18/07/13 09:05 Filed in: PrintSmith™ | PrintSmith Deep…
PrintSmith Deep No. 10. Eliminating costly errors - 2.
Another way of reducing the incidence of production errors is to instruct your staff to always construct an estimate as if they were writing a job ticket. To make this easier, you can include job charges automatically by attaching them to press and copier definitions, and attaching numbering, for example, to NCR stocks.
Using PrintSmith site is a way of channeling your customers orders directly onto your workflow. The latest version is much more user friendly than previous versions. A small investment is required, to but it remains competitively priced compared to other on-line ordering systems, and it is the only one that integrates directly into PrintSmith.
If you have a digital colour production machine, you may already be using an EFI Fiery controller that will accept JDF digital job tickets from PrintSmith. Ask me for more information on this if it interests you.
18/07/13 09:02 Filed in: PrintSmith™ | PrintSmith Deep…
PrintSmith Deep No. 9. Eliminating costly errors - 1.
How can you reduce production errors by automating more of the process without making a large investment in new equipment?
Any print MIS system should have the facility to create job templates. PrintSmith, for example, will save any estimate or invoice as an invoice template, or any job as a job template. Using job templates in PrintSmith will enable you to incorporate all the required charges and job notes into the template whilst leaving you the freedom to edit any aspect of the job. This will help to drive consistency through the workflow, thereby reducing mistakes and omissions. Older versions of PrintSmith required you to manually copy any template created to all the other workstations. The current version (8.1.x) is able to save any template to the shared templates folder on the PS master. I have noticed that very few centres use templates effectively, but those that do, derive significant benefit from them.
Whatever MIS system you are using, It’s only as good as the information it contains. Time spent to ensure that your stock prices, press, copier and charge definitions are correct and up to date is never wasted, invariably seems to be a low priority. The traditional lull in business in the summer holiday season is a great time to do this.