Riding Into the Sunset --Dickeson
They're myths. King Chaos rules. Long live King Chaos. Follow his laws or grind away your business life in frustration.
There's far more to paper waste than press makereadies, re-starts and running discards, which is all we were measuring in our Web Database. There's binder makereadies and running discards, sampling discards, trim-off waste, non-salable overrun, roll slab-off, roll core remainders, dead stub-roll inventories, and other finishing and shipping waste. Single-digit paper waste is another myth of our industry, both sheet and web.
So, it was high time to declare sundown for our 14-year effort. External benchmarking, we learned, is largely a trivial pursuit in our diverse industry. Internal benchmarking can be productive if coupled with XmR analysis. But Brehm, Compton, Wheeler, Arthur and I, perhaps, with a few others, seem to be lonely voices crying in the print wilderness. However, along the way, I learned what was not, gained a vision of what can and should be, and demolished some false gods. That's the path of progress, isn't it?
Despite saying all that, I loved and respected the people in the Database companies. A couple of the companies had been with me in the effort since Day One. I just couldn't pull the plug on them. I'd still be entering the press data today, compiling monthly reports, trying to convince them to use XmR if one of the major contributors of the five remaining faithful hadn't given up under mounting economic pressures of the business. That shocked me into making the final decision that was right and had to be.
Allons, my great companions! It was a noble and worthwhile effort whose time had past.
—Roger V. Dickeson
About the Author
Roger Dickeson is a printing consultant located in Pasadena, CA. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. A PDF copy of his recent book, Monday Morning Manager, is available without charge by e-mail request.