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Have you ever taken a step back and looked at your overall printing business objectively? You may be successful now, but where will your business be in the next five or ten years?

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker

Have you considered what it will take to ensure the future success of your printing operation? Right now, a significant transformation regarding the way we produce products due to the digitization of manufacturing is occurring. This transition is so compelling that it’s being called Industry 4.0 – in other words, the fourth revolution in manufacturing. From the first industrial revolution (mechanization through water and steam power) to mass production using electricity in Industry 2.0, to the introduction of computers in Industry 3.0, these entirely new technologies have changed everything. Industry 4.0 is taking the adoption of computers to an entirely new level with smart, customized automation and systems fueled by data and machine learning. Ultimately, it’s the digitally connected network of these machines (that create and share information), that will reflect the true power of Industry 4.0 – and be your pathway to future success.

 

Industry 4.0: The future awaits you!

Many printers and packaging enterprises are wondering how Industry 4.0 could impact their future, while still struggling to find skilled employees or the knowledge to know how to best adopt these new technologies. Other printers are creating their own future by implementing Industry 4.0 changes as you’re reading this!

It’s time to unleash the power of your data, break your silos, provide better e-commerce, and automate virtually every key process in your printing business. The best news is that you don’t need to do all this overnight. You can automate certain departments at your own pace. Then, once you realize the untapped cost savings, you’ll be inspired to automate other areas of your business – until you reach full, customized, in-shop automation with bottom-line benefits you never thought possible. That’s Industry 4.0.

We’re talking about successful printing and packaging print companies that are currently experiencing up to a 90% increase in overall efficiency, a 30% increase in yearly capacity, several hours of employee work reduced to minutes, job preparation times reduced from 8 hours to 5 minutes, productivity increases from 10 to over 50 jobs a day, labor costs cut by over 50%, and on and on and on – with an ROI measured in weeks and months, rather than years.

All these are actual figures from Significans case studies, one of which recently won an award for “Best Sponsor Case Study Presentation” in the Roll-to-Roll Graphics category at the Wide-Format Summit held July 24-26, 2023, at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. These successful printers took bold action and are currently reaping the rewards of Industry 4.0, taking their printing businesses to the next level.

 

Free E-Publication

Significans Automation is a software integrator specializing in delivering Industry 4.0 automation to the worldwide printing and packaging industries. Below are some excerpts from Significans helpful new E-Publication “6 Pillars of Workflow Automation”, a free guide to smarter, more streamlined workflows (https://significans.com/the-6-pillars-of-automation/). This must-read guide covers:

  • Establishing a Culture of Automation
  • Standardizing Processes
  • Managing Data
  • Quality Control
  • Measuring Success
  • Selecting the Right Technology

“This continuous improvement mindset must be driven from the top and permeate throughout the organization. Owners and senior leaders need to wholeheartedly embrace automation and communicate the benefits to all employees.”

“A thorough internal audit will provide incredible insight into the inner workings of an organization and can uncover areas for standardization and improvement that may not have even been on the radar at the onset.”

“Accurate and complete data is essential for ensuring the quality and consistency of print materials. Integrating multiple disparate systems can cause conflicts, especially if data is siloed.”

“Organizations must have a strategy in place for managing and validating input data. Good data is the building block that enables workflows to automatically take specific actions, like directing emails or files to specific locations without manual interference.”

“Organizations must have a process in place for preparing high-quality production files, including file validation and quality control. Automated processes can be used to assist in such things as adding production lines, remapping colors, and adding or removing pages. With a smooth process, files will get delivered to output devices faster and with more consistency. Any errors that happen on press or on other equipment can be extremely costly. But if the files were generated with good data, and properly validated, delivery will be seamless.”

“Workflow automation is never 100% complete. It’s an ever-changing journey, where new ideas help shape future improvement. Challenge everyone to be part of coming up with new solutions for your workflow, and you will be surprised by how quickly things can improve. And don’t get hung up by focusing solely on major overhauls, because automation can be a game won through small victories.”

For more information, please visit www.significans.com or call 1-877-463-4465.

To review some of our client case studies, please visit https://significans.com/case-studies/.

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