Rethinking Your Makeready Efficiency

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Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Rethinking Your Makeready Efficiency

Free for Printing Industries of America (PIA) and Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Members
$29 for non-members

Webinar Overview

Beating the competition requires steady gains in production efficiency. This webinar defines how to cut makeready (set-up) time through the single-minute exchange of die (SMED) system, a vital component of Lean production. You'll learn the concepts behind SMED, such as the distinction between internal and external tasks, and a specific multi-step process. Importantly, learn the tactics to conduct an improvement blitz over just a few days, which dramatically reduces your makeready time on a press or any other production equipment. Rethinking Your Makeready Efficiency was previously delivered at the 2019 Continuous Improvement Conference.

You Will Learn

  • Common reasons for wasted time and energy during makereadies
  • 10 step makeready reduction process
  • How to standardize makeready activities
  • Innovative practices that cut time out of the set-up process
  • How to conduct a makeready reduction event

Who Should Attend

  • Executives of printing and converting companies
  • Vice presidents of operations
  • Production and pressroom managers
  • Process improvement, Lean, and quality professionals
  • Team leads

Webinar Presenter

Malcolm Keif
California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo

Malcolm Keif is a professor in the Graphic Communication Department at Cal Poly where he focuses on Lean management, flexography, data analysis, and cost estimating. He is the author of three books: Setup Reduction for Printers, Lean Printing: Pathway to Success, and Designer's Postpress Companion. In 2004, Malcolm was awarded the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation's Educator of the Year and in 2015, he was presented with Xplor's Brian Platte Lifetime Achievement award. Malcolm served as President of the Graphic Communication Education Association (GCEA) in 2017-18.


This webinar is being presented in support of the 2020 Continuous Improvement Conference, April 5-8 in Columbus, Ohio. The conference is the only annual industry event that helps companies pursue operational excellence and Lean leadership.