Blogs

It’s All About the Mission

Often, the VP and the in-plant manager have different perceptions of which data is important to measure and report on. The in-plant manager needs hard numbers to guide shop performance. But the VP needs to know why these metrics are important. Make sure you ask which metrics management wants to see.

Mal Baboyian and the New Canon Océ Colorado 1640

During the One Canon press/analyst event (March 7-9) in Boca Raton, Fla., Canon unveiled worldwide the Colorado 1640 and Mal Baboyian, Senior VP of Canon U.S.A.’s Business Imaging Solutions Group for Océ Product Marketing and Support, thinks it is Océ’s most important wide-format graphic arts product introduction in 25 years.

A Different Kind of In-plant Awareness

We often assume that in-plants know each other and that they know about resources in the industry like In-plant Graphics, IPMA and ACUP. This is an incorrect assumption. New people are entering the in-plant community. These newcomers likely won’t know who their fellow in-plants are.

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In-plant Justification

Often, the VP and the in-plant manager have different perceptions of which data is important to measure and report on. The in-plant manager needs hard numbers to guide shop performance. But the VP needs to know why these metrics are important. Make sure you ask which metrics management wants to see.

We often assume that in-plants know each other and that they know about resources in the industry like In-plant Graphics, IPMA and ACUP. This is an incorrect assumption. New people are entering the in-plant community. These newcomers likely won’t know who their fellow in-plants are.

The word “innovation” is not one of the typical subjects discussed in trade magazines or at shows, but maybe it should be. Considering the relentless outsourcing threats and fierce competition in-plants face, perhaps innovation should be a critical success factor for in-plants.

Binding & Finishing

Even the simplest bindery department can be a complicated operation with a mix of post-press machinery, procedures and materials. No matter how well-trained an operator or manager, it's easy to miss something that leads to a mistake. A checklist can prevent mistakes with surprising results.

Nearly all of the successful marketing strategies were inspired by ideas from outside the printing industry.

Do you believe in the power of the printed word? By the number of printed newsletters I get from printers, I’d say “No.”

Sustainability

Establishing the exact amount of the CO2 produced by sending an email includes many variables: the energy it takes to move the email across the Internet, process it, view it, store it, reread it and, after some time, delete it. One email may indeed produce an insignificant amount of CO2 but when all those tiny footprints are measured at a global scale, the footprint becomes astonishing in size.

To manage forests wisely, we need to understand the situation of the world’s forests and ongoing trends.

Using paper has the same impact on the world’s oxygen supply as using deodorant. Here are some ways in-plants can be more sustainable.

Digital Printing

The key to winning over marketing is to understand their goals, help them achieve them, and show how you can deliver them services.

Russell Gayer, manager of Printing Services at Tyson Foods, shares his in-plant’s innovative practices and efforts to transform.

I went to Boca Raton, Fla., in mid-October for the 2016 thINK Conference. thINK is a user community made up of Canon Solutions America (CSA) inkjet customers. This conference was the second such meeting and it has grown since the inaugural event in New York a year ago. Attendance is up significantly (from 350 to…

Sheetfed Offset Printing

IPG blogger Dwayne Magee takes a trip down printing’s memory lane by sharing an amusing collection of tips for printers.

Wide-Format Printing

No one predicted that wide-format inkjet would open a new market for printers for signage, vehicle wraps, building wraps and more.

Mailing/Postal

Since USPS has made mailing complicated, there are many times that a design element causes a mailing to go at a higher rate of postage.

Management

In-plants often feel like underdogs. But are you unwittingly contributing to the perception that your in-plant isn’t valuable?

At the IPMA conference Howie Fenton will reveal strategies to improve your in-plant’s financial performance such as updating your costs

If you are an in-plant manager looking to grow your in-plant, you need to be certain the new services or products you are hoping to inc

Workflow/Web-to-Print

Everyone in business, including the largest businesses, want to attract the attention of their customers and engage with them. Which is why it’s pretty surprising that there are still so many websites that break cardinal rules every day. There is a long list that could be discussed, but here are five you should absolutely avoid…

PODi’s Greg Cholmondeley explains why Canon’s PRISMAdirect integrated workflow automation package may be well suited to in-plants.

I recently reviewed two new workflow automation solutions that seem to be particularly well suited for in-plants: Canon’s PRISMAdirect