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Business process management for your internal and your cloud based systems enable functionality and accessibility to your data and communications securely. During these changing times it's a priority to manage & ensure your productivity levels are at their best.
Business machines and equipment reliability is something that supports the rigorous demand of automated workflows for your company's main operations and support for your internal staff while remote employees in the field who depend on accessibility & functionality 24/7.
If your still not convinced how to take advantage of workflow automation in your printing plants, drupa has gathered 4 top reasons to automate your print production processes now. If applied at just the right insertion point, even small changes can deliver big results.
Automation is sure to deliver productivity and profitability. You might not need to automate your entire production line. Even a modest degree of automation goes a long way in improving production speed and productivity. The key here is finding the right spot to upgrade your processes in order to gain the biggest benefit possible with the least effort necessary. An important message from the research is that automation does work. Broader adoption will improve printing companies’ profitability, competitive agility, & ability to serve customers. And just a little tweak in the right place can do the trick.
Of course, switching to an automated workflow requires an advanced investment into automation software. Maybe even an entirely new system for your printers. However, the investment is well worth it, if introduced at the right point automation software can manage and automate prepress workflow, handle shipping as well as billing, estimate and schedule print jobs, preflight work, support managing operations, submit jobs via online portals, and impose print work. Therefore, higher levels of automation enable printers to accept and perform more jobs from customers via online submission portals. Online print job submission is an essential step in this – and it has never been so easy to profitably integrate it into your operation. People who have invested in automation already report more jobs per day than respondents with less stake in it. High throughput links directly to profitability because it minimizes non-chargeable plant time.
The rise of on-demand printing production in small quantities is one of the changes that have been bothering printing companies for years but are also recognized as a necessary “evil” to make the printing industry sustainably profitable in the digital age. In short: If we want to survive, we need to adapt. And the faster we do it, the better! Right now, smaller print shops tend to handle this change considerably better than well-established industry giants that are used to being sought after for their fast, high quality output. But producing and managing a high number of small jobs is unlikely to create bottlenecks with careful adjustments and automating key points in the overall workflow. This also indicates that our industry is learning how to manage the decline of long print runs and the switch to a higher amount of small on-demand commissions.
One issue that is always a little tougher to address: the elimination of human error. Sure, switching to a (more) automated workflow means restructuring your overall printing processes, which may also lead to a reorganization of your workforce, but it is still something to consider and not blindly shy away from. Unfortunately, people are a key source of production line issues such as the creation of bottlenecks in your workflow that obstructs the throughput of your job volume. Of course, bottlenecks can also occur when equipment breaks down or an external event, like a power outage, interrupts the production sequence. Most of the time, obstructions like these are the result of ongoing but subpar manufacturing routines though. This is where workflow automation comes into play: People agree that the most potentially problematic area of their printing plants is relying on expensive labor or high-touch processes. Reducing labor expenses and eliminating needless touches are what workflow automation is meant to accomplish. This means adding more automation wherever the need for it exists can be crucial for your overall success. And even if a bottleneck was to occur after the switch to such an approach, highly automated plants are most confident in their ability to deal with them. So when we say finding a key point to automate for maximum improvement, an identified bottleneck in your production is one of those points best suited for exponentially better results.
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