two-part article appearing recently in the Product Development Systems & Solutions
(PDSS) newsletter tells the unique story of how the KODAK DIGIMASTER Platform
began more than 15 years ago and has continued to evolve and improve through
innovation, while at the same time increasing product reliability. In the
article, author Skip Crevling, President of PDSS, provides an in-depth look
into the evolution of this powerful and proven black-and-white production
printing system for applications such as books, transactional print,
collateral, guides, manuals, direct mail, and others.
“A Bright Spot @ Kodak —the Digimaster Story,” the article describes the
continuous improvement in technology and reliability over a span of more than
15 years as an accomplishment that takes great discipline and a rigorous commitment
to what he refers to as Critical Parameter Development & Management
engineering methods simply cannot produce these kinds of results,” said
Crevling, an industry consultant in Six Sigma and lean manufacturing processes.
“You can’t do ‘build-test-fix’ forms of ad hoc development and have much of a
chance of obtaining the results seen by Kodak. In fact, reliability ‘law’
states that for each added function the more difficult it becomes to hold the
current expected reliability. But Kodak not only held the reliability—they
increased it! Trust me, it takes outstanding engineering and system integration
to produce this kind of reliability growth. It's a wonderful thing and should
give us all confidence to insist on doing things right the first time.”
DIGIMASTER Platform, which today includes three HD Systems offering speeds of
125, 150, or 300 A4 pages per minute, gives users offset-like image quality
along with expanded media choices and sophisticated, inline finishing options.
Designed for commercial, in-plant, education, and government customers and
prospects with monochrome needs on a reliable workhorse engine, the platform is
modular and scalable to meet customer needs as their businesses grow.
obtain this kind of product portfolio lifecycle performance, you have to
maintain the ability to do this unique kind of systems engineering, project
management and robust product design,” added Crevling. “Many of the same people
who developed the DIGIMASTER Platform in the mid ’90s have remained on the team
that produces this enhanced product today. There is great value in maintaining
the people, as well as this specific engineering competence, for a long-term
business like this one.”
testament to the ongoing success of the platform and the strategic development
and manufacturing processes put in place from the beginning, Kodak recently
fulfilled an order for 40+ systems for one customer in just 90 days, built and
shipped within Q4 of 2012.
amazing to us is that so many of our customers actually increase their page
volumes over time as they run these devices and uncover new opportunities,” noted
Greg Gresock, Kodak’s Director of Electrophotographic Systems (EPS) Product
Marketing. “So often manufacturers see a reduction in volume as machines age,
but with the DIGIMASTER Platform, we are seeing the opposite in many cases.
It’s just another sign that the technology continues to improve and provide the
reliability customers need and expect from us.”
of the PDSS Newsletter can be downloaded from http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs011/1101891327509/archive/1102971442371.html.
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