For the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to work with EFI on tailoring their #EFIConnect conference to meet the needs of in-plant printers. It is so refreshing to work with a company that appreciates and respects the differences between various market segments and that is willing to adapt to meet their needs.
Here’s a link to a recent interview I had with In-plant Graphics Magazine about the how Connect is catering to in-plants (https://tinyurl.com/y75uql59). I’ve attended Connect for the past several years and highly recommend my in-plant friends to go to this event. Be sure to let me know if you do and we can grab a beer together at the Wynn in Las Vegas!
I just ran a Future of the In-plant study and one of the top investment areas was workflow automation
I’m here at PRINT and there are numerous software packages on the floor for automating prepress
But is it worth your time and effort?
Well, that depends upon your volume, your job mix, your existing internal processes, what you mean by automation, and your culture – but the answer is probably yes. By the way, automation doesn’t have to mean lights-out, no-touch, soup-to-nuts, automating. It can simply mean automating specific tasks, or specific types of jobs to increase productivity. In other words, it could be like a robotic assembly line or it could be like using power tools instead of hand tools.
Check out this video and try using these interactive eBooks I created if you’re curious about whether you have the volume and job mix to get a reasonable ROI from workflow automation. I did them for efi JobFLow and impose, but you can put in your own numbers for your volumes, times, and solutions of interest to get your head around the excited sales and marketing claims, no matter what automation solution you’re considering.
Here’s your chance to see how your in-plant’s future compares to others. IPMA has contracted Cholmonco to perform a study on where in-plants are headed over the next five years in terms of growth, services and technology along with what they are doing to make it happen.
The study results will be presented at PRINT in Chicago on Sunday, September 10, at 2:00 pm and all complete survey respondents will receive a PDF copy of the final report.
This is a great way to validate and, perhaps, adjust your 5-year strategic plan with industry data. Don’t have a strategic plan for your shop? This could provide the basis for creating one and initiating conversations with your management.
Take it today, before the survey closes and have your voice heard.
I’ve been commissioned by IPMA to run a study on the anticipated trends and strategic directions of in-plant printing operations. The objective is to provide a forward-looking perspective of how the market is anticipated to change.