About Howie Fenton

Howie Fenton is the Vice President of Consulting Services for IMG. He helps in-plants measure, identify and overcome operational issues. To learn more about measuring performance, benchmarking to leaders, increasing productivity, and improving your value, e-mail hfenton@imgresults.com.

In-Plant Primer 101: Trends and Challenges- Technology Changes and Impact

In-Plant Primer 101: Article #4-  Recent Technology Changes and Their Impact on In-plants This in-plant primer article is the fourth article in a series of 12 articles designed to help dealers and print vendors understand in-plants called “In-Plant Primer: From Operations Basics to Advanced Sales Concepts.” Don’t miss any articles in the series; subscribe to

When Is the Right Time for In-Plants to Invest?

In a presentation recently, I was asked if there were specific times in-plants are more likely to invest. I had to think for a second because the commercial and in-plant investment plans are different in many ways. First, in-plants tend to hang on to equipment longer. For example, there are many in-plants with presses that

In-Plant Primer 101: Trends and Challenges- Typical In-plant Contacts

In-plant Primer 101- Article #3 -Typical In-plant Contacts to Engage This in-plant primer article is the third article in a series of 12 articles designed to help dealers and print vendors understand in-plants called “In-Plant Primer: From Operations Basics to Advanced Sales Concepts.” Divided into two primers of basic (101) and advanced (201) topics, this

The Future of In-Plants

The Future of In-Plants The latest State of the Industry report written by Andy Paparozzi, the Chief Economist at IdeaAlliance, was recently published. In his presentation at a recent conference, Andy spoke of the decline in overall work from a high of $98.3B in 2007 to a low of $77B in 2011. Since then however,

In-Plant Primer 101: Trends and Challenges- Top In-plant Issues

In-plant Primer 101- Article #2- 3 Typical Problems In-plants Face This in-plant primer article is the second article in a series of 12 articles designed to help dealers and print vendors understand in-plants called “In-Plant Primer: From Operations Basics to Advanced Sales Concepts.” Divided into two primers of basic (101) and advanced (201) topics, this

7 Tips To Increase In-Plant Awareness, Generate Leads and Sell More

Tips For Increasing  Awareness of Your In-Plant Print Center February is the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association's (IPMA’s) In-Plant Awareness Month. For everyone actively working to increase their customers’ awareness, congratulations. For those who don’t know where to start, here are seven ideas. Survey Customers and non-customers.  Surveys can provide two functions. In our assessments

In-Plant Primer 101: Trends and Challenges- In-plants Defined

In-plant Primer 101- Article #1- In-Plant Print Centers Defined This is the first of a series of articles designed to introduce internal print production, corporate, in-house or in-plant production centers, as they are often called. Comprised of a 12-article series, two eBooks and a webinar, the initiative is called “In-Plant Primer: From Operations Basics to

Bottleneck Impact the Same Throughout the Workflow Process

Implementing The Goal Before the holidays, I recommended reading the book The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Goldratt and Cox. It is an interesting book with a slightly different take on how to think about your workflow. Traditionally when we think about workflow we think about how fast equipment works. For example, how

Re-envision Your In-Plant Workflow This Holiday

It easy to get nostalgic around the holidays. As I write this, I am in the Northeast at holiday time which brings back memories of an earlier era, 25 years ago, when I first thought about production workflows in a quick copy shop, PostScript service bureau and the prepress department of a printer. While many things have

Web to Print Reduces Production Costs 20-50%

Calculating the Savings Associated with Web to Print In a recent seminar, while discussing the advantages of software automation, I mentioned that Web to print software can reduce manufacturing costs between 20-50%. Immediately, someone in the audience asked how that was possible when the cost of paper alone is 25% of the price. Clearly this

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