15 and 20 min M/R's are impressive. What kind of machines are you running?
We are running older 102F and 102Sp Hiedelbergs.
We are doing 40 min make readies on average for a 4 colour job that includes: copy check, plate hang, colour and register with no auto inking and manuel plate hanging. The plate hanging take atleast 10 min. alone.
Im just asking out of a curious since of nature about printing life outside of my shop. thanks for your replys
SM52 with pre press interface is about 10 to 15 minutes if we are running the same house gloss text and the same sheet size. We run any where from 12 to 15 jobs in an 8 hour shift. That all goes out the door if we have to switch to uncoated or PMS or even 5 color work. A lot of our jobs are under 1000 sheets on press.
i'm on a roland 300 5 colour. i dont have the luxury of preset ink keys or any kind of automated closed-loop ink control. however we do have remote ink and running register with plate cocking and semi-auto plate changes. i have to set ink keys manually and use a densitometer (lots of times, i just eyeball it, we have an outstanding well calibrated proofing system, so going by eye is sometimes easier)
if you include the very start of getting a docket from the job box, getting paper to press, unwrapping paper/piling , setting up the feeder and all the little things in between, we are closer to 30mins. but from start of plate hang to run, we are 15-20 mins..
do you have a feeder or "2nd pressman" working with you? if so, you need to both be on the same page and know your jobs well and have a good routine, thats the key to a quick makeready. (that and well maintained rollers/press) if you are alone, theres not much you can do especially if your press is less automated. i'm not too familiar with the 102F and 102Sp. what size are they?
edit: nevermind, 102's .i know them lol. 28x40. never ran one, but i know what they are. jeeze
On 3 Heidelberg 840 perfectors we used to get 2 jobs an hour on each press with average runs of 2000-3000 using the same stock with one operator and feeder helper. We finally implemented the technology to preset the ink keys and do full sheet scanning with CPC 24 and closed loop color. Today we can get close to 4 an hour or almost 30 in 8 hours.
If you can do presetting and closed loop color it makes all the difference in the world.
I remember at 2007 graph expo where Komori ran 21 jobs in 90 minutes on a 1/2 size press. While surely preplanned and calculated to prevent any wasted time it goes to show what automation, good scheduling, and being lucky that jobs have so much in common can produce in such a short time. Must be why 4over purchased another 6 at this years graph expo.
Once again I thank everyone for their input.
The Funny thing is I have been trying to get my crews onboard with cutting our M/R times down for the last month and just the other day there was a plant wide meeting with the #1 man (CEO) who was trying to express the same thing. Specialy since our customers are asking for smaller orders and with quicker turn around times.
Albert, I dont only think but I know you are right on: Timing and time management major keys to success..
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