Category: Newspaper and Mailroom

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,…

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…

The times they are a-changing.

My upcoming retirement is prompting me to reflect on what’s transpired during my career in the graphic arts industry. Considering I started in the print industry nearly forty years ago, I’ve witnessed some major transformations and have been an active participant in forging new futures. Here are some key takeaways…

My upcoming retirement is prompting me to reflect on what’s transpired during my career in the graphic arts industry. Considering I started in the print industry nearly forty years ago, I’ve witnessed some major transformations and have been an active participant in forging new futures. Here are some key takeaways…

Saving energy? More power—and profit—to you.

Admit it, when you were young, you dialed seven digits into the phone and when someone answered the exchange went something like this:   “Is your refrigerator running?  “Yes”  “Then you’d better go catch it!”  Fortunately, today, the reply you’d probably receive is “no, my refrigerator is very efficient.”  I don’t…

Admit it, when you were young, you dialed seven digits into the phone and when someone answered the exchange went something like this:   “Is your refrigerator running?  “Yes”  “Then you’d better go catch it!”  Fortunately, today, the reply you’d probably receive is “no, my refrigerator is very efficient.”  I don’t…

Price versus reliable performance? Always go with the pro.

As the newspaper industry consolidates and budgets tighten, some facilities are taking a reactive approach to press conveyor and mailroom machine maintenance. And, what ensues is unexpected breakdowns that are often exasperated by temporary fixes. Consider standard conveyors. Inside the tracks are chains with thousands of small rollers. As those…

As the newspaper industry consolidates and budgets tighten, some facilities are taking a reactive approach to press conveyor and mailroom machine maintenance. And, what ensues is unexpected breakdowns that are often exasperated by temporary fixes. Consider standard conveyors. Inside the tracks are chains with thousands of small rollers. As those…

Part Two: How to request outside help when Murphy’s Law impacts the bindery.

When it comes to unexpected bindery breakdowns, if your internal people cannot handle the situation, they must seek outside help. The faster your team recognizes this, the more time is saved. The best way to get help is still via the telephone. As the support process progresses, e-mails, texts and…

When it comes to unexpected bindery breakdowns, if your internal people cannot handle the situation, they must seek outside help. The faster your team recognizes this, the more time is saved. The best way to get help is still via the telephone. As the support process progresses, e-mails, texts and…

Part One: Here’s how your team can counter Murphy’s Law in the bindery.

According to Captain Edward A. Murphy, an aerospace engineer working on research project MX981 circa 1949, “If anything can go wrong, it will.”  His quote is now known as Murphy’s Law.  Call it what you will, it’s something that we all have witnessed either professionally or personally because, try as…

According to Captain Edward A. Murphy, an aerospace engineer working on research project MX981 circa 1949, “If anything can go wrong, it will.”  His quote is now known as Murphy’s Law.  Call it what you will, it’s something that we all have witnessed either professionally or personally because, try as…