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feature Standardization and Process Control in Wide-Format Printing: Why It Will Change Your Life (And Make Your Customer Happy) Standardization means standardizing all printing equipment, procedures and variables like consumables. If standardization is successful, then you know you can always print with the same outcome. Any time, every time. When customers and print providers talk about standardization or process control, you may hear terms like G7, FOGRA, GRACoL, PSD or D50. Often these terms are used incorrectly, not understood at all or - more dangerously - only partly understood but without understanding what's missing. We don't have enough real estate in this article to explain each and every industry "trend," standard, specification and term, but that's probably not necessary. The right approach is not to look too much into the tools you might use to achieve standardization and process control, but to really figure out what you're trying to accomplish and why. The tools will fall into place once you know where you want to be. So when we talk about standardization and process control, what do we actually mean? Standardization means standardizing all printing equipment, procedures and variables like consumables. If standardization is successful, then you know you can always print with the same outcome. Any time, every time. You can reduce your make-ready times or reprints and become a consistent, high-value and high-margin operation that keeps variable costs to a minimum with a lean standardized process. The end result could be a house standard, your own personal way of printing. But usually when we talk standardization, we really mean standardizing to an industry standard (internationally agreed upon, i.e. Chris Schowalter, Product Marketing Manager, EFI Visit SGIA at SGIA.org SGIA Journal ■ November/December 2013 | 59 http://www.SGIA.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SGIA Journal November/December 2013

FEATURES
How to Survey Your Print Customers
Nanography™ and Nanotechnology: A Primer
How to Select Your Next Wide-Format Printer, Part II
Determining & Nurturing Your Areas of Opportunity
UV LED Printing: Will Your Business Be Left Behind?
Making Big Decisions: Will Doing Nothing Destroy Your Business?
MIS: Is Your System Working For You or Against You?
Sustainability and Media
Standardization and Process Control in Wide-Format Printing: Why It Will Change Your Life (And Make Your Customer Happy)
COLUMNS
Test the Water Before you Commit with SGIA's Digital Equipment Evaluations
How CorelDRAW® Can Help Transform Your Sign Shop
DEPARTMENTS
A Time for Leadership: A Survival Guide for the 21st Century
Extracting Lessons from SGIA’s 2013 Industry Data
New Products
SPECIAL EXPO
UV LED Technology & the 2013 SGIA Expo
The Ins and Outs of Color Management
SGIA Bestows “Product of the Year” Designation on Top Entries at 2013 SGIA Expo

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