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  • 01/22/2015 by Ms Megan Flynn

    Time. No matter what, it seems like there’s never enough, right? One way to save time is to make your workplace more visual, infusing it with information that answers the critical and recurrent questions of people working there. With a glance people can get the information they need without having to waste time searching for it.

    Visual Management systems “enable anyone to immediately assess the current status of an operation or process at a glance, regardless of their knowledge of the process. Visual displays relate information and data to employees in an area through the use of charts, graphs, and process documentation.” (Continuous Improvement Glossary) ...

  • 01/19/2015 by Ms Megan Flynn

    Efficiency lies in the details. Delivering jobs with reduced turn times and fewer resources requires being intensely focused on the details.

    As more companies realize the benefits of automation, they’re looking closer at each piece of equipment and each process to find out how to maximize efficiency. And one of the standout industry players in automation today is Think Patented.

    This is the site for the 2015 Automation Solutions Network Meeting, February 25–26, in Miamisburg, Ohio. What makes this facility so impressive? Every square inch of Think Patented is designed for automation.  Before you go, we wanted to give you a preview of Think Patented’s facility, what makes them successful, and what you’ll see on the tour!

    How They Got Here


  • 12/16/2014 by Ms Megan Flynn

    If you asked your employees right now what it’s like to work at your company each day, how would they respond? Do they feel like they work in an environment that supports their goals and ideas? Are they provided the appropriate resources to excel at their jobs? How would they rate their managers?

    You may wonder why company culture is so important. Only three out of ten U.S. workers are involved in and enthusiastic about their workplace, according to Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace report. That means that 70% of workers are not fully engaged in their workplace. This lack of commitment leads to decreased productivity and lower overall profits.

    If this is a reality check for your company, take a moment now to get an honest look at your organizational culture. If you haven’t tried the new...

  • 12/02/2014 by Ms Megan Flynn

    In what seems to be a forever-changing regulatory landscape, employers can only imagine what new EPA and OSHA requirements they will encounter in 2015. How can you avoid serious fines, negative publicity, and serious injuries from EHS violations? For managers, business owners, or anyone involved in EHS in the printing industry, those are just a few of the many concerns that can keep you up at night. But if there’s one thing we do know about your job going into 2015, it’s that the stakes are going to get higher and the rules more complicated.

    Gary Jones, Assistant Vice President of EHS Affairs at Printing Industries of America, has experienced his share of sleepless nights too, usually because he is traveling from state to state helping printers solve serious EHS challenges. We caught up with him in...

  • 11/24/2014 by Ms Megan Flynn

    Looking for another great resource for Lean and continuous improvement solutions? We found a helpful tool at Check out the variety of blogs, videos, and more from Paul Akers, founder and president of FastCap and keynoter at the 2015 Continuous Improvement Conference!

    Time and money—two things most of us don’t have in excess. And if you’re thinking of using a continuous improvement strategy to reduce costs and boost customer satisfaction, the task can feel like an overwhelming use of your resources!

    But as the experts know, your journey to operational excellence is not an all-at-once undertaking. Rather it is the accumulation of small improvements by many employees that add up to a strategic advantage for...

  • 11/18/2014 by Ms Megan Flynn

    The following post was contributed by Rick Ciordia, Territory Sales Manager at Standard Finishing Systems and member of the BIA Board of Directors.

    Traditional diecutting in the bindery has been around for many years. There are many types of diecutting. In this case we are discussing diecutting for the commercial print and light packaging industry. Rotary diecutting is one of those processes that has always given a printed piece a look and vision of class, elegance, function, and, most importantly, higher profit margins for the manufacturer. Diecutting had traditionally been an area of high investment, complex die creation, highly trained operators, and long runs.

    Today diecutting is getting a makeover. With the advent of digital print devices, shorter runs, fewer skilled operators, tighter margins, and turn-...

  • 11/06/2014 by Ms Megan Flynn

    As members of the print and graphic arts industry, we’ve become experts at evolution. Re-inventors. We take high-quality original products and morph them to meet today’s ever-changing standards.

    The NEW BIA (formerly Binding Industries of America) is another example of reinvention. It reflects the changing needs of its postpress members, from cashing in on the hot packaging market to providing solutions for end clients.

    “The needs of the industry have changed,” said Chris Eckhart, President of Eckhart & Co. and member of the NEW BIA Board of Directors. “The fresh look of the NEW BIA reflects the refocus of the organization’s efforts to provide members with unparalleled networking opportunities, the latest information on technologies changing the industry, and educational resources to support...

  • 11/05/2014 by Ms Megan Flynn

    Each year we search the globe to find outstanding keynote speakers for the Technical Association of the Graphics Art (TAGA) Annual Technical Conference. After all, the conference has a reputation of highlighting some of the most dynamic thought leaders in our industry.

    The print professionals, scientists, and researchers coming to the  67th TAGA Conference, March 22–25, 2015, in Albuquerque, NM, will hear thought-provoking keynote discussions on new print applications; print-centric, omni-channel marketing; national security innovations; and printed electronic opportunities. The headlining speakers bring a wide range of experience and expertise that drives the BIG ideas for the printing industry.

    Chris Travis, Director of Technology, KBA

    Chris Travis has...

  • 11/05/2014 by Ms Megan Flynn

    This blog was adapted from “The Evolution of Color in High-Speed Production Inkjet” by Mike Herold, and Nick Fiore of RICOH Company Limited. You can read the full article in the November 2014 issue of Printing Industries of America: The Magazine. Mike is a featured speaker at the 2014 Color Conference, December 6–9, in Scottsdale, AZ.

    Where is digital inkjet now, where is it going, and how is it impacting you?

    The fast-growing market of High-speed production inkjet has transformed color printing in recent years. Today the opportunities are virtually limitless, affording greater capabilities and...

  • 09/24/2014 by Mr Samuel G. Shea

    “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

    Ben Franklin understood that in-depth learning happens when a student is engaged in the learning process. For managers who want to improve their competitive stance, implementing an eLearning program for their employees can not only save them substantially when compared to traditional learning methods, it creates a richer, more engaging learning environment. (Find out more about the benefits of online learning for both managers and employees here.)

    However, many online learning initiatives fail due to an inefficient plan or not having a plan at all.

    Your organization may already be using an online training platform like the...