Tag Archive: Printing

Dec 03

The Shelf or the Web: Where Will Your Next Good Book Come From?

I am an avid reader—have been since childhood. I am also a technology geek, so when e-readers hit the market I was ecstatic. No more toting heavy tomes on long trips, no fear of running out of something to read, no more books cluttering the nooks and crannies in my house. I was sure my …

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Nov 19

The String Theory of Leadership

In creating your company’s value stream, planning, assessing and determining practical and useful benchmarks and goals for improvement is important, but the hardest part is making it all actually work. Your employees may believe “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” A new program or new incentive is posted on a bulletin …

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Nov 05

Lean, Mean Value Stream

Toyota Motor Corp. has given manufacturers in all fields—and all over the world—a model of efficient, value stream production. While producing automobiles is quite a different thing than producing printed materials, much can be learned from Toyota’s philosophy. The Toyota system originally identified seven sources of waste:

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Oct 22

Waste by Any Other Name

Lean Printing means operational efficiency with the goal of identifying and weeding out wasteful processes and resources that do not add value, but rather, reduce a print company’s profits. Operational efficiency also involves implementing new work processes and the latest technologies that improve quality, productivity and environmental sustainability. Typically, “waste” in a printing company is …

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Oct 08

The End of the Age of Gutenberg?

Perhaps 200 years from now, historians will be calling the 21st Century the “End of the Age of Gutenberg.” The development of movable type in the 1400s slowly nudged knowledge and information past the gates of shadowy cloisters into the public, commercial realm. With (lots of) time and further innovation, Gutenberg’s vision of standardized and …

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Oct 01

Graph Expo 2012 is Just Around the Corner

Graph Expo 2012

Graph Expo 2012 is just around the corner.  And with it comes the crazy, hectic tradeshow frenzy that every exhibitor lives through. The nightmares, the middle of the night “we should do this” brainstorms, coupled with “the no sleep at all” nights worrying about what you’ve forgotten. I’ve been managing tradeshows for more years than …

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May 18

drupa 2012 — The “Thoughtful” drupa

Komori “family photo” on the first day of drupa 2012

We can close the book on drupa 2012—all that’s left is the tearing down and the moving out. The pundits will debate the success, the highs and lows, over the course of the next several weeks and it will be interesting to read their varying perspectives. Yes, attendance was lower than last drupa, but what …

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May 07

Live from drupa 2012 – Catch the Excitement at the Komori Stand

drupa is in full swing, and if you watch the video below you can see for yourself what’s happening in the Komori stand in Hall 15. If you’ve never had the “drupa experience,” you don’t know what you’re missing. New technology is EVERYWHERE—and the Komori stand has loads of it! I can’t wait for the …

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Mar 22

Counting Down the Days Until drupa 2012


drupa 2012 is rapidly approaching—are you attending? For me, this drupa already feels different. There have been a host of announcements from a wide range of exhibitors touting a number of interesting and exciting new products. It seems to me that drupa will be “springtime” in more ways than one—new products introduced, new alliances being …

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Dec 05

Social Media Marketing for Printers: Prepare for Launch

Now that we’ve explored the five most active social media platforms available and how they can advance your business goals, it’s time to evaluate which platforms are right for your business. Then, the next step is to develop a strategy for building and growing your presence. Where do you go from here?

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