Category: Workflow Solutions

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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…

Easy-to-implement strategies can help improve bindery results. Part 1.

As a sales consultant for Muller Martini, I have the opportunity to visit regularly with many different companies in many different locations.  And, that’s allowed me to see that results with the same machine can vary from good to better to best. As your partner, Muller Martini wants to help…

As a sales consultant for Muller Martini, I have the opportunity to visit regularly with many different companies in many different locations.  And, that’s allowed me to see that results with the same machine can vary from good to better to best. As your partner, Muller Martini wants to help…

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…

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…

Lending a Helping Hand in a Competitive World.

In order to meet critical deadlines, printers everywhere must make every minute count. Case in point: The other day I received a distressed call from a customer about a broken belt, a key component that allows the machine to operate properly. The customer had already called our parts department, but…

In order to meet critical deadlines, printers everywhere must make every minute count. Case in point: The other day I received a distressed call from a customer about a broken belt, a key component that allows the machine to operate properly. The customer had already called our parts department, but…

Reduce Operator Error—and Costly Waste—By Optimizing Your Digital Workflows.

The opportunities afforded by digital print manufacturing are well documented. The ability to process products in small quantities, even a book of one, is of great benefit not only to its publisher, but also to the end user who receives more personally relevant content. However, such unpredictability—be it in run…

The opportunities afforded by digital print manufacturing are well documented. The ability to process products in small quantities, even a book of one, is of great benefit not only to its publisher, but also to the end user who receives more personally relevant content. However, such unpredictability—be it in run…

Is your company suffering from turnover side effects?

In 2012, Control magazine conducted research revealing that “nearly 80% of unscheduled production downtime is preventable, and half of this is due to operator error.” With the continued turnover of printing industry workers, it’s safe to assume that that statistic is even more relevant today.   The solution? Training. Yet…

In 2012, Control magazine conducted research revealing that “nearly 80% of unscheduled production downtime is preventable, and half of this is due to operator error.” With the continued turnover of printing industry workers, it’s safe to assume that that statistic is even more relevant today.   The solution? Training. Yet…

How Touchless Workflow Optimizes the Efficiency of Simple Hardcover Production.

Touchless workflow is an integral building block of Muller Martini’s Finishing 4.0 engineering and design philosophy. It provides the intelligence to help speed the processing of products that are printed traditionally, digitally, or in combination.   Recently, I visited our factory in Germany to conduct a series of touchless workflow…

Touchless workflow is an integral building block of Muller Martini’s Finishing 4.0 engineering and design philosophy. It provides the intelligence to help speed the processing of products that are printed traditionally, digitally, or in combination.   Recently, I visited our factory in Germany to conduct a series of touchless workflow…

Do you know the top ten reasons there was downtime during your last shift?

More than 20 years ago, Bill Gates wrote that “content is king.” Today’s “Internet of Things” makes data the king to better decision-making on the production line.   I talk to customers all the time about the importance of collecting critical information from their equipment:  Reliable, fact-based data that can…

More than 20 years ago, Bill Gates wrote that “content is king.” Today’s “Internet of Things” makes data the king to better decision-making on the production line.   I talk to customers all the time about the importance of collecting critical information from their equipment:  Reliable, fact-based data that can…