Operator training? It might be one of the best investments you can make.

In a period of significant shortage of skilled personnel and aging industry demographics, a lot of effort is made to provide a work environment that is welcoming and rewarding, particularly when trying to attract a new, talented and young workforce. Investing in operator training can be one of the most important…

In a period of significant shortage of skilled personnel and aging industry demographics, a lot of effort is made to provide a work environment that is welcoming and rewarding, particularly when trying to attract a new, talented and young workforce. Investing in operator training can be one of the most important…

Binding for our future.

As we enter fall, I am reminded of the back-to-school hustle I used to do with my children, as well as their excitement when receiving textbooks. It warms my heart to know our industry provides kids with tools to build their futures.  Starting early with Ranger Rick magazines, all the…

As we enter fall, I am reminded of the back-to-school hustle I used to do with my children, as well as their excitement when receiving textbooks. It warms my heart to know our industry provides kids with tools to build their futures.  Starting early with Ranger Rick magazines, all the…

Shortcuts make long delays.

When there is trouble with your print finishing equipment, it is very tempting to take the easy way out when trying to make the repair. The title of this blog post is a line uttered by the character, Pippin Took, in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.  He is…

When there is trouble with your print finishing equipment, it is very tempting to take the easy way out when trying to make the repair. The title of this blog post is a line uttered by the character, Pippin Took, in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring.  He is…

Utilizing incentives in the bindery to reward performance.

In my last blog  I talked about improving bindery results on the production floor with simple concepts using an easel, whiteboard, and some colored markers. I discussed the importance of communicating clear expectations, visibly promoting performance, and re-evaluating results in order to establish new goals.  But one of bindery management’s…

In my last blog  I talked about improving bindery results on the production floor with simple concepts using an easel, whiteboard, and some colored markers. I discussed the importance of communicating clear expectations, visibly promoting performance, and re-evaluating results in order to establish new goals.  But one of bindery management’s…

Carl Larsen. A company legend. And my friend.

Even though we all strive to forge our own paths, many of us have had the good fortune to have a mentor.  And, if you are like me, you have had more than a few from whom you’ve chosen traits that helped to meld you into the person, husband, father,…

Even though we all strive to forge our own paths, many of us have had the good fortune to have a mentor.  And, if you are like me, you have had more than a few from whom you’ve chosen traits that helped to meld you into the person, husband, father,…

Presto II Digital Saddle Stitcher. A “right-angle” turn for the better.

At a recent meeting, a customer asked if some of their complex products could be produced on our Presto II Digital saddle stitcher. I arranged a demonstration at our factory so that the customer was able to witness first-hand the Presto II’s capabilities. Our service engineers set up the Presto…

At a recent meeting, a customer asked if some of their complex products could be produced on our Presto II Digital saddle stitcher. I arranged a demonstration at our factory so that the customer was able to witness first-hand the Presto II’s capabilities. Our service engineers set up the Presto…

Knowledge. It’s what sets the OEM apart.

Recently, I came across the following illustration by Hugh McLeod of Gapingvoid Culture Design Group. I think his chart could also represent the key difference between third-party suppliers (“Information”) and OEMs (“Knowledge”). How so? When maintaining and servicing highly expensive print finishing equipment, there’s a ton of available information. But…

Recently, I came across the following illustration by Hugh McLeod of Gapingvoid Culture Design Group. I think his chart could also represent the key difference between third-party suppliers (“Information”) and OEMs (“Knowledge”). How so? When maintaining and servicing highly expensive print finishing equipment, there’s a ton of available information. But…

Trust is the key to true partnerships—and future opportunities. Here’s proof.

In today’s ever-changing, ever-challenging industry, printing companies and equipment manufacturers can discover huge monetary and production advantages by trusting in their long-term business relationships. As you’ll read, what often ensues is the upgrading of manufacturing processes which in turn deliver investment protection for all parties. Distinct manufacturing challenges. Similar financial…

In today’s ever-changing, ever-challenging industry, printing companies and equipment manufacturers can discover huge monetary and production advantages by trusting in their long-term business relationships. As you’ll read, what often ensues is the upgrading of manufacturing processes which in turn deliver investment protection for all parties. Distinct manufacturing challenges. Similar financial…