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FLEXO Magazine : October 2011
• Prioritize and communicate the equity of the product, as designated by the brand owners. • Establish an enterprise environment to house the print quality toolset to be utilized by the value chain suppliers. Specifically to the last point, Schawk and P&G created a tool called Enterprise Print Quality (EPQ). EPQ is an enter- prise quality control solution, based on a product created by Schawk, used by brand owners such as P&G, General Mills, Hormel Foods and ConAgra Foods. The new enterprise system is intended to capture data directly from the print-supplier, along with internal measure- ment systems that are used and created by Schawk and other pre-media suppliers to validate the printer data and gauge printer performance (monitoring). EPQ is a suite of tools, designed to help the printer, pre- media provider, and brand owner drive print quality and print management and help to establish a platform for standard- izing print quality performance across the base of a CPC’s print providers. The tool is internet based, enterprise level and available to all members of the CPC supply chain. A range of scoring criteria was established to cover objective measures, along with calibrated subjective measures and evaluations. MEASURES & OBJECTIVES The program has a history of success. The following ben- efits have been realized by the implementation of the tool: • Communication of quantifiable standards to printers. • Establishment of a database of print supplier information. • Timely feedback and action plan guidance. • Brand consistency with focus on key performance mea- surements. • Predictable results that promote and support the continu- ous improvement cycle. • CPCs understand print variability across the base of sup- pliers. • Serves as a tool for printers to compare single or multi- facility print capability. MAKING IT HAPPEN In closing, having a place to collect, review and distribute data for a global print supply chain is one of the keys to a suc- cessful print management and color management program. This data, combined with statistical analysis can provide a powerful foundation for print quality management and action plan implementation. When initiating these types of projects, you want to involve the plant manger, the quality manager, and a representative General Mills and its Green Giant line of canned and frozen vegetables, utilzes EPQ—an enterprise quality control solution—in its packaging design and development value chain. Photos: General Mills. 76 FLEXO octobEr 2011 www.flexography.org