More Costs Less
a short run manufacturing process. On short runs, more time is spent
in preparation and setting the equipment for a particular job than
in actually running it. This ratio of set-up time to production
time raises the unit cost of short runs. Conversely, it lowers the
unit cost of longer runs.
speeds are 5,000 per hour or higher. An order for 1,000 letterheads
takes 2/10 hour or 12 minutes to actually print, including loading
the paper into the press and unloading it. If, for example, it is
a two-color letterhead, it may take 5/10 hour to load the correct
ink colors, mount and adjust two plates, and get the feed set up
for the particular paper to be run. It takes another 2/10 hour to
clean the press for the next job. So out of 9/10 hour spent producing
a two-color letterhead, only 2/10 hour or 22% of the total production
time is spent actually printing the letterhead.
If the order
were doubled, you would be paying for just the additional running
time and stock for the additional 500 letterheads. 5,000 letterheads
takes only an hour printing, plus the 5/10 set-up and 2/10 wash-up,
for a total of 1-7/10 hours.
That's why price
per thousand falls fast.
not suggesting that you buy more than you'll ever need or more than
you can budget. We do suggest that on everyday items which have
a very low chance of change you:
A) Look at your invoices and find items that are bought more frequently
than every 3 to 6 months.
B) Request a new quote for the same quantity as the last order and
for a 6 month supply.
C) Compare the savings. Is there space for storage at those savings?
Is there money to buy now? Is the likelihood of change low? Is the
need likely to continue?
If the answers
are favorable, you can save by planning ahead. If you would like
to analyze your business printing requirements, give us a call.