Usually our work habits guide us smoothly through the day. We know without thinking which way to load the paper in the folder, press or cutter. We know by heart all the make-ready steps for dozens of jobs on numerous pieces of bindery equipment. Yet sometimes these good habits can turn against us. Here are four simple things to try when perplexed by your next post-press problem.
1) Question the Process
Sometimes our intense focus on a particular task prevents us from seeing the solution to a problem. One of my favorite examples was sent to us several years ago by a Bindery Success reader. They initially had problems folding jobs printed on their copy machine. It was discovered that when they changed the order of printing and printed the inside of the folded piece first, the “folding” problem disappeared. The sheet still had curl but static problems were reduced substantially and the copier jobs now folded like a charm.
Sure, we could ask more questions to dig down to the root cause, but it doesn’t really matter. Your circumstances could be much different. The point in this case is to look at the whole process, not just the task at hand. Your problem might be originating further up the line.
Author:”By Andre Palko”