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Best Practices in the Challenging World of 3D P-O-P

(October 2012) posted on Mon Oct 01, 2012

This case study examines the standard operating procedures that help KDM produce complex P-O-P projects successfully.

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By Maureen Gumbert

Production planners
As with any print job, efficiencies in production are critical. Our production planners work with our estimating team to produce the job the most efficient way, considering the quantity, print method, materials, sheet size, press size, die size, and special considerations to color and finishing. They reference our inventoried stock materials and gang the different components of the job to get as many on the press sheet as possible to reduce press time. They may order custom size material to accommodate more components on the sheet.

Production schedules
Production meetings are held twice a day and include printing and shipping schedules. The production scheduler updates purchasing on arrival of material and department managers on the job status and shipping carriers. Each department manager enters a completion code into Enterprise as the product leaves that particular department. All support departments react to the schedule and any last minute changes. The production department and project managers meet twice a day for updates that need to be communicated to the customer.

Project managers
Project managers are the communication channel between the customer and production. They generate the production job ticket through the Enterprise system. They assemble the job ticket, artwork, 3D prototypes, and any other instructions in a job folder that follows the job throughout the entire production process. They also provide twice-daily updates to our customers on job status as needed.

The jobs are distributed to the proper prepress operator depending on the print method—offset, digital, screen, or flexo. A downsized digital color proof is output for approval of color and content. If required by the customer, we will send a copy of the color proof and/or a PDF for approval prior to production. The department manager must sign off on the proofs. Once the proofs and PDFs are approved, the file can be output to the specified medium; in this case, film and screens are made. The manager must also inspect and validate the output prior to its release.


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