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Optimisation of Printing Consumables and Impact on Green Printing
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(May 18, 2020)

Rise in per page cost is major challenge in newspaper business. Raw material cost in the newspaper business plays a major role in increasing the per page cost. Optimizing major consumables like Plates, Blankets and Ink etc. would directly reduce the printing cost and ultimately would increase the profitability. Keeping this in mind we formed a Cross-Functional Team to work on this project for Problem Solving. The team used PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) methodology to identify opportunities for improvement. Data was collected for the period starting April 2011 to March 2012. After Pareto Analysis, we prioritized problem areas with the help of Cause & Effect Diagram and Cause Prioritization Matrix to solve the problems step by step. Our analysis resulted in various kind of optimization of raw material usage. In addition, this project has led to the implementation of new breakthrough ideas such as Fabrication of Roller Cleaning Tray and Centrifugal Machine etc. After completion of this project we have been able to significantly reduce the DVC from Rs. 18.46 to Rs. 16.73 per lac pages. The consumables cost reduced from Rs. 21.7 to Rs. 18.9 Cr. with the saving of Rs. 2.1 Cr. To sustain the above benefits various control mechanisms were implemented like controlled use of consumables and regular use of designed equipments.

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