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May Monthly Focus: The Forward Looking Impact of your Inspection System Purchase

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This is the final installment of our four part series dedicated to helping you understand the most important aspects of inspection systems.

The Forward Looking Impact

When making a final decision on an inspection system purchase, it’s important to look at how the long-term ownership of the system will affect your bottom line. Whether the price seems prohibitive or easily within your budget, a system that pays for itself in a reasonable amount of time is always a wise investment.

This month, we’ll discuss some of the long-term effects of the purchase, installation, and use of an inspection system. This will help narrow down your choices by allowing you to find a system that will not only fit within your budget, but your business goals.

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May’s InfoBYTE

Each month we present a new bit of trivia that we call an InfoByte. You can check out previous InfoBytes in our newsletter archive.

Lenticular printing is a process used to create images that appear to be 3-D or that change when the viewing angle changes. One of the ways this is currently done by printing images on the back of a series of tiny, lenticular lenses using an offset lithographic press. The ideas behind the current technology dates back farther than you might think.

In 1692, painter G.A. Bois-Clair produced the first 3-D (stereoscopic) image. He placed strips of two different images in the gaps between a series of opaque vertical bars. They were aligned such that when viewed at a certain distance, each eye would see a different, complete image, creating the illusion that the resultant image was 3-D.

You can read more about the development of lenticular images at Lenstar.org.

May 2013
  • The Forward Looking Impact of your Inspection System Purchase
  • May’s InfoBYTE
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The Forward Looking Impact of your Inspection System Purchase

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When making a final decision on an inspection system purchase, it’s important to look at how the long-term ownership of the system will affect your bottom line. Whether the price seems prohibitive or easily within your budget, a system that pays for itself in a reasonable amount of time is always a wise investment.

This month, we’ll discuss some of the long-term effects of the purchase, installation, and use of an inspection system. This will help narrow down your choices by allowing you to find a system that will not only fit within your budget, but your business goals.

ROI

When considering what you can afford in an inspection system, price doesn’t tell the whole story. As with any purchase, you want to make sure that you’ll get great value during the life of the system.
Inspection systems can save money in a variety of ways, so it’s vital to consider which are important to your company.

The following are some of the ways an inspection system can help improve your bottom line:

Waste Reduction

Inspection systems help an operator recognize when something is going wrong with a run. Process errors like mis-registration can ruin an entire run. Even momentary upsets can cause the product to be rejected by a customer. With an inspection system, these issues can be discovered and corrected during the run.

Save Time

An inspection system that produces a complete roll map and report of defects can save press and rewinder operators a lot of time. By providing a map to each defect position within the job, corrections can be made quickly, often in real-time. A defect roll map that can be reviewed while the press is running can save time at the rewinder later.

Eliminate Returns/Rejections

Without an inspection system, it is nearly impossible to know whether or not you’re shipping good product. By warning the operator when out-of-spec product is being printed, defective product can be dealt with long before the customer sees it. Some inspection systems also offer auditing capabilities, which record defect locations and operator action. This allows you to guarantee quality to your customers.

Improve Operator Efficiency

It’s a fact- operators blink, and cameras don’t. A true 100% Print Defect Detection System provides complete inspection and reporting, unlike a Web Viewer or a Sampling Inspection System. When using a 100% inspection system, the operator is alerted when defects are being detected. This allows the operator to focus more of their time monitoring other press functions.

Preventative Measures

Inspection systems not only help you produce defect free product, they can also alert you to press issues before they become critical. There are many things that may cause a run to trend out of registration. This may cause subtle changes that the unaided eye can’t recognize. An inspection system can highlight these errors, allowing detection of possible process issues to be diagnosed before critical failure occurs. This may not be the intended function of the inspection, but it’s often an unexpected benefit.

Trade-in Values

Technology advances rapidly, and while this doesn’t affect the functionality of an inspection system, you may want to make sure you can keep your system cutting edge. Some companies have trade in policies, allowing you to trade in systems for newer or upgraded versions. When researching providers, be sure you understand their trade in policy, when available, if you plan on upgrading.

Customer Satisfaction

Beyond the monetary benefits of a system, you’re also buying peace of mind for you and your customers. With an inspection system, you prove to your customer that quality is your #1 priority. It gives you the ability to provide an achievable standard with known specifications.



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