Category: Workflow Solutions

Digital printing, finishing, and seminars, SigmaLine

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…

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…

SAFE. Enhanced Connex support when you need it most.

For many operations, books of one and shorter runs are actually increasing overall daily output. This greater demand, coupled with constantly changing formats and/or content, has resulted in a production process that’s even more challenging and complex for operators, machines, and systems. A start-to-finish connection optimizes production. As our current…

For many operations, books of one and shorter runs are actually increasing overall daily output. This greater demand, coupled with constantly changing formats and/or content, has resulted in a production process that’s even more challenging and complex for operators, machines, and systems. A start-to-finish connection optimizes production. As our current…

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…