7 easy tips to print on time
At times, despite their best efforts, designers may end up submitting a project to the printer a day later than originally planned. This might not be a big deal for the agency, but one should know that this can cause difficulties for the printer. Since the printer wasn’t able to start the job as scheduled, other projects got the go ahead and this could mean days before there is another opening in the printer’s schedule to squeeze in that late project. In situations like this, better communication from both the design agency and printer is key:
•Designers, advise your printer ahead of time that you are running late; this will give the printer the opportunity to re-adjust the schedule ahead of time and send your job to press as soon as it’s received, avoiding the project from having to sit and wait for its turn. Printers can also help to manage the designers’ expectations by clearly communicating how busy they are and when they would have time to squeeze in a project should it be submitted late.
•If running late, look at what is causing the delay and work around it. Sometimes it is possible to modify the course of the process and get the project to press on schedule.
•If the circumstances allow it, instead of mailing the proofs back and forth, designers can review them directly at the printer to save time. An option that the printer can suggest to their new customers.
•Of course, nothing is as good as a hard proof or a press check in person. However, in some circumstances digital proofs are sufficient so both printers and designers should keep this option on the table in the event of a time crunch.
•Printers can always propose to their customers the accelerated printing process. It does come at an extra cost, but will ensure the job will be run ahead of others, even if the project was submitted late. As a designer, make sure to ask about this option if you’re in a pinch.
•Another handy tip is to work backwards when scheduling the entire production process, starting with the required day of completion.
•Lastly, don’t forget to consider partial days and holidays. Sounds silly, but these have been known to get in the way of meeting the project deadline.
Projects don’t always run smoothly from start to finish. However, through collaboration and communication designers and printers can eliminate a few of those unnecessary headaches.
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