Lean print manufacturing: operations simulation and analysis of digital printer

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Print manufacturing is a make-to-order process; it converts customers' print demands into shipped print products such as books, calendars, and stationeries. Its service level objectives are usually dominated by the on-time delivery constraint. Given the existing resource makeup, the business objective of the print service providers is to drive up the throughput to dilute the fixed cost and maximize the profit while guarantees the quality of service.

The print manufacturing process outlined above, in particular on-demand digital print, cannot be simply treated as a standard manufacturing activity. The highly variable and dynamic nature of the job mix combined with personalized customer requirements results in numerous combinations of factory configuration and business philosophy. This has been identified as a key reason that hinders the print productivity growth. In this paper we report our recent development of a simulation platform of digital print manufacturing operations adopting an open-source electronic design automation tool, and shed light into paths towards implementing a lean print manufacturing paradigm.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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