investing in Inkjet" panel at this year's Inkjet 101 — or perhaps you know him from his active contribution to several other industry publications and events. It’s safe to say that wherever people are talking about the future of print, Chuck is sure to be part of the conversation.

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Inkjet Production Workflow — The Integration Puzzle

Submitted by spieruccini on September 10, 2018

There is widespread agreement that automating your inkjet production workflow has numerous benefits. Automation reduces errors and lets you do more with fewer resources. It supports increased throughput, allows you to make better use of your equipment, and gives you the tools and foundation to take on more work.  All of this impacts your bottom line and can lead to increased profits, so automating your workflow appears to be a no-brainer.

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Web-To-Workflow: Adoption & Usage Trends

Submitted by ryan.mcabee on September 19, 2017

Online ordering, whether in print or not, is now second nature. Thanks to e-commerce behemoths like Alibaba and Amazon, business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) users now expect a completely easy and seamless experience when ordering print online. Printers that have not prepared for this reality are now behind the curve since web-to-print (W2P) solutions have been on the market for over a decade.

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Managing Operations During Peak Demand Periods

Submitted by eve.padula on September 14, 2017

Whether they are large or small, corporate enterprises or quick print shops, all printing operations face challenges when it comes to managing production demands. Effectively managing these challenges involves planning and documenting patterns and processes that strategically integrate with business and manufacturing processes.

Companies that incorporate workflow automation into their production processes can decrease their operational costs, increase print production and manufacturing, and can ultimately keep – or move – themselves onto the path to profitability. 

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Workflow that Works Advanced Tools of the Trade

Submitted by dzwang on March 13, 2017

David Zwang, Principal Consultant, Zwang & Co. hosted a thINK member customer panel to discuss workflow that works. Did you miss it? Read a summary below and view the recorded session. 

Customer Panel:
    David Zwang, Principal Consultant, Zwang & Co.
    Jared Carr, Production Manager, Merrill Corp.
    John Slaney, Chief Technical Officer, Content Critical Solutions
    Andrew Hennings, Director of Operations, Epiq
    Bryan Haynes, CIO, Maryland State Treasurer

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Workflow in Today’s Transaction Printing Environment

Submitted by sjammallo on May 06, 2014

One of the challenges with selecting a workflow solution for print is that specific tasks and processes that have to be managed and ideally, automated for different segments of the print industry are strikingly different. Jobs flow differently in commercial print shops than they do in high-volume transactional operations, direct mail houses, service bureaus or CRDs/copy shops in enterprise environments. The work is different, the flow is different and that means the workflow solution must be different as well, doesn’t it?

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