Howie Fenton

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

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

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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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Web to Print Best Practices Presentation Graph Expo 2016

Web to Print Best Practices Presentation Graph Expo 2016 I’ve recently returned from the Graph Expo 2016 show in Orlando, and I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised by the in-plant attendance! I attended four in-plant events and participated in two. In each case, there were at least sixty people in the audience. One of

Fenton Insights from In-plant Print Center Insourcing Interviews

Key Learnings from In-plant Print Center Insourcing Interviews As I write this blog, I am completing a series of interviews with in-plants offering services to outside companies (insourcing) for an upcoming article in In-Plant Graphics Magazine (IPG). I vividly remember the first time I heard the term insourcing, because I struggled to figure out what

Deciphering Conflicting Web to Print Research

In the July issue of In-Plant Graphics Magazine (IPG), editor Bob Neubauer wrote an article entitled, " In-plant Research: IPG vs IPMA — Who Is Right?" The article compared results from a recent IPMA (In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association) survey, “State of the In-Plant Industry: Challenges, Opportunities, and Outlook” to results from the IPG biennial

Sun Life Financial’s Success with Web to Print

Sun Life Financial's Web to Print Evolution and Success In a recent webinar, the staff at Sun Life Financial talked about their strategy, decision making process and success in their implementation of RSA's WebCRD in-plant Web to print software. The webinar was moderated by In-plant Graphics Editor Bob Neubauer, who discussed the magazine's recent survey

3 Steps for More Effective Workflow Software Implementations

In previous blogs and white papers we have talked about the critical success factors (CSF) required for the implementation of Web to print solutions. One CSF is that leading in-plants are more effective at implementing new software. Why are some in-plants better at implementation? Because they make better choices early in the process. The specification