Benchmarking Productivity -- Pursuing Profitable Pressrooms
Productivity leaders—plants already operating at peak efficiency—also improved on waste and spoilage productivity performance from 2002 to 2004. Across the board, average planned waste numbers declined by 0.8 percent from 2002 to 2004 for all jobs generated by productivity leaders. Moreover, during the same time period average unexpected spoilage figures declined by 0.9 percent.
Time Is on Your Side
In addition to minimizing waste and spoilage, sheetfed printers can increase productivity by minimizing non-chargeable time. In 2004, 20 percent of production time for the average sheetfed printer was non-chargeable. This figure has increased slightly over the years since 1999, when non-chargeable time averaged just 16.1 percent of total production time.
For sheetfed printing productivity leaders, approximately 8.2 percent of production time could be classified as non-chargeable. This figure too has increased slightly since 1999 when the average downtime for productivity leaders was under 5 percent.
For most printers, the main sources of non-chargeable time was waiting for press repairs/maintenance and for the production of plates. Together, these two problems were regularly responsible for almost 50 percent of total non-chargeable time. For productivity leaders, the leading sources of non-chargeable time were delays associated with waiting for customer approval and for repairs/maintenance. Combined, these two quandaries accounted for more than 60 percent of the typical productivity leader's downtime.
PIA/GATF is releasing the "2004-05 PIA/GATF Productivity Benchmarks Report for Sheetfed Printers" in the near future. Don't miss your chance to compare your pressroom operations against peers and industry leaders. The report contains comprehensive statistics on job profiles, run speeds, waste and spoilage, as well as non-chargeable time. Detailed tabulations for all respondents and productivity leaders are provided by job type, size of firm and market segment.
To purchase the report, go to the "Bookstore and Products" section of the GAIN Website at www.gain.net and click on the "benchmarking" section in the middle of the page. You can also get a copy of the report by calling the PIA/GATF fulfillment center at (866) 855-4283.