The best way for printing companies to grow is not by increasing head count, but by striving for zero waste through Value Stream Mapping, continuously analyzing and improving processes. Just ask Data Image Group, a UK-based company specialized in wide-format and high-volume print and POS materials. Interviewed by Image Reports, Managing Director of Data Image Group Robert Farfort discusses the company’s Value Stream Mapping journey in collaboration with Esko, and the results it has yielded so far:
“One of the biggest impacts has been on information flow. The thing is, people have an issue with investing in their business in terms of information and software because it doesn’t make them anything. But we’re convinced that long-term it will have a massive impact.”
Value Stream Mapping (VSM) focuses on a company’s value creation workflow, exposing waste and delays based on real numbers and insights gathered from employees, and revealing opportunities to improve productivity and throughput. VSM considers the workflow a system of steps and activities which are all connected in one way or another, helping executives to establish a long-term zero waste strategy rather than undertaking singular actions. Or, as Esko’s Director of R&D Frank Adegeest puts it:
“VSM forces you to think holistically. There’s no point in creating islands of success in a sea of waste.”
Large format printers who, like Data Image Group, choose to embark on a VSM journey can come across at least six areas where they can significantly reduce waste:
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