Print productivity: A System dynamics approach

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Title: Print productivity: A System dynamics approach
Author: Uribe, Jorge
Abstract: The productivity of the printing industry in terms of real sales per employee has been growing at an annualized rate of 1.9% for more than a decade. The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) reports that the industry is lagging when compared to the average productivity growth of 4% from the non-durable manufacturing industries (2004). Many possible reasons for this lag are presented, but the main causes are the inefficiencies of the print production system when analyzed as a whole. Technology within the printing industry has improved dramatically; however, its implementation usually delivers localized improvements with marginal effects on the whole system. Printers are too focused on the productivity of specific equipment and not enough on the overall throughput of the system.
Description: Processes, Productivity and Profitability
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Date: 2008-01

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  • Printing Industry Center Research (CIAS)
    Dedicated to the study of major business environment influences on the printing industry, precipitated by new technologies and societal changes. With the support of RIT, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and our Industry Partners, it is our mission to continue to develop and articulate the knowledge necessary for the long-term economic health of the printing industry.

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