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Walsworth Publishing — Integrating the Enterprise

August 2009
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“I knew that we would need something that could be configured rather than customized, satisfying our need, not only for modernization, but to accommodate individual customers and new products and processes coming down the pike,” adds Fritch. “We also wanted to achieve significant reductions in makeready waste.”

So, they selected PRISM’s QTMS iQ intelligent network production management system (SFDC) to supply company-wide, real-time data. PRISM introduces specifications for managing, aggregating, post-processing, multi-purposing and aggregating magazine, news, catalog, book and mainstream journal content. The system was installed on all of Walsworth’s presses and bindery equipment for data collection within all of the company’s production locations by the end of 2006. 

“We benchmarked our pressroom during the month of April 2007 vs. April 2008, and measured our average makeready waste on-press. Since the QTMS implementation, we have reduced waste an average of 60 percent per press run. With 10,000+ jobs per year, this has resulted in a significant savings for us,” he reveals.

However, the lean manufacturing goals Walsworth had set for itself went beyond waste reduction. They wanted to acquire technology that could achieve more consistency and control across departments. In the end, Walsworth opted for PRISM-WIN. Now fully integrated, the WIN and QTMS iQ systems have begun to deliver important gains, impacting the entire spectrum of Walsworth’s administrative and production workflow, from estimating, order processing and manufacturing to distribution. 

In 2008, Walsworth celebrated its 70th anniversary. Grant Fritch’s two-year effort to modernize its systems is just one of the ways the company is ensuring that it and its customers continue to thrive well into the 21st century. PI


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