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FLEXO Magazine : January 2009
TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES FIGURE 4. Tracking the reason for plate makeovers proves the Pareto rule. time and plot the collected data like the Pareto chart in Figure 4. The crew will be surprised by what the actual data shows. Many times the reason thought of as the biggest problem is not so at all. The “significant few” will make up 80 percent of your problem and the “trivial many” account for only 20 percent of the problem. Pareto Analysis acts as an accurate guide to what problems should be worked on first to affect the greatest return. Statistical process control is not a panacea. It will not make your printing problems go away. It is a yardstick to measure where you are today, and help you determine if you are improving. The term continuous improvement means just that: you continuously monitor your manufacturing process, looking to make gains, reduce spoilage and improve con- sistency. You cannot know if you are im- proving if you have nothing to compare it against. So put that initial stake in the ground, and measure your way to more accurate and profitable printing. ? control. He is a regular speaker at a variety of color conferences hosted by Clemson University, FFTA, Printing Industries of America, and is a guest lecturer at RIT and Parsons School of Design. His background in quality assurance, ISO certification and print production gives him a unique perspective on customer needs. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Brian Ashe brings 25 years of experience to the field of color management and applies his expertise in color reproduction across a variety of industries including graphic arts, packaging, textiles, plastics and inks. Working with a client base as diverse as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Procter & Gamble, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Dreamworks, Ashe teaches clients about setting stan- dards, communicating color, and process
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