ASK THE EXPERTS

thINK Academy

ASK THE EXPERTS

   

Do you have questions about more effectively running your business? Our experts will answer your questions, provide advice and offer insights in thINK’s Ask The Experts Series. We will cover a myriad of topics to help you grow and evolve your business. Be sure to get registered and take advantage of this great learning!

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INSTRUCTOR

Barb Pellow

Manager, Pellow and Partners
Barb Pellow is a digital printing and publishing pioneer and marketing expert, with a focus on helping companies develop multi-media strategies whether it is to launch a new product, build a strategic marketing plan or educate your sales force on how to deliver an effective value proposition.
 

ASK THE EXPERTS COURSES

It’s Not Finished ‘til It’s Finished

The work is not finished until it is finished — as in post press finishing. Your inkjet press, media, ink, software and finishing are an end to end solution. Finishing is not just a production step. It is crucial to your business strategy.

Print service providers need to spend as much time in the decision-making process on the post press end of workflow as they give to the pre-press and printing aspects. Finishing solutions can make the difference between meeting deadlines or not meeting them.

In this Fourth Friday Ask The Experts session, Canon experts and peers will help you understand the different options, and why one may be better suited for your environment than another.

Time Commitment:

Self-Paced Online Learning: 1 hour
Learning Assignments: N/A

Workflow Automation: Providing Profitability

Holding back on investments in workflow automation means holding back on growth potential —a mistake that no printing business can afford to make in an environment where growth and profit are essential.

The extent to which a business is automated has a strong influence on meeting critical customer requirements while maximizing profitability. Automation breaks the production bottlenecks: the inefficiencies and constraints of manufacturing that hamper productivity and profits.

In this Fourth Friday Ask The Experts session, you will get recommendations from both Canon experts in workflow automation as well as your peers relative to how to streamline key manufacturing processes.

Time Commitment:

Self-Paced Online Learning: 1 hour
Learning Assignments: N/A

Leveraging Canon Resources – Project 360

Come learn how you can better leverage Canon resources to help accelerate your volume and enhance efficiencies. Print service providers are under constant pressure to drive down costs and speed up delivery times. This means they need to make continual adjustments to software, equipment, education, and any other tool that can improve workflow and operational efficiency.

Canon is working with clients in an endeavor called Project 360. Project 360 consists of a team of Canon Solutions America professionals dedicated to helping Canon inkjet customers increase page volume, by providing consultation and a continuous partnership. The Canon team works with clients to increase profit margins by focusing on new application opportunities as well as transitioning work from toner devices, offset, outsourcing, or even other inkjet devices; delivering top quality with effective color management; and optimizing workflow.

In this Fourth Friday Ask The Experts session, you will hear about Project 360 from Canon experts as well as from customers that have leveraged the program.

Time Commitment:

Self-Paced Online Learning: 1 hour
Learning Assignments: N/A

Estimating for Production Inkjet

Ink is one of the major drivers of job cost on production inkjet so you would think that estimating and tracking consumption would be top of mind for profit seeking print organizations. Canon has multiple tools to support print service providers in managing cost. Canon recently announced VIEW, an intuitive inkjet estimation solution that operates as a hybrid application with both cloud-based and local components. Implementing an intelligent algorithm, VIEW automatically generates enhanced production scenarios for each possible product selection, calculating ink usage, media use, printer and finishing run times, roll width and sheet size, and best imposition options.

In addition, TrueProof is designed to allow print providers to estimate ink usage and costs, rectify inconsistencies in layout and registration, expedite simultaneous or consecutive digital proof approvals, all prior to final production, helping to ensure outstanding quality, low cost and integrity of the final printed product.

This “Ask the Experts” session will focus on development of accurate production costs. You will hear from Canon Solutions America experts and customers on the VIEW application capabilities, as well as TrueProof and its business impact on the ability to accurately project costs.

Time Commitment:

Self-Paced Online Learning: 1 hour
Learning Assignments: N/A