New Technologies in a Printing World
The science of print production has gone through dramatic improvements in both quality and productivity as technologies for both press and prepress have been successfully implemented across much of the packaging industry. Digital printing on packaging substrates is one such advancement. Coinciding with these technical advances, there have been significant changes in business management philosophy. In particular, I am thinking of: lean manufacturing, disruptive innovation, the theory of constraints, and the emerging theory of manufacturing. All of these principles helped guide businesses to think more in terms of the needs of the final customer, and less on just internal efficiencies.
In later blog entries we will provide more background on these business principles, and possibilities on how advanced technologies such as digital printing can help realize the goals of serving the end customer.