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“Pressroom Disruption”….Is Alive and Well…..In A Few Organizations

March 14, 2018

By Sid Chadwick

“A Dream
Written Down With A Date
Becomes a Goal
A Goal --- Broken Down Into Steps… Becomes
A Plan…
A Plan….Broken Down by Action
Becomes Reality”……………………………………Michael Brabandt

INTRODUCTION:

DISRUPTION”…. does not come….necessarily….from outside our industry. 

Last week, in summary discussions at our Pressroom Performance Workshop, a Press Crew Leader…..stepped out of the shadows:

“I think we can increase our Press speeds….. over 1,000 impressions per hour (IPH) ……tomorrow.”….

That was Wednesday.

I checked with his Pressroom Manager at noon --- on Friday, to follow-up on a wide range of initiatives that were revealed at the Workshop…… That’s when I heard Mike, the Pressroom Manager say,

“Dave increased his Press Speeds over 1,000 IPH --- yesterday….and then told me that he thought they could up that number…. another 1,000 IPH….again today…..As of this morning, they had increased their Press Speeds another 1,000 IPH…..then Dave told me…. he thought they could go another 1,000 IPH --- on Monday….!”

"That Press Crew Leader, with support from Engineering and Pressroom Management, is now working to identify their next "Limiting Factors" on that Press....and then their other Presses.....As their Pressroom Manager Manager said to me this week....."There's a bit of a buzz in our Pressroom....!"

There appears to be…well  over 12 Web and Sheet-fed Press Crews…. in that plant.

With the technical support and expertise of Mr. Ray Prince, our Pressroom Expert --- “Disruption of a significant, positive nature --- is in motion at that plant --- resulting from that company’s senior management….  taking a chance --- on “changing their culture”…through our Pressroom Performance Workshop…..!

SUMMARY:

There were three companies’ Pressroom leaders --- at that Pressroom Performance Workshop. Two of the three organizations were attending….. for their fourth Pressroom Performance Workshop --- Each time --- each of them would go back to their home plant --- with new inspirations, insights….and initiatives --- to engage. After each Workshop, they’ve gone back to their home plant --- with multiple six figures --- of performance improvement…to attack.

DISRUPTION”…. does not come….necessarily….from outside our industry. 

The Host Plant Management of last week’s Pressroom Performance Workshop --- recognized --- that they’d become “comfortable”… in what they were doing.

That Plant Management took a chance --- and allowed-in --- two successful companies --- who are making profound progress --- every month…. plus Mr. Ray Prince…. who’s conducted over 1,400 Plant Audits --- throughout North America.

“All wish to possess knowledge, but few… comparatively speaking… are willing to pay the price.”………Juvenal

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