Master Quality Control Checklist - Commercial Printing
Hi folks ... I want to share a FREE document with all of you commercial printers out there - especially, those companies struggling with waste due to errors. This document is the actual Master Quality Control Checklist we used in the commercial printing company I founded in Nashville, Tenn., in 1988.
This Master Quality Control Checklist, along with countless updates, was years in development - the most crucial document in our quality control system. If you were to build a similar document from scratch, one with this scope and detail, it would also take you years. At this point, most of the work is done for you!
If you’ve already downloaded, don’t freak out! Note: These are all steps you currently do every day - BY MEMORY! READ ON!
Thousands of Dollars Saved
With years of experience, working in, and communicating with, commercial printing companies, we determined that the waste ratio in those companies is anywhere from 5 to 7% of total sales. In fact, we’ve seen waste as high at 10%.
Imagine a company doing two million dollars ($2,000,000) in sales, and having a 5% waste ratio; that adds up to One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000). Given that, if that company reduced their waste to just 2%, that would add Sixty Thousand Dollars ($60,000) to their bottom-line. That, my friend, is serious cash!
To be truthful, when I first started getting a handle on quality control, we had no idea how much waste we had, until we started tracking it. I was embarrassed to realize, it was over 7%. For this reason, I decided to implement a Quality Control System, with this Master Quality Control Checklist as the centerpiece. Once our QC system was in place, we reduced waste from 7% to an average of 2% each year, and sustained that low ratio for more than 15 years. In fact, there were many months, our waste ratio was less than 1%. It worked, and we turned naysayers into real believers!
The Benefits of Cutting Waste: More Than Saving Money!
The main benefit of implementing a Quality Control System was the peace and order it brought to our printing company. We all but eliminated the stress of reworking jobs, which causes employees to feel things are out of control.
As many of you know, I’ve been blogging about and touting systems for years. You may have heard about my book, "System Busters: How to Stop Them in Your Business" - where, in one chapter, we chronicled our Quality Control system implementation.
Things to Know About the Master Quality Control Checklist
It’s a PDF Document. We printed this two-sided Master Quality Control Checklist on a White 10x15 Catalog Envelope in Red Ink. This became our Job Jacket that held crucial job material.
Again, when you see it, don’t freak out! Note: These are all steps you currently do every day - BY MEMORY!
Okay, now look at each prompt on the checklist and ask yourself - which prompts are NOT needed to assure an error-free job in your printing company? Also, has ANY of these prompts caused errors in your company, by NOT doing them? I know the answer. Do you?
A New Beginning!
Try it yourself! Download this Master Control Checklist FREE. No strings attached. However, if you save thousands, as we did, you may want to send us a Starbucks card for a free cup of coffee.
I promise, this Master Quality Control Checklist turned my company’s production around in a matter of months!
Did I mention? Great systems work!
Philip Beyer, founder/president of Ebiz Products LLC and founder of Beyer Printing Inc. in Nashville Tenn., is a chronic entrepreneur, business systems analyst and consultant. Author of "System Busters: How to Stop Them in Your Business" and recipient of an InterTech Technology Award for the design and development of System100 business process management software. Beyer speaks to business owners across the country on how to bring lean, sustainable order to their businesses. Contact him at (615) 425-2652.