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Optimal changes in the prepress process: a model for evaluation of state and direction of productivity and quality improvements
Author(s): Henrik Kihlberg; Mats Lindgren
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Paper Abstract

The demands changes with the customers marketplace which makes it crucial for prepress companies of today and those of tomorrow to be able to change their services. The production tools are becoming more standardized and similar through out the industry. Intelligent tools are developed at a rapid pace which results in possibilities to automate these processes. Key success factors of today and tomorrow are the ability to change and understand the customers' market. The market demands shorter delivery times and lower costs. The total number of printed editions are decreasing while each edition contains an increased numbers of pages and images. The customers requires higher quality with the ability to control and predict the end result. Case studies, interviews and workshops have been carried out at commercial printing companies, prepress houses, image bureau's, advertising agencies and digital photographers in Sweden. A major part of the research focus on the digital image process at eleven companies in the graphic arts industry, all of which have prepress. The analysis has resulted in the thorough knowledge of both the production process and the parameters to measure productivity and quality. A model for the evaluation of changes is presented, with measurable values for productivity and quality. The model can be used to map and compare the states prepress are in, and/or be used to evaluate if changes are needed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3409, Electronic Imaging: Processing, Printing, and Publishing in Color, (7 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.324131
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Henrik Kihlberg, Institute for Media Technology and Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Mats Lindgren, Institute for Media Technology and Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3409:
Electronic Imaging: Processing, Printing, and Publishing in Color
Jan Bares, Editor(s)

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