Lean for the Summer  

Three exercises for a leaner, more efficient and more profitable business Summer is upon us and, for many print businesses, summer is treated as a strategic hibernation period. Business is often a bit slower and so, between juggling vacation schedules and recovering from the surge of the previous quarter, summer often becomes a great excuse … Read more →

The Lean Six Sigma effect

How adopting a Lean Six Sigma culture bolsters the value of your company Whether you’re looking for outside investment, considering selling your business, want to hand your business to the next generation, or simply want to grow your business while retaining more of the gross revenue, adopting a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) culture can help. … Read more →

Be lean: reduce waste, improve margins, sell more

How to make continuous improvement part of your business strategy This is the final article in our series on lean manufacturing for printers. This installment focuses on the structures and processes that reinforce production efficiency. In the first three articles we explored ways to identify and reduce some of the practical waste that occurs in … Read more →

Be lean: reduce waste, improve margins, sell more

How to make continuous improvement part of your business strategy This is the third article a four-part series on lean manufacturing for printers. This installment focuses on wastes inherent to the press and finishing areas. In the last article, we’ll look at how to tie together the whole value stream creating a single source of … Read more →

Be Lean: reduce waste, improve margins, sell more

How to make continuous improvement part of your business strategy This is the second article in a four-part series on lean manufacturing for printers. This installment focuses on wastes found in the project management and prepress areas. In the final two articles, we’ll look at how lean principles can improve your logistics, administration, press, and … Read more →

Be lean: reduce waste, improve margins, sell more

How to make continuous improvement part of your business strategy With this article we begin a four-part series on lean manufacturing for printers. Our first installment focuses on implementing a sales and continuous-improvement culture in your company. In subsequent articles, we’ll look at how lean principles can improve your prepress and project management, logistics and … Read more →