Improving Productivity on a Shoestring Budget (Seminar Session) (R8)

Type: Seminar
Date: 09/11/11 2:00 PM CT - 09/11/11 3:30 PM CT
Location: Chicago, IL United States
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Fee: $125 (counts as 1 seminar towards a Value Package Plan) View Pricing

Speaker: Ray Prince


New equipment is not the answer to all printing plant problems. In this revealing session you will learn how much can be accomplished by spending very little or no money. Don’t miss Mr. Prince’s insightful first-hand observations about the most productive U.S. plants based on his more than 1,000 Technical Audits. Here you will uncover just how many productivity issues are actually caused by poor practices and work habits of “workers” and “management”—and the time- and cost-saving turnaround tactics that work!

Room S403ab 

You Will Learn:

  • How to increase productivity through organization of materials
  • How to increase press speed with ease
  • Make-ready reduction tips that work
  • Productivity enhancements for older equipment
  • How to keep a plant clean and more productive
  • A no-cost method to motivate and improve personal productivity

Who Should Attend:
Plant Managers, those in Line Supervision in Production Departments

Business Categories:
Lean Management and Manufacturing, Production, Workflow

Ray Prince

Ray Prince, Printing Consultant

Leader of NAPL’s Technical Advisory Group, Ray Prince is a 52-year industry veteran who has dedicated his career to helping printing companies improve in the areas of productivity and quality with the bottom-line objective of increasing their profitability. He has consulted in numerous operational areas that cover the gamut of disciplines from sheetfed and web press testing and solving paper and ink problems to color control systems and paper waste reduction.

Ray conducts confidential Technical Plant Assessments (TPAs) that provide an in-plant analysis of printers’ production facilities and capabilities. To date, he has completed more than 1,100 TPAs. In addition to consulting, Ray teaches a number of seminars, including: “Troubleshooting in Your Printing Plant,” “Error Prevention,” “How to O.K. Color on Press,” “Overcoming the Top 20 Pressroom Problems,” “Paper and Ink Problems,” “100+ Ideas on Producing Consistent Quality,” “Solving Paper and Ink Problems in the Pressroom,” “Error Prevention,” “Slashing Makeready,” “The Future of Printing,” “Creating a Trouble-Free Prepress Department,” and “Color for the Production Pressroom.” He has also given some 800 lectures and is a regular presenter at industry conferences and trade shows.

You may have read Ray’s Graphic Arts Monthly blog, “Ask a Print Expert;” his technical problem-solving articles, titled, “How I See It” in GATFWorld; his monthly “Tech Tips” on the Graphic Arts Blue Book’s website; his “Tech Tips” in American Printer magazine; and his articles in the NAPL Business Review. He has also co-authored the GATF texts, Solving Sheetfed Offset Press Problems and Solving Web Offset Press Problems, and authored “Testing the Accuracy of the Step-and-Repeat Machine,” one of many GATF Technical Services Reports to which he has contributed his expertise. In 1991 Ray served as President of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts, where he contributed four technical papers to TAGA Proceedings, an annual compendium of scholarly technical papers. In 1992 NAPL named Ray Craftsman of the Year. In 1994 he received the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation’s Industry Education Award. The same year he also achieved Certified Quality Systems Lead Auditor Status from the Registrar Accreditation Board of the American Society for Quality Control. In 1997 TAGA, the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts, presented Ray with the TAGA Honors Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2000 he was inducted into the NAPL Soderstrom Society for contributions to the printing industry. In 2002 he was inducted into The Benjamin Franklin Society, and in 2007 was inducted into the Research and Engineering Council’s Nonpareil Society. In 2009 he received the Harold Gegenheimer Award from the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation and, in 2010, the NAPL Vanguard Award.

Ray holds an A.A.S. and B.S. in printing management from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an M.S. in printing management from South Dakota State University.

Raymond J. Prince
Vice President