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Making systems integration work

    In my last blog I made the case for focussing on operational integration and describing the process by which you can plan such an integration. In this blog I want to examine what is good practice in Operational Integration. First let me remind you of what I mean by operational integration. That is to […]

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Trends in Flexible Packaging

  Packaging continues to be a growth market, and within the packaging market, flexible packaging is arguably the fastest growing segment. According to a Smithers Pira report (Future of Global Flexible Packaging to 2020), the global market for flexible packaging is projected to grow by 18% through 2020. But this growth brings with it new […]

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Operational integration – challenging but SOOOOO…. worthwhile!

  Do you remember the rush to automated platemaking? Initially it was a game for just the largest of printers but as the costs came down and systems got more flexible and easier to implement more and more printers climbed on board. It is the same story with implementing ‘Digital Front Ends’ – the simple […]

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Mobile Advertising overtakes Print Advertising in UK

For the first time this year, mobile advertising expenditure in the UK will overtake spend on print advertising, according to the latest forecasts from eMarketer. Mobile ad spending has shown significant growth in recent years and is expected to rise 45% this year to over £3 billion ($4.94 billion) and will account for 20% of […]

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The Icon that Spurred an Industry Movement

Twenty-five years ago today, on Oct. 2, 1990, the company that changed the way offices work with the world’s first fully automatic, plain-paper photocopier unveiled an innovation that business insiders projected would prove to be equally as revolutionary for the print and publishing industry. The prediction? Fully substantiated. The innovation? The Xerox DocuTech 135 Production […]

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Learning to see…and setting the right targets

    When I accompany a manager on a site tour, I get an immediate insight into their management style.  Some wax lyrical about jobs in production, some focus on the equipment, some spend much of the time chatting informally with the staff they meet en route.  All three ‘styles’ have their merits and clearly […]

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The Theory of Everything – How to create a white paper transactional print facility and avoid black holes

    I’m sure you’ve all heard about or seen the movie the Theory of Everything portraying the remarkable and inspirational life of Professor Stephen Hawking. His life’s work was trying to prove mathematically and scientifically that black holes may have been part of the creation of the universe and how life first evolved. So […]

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Value Adding Panic

Distinguishing between Value Adding, Non-Value-Adding and Waste activities is one of the core principals of Lean.  The idea is that most work activity in offices or operations is either Waste or Non-Value-Adding and Lean techniques can minimise them, so increasing efficiency and customer service.  In theory, Value Adding activities that your customer wants and is […]

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