I recently met with several owners and operators of printing companies and got a chance to show them our abilities and products. After obtaining their thoughts and opinions, it struck me that there was a general consensus that Job Scheduling and Production Management in the shop were considered among the most critical factors in delivering to the clients’ satisfaction. Although Printers generally agree on the criticality of this aspect in daily production it appears there are plenty of printing companies out there that only use some form of manual scheduling system, if any. Wondering what the primary obstacles were to implementing and utilizing computer based scheduling and job management systems I started to probe around and found a variety of perceptions that I would like to analyze and, if possible, provide a different perspective.
Here are some of the most common examples:
- “Production management software is too expensive.”
- “Entering and maintaining the schedule in the computer is too complex and difficult to learn and it’s more work than it’s worth.”
- “Manual systems work just fine.”
- “We’re not happy with what we have but we’ve invested too much money in it to switch to something else.”
- “We are too small for Scheduling or Shop Floor Data Collection.”
- “We need a complete suite of software from the same vendor.”
- “We’re planning to implement a JDF based system that will take care of all these issues.”
Usually, the conversation just stops right after these statements and in some cases I hear a friendly “Thank you for your time.” - - Click.
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