PIA/GATF Updates Printing Industry Production Maintenance Guide
Headquartered in Sewickley, Pa., the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) announced the release of the latest edition of “Total Production Maintenance: A Guide for the Printing Industry”, by Kenneth E. Rizzo.
This third edition contains updated and additional material, particularly in the area of lean manufacturing as it applies to graphic arts processes, and addresses a wide variety of topics, including:
• Total productive maintenance
• Equipment maintenance
• Prepress maintenance
• Statistical process control and Six Sigma tools
• Recognizing production workflow bottlenecks
• Best practices for lean printing
• Quality assurance of print materials
• TPM analysis: the press
• Process control
• Quick-response makeready
Most printers understand they must achieve the very best their processes can produce in quality and productivity to stay competitive. That means optimizing and maintaining all components of the process. “Ken’s book is a milestone in assisting printers with going lean,” said James Workman, PIA/GATF vice president of training. “Now printers have a guidebook, complete with checklists and other resources, to help them implement a formal program for achieving optimum equipment effectiveness.”
The checklists and resources are a valuable aspect of this handy reference book, providing tools to institute a program. The book includes instructions to access maintenance, calibration and process control checklists—both blank and as templates—which PIA/GATF uses for its own TPM program.
Ken Rizzo is PIA/GATF’s director of consulting, as well as the director of PIA/GATF’s Center for Lean Practices. An experienced process improvement specialist, certified in Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing and ISO 9000, he has more than 36 years of commercial, label and folding carton industry experience, including offset press operator and various production management roles. Rizzo is a best-selling author and frequent seminar speaker at major industry events.
“Total Production Maintenance: A Guide for the Printing Industry,” Third Edition (Item #15433), is available online at www.gain.net and by calling (866) 855-4283.