CTP--New Tools, Old Theories
Competing on value-added is a way to "stand-out" from the competition. The perception of enhanced value-added can come from individual departments or by delivering superior service. A resource, such as a piece of equipment, may have a low utilization rate but provide a significant contribution to your value-added perception. If that is the case, don't eliminate it because of the low utilization rate; instead, consider how to increase the capacity of that resource.
If a resource is a bottleneck, then utilization rates are a useful measure for purchasing, staffing and shift decisions. In addition, it may help you decide if you want to keep or replace that equipment.
About the Author
Howard "Howie" Fenton is the senior technical consultant of digital technology at the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF). He is the former editor of Pre magazine and has written two books on on-demand and digital color printing. He is on GATF's consulting team and performs audits on workflow re-engineering, prepress production, color management and equipment purchases, as well as the implementation and management of digital technologies. Readers can contact Fenton at (800) 910-GATF, ext. 605.
New from GATF/Apple: ColorSync Registry Certification
Earlier this year, GATF/PIA premiered a new program to help the graphic arts industry understand and implement color management. Developed at GATF, in cooperation with Apple Computer, the GATF/Apple ColorSync Registry takes a systematic approach to maximizing the quality of color reproduction. Companies can use this technology for their internal needs or in an attempt to qualify for a registry certificate, documenting compliance with GATF's specifications.
GATF's color management programs offer something for everyone. The programs' flexibility will allow companies to participate at different levels according to their budgets and their needs. There are three different implementation strategies: two designed for do-it-yourselfers and a third for those interested in fast-track implementation.